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How the Dotcloud Affects the Need for Startup Funding When you decide to launch a startup company, business advisors, counselors, bankers and armchair know-it-alls will tell you that the first thing you need to do is get funding. While there is some validity to that boilerplate piece of wisdom, the availability of and need for startup funding has gone through a dramatic transformation over the past decade, and the next few years will see even more of a shift. A perfect storm of events is causing this seismic shift. On the macroeconomic side this storm includes the still-persistent repercussions of the Great Recession, historically low interest rates, and uncertainty about global commerce and trade. On the technology side, still more realities add to the perfect storm, including the increasing popularity of as-a-service options, which make it easier for startups to l... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Insurance Industry Disrupted, The Quantified-Self - Wearables, Telematics, Code Halos and Digital Transformation

By Peter Abatan, Studio Thirteen, Cognizant The New Finance Meet-up group is currently running a 6 part series over a period of 6 months to determine what could disrupt the Insurance industry. In the most recent meet-up the focus was on how the quantified-self could disrupt the insurance industry. I came away from the meet-up with the conclusion that smart insurers will begin to develop products that are more customizable to the individual needs rather than offering products desiged on demographics, i.e. where you live, your age group, family size etc. So what is the quantified-self? The quantified-self is the data that has been accumulated on the individual’s behavior, health status, medical conditions and overall well-being by the individual themselves (We call this data Code Halos at Cognizant). In the future many experts believe that it will be the basis on which ... (more)

Likewise Closes $10 Million Funding Round

BELLEVUE, Wash. - April 30, 2009 - Likewise, the leader in delivering authentication, policy, and audit solutions for mixed networks, announced today it has closed a $10 million Series C round of funding.  Current investors Ignition Partners, Trinity Ventures and Intel Capital led the round. "Likewise really stands out in the current economic climate in terms of growth, balance sheet, and team," said John Connors, of Ignition Partners and the former CFO of Microsoft. "They are on a tear with a disruptive business model, strong partnerships, and a clear road to profitability." The funding will be used to support growth in new markets, as well as additional development resources for product line expansion. Likewise provides identity management solutions designed to improve security and operational efficiencies by integrating Linux, Unix and Mac systems with Microsoft Ac... (more)

Pick the CEO, Not the Company

Most organizational experts will tell you that when joining an organization, the company's culture is the key to determining whether you will thrive or suffer in a given work environment.  While this is true for a mid-level manager or individual contributor, the closer you get to the top, the less a culture matters and the more the CEO's leadership and management style impact your work satisfaction. I learned this when early in my career I was a director at a privately held company that was acquired by a much large public company.  In a matter of a few weeks our approachable, personable CEO was replaced by a top down, autocratic manager who announced at our first management meeting, "there's a new sheriff in town, and if you don't like my way of doing things, feel free to leave before I make the decision for you." Later on, with a few battle scars and bumps along the ... (more)

Real-Time Search and Five Reasons Why “We” Will Change the Web

Search on Ulitzer If you don’t understand why the Real Time Web is huge, you will soon. Thanks to micro-blogging sites like Twitter, a constant stream of human-posted content has infiltrated the Web. This growing infiltration has created a bottoms up approach to content creation that via the progressive support of rapidly developing applications has and will continue to empower every individual to co-create what is deemed as “important” on the Web. The Real Time Web serves as both the database that informs us of what is happening right “Now” and the human touch to the content that will compete with the traditional algorithms for what is deemed as “valuable” content to us all. Its challenges lie in the filtration and mass integration of both the content and the act of sharing to the Real Time Web. There remain major aspects of the Web that have not yet integrated “... (more)

Sun Microsystems Launches GlassFish Enterprise Server v3

Download GlassFish Portfolio Whitepaper Sun Microsystems and the GlassFish community announced the immediate availability of Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the latest release of Sun's commercial Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application server and its open source counterpart, GlassFish v3. Click Here to View GlassFish 3.0 Webinar Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 provides customers with an enterprise grade, open source based application server solution focused on reducing application and deployment complexity. Click here to to leverage the AMP/SAMP stack with your existing GlassFish Enterprise Server deployments in your organization. Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is the industry’s first application server to support the new Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6). Java EE 6 introduces features to increase the flexibility of the platform... (more)

Cloud Engine Gets $15 Million Financing for Pogoplug Storage

Cloud Engines, Inc. on Tuesday announced that it has received $15 million in financing from new investors Softbank Capital and Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners (AIP) and existing investor Foundry Group. The capital will be used to continue to expand the global distribution of the Pogoplug service and devices. "Pogoplug is positioned to become the de facto way that consumers and businesses connect to their home and office storage," said Ron Fisher, General Partner at Softbank Capital. "Pogoplug's capabilities are perfectly suited for integration with offerings from Internet service providers as part of a monthly fee." "We believe that Pogoplug is on a fast path to becoming the world's leading cloud storage service," said Jamey Sperans, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley AIP. "What the management team has accomplished to date is remarkable. And the c... (more)

Platfora Wants to Make Sense Out of Hadoop

Platfora, a Hadoop analytics start-up, has gotten $5.7 million in Series A money from Andreessen Horowitz and the CIA's venture arm In-Q-Tel. The fledging is trying to make pretty, understandable graphs out of big petabytes-size Hadoop data. Its product, which will compete with Datameer's, won't be available until next year. It says Hadoop lacks the interactivity and sophisticated reporting capabilities needed by business users. It's aiming to work with existing Hadoop clusters, including Cloudera, MapR and Amazon EMR, among others, and automatically turn the questions business users pose into dimensional and predictive dashboards, reports and insights. It says it will enable sub-second report delivery, analytics overlays and drilldown performance. It's focused on web, advertising, finance, telecommunications, logistics and federal intelligence operations. Platfor... (more)

Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, and Disruptive IT Firms

Andreessen Horowitz has a model I have not seen at any other Venture Capital firm, and that model is paying off for a broad ecosystem of companies, investors and enterprise IT professionals. From the standpoint of an enterprise technologist, the payoff will come by their support of firms fielding capabilities that will make a positive difference for organizations. The best way to learn about their spirit and approach is to review the blogs of their founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. But the best way to prepare yourself for coming distruption, in my opinion, is to dive right into the portfolio of firms they have invested in and are nurturing. The following pulls text from the Andreessen Horowitz write-ups on some of the most interesting (from an enterprise CTO perspective) firms in their portfolio: actifio.com Data Management Virtualization Actifio™ pioneered ... (more)

SilkRoad Rakes in More Funding Ahead of IPO

SilkRoad Technology, the aptly named competitor of, say, the up-and-coming Workday that peddles cloud-based social talent management solutions, has topped up its funding with another reportedly oversubscribed $35 million round That makes an incredible $162 million since 2003. The latest money comes from new investors Keating Capital and NTT Finance along with existing investors Intel Capital, Crosslink Capital, Foundation Capital, Azure Capital and Tenaya Capital, among others. It's supposed to support worldwide expansion and product innovation ahead of a potential IPO this year or next. Hmm, Workday is up to picking the bankers for its IPO. Global human capital management (HCM) spending is expected to hit $8.1 billion by 2015, according to IDC and SilkRoad is encouraged by the spate of recent acquisitions in the sector like SAP's $3.4 billion acquisition of Succ... (more)