Enterprise

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

  • 3 Predictions On The Future Of Enterprise Software

    3 Predictions On The Future Of Enterprise Software

    The first image that comes to my mind when I think about business computing is the dystopic scene from the 1984 Apple commercial: A swarm of employees wearing the same uniforms and marching in unison into their offices where they are forced to use certain devices and software. They sit down in front of their PCs, open a business application their company paid millions of dollars to implement… Read More

  • Sexy IPOs Versus SaaS-y IPOs

    Sexy IPOs Versus SaaS-y IPOs

    IPOs are hot again. Naturally, the press is focused on high-profile offerings like Facebook’s. But, I think there is a more important group of companies going public: Smaller, less sexy Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startups. Think of it as the Sexy IPOs versus the SaaS-y IPOs. They aren’t household names, but the most recent SaaS IPOs (Cornerstone, Jive, Brightcove and Bazaarvoice)… Read More

  • A Better Live Wiki: HackPad Could Be Your SXSW Backchannel

    A Better Live Wiki: HackPad Could Be Your SXSW Backchannel

    There are lots of apps for finding the right people and parties at South By Southwest this year, but what about, you know, actually going to panels and sharing your thoughts about them? Well, there’s Twitter for short-form public sharing, and messaging apps like GroupMe for group chats. But HackPad has a more serious idea: actually taking notes about the panels and keynotes you go to… Read More

  • Clouds & APIs: Mayor Lee Unveils The San Francisco Open Data Cloud

    Clouds & APIs: Mayor Lee Unveils The San Francisco Open Data Cloud

    With 30,000 tech jobs already in town and more (hopefully) on the way, San Francisco has been making a big push to make its city as friendly as possible to entrepreneurs. In January, we saw Mayor Ed Lee, Ron Conway, and former TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde launched sfCITI, a committee which focuses on hiring — both placing and training competent programmers and just generally bringing… Read More

  • Social Marketer Buddy Media Hires Salesforce Exec Susan St. Ledger As New President

    Social Marketer Buddy Media Hires Salesforce Exec Susan St. Ledger As New President

    Another big move for Buddy Media as it continues to build out the services it offers as part of its social media marketing business: the company has hired sales supremo Susan St. Ledger as its new president. She is joining Buddy Media from Salesforce.com, where she had been for the past seven years in a number of key roles. They included (most recently) SVP of industry verticals, where she was… Read More

  • Mobile App Marketplace Verious Announces New Platform, Partnerships & Developer Network

    Mobile App Marketplace Verious Announces New Platform, Partnerships & Developer Network

    Mobile component marketplace (and Disrupt finalist) Verious is announcing the launch of its App Services platform and Mobile Developer Network today, as well as a number of new partnerships. With the new platform, the company is introducing several pre-built software modules created with APIs from its new partners, which can be used by app developers in their mobile applications. This… Read More

  • More Guests At The Social/Enterprise Party: IBM, Escorted By Harmon.ie

    More Guests At The Social/Enterprise Party: IBM, Escorted By Harmon.ie

    IBM may not be the earliest mover among B2B companies offering more social features to its clients, but it is definitely trying to make sure it stays in game: today it announced that it would extend the social media features it offers through IBM Connections — roughly, the company’s enterprise equivalent of a social network for work colleagues and contacts — to include… Read More

  • The Barber Of Infinite Loop: How The iPad Could Give Microsoft A Serious Revenue Haircut

    The Barber Of Infinite Loop: How The iPad Could Give Microsoft A Serious Revenue Haircut

    After Apple pushed its 25 billionth app this weekend there was nothing especially surprising about the list of all-time paid apps for the iPhone: games and novelty apps dominated it. But the list of all-time paid apps for the iPad was somewhat revealing. Pages, Apple’s word processing app, was up there at number one. Numbers and Keynote were on the list as well, as well as… Read More

  • Apple Makes 500k Jobs? Cloud Services Could Help Make 14 Million, With Half In China And India

    Apple Makes 500k Jobs? Cloud Services Could Help Make 14 Million, With Half In China And India

    Much was made of the news last week from Apple that its businesses had effectively created over 500,000 jobs in the U.S. not just directly at its company but at the many that link into the ecosystem it has created. Today, Microsoft teamed up with IDC to publish some research that took that one step (or actually 13.5 million steps) further: The two say that cloud computing services will… Read More

  • ESPN Starts Opening The Doors To Its Data With Developer Center, First API Program

    ESPN Starts Opening The Doors To Its Data With Developer Center, First API Program

    Geeks and sports together? It’s a beautiful thing. Well, at least that’s what ESPN is hoping with the announcement of its brand, spanking new Developer Center, which marks the first time that it will open its doors to third-party developers and provide access to its enormous array of editorial content, stats, and other data. As Y Combinator Founder Paul Graham tweeted recently… Read More

