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  • Bots may be cool, but DigitalGenius thinks it found a better way

    Bots may be cool, but DigitalGenius thinks it found a better way

    Bots seem to be all the rage this week, thanks to the release of Facebook’s Messenger Bot program at F8, but not everyone sees bots as the way to keep up with the customer service glut. DigitalGenius, a former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield finalist, thinks there’s a better way using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company released an entirely new product this… Read More

  • Threaded messaging is coming to Slack

    Threaded messaging is coming to Slack

    In an interview with Walt Mossberg, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said threaded messaging — perhaps one of the service’s most important missing components — is finally coming. Butterfield told Mossberg that Slack had been using threading internally for months while testing what the best version of the tool would be for the service, which will hopefully come out in the… Read More

  • Salesforce and Zendesk want to help brands manage Facebook Messenger traffic

    Salesforce and Zendesk want to help brands manage Facebook Messenger traffic

    No sooner had Facebook announced it was opening up Messenger for developers to build bots, when two players with an eye on sales and service in the enterprise — Salesforce and Zendesk — announced new products to manage Messenger traffic on their respective platforms. Salesforce announced Salesforce Messenger, a way for customers to communicate directly with brands through the… Read More

  • Zuora update lets customers mix and match revenue models

    Zuora update lets customers mix and match revenue models

    Zuora has always been a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to the subscription economy. Company founder Tien Tzuo recognized something in 2008 when he left a comfortable job at Salesforce to launch a new company. The world was about to change dramatically with a huge influx of cloud services, and it needed a platform for tracking the new way companies recognized revenue. Until the advent… Read More

  • New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS

    New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS

    For several years, Box CEO Aaron Levie has been trying to get people to understand his company is not in the storage business. To drive that point home Box announced Box Zones today, a product that lets customers choose a storage component from another vendor, enabling customers to store files in-country when their privacy laws require it. Box is actually announcing the product today… Read More

  • DataStax adds graph databases to enterprise Cassandra product set

    DataStax adds graph databases to enterprise Cassandra product set

    When DataStax acquired Aurelius, a graph database startup last year, it was clear it wanted to add graph database functionality to its DataStax Enterprise product, and today it achieved that goal when it announced the release of DataStax Enterprise Graph. The new enterprise graph product has been fully integrated into the DataStax Enterprise product set, giving customers an integrated… Read More

  • Is it time to invest in IoT? Crunch Network

    Is it time to invest in IoT?

    I published my first book, The End of Software, in 2004. At the time, I was president of Oracle On Demand, which served as a starting point for Oracle’s billion-dollar cloud business. In the book I discussed the fundamental economic reasons software should be delivered as a service. It’s 12 years later. Some have said that enterprise software is a mature business; CEM, ERP, HR… Read More

  • DocSend raises $8M for smarter document sharing

    DocSend raises $8M for smarter document sharing

    Document analytics startup DocSend has raised $8 million in new funding. Naturally, co-founder and CEO Russ Heddleston said he used his company’s tools to make the deal. DocSend launched in the Startup Battlefield at our Disrupt NY conference two years ago, offering users a different way to send email attachments. The attachments are presented in a web viewer, meaning that you get… Read More

  • As on-demand startups fizzle, Zirx moves cars for other companies, not individuals

    As on-demand startups fizzle, Zirx moves cars for other companies, not individuals

    Zirx was originally created as an app that let individuals order valet parking service, on-demand. But facing crushing costs, the San Francisco startup recently shifted its focus to the “mobility” needs of businesses. Now, Zirx gives companies free-to-use software, called the Zirx Mobility Services platform, that they can use to have their vehicles moved around in time to get any… Read More

  • Autodesk looks to future of 3D printing with Project Escher

    Autodesk looks to future of 3D printing with Project Escher

    Like so many organizations these days, Autodesk is a company in transition. It was until recently a traditional boxed software company selling licenses. Today, it’s moving to a subscription model. Yet its own business model disruption is only part of the story. As a company steeped in the manufacturing design process, it’s seeing its customers looking to change as well — and… Read More

  • Rumors swirl EMC wants to dump Documentum ahead of Dell acquisition

    Rumors swirl EMC wants to dump Documentum ahead of Dell acquisition

    Rumors are flying today that to nobody’s surprise, EMC and by extension its new sugar Daddy Dell are looking to dump dowdy Documentum, the company’s enterprise content management product. It’s worth noting up front that in email to EMC asking for a comment on the story, a spokesperson had this to say: “Not commenting on speculation.” You can’t get much… Read More

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