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.

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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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  • 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

  • Symantec grabs Blue Coat Systems for $4.65 billion

    Symantec grabs Blue Coat Systems for $4.65 billion

    Symantec announced overnight it had purchased Blue Coat Systems for $4.65 billion with the hopes of creating an enterprise security juggernaut. As part of the deal, Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark will take over the same role at Symantec. The company has been operating since April without one when Michael A. Brown stepped down. It was a stunning turn of events for Blue Coat, which was sold just… Read More

  • Ping shapes new identity after $600 million acquisition

    Ping shapes new identity after $600 million acquisition

    When I walked into a conference room last Tuesday at the Cloud Identity Summit in New Orleans to interview Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand, it was my first chat with him since the company had been sold the week before for $600 million (as reported by The Information), a tidy exit for the 14 year old company. I had questions, lots of questions. After all, in conversations with Durand and… Read More

  • Egnyte pushes beyond storage into document protection

    Egnyte pushes beyond storage into document protection

    Egnyte has gotten as creative as it could as an online storage company. You could store your files on Egnyte in the cloud, on prem or with a competing storage service if you liked, but the company recognized that storage can only take you so far. Today it announced some new approaches designed to expand beyond that original storage vision. “As a pure-play stand-alone strategy… Read More

  • Salesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developers

    Salesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developers

    If every company is a software company, perhaps every line of business (LoB) employee should be a programmer. That would be appear to be the idea behind Salesforce’s massive TrailheaDX announcement today. Ultimately, Salesforce hopes these LoB employees will be able to build apps without the help of IT or trained programmers. While the technical folks with programming knowledge… Read More

  • Finland’s hot startup scene crackles at Arctic 15

    Finland’s hot startup scene crackles at Arctic 15

    Silicon Valley may be the startup center of the universe, but it’s far from alone when it comes to a concentration of good ideas. Innovation and creativity aren’t confined to any one place, and the startup hub idea that has taken root in the Valley can be replicated in other areas of the country and world with effort and commitment on the part of entrepreneurs, government and a… Read More

  • Diane Greene wants to put the enterprise front and center of Google Cloud strategy

    Diane Greene wants to put the enterprise front and center of Google Cloud strategy

    When Google bought bebop Technologies last fall for $348 million, it got more than a stealthy startup. It also landed Diane Greene as executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise — and that perhaps was the bigger prize. Greene brought with her years of industry experience, having co-founded and been CEO at VMware for a decade, building it into a virtualization powerhouse. In… Read More

  • Salesforce inks deal with AWS to expand international presence

    Salesforce inks deal with AWS to expand international presence

    AWS announced today that it was expanding its relationship with Salesforce.com, with Salesforce naming the cloud giant a preferred cloud provider. The agreement should help Salesforce increase its international presence without having to build its own data centers in countries that have data sovereignty laws, which require that data stays in-country. It’s expensive to build their… Read More

  • Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto, a company founded by four security industry pros, emerged from stealth today with a pretty cool bot-driven security platform and $6 million in Series A. The round was led by Accel with participation from Cylance CEO Stuart McClure, Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey and Bluecoat President Mike Fey, all security industry veterans. What makes all of these companies so interested in Demisto is… Read More

  • Cray’s latest supercomputer runs OpenStack and open source big data tools

    Cray’s latest supercomputer runs OpenStack and open source big data tools

    Cray has always been associated with speed and power and its latest computing beast called the Cray Urika-GX system has been designed specifically for big data workloads. What’s more, it runs on OpenStack, the open source cloud platform and supports open source big data processing tools like Hadoop and Spark. Cray recognizes that the computing world had evolved since Seymour Cray… Read More

  • New NBA platform lets fans create their own playoffs videos

    New NBA platform lets fans create their own playoffs videos

    If you’re a basketball fan, you’re more than aware it’s playoff time — and we’re down to the final four teams. You probably also know that the NBA has been running a promo called ‘Every Second Counts‘, which includes a new song written specifically for the campaign by the artist Timbaland. Now The NBA wants to get fans involved too, and… Read More

