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.

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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  • Box KeySafe Aims To Simplify Encryption Key Management For SMBs

    Box KeySafe Aims To Simplify Encryption Key Management For SMBs

    Box announced a new product today called Box KeySafe that should help simplify encryption key management, putting it in reach of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) who require encryption, but want to avoid the complexities associated with Box’s higher end Enterprise Key Management product. Many highly regulated industries have wanted to move to the cloud, but security and… Read More

  • Sonatype Snares $30 Million Investment Led By Goldman Sachs

    Sonatype Snares $30 Million Investment Led By Goldman Sachs

    Sonatype, a company that helps customers create automated, policy-driven software component security, announced a $30 million round today led by Goldman Sachs. The investment was a mix of debt and equity financing and was handled by Goldman’s Principal Strategic Investments Group, rather than Goldman’s venture capital arm, Sonatype CEO Wayne Jackson explained. Although this… Read More

  • Cisco To Buy Jasper Technologies For $1.4 Billion

    Cisco To Buy Jasper Technologies For $1.4 Billion

    Cisco announced today it was buying Jasper Technologies, developers of an Internet of Things cloud platform for $1.4 billion. With Jasper, Cisco gets a company that understands the burgeoning Internet of Things market. While the IoT term gets bandied about quite a bit, it simply means connected machines talking to one another over the internet. This could be industrial automation equipment on… Read More

  • Marc Benioff Offers Some Insight Into Thinking Behind SteelBrick Purchase

    Marc Benioff Offers Some Insight Into Thinking Behind SteelBrick Purchase

    When Salesforce announced it was buying quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick for $360 million at the end of last year, it came as a surprise. CEO Marc Benioff offered some insight into why he made the purchase at today’s Salesforce Lightning CRM launch event. The move has to be seen in the context of comments made at a Dreamforce press event last fall with Keith Block, who was named COO today. Read More

  • Salesforce Announces Latest Lightning CRM Release With SteelBrick Integration

    Salesforce Announces Latest Lightning CRM Release With SteelBrick Integration

    This afternoon at a big presentation in San Francisco, Salesforce announced a new version of the Lightning CRM platform that includes built-in Wave analytics, intelligent email from its RelateIQ purchase in July, 2014 and configure-price-quote features from its SteelBrick acquisition at the end of last year. In addition, the company announced a new built-in phone tool which allows sales people… Read More

  • Salesforce Adds COO To Keith Block’s List Of Executive Titles

    Salesforce Adds COO To Keith Block’s List Of Executive Titles

    Salesforce announced today that vice chairman and president Keith Block was also taking the role of Chief Operating Office at the cloud CRM giant. That gives him three major executive roles and a seat on Salesforce’s board for those keeping score at home. When Salesforce landed Block a couple of years ago, it was a major coup for them. Block had spent more than 25 years at rival Oracle… Read More

  • As Primary Season Opens, OpenText Releases Election News Tracking Tool

    As Primary Season Opens, OpenText Releases Election News Tracking Tool

    After months of debates, social media chatter, outrage and craziness, the presidential primary season finally opens today with the Iowa caucuses. In response to that milestone, OpenText announced it was releasing a new tool to help voters track news around the elections and parse it by candidate and issues. The tool is called Election Tracker 16 and it’s designed to showcase some of… Read More

  • Lexumo Lands $4.89 Million Seed Round To Help Ensure Open Source Code Security

    Lexumo Lands $4.89 Million Seed Round To Help Ensure Open Source Code Security

    Lexumo, a Cambridge, Massachusetts cloud service that continuously checks open source code to be sure it has the latest security updates, announced a solid $4.89 million seed round today. The round was led by Accomplice, .406 Ventures and Draper. What has Lexumo created to warrant that kind of financial attention? It indexed all of the open source code in the world and created a cloud… Read More

  • Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment

    Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment

    Wherever you turn, businesses are facing tremendous disruptive pressure. What’s interesting is that the theory about how firms should be dealing with this massive change is itself in flux, transforming if you will, as organizations come to grips with the idea that the most basic ways they do business are being called into question. Just over a year ago when I researched this topic… Read More

  • EMC CEO Tucci Maintains Deal With Dell Still On Track To Close Later This Year

    EMC CEO Tucci Maintains Deal With Dell Still On Track To Close Later This Year

    EMC CEO Joe Tucci, responding to an analyst’s question on this morning’s earnings call about the status of the Dell deal, let it be known in no uncertain terms that the deal is going forward as planned. Responding to a question (which starts at around the 39 minute mark) from Maynard Um of Wells Fargo, Tucci admitted that there has been a lot of noise about possible pitfalls in… Read More

