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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  • ForeScout Foresees IPO After $76 Million Round Led By Wellington Management

    ForeScout Foresees IPO After $76 Million Round Led By Wellington Management

    ForeScout, a security company that helps firms detect devices on their networks they might not know about, announced a $76 million investment round today on a billion dollar valuation, making it a member of the vaunted unicorn club. The company has come a long way in a short time to attain that unicorn status, reporting it has tripled its value in just 18 months. What’s particularly… Read More

  • JFrog Takes Big Leap Forward With $50 Million Round

    JFrog Takes Big Leap Forward With $50 Million Round

    JFrog, a developer of open source software distribution tools, announced a $50 million round today. The investment represents a substantial jump for the company, which previously had raised $10.5 million across two rounds. Investors include Scale Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and Qumra Capital, as well as participation from existing… Read More

  • Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe Chats Candidly About 2016 Exit

    Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe Chats Candidly About 2016 Exit

    In a frank conversation with TechCrunch last week, Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe talked about his company’s exit strategy, which could come to a head in the not-too-distant future. Krappe believes his company is in a good position to IPO or sell — possibly to Salesforce if it’s interested — some time later this year. “We will be IPOing this year. That may be a… Read More

  • IBM Scoops Up IRIS Analytics Fraud Detection Firm

    IBM Scoops Up IRIS Analytics Fraud Detection Firm

    Anyone who has a credit card has probably experienced some sort of fraud over the last few years. I personally have had it happen several times and I am by no means unique. Today IBM purchased IRIS Analytics, a firm that helps banks detect fraudulent use of credit cards using machine intelligence. The company has been considering a product like this for some time, Bob Griffin, general manager… Read More

  • Salesforce AppExchange Revolutionized Software Distribution When It Launched Ten Years Ago Today

    Salesforce AppExchange Revolutionized Software Distribution When It Launched Ten Years Ago Today

    The Salesforce AppExchange turned ten years old today and it represents quite a milestone for enterprise software development. In fact, the app store concept that Salesforce developed pre-dated Apple’s consumer app store by a couple of years. It’s safe to say that when Salesforce launched the AppExchange a decade ago, a place where you could sell and distribute the apps you built… Read More

  • PipelineDB Releases First Enterprise Version Of Its Streaming SQL Database

    PipelineDB Releases First Enterprise Version Of Its Streaming SQL Database

    PipelineDB announced the release of PipelineDB Enterprise today. The product is the first commercial version of the open-source product the company released last summer. PipelineDB is built on a new way of looking at SQL databases, thinking about streams of data rather than data at rest in big silos, co-founder Derek Nelson explained. He says the company made a big bet on this type of… Read More

  • MindTouch Scores $12 Million To Help Customers Find Answers Online

    MindTouch Scores $12 Million To Help Customers Find Answers Online

    MindTouch, a cloud service that helps customers find answers to product questions using the company’s existing documentation, training materials and customer service documents, announced $12 million in funding after years of bootstrapping. The round was led by PeakSpan Capital with participation from SK Ventures and SAP SE. The company actually launched back in 2005 as an open… Read More

  • Looker Analytics Platform Scores $48 Million Led By Kleiner Perkins

    Looker Analytics Platform Scores $48 Million Led By Kleiner Perkins

    Looker is trying to simplify the way companies use analytics and today it announced $48 million in Series C funding to continue the mission. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Previous investors Redpoint Ventures, Meritech and Sapphire Ventures also participated. This round doubles their total raised to date to $96 million. This funding round comes less than… Read More

  • With $90 Million In New Funding And Unicorn Status, Anaplan Looks Ahead to IPO

    With $90 Million In New Funding And Unicorn Status, Anaplan Looks Ahead to IPO

    Anaplan announced a $90 million round today at a valuation of S1.09 billion after funding, putting the company squarely in unicorn territory, those companies with valuations of a billion or more. What’s more, CEO Fred Laluyaux said this will be the last private round prior to an IPO some time in “the not-too-distant future.” To that end, he announced that the company… Read More

  • New Cisco Service Helps IT Understand Employee Cloud Utilization

    New Cisco Service Helps IT Understand Employee Cloud Utilization

    By now, every IT pro is acutely aware that cloud services are so easy to provision that people often do so without their knowledge. Tracking cloud usage has proven a challenge for IT as a result. Cisco announced a new product today called Cloud Consumption as a Service to help companies understand cloud utilization across a company. This ability to order infrastructure and services… Read More

