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In our roundup this week: #Hortonworks cozied up closer to #Microsoft. #IBM and #Cisco are teaming up to apply analytics to help people collaborate at work. #MapR announced big data IT management tools for enterprises. #MongoDB announced an #Apache #Spark Connector and a new managed SaaS version of its software. Let’s start with the news from #IBM and @Cisco. The companies say it’s all about improving productivity and collaboration by combining Cisco’s WebEx teleconference platform with IBM’s Watson and email and social offerings. “The irony of many workforce tools available today is that because there are so many to choose from, they can reduce employee effectiveness, Inhi Cho, @IBM GM of Collaborative Solutions noted in a prepared statement.

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