Ron Miller

Ron Miller is enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. He has been a Freelance Technology Journalist since 1998.

In addition, he is Contributing Editor at EContent Magazine where he writes the Media Redux column and an occasional contributor at Smart Industry, a blog on Industrial Internet of Things.

He helped launch and still runs the blog socmedianews.com. Past regular gigs included CITEworld, DaniWeb, TechTarget, Internet Evolution and FierceContentManagement.

Disclosures:

Ron is currently corporate blogger for Intronis where he writes once weekly on issues related to IT and a weekly feature called The Cloud 5 where he aggregates five links related to the cloud computing. He has contributed to various corporate blogs in the past including Ness, Novell and the IBM Mid-market Blogger Program.

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  • Apigee Closes Its First Public Day Worth $16.68 Per Share, Down 1.9% From Its IPO Price

    Apigee Closes Its First Public Day Worth $16.68 Per Share, Down 1.9% From Its IPO Price

    Apigee, a company that helps organizations build and manage API connectors, went public this morning at $17 per share, briefly jumping to $20 per share before closing at $16.68, down 1.88 percent in its first day of regular trading. After-hours, the company is flat. The company sold 5,115,000 shares in its IPO, raising $87M according to its CEO Chet Kapoor. It trades under the… Read More

  • Salesforce Makes Hard Push Into Human Resources With New Platform

    Salesforce Makes Hard Push Into Human Resources With New Platform

    Salesforce.com announced a new set of human resources tools today designed to improve employee engagement. The tools have been mostly adapted from existing Salesforce products and represent a significant departure from Salesforce’s traditional sales and marketing targets. “What we are doing is taking the best of our technologies and allowing customers to turn them inward… Read More

  • Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box announced ‘Box Developer Edition‘ at its yearly BoxDev event today. The new approach allows developers to run their own Box “instance” inside of their application — their very own Box, in other words. This turns Box on its head in a sense because instead of running the Box application, and building apps on top of it, you are building something and embedding… Read More

  • It’s Too Soon To Judge Satya Nadella

    It’s Too Soon To Judge Satya Nadella

    It’s very early days for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and for the company’s overhaul from a 1990s PC company to a service and cloud company. And it’s too soon to say he’s successfully helped his company make that transition. Perhaps the key test is yet to come with the release of Windows 10 and whether Microsoft can finally make some headway in mobile. Read More

  • Cloud Customer Service Startup Freshdesk Reels In $50M Round

    Cloud Customer Service Startup Freshdesk Reels In $50M Round

    Freshdesk, a cloud-based customer service tool, caught a bushel of money today, announcing a $50M investment led by Tiger Global with Accel Partners and Google Capital also participating. The funding comes on the heels of a $31M round last June and brings the total investment to just over $95M. The reason Freshdesk went back for more so soon, was that it has continued its phenomenal growth… Read More

  • GE Spotlights New Smart Street Lamps

    GE Spotlights New Smart Street Lamps

    GE has a new smart street light in early production, and it hopes that over time, cities and third-party developers will begin to take advantage of the platform to build smart city apps. The light itself is a super-efficient LED that could last up to 20 years. Where it gets interesting is that GE is including a sensor pack with each bulb with capabilities such as video, light and weather… Read More

  • Pepperdata Scores $15M For Hadoop Cluster Management

    Pepperdata Scores $15M For Hadoop Cluster Management

    Pepperdata, a company that’s built a platform for managing and fine-tuning Hadoop cluster performance, announced a $15M Series B funding round today. The round was led by new investors Wing Venture Partners along with Citi Ventures and Silicon Valley Data Capital. Prior investors Signia Ventures and Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb also participated. Today’s money brings the… Read More

  • Nokia Acquisition Talks With Alcatel-Lucent Could Be About 5G

    Nokia Acquisition Talks With Alcatel-Lucent Could Be About 5G

    Nokia confirmed today it was in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent and the underlying reason just might be the latter’s 5G patent stash. When I was at Mobile World Congress last month, there were several hot topics, but near the top of the list was 5G, that slippery notion of super fast mobile networks. Looking For 5G Nobody has actually built a 5G network yet, but there is a lot of… Read More

