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This month vendors showcase quite new things on the market. Qlik unveiled Connector Factory, a new way to develop multitude of connectors between Qlik Cloud Data Integration and SaaS applications. Qlik plans to provide a hub within Cloud Data Integration where the connectors can be easily found and deployed by customers.

Qlik expansion into the world of integration started in 2018 with the acquisition of Podium Data. A year later Attunity was added to the integration pack, then was the turn of Blendr.io. In the beginning of this year Qlik agreed to acquire Talend. With these additions, Qlik is ready to present Cloud Data Integration as a single iPaaS. Latest news has it that hundreds of connectors to this iPaaS can be generated with the help of Connector Factory.

Google Cloud in its turn revealed a series of enhancements to the platform with the focus on advances in BigQuery data warehouse, Looker BI tool, as well as AlloyDB, its new Postgres-compatible database. New editions of BigQuery are said to give customers more choice and flexibility.

Tableau, now a Salesforce company, announced the new release of its enterprise platform Tableau Server, which runs on-premises or in an organization’s own virtual private cloud infrastructure. The new 2023.1 update integrates advanced features to help organizations connect to data including a data mapping feature that has been designed to make it easier to execute analytics on any data source. The update also provides users with deeper integration with Slack messaging application.

TIBCO Software released a series of updates to its product portfolio with the key focus on improving scalability, data streaming and AI capabilities. TIBCO’s Spotfire has evolved to AI powered data analytics platform with integration with in-house ModelOps. The TIBCO platform is also going cloud-native, with the ability for organizations to deploy software on Kubernetes infrastructure.

By the way Google invested $300 million into Anthropic. The AI company founded by ex-Open AI employees has recently launched Claude, an AI chatbot. While the tool does much of what OpenAI’s ChatGPT can, Claude can provide summaries, answer questions, provide assistance with writing, and generate code. Users can also tweak the chatbot’s tone, personality, and behavior.

The international IT professionals' community has announced the 'Top 100 IT Leaders' project. It is a global initiative that allows top IT managers to share their experience, expand their professional network and showcase the best digitalization practices of their companies. Here we will answer the basic questions about the project.

The editors of Global CIO discussed with Ahmet Hakan Göral, CIO at Boutique Rugs and winner of the Project of the Year 2023 contest, his current projects, the approach to digital transformation and the specifics of the role of CIO in retail.

April was full of new initiatives from vendors as well as some fascinating news on the technology front. With Olympics in Paris approaching, more  news will be flowing in from the capital of France.

My profession, the role of CIO, unfortunately means that sometimes I come to a company to replace another CIO. Presumably, the previous CIO did not suit the company, and they decided to replace him or her.

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