  • Pivotal Teams With Lean Startup Founder Eric Ries To Help Big Companies Get More Innovative

    Pivotal Teams With Lean Startup Founder Eric Ries To Help Big Companies Get More Innovative

    Pivotal, the company launched by EMC, VMware and GE to help companies in their quest for digital transformation, announced today that it was bringing in Eric Ries, the man behind the Lean Startup movement, as entrepreneur-in-residence. Ries’ methodology, which he defined in a 2011 book by the same name, has received praise from a who’s who of technology folks from Geoffrey Moore to… Read More

  • VMware Confirms Layoffs In Earnings Statement As It Prepares For Dell Acquisition

    VMware Confirms Layoffs In Earnings Statement As It Prepares For Dell Acquisition

    VMware confirmed that it was laying off 800 employees today as part of its fourth quarter earnings statement. The layoffs had been originally reported by Fortune last week. The move appears to be part of the ongoing dance among EMC federated companies prior to the Dell acquisition expected to go through later this year. Dell announced it was buying EMC in October for $67 billion. EMC owns… Read More

  • A Year After IPO, Depressed Stock Price Not Bringing Box CEO Down

    A Year After IPO, Depressed Stock Price Not Bringing Box CEO Down

    It was just about a year ago that Box finally pulled the trigger and IPOed. It was a good day by all accounts, with an IPO price of $14 that promptly went up to $23 a share. Today that price sits below $10 a share, well below that $14 launch price and light years from that heady first day close. All that said, Box CEO Aaron Levie reports he has no regrets about going public and insists he… Read More

  • SAP Melds Social And Learning In New Tool

    SAP Melds Social And Learning In New Tool

    For many years, we’ve had social tools and formal learning management systems, but we have never really had anything that combined the two — until today, that is when SAP announced a new system called SAP Jam Collaboration for learning. The new tool is designed to bring various aspects of corporate learning together in a more social setting. It uses SAP Jam as a platform that… Read More

  • Workato Chat Bot Brings Enterprise Workflow Into Slack

    Workato Chat Bot Brings Enterprise Workflow Into Slack

    As we head into 2016, enterprise chat applications like Slack are suddenly a hot commodity, and if you’re inside chat a good portion of the day the argument goes, you should be able to access other work without leaving the chat client. This is exactly what Workato’s newly announced chat bot, Workbot, is designed to do. Chat bots are small programs that integrate with a chat… Read More

  • IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit

    IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit

    IBM confirmed that it has acquired video conferencing service UStream this morning. With several cloud video acquisitions in tow, the company also announced it was forming a new cloud video services unit. Fortune first reported the UStream purchase and reports peg the purchase price at $130 million. IBM would not confirm that amount. The new unit will be comprised of four acquisitions… Read More

  • ForeScout Foresees IPO After $76 Million Round Led By Wellington Management

    ForeScout Foresees IPO After $76 Million Round Led By Wellington Management

    ForeScout, a security company that helps firms detect devices on their networks they might not know about, announced a $76 million investment round today on a billion dollar valuation, making it a member of the vaunted unicorn club. The company has come a long way in a short time to attain that unicorn status, reporting it has tripled its value in just 18 months. What’s particularly… Read More

  • JFrog Takes Big Leap Forward With $50 Million Round

    JFrog Takes Big Leap Forward With $50 Million Round

    JFrog, a developer of open source software distribution tools, announced a $50 million round today. The investment represents a substantial jump for the company, which previously had raised $10.5 million across two rounds. Investors include Scale Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and Qumra Capital, as well as participation from existing… Read More

  • Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe Chats Candidly About 2016 Exit

    Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe Chats Candidly About 2016 Exit

    In a frank conversation with TechCrunch last week, Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe talked about his company’s exit strategy, which could come to a head in the not-too-distant future. Krappe believes his company is in a good position to IPO or sell — possibly to Salesforce if it’s interested — some time later this year. “We will be IPOing this year. That may be a… Read More

  • IBM Scoops Up IRIS Analytics Fraud Detection Firm

    IBM Scoops Up IRIS Analytics Fraud Detection Firm

    Anyone who has a credit card has probably experienced some sort of fraud over the last few years. I personally have had it happen several times and I am by no means unique. Today IBM purchased IRIS Analytics, a firm that helps banks detect fraudulent use of credit cards using machine intelligence. The company has been considering a product like this for some time, Bob Griffin, general manager… Read More

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