  • Box Gains 3D Viewing With Verold Purchase

    Box Gains 3D Viewing With Verold Purchase

    Box announced today in a blog post by CEO Aaron Levie, that the company had purchased Verold, makers of 3D viewer technology “With Verold’s technology, we’re extending our world-class content previewing and collaboration platform to interactive 3D content, opening all new-use cases across manufacturing, engineering, consumer products, and media and entertainment,”… Read More

  • Phantom Cyber Lands $2.7M Seed Round To Automate Cybersecurity

    Phantom Cyber Lands $2.7M Seed Round To Automate Cybersecurity

    Phantom Cyber, a cybersecurity startup with an ambitious idea, announced a $2.7M seed round with backing from some of the biggest names in computer security. Investors include  John W. Thompson, former CEO of Symantec, Thomas E. Noonan, former CEO of Internet Security Systems (ISS) and John C. Becker, former CEO of Sourcefire. Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite Inc, Foundation Capital and Rein… Read More

  • AlienVault Announces More Social Threat Exchange

    AlienVault Announces More Social Threat Exchange

    AlienVault, a cybersecurity firm aimed at SMBs, announced the Beta of Open Threat Exchange (OTX) 2.0. The company bills it as a threat intelligence sharing platform, and the social component it has added in the latest version enables members to discuss security threats on a social network. In the prior version, it simply updated threat information automatically in the background from… Read More

  • AWS Wants To Put Machine Learning In Reach Of Any Developer

    AWS Wants To Put Machine Learning In Reach Of Any Developer

    Andy Jassy, senior vice president at Amazon Web Services, announced a new machine learning platform today at the AWS Summit in San Francisco. The Amazon Machine Learning service is designed to give developers without machine learning background the tools to build smart, data-driven applications that can not only analyze what’s happening in real time or what happened in the past, but… Read More

  • Informatica Could Feel A Tight Squeeze From Its New Owners

    Informatica Could Feel A Tight Squeeze From Its New Owners

    Informatica was sold yesterday to private equity firm, Permira and The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, a rather strange mix of investors. The selling price was $5.3B and published reports suggest that it might not have been Informatica’s wish to be sold. What’s done is done, however, and the question is can this profitable company stay that way owned by a traditionally… Read More

  • Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

    Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

    Veradocs came out of stealth today, renaming itself Vera to reflect the fact it doesn’t just protect documents on the move, but other types of data as well. The company, which has been working toward this day for some time, announced $14M in Series A funding last November. At the time, Vera was in Beta working with a small set of customers, but today it announced general… Read More

  • Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security

    Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security

    Palerra, a cloud security startup, announced $17M in funding today as it continues to build its cloud security automation business. The round was led by new investors August Capital with current investors Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Wing Venture Capital and Engineering Capital also participating. Today’s money brings the total investment to $25M. The cloud service was founded in… Read More

  • MLB.com Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    MLB.com Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    Major League Baseball had a nice little opening day for itself yesterday as record numbers of people accessed games through live and on-demand video streams. In fact, a total 60 million people came through the virtual turn-styles using MLB.com, MLB.TV, the MLB At Bat mobile app and MLB.com-controlled social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The streaming numbers were up 60 percent… Read More

  • NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

    NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

    What happens when NASA gets together with IBM’s Bluemix cloud services and sponsors a worldwide hackathon? They hope to challenge participants to build apps that help solve issues around space exploration and earthly problems too. The ambitious event, called The Space App Challenge, is taking place this weekend simultaneously in 162 countries involving 136 cities and 10,000… Read More

  • With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

    Technology tends to run in cycles, and as it evolves some early failed attempts might be worth another look in the context of more modern infrastructure. In several instances lately, whether streaming video or meal delivery, everything old has become new again. Streaming Video? Been There, Done That Let’s start with video streaming darlings Meerkat and Periscope as a prime example… Read More

  • The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have much more at stake when it comes to security. A breach could prove devastating to their businesses. That could be why it’s hard to come up with a major security snafu involving a cloud provider. Other than the Jennifer Lawrence… Read More

  • OpenStack Market Consolidation Continues As Nebula Shuts Its Doors

    OpenStack Market Consolidation Continues As Nebula Shuts Its Doors

    Nebula, makers of an OpenStack appliance designed to simplify the complexities of installing an OpenStack instance, shut its doors yesterday. The company announced it was shutting down with a statement that appears on its website with a date of April 1, 2015. It does not appear that this is a prank. It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce that today, April 1, 2015, Nebula is… Read More

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