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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  • Too much big data running through my brain

    Too much big data running through my brain

    Big Data by all accounts is supposed to help humans perform better by augmenting our limited brain power. Computers, after all, have the ability to crunch data with lightning speed, something humans just haven’t been built to do. Conventional tech wisdom states that the more data you have, the better the outcome — even if that sounds counter-intuitive. That’s the thinking… Read More

  • Sisense-Amazon Echo integration lets you ask Alexa questions about your business data

    Sisense-Amazon Echo integration lets you ask Alexa questions about your business data

    Sisense, a company which helps customers link multiple data sources and summarize them in a single dashboard view, has been working on ways to understand the data outside of the context of a computer. Today, the company announced an initiative called Business Intelligence Virtually Everywhere. That could involve asking questions to a voice-driven system like the Amazon Echo or… Read More

  • Face computers slowly find their place in business

    Face computers slowly find their place in business

    Remember Google Glass? How could you not? Born with great fanfare just four short years ago, the device quickly became the object of derision. People who wore them were “Glassholes.” There were hyper-privacy concerns related to wearing a head-mounted camera, and even the Glass Explorer program, which limited availability, seemed to contribute to the disdain people felt. Read More

  • Ch-ch-ch-changes at Microsoft as COO Kevin Turner heads for the exits

    Ch-ch-ch-changes at Microsoft as COO Kevin Turner heads for the exits

    In a blog post this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that long-time COO Kevin Turner would be leaving after 11 years at the company. At the same time, Citadel Securities announced on its website home page this morning that Turner would be coming on board as CEO. Nadella gave the expected platitudes in the announcement, while thanking Turner for his service to the… Read More

  • Canonical-Pivotal partnership makes Ubuntu preferred Linux distro for Cloud Foundry

    Canonical-Pivotal partnership makes Ubuntu preferred Linux distro for Cloud Foundry

    Pivotal, developers of the Cloud Foundry open source cloud development platform and Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced a partnership today where Ubuntu becomes the preferred operating system for Cloud Foundry. In fact, the two companies have been BFFs since the earliest days of Cloud Foundry when it was an open source project developed at VMware. Read More

  • Microsoft gives Salesforce a shove with new Dynamics 365 integrated cloud platform

    Microsoft gives Salesforce a shove with new Dynamics 365 integrated cloud platform

    Microsoft announced its intention today to combine the Dynamics CRM and ERP products into an integrated platform on top of which it is hoping third parties will build applications. It’s a complex announcement with many pieces, but Dynamics 365 shares more than its name with Office 365, it also has deep connections with the cloud office suite, as well as to Cortana voice intelligence… Read More

  • LzLabs launches product to move mainframe COBOL code to Linux cloud

    LzLabs launches product to move mainframe COBOL code to Linux cloud

    Somewhere in a world full of advanced technology that we write about regularly here on TechCrunch, there exists an ancient realm where mainframe computers are still running programs written in COBOL. This is a programming language, mind you, that was developed in the late 1950s, and used widely in the ’60s and ’70s and even into the ’80s, but it’s never really gone away. Read More

  • On-demand staffing startup HourlyNerd lands $22 million Series C

    On-demand staffing startup HourlyNerd lands $22 million Series C

    HourlyNerd, a Boston-based startup, aspires to be more than an on-demand staffing service for skilled employees. It wants to be a full-service platform for large companies to change the way they think about employees. “If you think about a company today, it’s structured in the same way as 100 years ago,” says company co-CEO and co-founder Rob Biederman. HourlyNerd sees… Read More

  • How AWS came to be

    How AWS came to be

    There are lots of stories about the formation of AWS, but this much we know: 10 years ago, Amazon Web Services, the cloud Infrastructure as a Service arm of Amazon.com, was launched with little fanfare as a side business for Amazon.com. Today, it’s a highly successful company in its own right, riding a remarkable $10 billion run rate. In fact, according to data from Synergy Research, in… Read More

  • Box Shuttle helps ferry legacy file stores to cloud

    Box Shuttle helps ferry legacy file stores to cloud

    Box announced Box Shuttle today, a new service that combines software and consulting to help customers move large — as in millions or even hundreds of millions — of legacy files to the Box service. Previously, companies with files stored in network file shares or legacy content management systems like Microsoft SharePoint, EMC Documentum or OpenText were on their own when it came… Read More

