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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  • 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

  • Box Marketing SVP Whitney Bouck Announces She Is Moving On

    Box Marketing SVP Whitney Bouck Announces She Is Moving On

    Five years ago Whitney Bouck joined Box from EMC Documentum to teach them a thing or two about the enterprise. Today she announced she was leaving the company. Her last day at Box is today. In an interview with FierceContentManagement right after she joined the company, she likened the experience at Box with her early days at enterprise content management vendor… Read More

  • Apple Highlights Relationship With IBM In Business Site Makeover

    Apple Highlights Relationship With IBM In Business Site Makeover

    Apple launched a redesigned version of its Mac in Business site this week as its love affair with IBM continued to develop. As the name implies, the site showcases Apple’s enterprise acumen and the new design focuses on Apple’s strengths in business. The overall site highlights the kinds of things you would expect in an Apple marketing piece like the symbiotic… Read More

  • Box-Salesforce Partnership Demonstrates Power Of Cloud Connectivity

    Box-Salesforce Partnership Demonstrates Power Of Cloud Connectivity

    Salesforce and Box announced a partnership today in which Salesforce customers can access Box content or content management services directly in Salesforce without switching applications or creating elaborate workarounds. The partnership involves two pieces. First of all, there is Salesforce Files Connect for Box, a plug-in that allows for a smooth integration of Box content directly inside… Read More

  • IBM And Apple Enterprise Partnership Reaches 100 App Goal

    IBM And Apple Enterprise Partnership Reaches 100 App Goal

    IBM and Apple announced today that they had reached the 100 app milestone in their mobile app partnership. The 100 apps cover the gamut of 60 professional roles across 14 industries and include iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple Watch and even Apple TV apps, Katharyn White, Vice President of IBM and Apple Partnership for IBM Global Business Services told TechCrunch. Verticals include government… Read More

  • Plot Thickens In Dell-EMC Deal As VMware Announces It’s Walking Away From Virtustream Deal With EMC

    Plot Thickens In Dell-EMC Deal As VMware Announces It’s Walking Away From Virtustream Deal With EMC

    Ah, nothing goes easy with that $67 billion Dell-EMC deal, does it? Today the plot thickened a bit more when VMware announced in a filing with the SEC that it was walking away from the agreement with EMC to form Virtustream as a jointly owned company. Re/code first reported this news. This whole deal has from the start been a fairly complex tale, and like the movie Groundhog Day, one we… Read More

  • Cloudyn Cloud Monitoring Service Catches $11 Million Investment

    Cloudyn Cloud Monitoring Service Catches $11 Million Investment

    Cloudyn, a service for monitoring and optimizing cloud usage across multiple vendors, announced an $11 million Series B investment today. The round was led by Carmel Ventures with participation of previous investors Titanium Investments and RDSeed. Today’s investment brings the total to $16.5 million. Cloudyn provides an interesting tangential service for enterprise cloud consumers. Read More

  • Adobe’s Record Revenue Proves Successful Business Transformation Is Possible

    Adobe’s Record Revenue Proves Successful Business Transformation Is Possible

    As we watch organizations like IBM, HP and EMC struggle to transform, Adobe is an interesting contrasting case. It went from selling boxed software to a cloud subscription model in shorter order, and judging from its financial report that came out last week, it’s done quite well making that leap. First, let’s have a look at the numbers. Adobe reported a record $1.31 billion… Read More

  • Dell-EMC Deal All Systems Go As ‘Go Shop’ Provision Expires

    Dell-EMC Deal All Systems Go As ‘Go Shop’ Provision Expires

    When EMC and Dell announced their $67 billion deal in October, there was an interesting provision in the agreement — language that allowed EMC to continue shopping for a better deal. This ‘Go Shop’ clause expired last night. The likelihood that anyone was ever going to step up and give EMC more than the $67 billion it negotiated with Dell was always remote at best, and… Read More

  • Gradle Grabs $4.2 Million To Expand Commercial Company Around Open Source Build System

    Gradle Grabs $4.2 Million To Expand Commercial Company Around Open Source Build System

