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  • The death of in-house IT? Only partially… Force.com enables outsourcing IT

    The death of in-house IT? Only partially… Force.com enables outsourcing IT

    Let’s face it–no matter how tech savvy Gen Y is, enterprises will forever need an IT department. (Some employees can’t figure out how to turn on their computers.) But as more and more data moves to the cloud, the role of IT will change. For example, Cathedral Partners contracted with Appirio to build an entirely cloud-based database on the SalesForce.com platform. The new… Read More

  • Why Track will be back – Fred Wilson says so

    Why Track will be back – Fred Wilson says so

    For those of you new to the Web since the end of May, you can be forgiven for having no clue about why Track is the shit. Despite months of denial, an open source clone war, a VC-backed API counter offensive, and unknown secret plans to force Twitter into a business model, Twitter still has not returned Track to service. As a consequence, no one really knows what the world would be like if… Read More

  • Enterprise Mashup Company JackBe Raises $5 million

    Enterprise Mashup Company JackBe Raises $5 million

    JackBe, an enterprise mashup company, today announced a $5 million funding round and appointed Wayne Jackson as the new Chairman of the Board. They’ve raised at least $14.5 million, counting the $9.5 million they raised a little more than a year ago. The $5 million funding was secured from existing investors including Harbert Venture Partners, Core Capital Partners, Blue Chip Venture… Read More

  • Apple and the virtual MacWorld

    Apple and the virtual MacWorld

    Today’s top stories involve Apple. One says Steve Jobs will not deliver the keynote at MacWorld, leaving the job to chief lieutenant Phil Schiller. And this will be the last MacWorld for Apple to boot. The other story involves reports that Apple will release two netbooks at the same show. Separating facts from speculation is always difficult with Apple. The company’s commitment… Read More

  • Now You Can Track Customers Who Bypass Mobile browsing for Applications: Omniture releases iPhone Analytics SDK

    Now You Can Track Customers Who Bypass Mobile browsing for Applications: Omniture releases iPhone Analytics SDK

    Yesterday, Omniture released a real-time iPhone analytics SDK. (Main TechCrunch coverage here.) On the innovation side, this is a big deal. The iPhone market shows that consumers, frustrated with the suboptimal mobile browsing experience, prefer actual applications. Example: I use the iPhone Remember the Milk application every day, and can’t imagine using a mobile website. As… Read More

  • Aravo Raises $7 Million Series D Following World's Largest Single SAAS Deployment

    Aravo Raises $7 Million Series D Following World's Largest Single SAAS Deployment

    Despite the economic downturn, companies that solve real problems are still successfully raising money. Aravo, a SAAS supplier information management tool, announced today that they closed $7 million in Series D funding. Headaches with managing vendor information–think SalesForce.com for suppliers, rather than prospects–is a very real problem. Last summer, I worked in supply chain at… Read More

  • 90% Growth in Malicious Attacks from Legitimate Domains According to Cisco Report

    90% Growth in Malicious Attacks from Legitimate Domains According to Cisco Report

    This morning Cisco released their annual security report. Perhaps most disturbing was the increased hijacking of legitimate domains and legitimate e-mail addresses. When I met with the Cisco team last week, I was reminded that security begins and ends with people–the origin of an e-mail or web attack is a key flag for identifying threats. It wasn’t all bad news, thankfully. Read More

  • Flipping the Friendfeed funnel: Too many information channels forcing private information aggregators?

    Flipping the Friendfeed funnel: Too many information channels forcing private information aggregators?

    Just as marketing requires multiple channels, information overload has led to multiple channels. IM, e-mail, twitter, Work twitter, wikis, Basecamp–all have different expectations and users. But when will the enterprise hit too many channels–all with important information? Friendfeed was the consumer answer–aggregate a public conversation across multiple silos. Only they made… Read More

  • Forbes.com Uses Xignite Plug & Play to Bypass NASDAQ Headache

    Forbes.com Uses Xignite Plug & Play to Bypass NASDAQ Headache

    This morning Forbes.com announced that a five-year old company called Xignite provides their real-time stock market quotes via easily integrated widgets. Whether or not you’re interested in the financial market data industry, this is a case study in how cloud-based information services save costs and deployment time, even as they force raw information to become a commodity. Google, CNBC… Read More

  • Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin talks BizSpark at LeWeb

    Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin talks BizSpark at LeWeb

    Anything Microsoft does is looked at through a prism cut from the glass of the company that Gates built. The days of the anti-trust trial, Hailstorm, and the browser wars may seem far away, but not for the Netscapes and Novells who foundered in the face of the Windows and Office steamroller. Yet refugees of those wars have reinvented themselves in the new world of the social network, most… Read More

  • Outlook Replacement? Unison Brings Ad-Supported Email To Small Businesses

    Outlook Replacement? Unison Brings Ad-Supported Email To Small Businesses

    Free, ad-supported email is making its way into the enterprise and challenging the stranglehold that Micrososft and IBM still have with Outlook/Exchange and Lotus Notes.  Google is trying to push Gmail as an Outlook replacement, but many businesses don’t quite feel comfortable giving up their email servers just yet. An angel-backed startup called Unison Technologies is iaunching a beta… Read More

  • RightScale Announces $13 Million Series B

    RightScale this morning announced it had raised $13 million in a second round of venture capital funding. As the name implies, RightScale attempts to solve the accessibility problem for small to medium sized businesses who lack the development resources to transition into cloud computing. They provide a simple dashboard interface that fits on top of Amazon Web Services. In addition, their… Read More

  • Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management

    Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management

    Salesforce and Google have extended their strategic partnership with Force.com for Google App Engine, essentially bridging the two cloud-based application development environments.  App Engine applications, which are typically consumer apps, will be able to access enterprise data and services via the Force.com API. The integration consists of a Python library, example code, and testing… Read More

  • Disruptive Knowledge Management: Facebook's Private Videos Shows Social Media is Sneaking Through the Backdoor

    Disruptive Knowledge Management: Facebook's Private Videos Shows Social Media is Sneaking Through the Backdoor

    In January, David Gurteen observed that disruptive knowledge management tools are now originating with consumers, not from enterprise. Despite a proliferation of technological tools, knowledge management remains the clear bottleneck for enterprise innovation. But the walls are slowly coming down. The paradigm’s changing. Yesterday’s Facebook announcement about embeddable videos was… Read More

  • Escape the browser?

    Escape the browser?

    Sun’s difficult position has been covered here, in business circles, and even in the land of puppets. So when Jonathan Schwartz surfaces with the launch of JavaFX 1.0, naturally the question in everyone’s mind is how exactly a client technology is going to advance Sun’s position in the marketplace as it downsizes to avoid a possible collapse. Schwartz comes out swinging in… Read More

  • The Price Of Success: Cloud & Social Network Advancements Spawn Innovative Spammers

    The Price Of Success: Cloud & Social Network Advancements Spawn Innovative Spammers

    MessageLabs (now part of Symantec) just released a fascinating trend-analysis of the dark side of the internet. (Key findings below.) It isn’t surprising that as new technology enables cloud computing, more employees want Facebook, and consumer favorites cross into enterprise, so come more problems — and we’re not talking the corporate version of the whale. Spammers are… Read More

  • Blurring the functional line–Zoho CloudSQL merges on-site and on-cloud

    Blurring the functional line–Zoho CloudSQL merges on-site and on-cloud

    This morning, Zoho announced the release of their CloudSQL middleware technology–a powerful pipeline between on-site applications and the cloud. While consumers found the switch to cloud computing relatively simple, enterprises continue to struggle with the lack of powerful data-portability structures. SAAS systems seldom provide an easy and reliable way to transfer information to and… Read More

  • Not even close

    Not even close

    Pownce is dead. So what. Micromessaging has always been about the next phase beyond email, and oh so not about competition between micromessaging vendors. Twitter is the Kleenex of the space and has survived its most difficult phase. There is no competition for Twitter, not even close. FriendFeed is the reason Twitter has won. It’s the toolkit for providing innovation around Twitter. It… Read More

  • The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The competition for the next wave of enterprise computing has heated up since Microsoft announced its Windows Azure strategy a month ago. While the jury is out in some quarters about Microsoft’s ability to actually deliver the reliability, security, and even the interoperability that is promised, the timetable has accelerated the plans of competitors and forced some to define themselves… Read More

  • Twitter and streaming video make debut in Mumbai coverage

    Twitter and streaming video make debut in Mumbai coverage


    The terrorist attacks in Mumbai played out not only on cable networks but for the first time since the election on computer screens. CNN offered a live feed at the top of its Web site that required downloading Flash 10 to operate. The beta client is reminiscent of the Olympics Silverlight client, which allowed switching between multiple feeds. In this new coverage, you could switch between… Read More