  • Microsoft and SAP love grows stronger in the cloud

    Microsoft and SAP love grows stronger in the cloud

    Microsoft and SAP have been pals for years and years, and today at the SAP Sapphire Now customer conference in Orlando, the two company CEOs, Satya Nadella and Bill McDermott announced they were taking the relationship to another level with deeper cloud integrations between the two companies. The deal will enable SAP customers to run HANA, the company’s in-memory database product … Read More

  • Weaveworks grabs $15 million Series B from GV to bring order to containerization

    Weaveworks grabs $15 million Series B from GV to bring order to containerization

    Weaveworks announced a $15 million Series B round today led by GV (the artist formerly known as Google Ventures). Accel, which invested in its earlier $5 million Series A also participated. The company has raised $20 million so far with this round. Weaveworks has created a set of open source tools for managing, monitoring and securing containers, the latest hot technology for developers… Read More

  • OverNest launches GitZero with encrypted code searching at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield

    OverNest launches GitZero with encrypted code searching at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield

    OverNest, a startup that was launched just over a year ago by several technology industry veterans, announced its first product, called GitZero, today at the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield competition in Brooklyn, NY — and it’s a pretty exciting product that makes encrypted code searchable. It’s widely known that you should be encrypting your data. It prevents prying… Read More

  • Pivotal confirms Series C round is actually over $650 million

    Pivotal confirms Series C round is actually over $650 million

    Pivotal filed a Form D last week with the SEC, indicating that last week’s $253 million round was actually closer to $653 million. Where did the extra money come from? Well, existing investors EMC converted $400 million in debt to equity to account for the additional money recorded in the SEC form, according to a Pivotal spokesperson. It’s actually quite interesting that EMC, which… Read More

  • SAP announces new partnership with Apple to expand iOS in the enterprise

    SAP announces new partnership with Apple to expand iOS in the enterprise

    SAP announced a broad partnership with Apple today to bring iOS to SAP’s enterprise customer base. The announcement comes almost two years after Apple made a similar deal with IBM. Steve Lucas, president for SAP’s Digital Enterprise Platform says while it’s natural to see similarities between the two deals — two large enterprise companies making a deal with Apple… Read More

  • Pivotal scores $253 million Series C led by Ford on hefty $2.8 billion valuation

    Pivotal scores $253 million Series C led by Ford on hefty $2.8 billion valuation

    Pivotal has a couple of new friends with big wallets. Today it announced that Ford and Microsoft were joining EMC, VMware and GE as investment partners on a massive $253 million Series C investment with a whopping $2.8 billion valuation. It’s not a coincidence that Pivotal has been working closely with Ford over the last year to help it in its own transformation from a car company to… Read More

  • IBM launches quantum computing as a cloud service

    IBM launches quantum computing as a cloud service

    Quantum computing is still very much in the early research stage, but IBM is hoping to accelerate the progress around it by making a quantum computer available to researchers as a cloud service. It is a bold and ambitious idea, although still very much a small step in trying to understand quantum computing processing. IBM is allowing interested parties to access a 5 qubit quantum… Read More

  • Michael Dell reveals new branding scheme for the Dell-EMC conglomeration

    Michael Dell reveals new branding scheme for the Dell-EMC conglomeration

    Michael Dell today revealed the new names, and yes we are talking multiple names, for the artist formerly known as the Dell-EMC deal. EMC will be deprecated for the main branding Dell Technologies, but will live on for the enterprise brand Dell EMC while the client services business will be called Dell, Inc. according to multiple reports. Confused? I’m sure you’re not… Read More

  • Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

    Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

    Last week Oracle bought Textura for $663 million, giving the database giant a vertical construction solution in the cloud. Today it bought Opower for $532 million giving it a vertical utilities cloud solution. I can’t be sure, but I think I see a pattern here. Opower provides cloud data solutions for the utilities industry. What that means in practice is that it gathers data from… Read More