How cloud computing, big data and new devices are changing work

  • VMware's SpringSource Buys Data Management Company GemStone

    SpringSource (which VMware acquired last year) is buying GemStone Systems, a company that provides enterprise data management solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. GemStone’s flagship product is GemFire Enterprise, a scalable, distributed data platform that dynamically puts data where it is needed across a network to remove latency. Other GemStone products include GemFire… Read More

  • Google Apps To Become More Connected—Adding Picasa, Reader, AdWords And More

    One of the virtues of using Google’s products are the connections you get to the search giant’s other applications. For example, I love that my Gmail account can connect to iGoogle, YouTube, Blogger, Picasa, and other products in the Google family, making the transition between applications seamless and easy. Google is now planning to bring this interconnectivity to Google… Read More

  • Former Yahoo Connected TV Chief Joins Software Startup Demandforce

    Last fall, we reported that Yahoo was losing Patrick Barry, who headed up Yahoo’s Connected TV group. Today, Barry is announcing that he is joining startup Demandforce as its vice president of marketing. Demandforce provides a SaaS to small businesses that want to automate sales and marketing functions. Prior to Demandforce, Barry spent 5 years at Yahoo on its Connected TV product… Read More

  • Eventbrite's New iPhone App Brings Official Check-Ins To Conference And Parties

    Before you go to a conference these days, everything is online. You can see the schedule, speakers, and buy a ticket all from your laptop. But when you get to the conference, everything reverts to paper. Even when you check in to get your badge, usually a volunteer has to find your name on a list and check it off with a pen. Online ticketing service Eventbrite just made the check-in… Read More

  • Spigit Goes Mobile With iPhone App

    Social productivity startup Spigit is launching MobileSpigit, a free application that brings the startup’s collaborative, social platform to iPhones. Spigit’s products help businesses and teams contribute ideas, offer feedback and evaluate concepts to streamline idea generation and promote innovation. The mobile version of Spigit contains much of the same functionality as the… Read More

  • Sysomos Audience Puts A Dollar Value On Each Site Visitor

    Social media monitoring firm Sysomos is launching a new service for marketers to measure the dollar value of each person who visits their company’s website. It is called Sysomos Audience (currently in private beta). Sysomos Audience is an analytics tool which at first looks similar to Google Analytics, but with one big difference: it goes beyond measuring visitors directly from… Read More

  • SharePoint Competitor Central Desktop Launches Microsoft Office Collaboration Tool

    Central Desktop, a SharePoint-like SaaS collaboration platform for the enterprise, is launching a new tool that allows for cloud-enabled document collaboration for Microsoft Office users. Central Desktop’s tool allows users to simultaneously co-author Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in real time, as well as open and save files directly into the cloud. Central Desktop for Office… Read More

  • SuccessFactors Acquires Social Enterprise Software Startup CubeTree For $50 Million

    Cloud-based software company SuccessFactors has acquired CubeTree, a startup that creates a social software for businesses. According to the release, SuccessFactors is acquiring the company for $20 million plus a contingent cash payment three years from closing to bring the value of the total consideration to $50 million. The deal is expected to close in Q3 2010. CubeTree’s… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Cloud Computing Integration Company Cast Iron Systems

    IBM has acquired cloud computing startup Cast Iron Systems to “broaden the delivery of cloud computing services for clients.” Cast Iron Systems provides a SaaS cloud integration software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cast Iron Systems’ software-as-a-service provides cloud computing integration appliances for large and midsize companies, including Allianz… Read More

  • Cloud Sherpas Raises $1 Million To Help Migrate Companies To Google Apps

    Cloud Sherpas, a Google Apps reseller that also helps enterprises migrate to and manage the productivity suite, has raised $1 million in funding from Hallett Capital and other investors. The startup has also brought on a new CEO, Jon Hallet (who was the lead investor in the round) to lead the company. Cloud Sherpas’ founder, Michael Cohn, will become Vice President of Marketing and… Read More

  • Los Angeles Bureaucrats Question The Transition To Google Apps

    In December, Google touted a big win for Google’s cloud-based communication and collaboration suite, Google Apps: the City of Los Angeles planned to equip its 34,000 employees with Google Apps. This would replace Novell’s GroupWise system, the e-mail technology provider that LA had previously been using. LA had evaluated 14 e-mail technology providers for a revamp of the city… Read More