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 and writes one story a month at Digital Content Next.

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 also writes once monthly for the Mattermark blog. He has contributed to various corporate blogs in the past including Ness, Novell and the IBM Mid-market Blogger Program.

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  • Facebook wants to make you secure no matter how hard you make it

    Facebook wants to make you secure no matter how hard you make it

    When you have a billion people using your service, you have an obligation to keep your users secure, even when they behave in unsafe ways. Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Facebook, speaking at Web Summit last week, told a quick story to show what his company was up against when it came to security. “The family car was not designed to be driven into a wall at 100 kilometers… Read More

  • AppDynamics update looks to measure impact of performance on business

    AppDynamics update looks to measure impact of performance on business

    It seems to have been the week for modern application performance monitoring tools to announce major updates. First, New Relic announced theirs on Monday and today AppDynamics followed suit with its own update to provide more direct insight into business performance — not just the underlying systems and applications. Both messages are remarkably similar, even the platform naming. On… Read More

  • OneLogin acquires Sphere Secure Workspace to gain mobile management foothold

    OneLogin acquires Sphere Secure Workspace to gain mobile management foothold

    OneLogin, a company that provides identity management in the cloud, has become rather acquisitive over the last year buying CafeSoft last December and Portadi in June. Today it announced it was acquiring Sphere Secure Workspace to add mobile device management to their identity-driven security model. “We are getting the hang of acquiring companies and propelling our roadmap very… Read More

  • New Relic extends monitoring to containers and micro service environments

    New Relic extends monitoring to containers and micro service environments

    Monitoring used to be a relatively simple matter. Most companies had a fixed number of applications to monitor. These were usually delivered on the web and lived for a number of years on a fairly fixed number of servers. Today’s environment is far more varied and complex, and New Relic made a series of announcements today designed to help customers deal with new ways of delivering… Read More

  • CoreOS introduces Operators to streamline Kubernetes container management

    CoreOS introduces Operators to streamline Kubernetes container management

    CoreOS introduced a new container management concept today known as Operators, which they say will advance the Kubernetes project by offering more automated container management. What’s more, they are open sourcing the technology. “We are introducing the concept of an ‘Operator.’ It’s a concept for taking a lot of the knowledge an engineer [or developer] has inside… Read More

  • Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

    Microsoft Teams feels like déjà vu all over again

    Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams today to much fanfare and hoopla — as only Microsoft can seem to do these days. But when you take a close look at today’s announcement, what have you really got here — a 10-year-old idea on how to communicate and collaborate in the enterprise with a distinctly Microsoft twist. As I wrote previously about Slack and more recently Workplace… Read More

  • Broadcom acquires Brocade in $5.9 billion deal

    Broadcom acquires Brocade in $5.9 billion deal

    Broadcom, Ltd bought Brocade Communications Systems today for $5.9 billion, giving the company a strong offering in networking storage business. It’s quite a nice deal for Brocade shareholders, who gain a 47 percent premium over the $8.69 closing price last Friday night (October 28th). Under the terms of the deal, Broadcom will pay $12.75 per share. It’s an all-cash $5.5… Read More

  • Freshdesk scores $55 million Series F round

    Freshdesk scores $55 million Series F round

    Freshdesk has been moving beyond the pure customer service help desk for some time, and today it got $55 million to continue that expansion. The round was led by Sequoia Capital India with participation from Accel Partners, which has been investing in the company from the beginning, according to Freshdesk president Dilawar Syed. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $150.5… Read More

  • Elastic brings order to its product line with Elastic Stack

    Elastic brings order to its product line with Elastic Stack

    For the last several years, Elastic has offered a range of analytics and visualization tools to go with its open source search engine. Today, it announced it was pulling those pieces together into an integrated stack. The new product known as Elastic Stack includes all of the company’s products: Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash and Beats. It’s available for download or as part of… Read More

  • Zendesk expands beyond the help desk

    Zendesk expands beyond the help desk

    Zendesk has always been known as a customer service cloud application, and while its focus remains on the customer, it is attempting to expand the mission using data to drive communication and understanding about the customer. The company wants to make sure that everyone involved has the whole picture of the customer experience and hopes to provide assistance whenever and wherever people… Read More