  • Workato unveils Personal Workbot to silence some of the Slack bot noise

    Workato unveils Personal Workbot to silence some of the Slack bot noise

    Bots can be useful little pieces of technology to help you work smarter, and in Slack they can help make the communications tool a kind of centralized enterprise application dashboard. The trouble is that they also can generate lots of unwanted noise in the form of over-messaging. To help bring that message chaos under control, Workato released a tool today called Personal Workbot designed… Read More

  • Salesforce Communities update shoots for simplification and personalization

    Salesforce Communities update shoots for simplification and personalization

    As companies try to move to more of a self-service approach to customer service, online forums become more important than ever to help users find the right answers quickly, whether troubleshooting a problem or making a buying decision. Today, Salesforce released an update to its Community Cloud service that makes it easier for community managers to update pages and put the right information… Read More

  • LightCyber lands $20 million Series B to secure networks using behavioral analytics

    LightCyber lands $20 million Series B to secure networks using behavioral analytics

    Every network is under siege these days as attackers search for a way in. The industry lingo calls them attack vectors, but that just means a hacker finds a weak link in the network and exploits it. Once they’re in they begin to do damage, but in doing so, they behave in ways that might be out of the ordinary coming from that particular machine. LightCyber, one of the many cyber… Read More

  • As Red Hat aims for $5 billion in revenue, Linux won’t be only driver

    As Red Hat aims for $5 billion in revenue, Linux won’t be only driver

    Last year Red Hat, which has been mostly known for selling Linux in the enterprise became the first $2 billion open source company. Now it wants to be the first to $5 billion, but it might not be just Linux that gets it there. A couple of years ago Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst recognized, even in the face of rising revenue, that the company couldn’t continue growing forever… Read More

  • Confirmed: Dell sells software division to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management

    Confirmed: Dell sells software division to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management

    TechCrunch has confirmed that Francisco Partners and Elliott Management have agreed to acquire Dell’s software division. Elliott Management, Francisco Partners and Dell issued a joint press release confirming the acquisition this morning. Rumors about this acquisition were first reported by Reuters over night. The deal involves Quest Software and SonicWALL and could include… Read More

  • Private equity strikes again with $130M LogicMonitor investment

    Private equity strikes again with $130M LogicMonitor investment

    Private equity firms have certainly been flexing their muscles this year, whether Thoma Bravo snagging Qlik for $3 billion or Vista Equity Partners grabbing Marketo for $1.9 billion and Ping Identity for another $600 million. Apparently Providence Strategic Growth, the growth investment arm of Providence Equity didn’t want to be left out and today they announced a $130 million investment… Read More

  • Microsoft makes some moves to lift Dynamics CRM marketshare

    Microsoft makes some moves to lift Dynamics CRM marketshare

    Microsoft has been searching for ways to strengthen its flagging Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) tool, and it made a couple of moves this week (one quite significant) with an eye toward making life easier for sales people and enhancing its marketshare in the process. For starters, you might have heard that Microsoft bought LinkedIn on Monday for a cool $26 billion. Read More

  • Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

    Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

    When you think of Autodesk, you probably think of desktop software and traditional manufacturing, but the company is trying hard to change that perception, and today it announced the first three investments from its $100 million Forge Fund, which includes a 3D robotics drone company, an on-demand machine shop service and a platform for building smart connected Internet of Things devices… Read More

  • Apple’s latest foray into the enterprise involves deeper integration with Cisco

    Apple’s latest foray into the enterprise involves deeper integration with Cisco

    Lost in the hubbub of today’s two hour-plus Apple WWDC keynote was an announcement of deep integration between Apple and Cisco in the upcoming release of iOS 10 — yes, you read it correctly, Cisco. When it comes to enterprise partnerships, IBM has gotten the lion’s share of the attention. More recently, SAP made a high-profile partnership announcement of its own, but… Read More

  • OneLogin acquires Portadi to bring level of automation to login onboarding

    OneLogin acquires Portadi to bring level of automation to login onboarding

    On a day with a couple of huge deals being announced, we have a much more modest one. OneLogin announced it was buying Portadi, a San Jose startup that launched at the beginning of 2015, for an undisclosed sum. In a market with better-financed competitors with billion-dollar valuations like Okta, OneLogin is working hard to improve its offering and Portadi helps bring a level of… Read More

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