  • Troll Fighters: Article One Partners Raises $7M For Its Patent Research Platform

    Troll Fighters: Article One Partners Raises $7M For Its Patent Research Platform

    You won’t have to go far in Silicon Valley to find someone who will tell you that the patent situation in the tech industry is a mess. While trouble has been brewing for a decade, the last year has been marked by a continuous stream of litigation, and some might say it’s beginning to take its toll on innovation. Take Yahoo’s recent threats to Facebook, for example. Back… Read More

  • Work 3.0: How The Employment Model Needs to Change

    Work 3.0: How The Employment Model Needs to Change

    With the economy still struggling to recover, key indicators of economic performance are largely focused on traditional employment — we are fixated on how many people have managed to find on-site, single-employer jobs. But is this an outdated perspective? Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath would say so. In a recent blog post for Harvard Business Review, McGrath questions… Read More

  • Google Drive And The Cloud Wars

    Google Drive And The Cloud Wars

    For the past six years, any startup touching the cloud storage space has lived in anticipation and fear of Google’s entry into the market. G(od) Drive’s arrival was meant to instantly commoditize existing offerings, kill all future opportunity for new players, and leave a charred ecosystem in its wake as it battled Microsoft and Apple for control of our online lives and content. Read More

  • I’m A Startup — Why Am I Being Inundated With Cloud Providers?

    I’m A Startup — Why Am I Being Inundated With Cloud Providers?

    Over the past few weeks, when I’ve visited several startup incubators from Stanford’s Start X, to Los Angeles’ Start Engine, to the NewMe Accelerator, I have noticed many cloud computing companies hoping to get these startups to choose them. Some of the cloud computing companies are throwing tons of goodies at these startup incubators or accelerators. Rackspace, where I… Read More

  • PlanGrid Builds A New Market For The iPad: The Construction Industry

    PlanGrid Builds A New Market For The iPad: The Construction Industry

    Mark this up as one more crucial chapter in the much-thumbed book called “The Consumerization of IT”: a new app has launched from a Y Combinator-backed startup that offers builders the ability to store, manage and view blueprints on and iPad tablet. The unique selling point for PlanGrid, as the app is called, is that it promises to present building blueprints in a far more… Read More

  • Soluto Saucily Sunders Apple’s Seriousness With Salacious Squib

    Former Disrupt winners Soluto love them some Windows. It’s their OS of choice and their products aspire to make it work a little better. Needless to say, they’re pretty excited about Windows 8 and to celebrate their unbridled joy they created this cute little commercial lampooning Apple’s original 1984 bit. Read More

  • Aereo Responds To Broadcasters’ Lawsuit: Your Position Does Not Have “Any Merit”

    Aereo Responds To Broadcasters’ Lawsuit: Your Position Does Not Have “Any Merit”

    Barely two weeks ago, Erick was on hand at a news conference in which Barry Diller and company presented IAC’s latest media-tech investment — a startup called Aereo. Simply put, Aereo streams broadcast TV through the browser and provides a DVR in the cloud by “miniaturizing TV antennas and packing them in equipment that sits on the network,” as Erick wrote at the time. Read More

  • AffinityLive Debuts To Help Businesses Manage Operations In The Cloud

    AffinityLive Debuts To Help Businesses Manage Operations In The Cloud

    Oracle and SAP have been offering ERP (enterprise resource planning) software for sometime now to help businesses manage operations, including billing, time sheets and more. But small businesses can’t afford some of these legacy solutions and are looking for a simpler, easy to use product in the cloud. Enter AffinityLive, a SaaS that essentially helps businesses manage all of their work… Read More

  • ReportGrid Launches Precog To Help You Turn Big Data Into Smarter Apps

    ReportGrid Launches Precog To Help You Turn Big Data Into Smarter Apps

    Back in October, ReportGrid raised $750K from investors like Launch Capital, David Cohen, Walt Winshall, Doug Derwin, and Ed Roman — not long after it graduated from TechStars’ summer program in Boulder. The interest in ReportGrid was due to the fact that the company offers data analytics as a service (or DAaaS, if you prefer), providing companies with nifty scalable cloud database… Read More

  • EmployInsight Grabs $1M For Its Employee Measurement Platform (And NYSE As Its First Client)

    EmployInsight Grabs $1M For Its Employee Measurement Platform (And NYSE As Its First Client)

    EmployInsight, a web-based platform for measuring and quantifying employees’ “soft skills” in the workplace, has raised $1 million+ from Founder Collective, Launch Capital, Sean Glass, Phil Bronner, Jarrod Yuster, David Cohen, Gus Fuldner and other angels, the company is announcing today. The startup is also revealing one of its first enterprise clients, and it’s a big… Read More