  • BloomReach shoots for more complete digital experience with Hippo acquisition

    BloomReach shoots for more complete digital experience with Hippo acquisition

    BloomReach, which helps ecommerce companies personalize buying experiences using data and algorithms, announced today that it was acquiring Amsterdam-based web content management vendor, Hippo for an undisclosed amount. It’s an interesting deal in that it brings together a company that offers personalization and optimization in an ecommerce context with one that helps manage web… Read More

  • Salesforce looks to the future with Einstein artificial intelligence

    Salesforce has a history of staying close to the cutting edge of technology, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it announced an artificial intelligence initiative recently, it dubbed Einstein. We caught up with some key members of the Einstein team at Dreamforce earlier this month and asked them to explain the new technology for us. Einstein isn’t a product so much as a set… Read More

  • DocuSign partners with major payment providers to offer pay at signing

    DocuSign partners with major payment providers to offer pay at signing

    DocuSign built a $3 billion valuation by providing a simple way to execute an electronic signature. That has worked well as far as it goes, but in order to separate from the growing pack of competitor companies, it announced today that it’s allowing users to add a payment to be collected digitally at signing. This is particularly important for contracts that require a down payment… Read More

  • Looker expands beyond the confines of the application in its latest release

    Looker expands beyond the confines of the application in its latest release

    The application is where we traditionally tend to work with a piece of software, but with the increasing use of APIs, sometimes the application is just one way of interacting with the tool. Looker announced version 4 of its data visualization tool today with expanded ways to make use of the data beyond the interface itself. Sure, they updated the interface as part of today’s broad… Read More

  • Cisco strengthens Spark meetings management with Worklife acquisition

    Cisco strengthens Spark meetings management with Worklife acquisition

    Cisco announced today that it was acquiring Worklife, a member of the  Y Combinator winter 2015 class, for an undisclosed sum. Worklife was founded with the idea of improving online meetings, something that Cisco has been working on for years. It of course owns WebEx and has been trying to enhance that experience in recent years with Cisco Spark. Cisco intends to add the Worklife team to… Read More

  • AWS gets richer with VMware partnership

    AWS gets richer with VMware partnership

    VMware signed deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM earlier this year as it has shifted firmly to a hybrid cloud strategy, but it was the deal it signed with AWS this week that has had everybody talking. The cloud infrastructure market breaks down to AWS with around a third of the market — and everybody else. Microsoft is the closest competitor with around 10 percent. While VMware has… Read More

  • Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

    Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

    Atlassian wants the best of both the cloud and data center worlds, and it announced at the Atlassian Summit today that it was expanding its data center-cloud strategy with new products. At a time when companies are shifting their business to the cloud, it may seem like an odd approach to offer both cloud and on-prem products, but Atlassian sees it as hedging its bets in a world that remains… Read More

  • Facebook is about to learn that the enterprise is a different animal

    Facebook is about to learn that the enterprise is a different animal

    Facebook officially entered the enterprise market this week with the release of Workplace by Facebook (previously known as Facebook at Work). It goes without saying that Facebook has had tremendous success as a consumer tool, but the enterprise is a different place, with distinct requirements. While it picked up 1,000 beta customers when it was free, it could find that enterprises… Read More

  • Microsoft announces GA of Dynamics 365 with AI features

    Microsoft announces GA of Dynamics 365 with AI features

    We’ve been hearing all artificial intelligence, all the time from the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry over the last several weeks. Microsoft is the latest to trumpet its AI capabilities for sales people with the general availability of Dynamics 365 coming on November 1st. Microsoft announced last summer that it was going to be combining its ERP and CRM into a unified… Read More

  • Apttus looks to the future with bots and virtual reality

    Apttus looks to the future with bots and virtual reality

    Last year Apttus, which provides pricing, quoting and contract building on the Salesforce platform was growing at a crazy rate. It appeared to be headed to IPO or a Salesforce purchase when it got a punch to the gut. Salesforce bought Steelbrick instead. Sources say, Apttus might have gotten greedy, thinking it was the only enterprise CPQ product out there that provided the best fit for… Read More