  • Distil Networks Gets Human Touch With ScrapeSentry Acquisition

    Distil Networks Gets Human Touch With ScrapeSentry Acquisition

    Distil Networks has always been about about automated, intelligent bot detection. Rival ScrapeSentry has gone at it from a different angle, using human analysts to help customers understand bot behavior. Today those two approaches came together when Distil acquired ScrapeSentry in a stock and cash deal. While Distil CEO Rami Essaid wouldn’t reveal an exact purchase price, he danced… Read More

  • Citrix Is The Latest Enterprise Tech Firm Under Pressure From Activist Investors

    Citrix Is The Latest Enterprise Tech Firm Under Pressure From Activist Investors

    Technology companies, particularly those with an enterprise bent, appear to be coming under increasing pressure from activist investors who want to squeeze out profits at the cost of products and jobs. Last year EMC pressed by an activist investor eventually sold the company to Dell for $67 billion. Citrix is the latest company facing this issue –and from the same investor as it… Read More

  • Investors Feed Datadog A Hefty $94.5 Million Round

    Investors Feed Datadog A Hefty $94.5 Million Round

    Every startup needs a steady diet of funding to keep it strong and growing. Datadog, a monitoring service that helps customers bring together data from across a variety of infrastructure and software is no exception. Today it announced a massive $94.5 million Series D Round. The company would not discuss valuation. The round was led by ICONIQ Capital. Existing investors Index Ventures… Read More

  • EMC Confirms Layoffs As Cost-Cutting Measures Begin Ahead Of Dell Acquisition

    EMC Confirms Layoffs As Cost-Cutting Measures Begin Ahead Of Dell Acquisition

    Some EMC employees got some harsh news this week as anticipated layoffs have begun at the Massachusetts company. A company spokesperson confirmed the news, but declined to offer a specific number of affected employees. CRN first reported the news. At the end of last month EMC telegraphed the move when it filed paperwork with The SEC. At the time, the company indicated that it would… Read More

  • Cloudability Scoops Up DataHero As Buying Binge Continues

    Cloudability Scoops Up DataHero As Buying Binge Continues

    Cloudability, a cloud service that helps companies manage and optimize their cloud spending, announced today that it was buying DataHero, a cloud service that helps non-technical users generate data visualization. It’s the fourth small startup Cloudability has bought since last March as the company uses its wallet to add engineering talent and build its customer base. It did not… Read More

  • Google SEC Paperwork Reveals It Paid Over $380 Million For Bebop

    Google SEC Paperwork Reveals It Paid Over $380 Million For Bebop

    At the end of November, Google announced it was buying bebop, a cloud platform startup founded by former VMware CEO and co-founder Diane Greene. Today, the company filed paperwork with the SEC revealing the purchase price: $380,241,352 to be precise. In addition, the paperwork revealed that Greene’s portion of the sale, 7,244,150 shares of bebop stock was exchanged for 200,729 shares… Read More

  • Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Once upon a time, companies built huge proprietary systems to track their customer information, content, accounting, business intelligence and every other business function you can name. These were expensive, monolithic systems that took years to implement and compatibility between systems was not a huge priority. Usually the technology choices had a lot more to do with the needs of IT than… Read More

  • Salesforce Grabs Quote To Cash Vendor SteelBrick for $360 Million

    Salesforce Grabs Quote To Cash Vendor SteelBrick for $360 Million

    They say there’s not supposed to be much M&A action the week of Christmas, but Salesforce apparently didn’t get the memo, picking up quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick today for $360 million. According to the 8-K form Salesforce filed with the SEC, the deal is for $360 million in stock, less the $60 million SteelBrick has in cash, but not including Salesforce’s investment… Read More

  • Oracle StackEngine Acquisition Part Of Expanding Cloud Strategy

    Oracle StackEngine Acquisition Part Of Expanding Cloud Strategy

    After years of ridiculing the cloud, Oracle has been taking it a lot more seriously recently, and it quietly purchased StackEngine last Friday as part of an effort to boost its Platform as a Service offerings. StackEngine, which is based in Austin, Texas had a very brief announcement on its website linking to Oracle.com. It simply stated that the database giant had purchased the… Read More

  • More Fodder For Dell-EMC Deal As Pivotal Buys UK-Based CloudCredo

    More Fodder For Dell-EMC Deal As Pivotal Buys UK-Based CloudCredo

    The Dell-EMC deal has had so many moving pieces since it was announced in October, it’s hard to tell the players without a score card. This morning, Pivotal, which is jointly owned by EMC and VMware (and General Electric) announced it was buying CloudCredo, a Cloud Foundry service provider based in the UK. The deal also includes stayUp, a log analysis company partly owned by… Read More