    Surely by now we know that every company is a software company, and as more companies focus on software development, it is increasingly difficult for them to manage the complexity around coordinating builds and creating executables. That’s where the open source Gradle tool comes in — and it got $4.2 million today to continue to expand the commercial company behind the open… Read More

  • Elastic Joins Azure Marketplace As It Strengthens Relationship With Microsoft

    Elastic Joins Azure Marketplace As It Strengthens Relationship With Microsoft

    Elastic announced today that it was deepening its relationship with Microsoft by adding its open source and commercial products to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Elastic (which used to be known as ElasticSearch) has been working with Microsoft for some time. It runs search on MSN.com, is embedded in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and also built into the Azure framework. With today’s… Read More

  • SnapLogic Raises $37.5 Million To Help Legacy Data Play Nicely In The Cloud

    SnapLogic Raises $37.5 Million To Help Legacy Data Play Nicely In The Cloud

    SnapLogic, a company that helps connect data from legacy applications to the cloud or to a centralized internal data lake, announced a $37.5 million round today. Investors include Microsoft and Silver Lake Waterman, the growth capital arm of Silver Lake along with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. Today’s investment brings the total… Read More

  • CloudEndure Disaster Recovery Service Secures $7 Million Investment

    CloudEndure Disaster Recovery Service Secures $7 Million Investment

    Disasters can take many forms from weather events to database corruptions. CloudEndure, a cloud-based disaster recovery service, announced a $7 million investment today led by Indian consulting firm Infosys and previous investor Magma Venture Partners. Today’s investment brings the total to just over $12 million. At first blush, Infosys may seem like an odd partner, a traditional… Read More

  • IBM Snags Clearleap Video Service As It Continues To Pick Off Strategic Cloud Properties

    IBM Snags Clearleap Video Service As It Continues To Pick Off Strategic Cloud Properties

    This morning IBM announced it was acquiring Clearleap, a company that gives it enterprise-grade video content management services in the cloud, and which adds another layer to its burgeoning cloud strategy. IBM would not disclose the purchase price. Clearleap, whose customers include HBO, The History Channel, Time Warner Cable and Verizon (the parent company of TechCrunch) provides… Read More

  • MapR Tries To Separate From Hadoop Pack With New Streams Product

    MapR Tries To Separate From Hadoop Pack With New Streams Product

    MapR is one of several companies built on the open source Hadoop platform, and as such it has a bit of competition in the space. Today, possibly in an effort to create some separation from its better heeled rivals, it announced a new product called MapR Streams. This new product takes a constant stream of data like feeding consumer data to advertisers to create custom offers or… Read More

  • Platfora Big Data Analytics Platform Scores $30 Million Round

    Platfora Big Data Analytics Platform Scores $30 Million Round

    Platfora, a company that helps customers process and make sense of big data, announced a $30 million investment today. The round includes money from new participants HSBC and Harmony Partners with contributions from earlier funders Allegis Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Citi Ventures, Cisco, Sutter Hill Ventures and Tenaya Capital. The most recent investment before… Read More

  • Motus Wearable Sensors Bring Biomechanics Out Of The Lab And Into The Ball Park

    Motus Wearable Sensors Bring Biomechanics Out Of The Lab And Into The Ball Park

    Baseball has always been a sport driven by numbers, and with modern Sabermetrics, it’s even more so. Motus has developed a system using biomechanics to measure stress on a pitcher’s elbow or a change in batter’s swing. Today it introduced a new 5-sensor package, which brings this advanced technology out of the lab and onto the field. With this package of sensors, which… Read More

  • Battlefield Vet Staffly Snags $1.25 Million Seed Round

    Battlefield Vet Staffly Snags $1.25 Million Seed Round

    Staffly, an online retail staffing company that appeared in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition in September, announced that it has received $1.25 million in seed round funding today. ff Venture Capital led the round with participation from existing shareholders LionBird, Three Fish Capital and WS Ventures. Today’s investment brings the total to just around $2 million… Read More

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