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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  • Dell Could Be Shopping Some Assets To Help Relieve EMC Deal Debt Load

    Dell Could Be Shopping Some Assets To Help Relieve EMC Deal Debt Load

    Since Dell announced its intention to buy EMC for $67 billion in October, there has been a lot of speculation about how the company was going to pay off the massive $40 billion debt it used to finance the deal. I wrote about some of the EMC assets Dell might consider selling to help offset the huge obligation. Other rumors have had the company selling off its PC business to HP, but it turns… Read More

  • Big Data Still Requires Humans To Make Meaningful Connections

    Big Data Still Requires Humans To Make Meaningful Connections

    Big data is a big deal, make no mistake about it, but it’s probably not as big a deal as it’s going to be eventually when we really figure out how to make good use of it. For now, we have this muddled middle where we understand the value of the data, but most organizations and governments don’t know how to use that data to its full potential. In a recent issue of The… Read More

  • Autodesk Launches 3D Cloud Development Platform And A $100 Million Investment Fund

    Autodesk Launches 3D Cloud Development Platform And A $100 Million Investment Fund

    Autodesk is an old school software company, having launched in 1982 and gone public in 1990, but that doesn’t mean it’s too fixed in its ways to try something new. Today, the company is launching a new Platform as a Service it’s calling Forge.com and a $100 million fund to help prime the development pump. It will essentially make 3D development and displaying available… Read More

  • AppDynamics Update Helps Track Business Transaction From User To Server

    AppDynamics Update Helps Track Business Transaction From User To Server

    In a week when a major retail website went down under the pressure of Cyber Monday, AppDynamics, a company that helps monitor apps and websites in order to prevent those types of outages (or at least understand why they happened and recover as quickly as possible) announced a major update today. The latest version helps identify those big problems that take down a website, but also see… Read More

  • Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

    Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

    When the news broke in early October that Dell was planning on buying EMC for a whopping $67 billion, more than a few jaws dropped (including mine), but in the weeks since, reports have surfaced about multiple problems from tax issues to VMware’s plunging stock price and the post-deal creation of Virtustream. It’s too soon to say the deal is in jeopardy, but there are enough… Read More

  • AWS Lambda Makes Serverless Applications A Reality

    AWS Lambda Makes Serverless Applications A Reality

    Most companies today develop applications and deploy them on servers — whether on-premises or in the cloud. That means figuring out how much server, storage and database power they need ahead of time, and deploying all of the hardware and software it takes to run the application. Suppose you didn’t want to deal with all of that and were looking for a new model that handled all of… Read More

  • Cisco Snags Acano for $700 Million To Enhance Video Conferencing Capability

    Cisco Snags Acano for $700 Million To Enhance Video Conferencing Capability

    Cisco announced today it plans to buy video conferencing firm Acano for the widely reported price of $700 million. The company, which is based in the UK, has developed video infrastructure and collaboration software. You’re probably thinking that Cisco already offers that same kind of service and you would be right. It bought WebEx in 2007 for $3.2 billion and has been positioning it as… Read More

  • Google Buys Bebop And Names Diane Greene To Lead Enterprise Cloud Effort

    Google Buys Bebop And Names Diane Greene To Lead Enterprise Cloud Effort

    In a surprise move today, Google announced it was buying enterprise development platform startup bebop and making its founder, Diane Greene head of Google’s enterprise cloud business. Greene boasts an impressive background as one one of the co-founders and former CEO at VMware. Her company had been operating in stealth up until today’s acquisition. Google made the move official… Read More

  • IBM Wants to Help Professional Sports Teams Enter The Digital Age

    IBM Wants to Help Professional Sports Teams Enter The Digital Age

    Say what you will about IBM, they are constantly trying new ways to generate business, and their latest initiative involves helping professional sports team modernize stadium operations and update the way they interact with fans. The project is two-fold. The first part is the Sports and Entertainment Global Consortium, a group of companies coming together to drive infrastructure updates… Read More

  • PlanGrid Lands $40 Million Investment To Expand Product

    PlanGrid Lands $40 Million Investment To Expand Product

    PlanGrid, the company that digitized the construction industry, announced today that it has landed a $40 million investment. Tenaya Capital led the round. Additional investors include Sequoia, Founders Fund, YC Continuity and Northgate. Today’s investment brings the total to over $58 million. PlanGrid CEO Tracy Young says they took the money, even though most of the Series A remains in… Read More

  • APX Labs Grabs $13 Million For Enterprise Smart Glasses Platform

    APX Labs Grabs $13 Million For Enterprise Smart Glasses Platform

    APX Labs, makers of the Skylight smart glasses development platform, announced a $13 million investment today. The round was led by NEA, but there were several others parties involved including CNF Investments, GE Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, SineWave Ventures, and other unnamed investors. Today’s round brings the total raised to $29 million. While the company was happy about the… Read More

  • Satya Nadella Delivers Microsoft State of Security Address

    Satya Nadella Delivers Microsoft State of Security Address

    Satya Nadella came to Washington, DC this morning, and delivered The Microsoft State of Security address, laying out Microsoft’s security vision and all of the tools and technologies that entails. Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum, he articulated the company security strategy. Key to this was not only finding ways to secure the key elements of the Microsoft ecosystem… Read More

  • Datto Scores $75 Million As It Seeks To Expand Beyond Disaster Recovery

    Datto Scores $75 Million As It Seeks To Expand Beyond Disaster Recovery

    Datto, the company that acts as a backup and disaster recovery service for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs), announced today that it has raised $75 million in a Series B investment. The round was led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and brings the total investment across two rounds for the eight-year old company to just over $100 million. Ted Coons, a general partner at TCV said… Read More

  • Microsoft Dynamics Corporate VP Bob Stutz Steps Down

    Microsoft Dynamics Corporate VP Bob Stutz Steps Down

    In a stunner today, Microsoft Corporate VP Bob Stutz stepped down from his job running Microsoft Dynamics CRM. MSDynamicsWorld broke the story, and Microsoft has confirmed the news in a statement. Bob Stutz will be leaving Microsoft and will take a well-deserved break.  Over the past 3.5 years, Bob and his team have transformed Dynamics CRM from an industry challenger to a clear leader. … Read More

  • At GitHub You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Office, But There Is A Nice One If You Do

    At GitHub You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Office, But There Is A Nice One If You Do

    If you want to work for GitHub, the software development collaboration hub built on the open source Git project, you have to be independent and able to work outside the confines of what most organizations would consider normal operational guidelines. You don’t have to come to the office. In fact, you are encouraged to work where you want in the world at whatever timing makes sense for you. Read More

  • Box’s Head Of PR Ashley Mayer To Exit For New Job At Social Capital

    Box’s Head Of PR Ashley Mayer To Exit For New Job At Social Capital

    Tonight Ashley Mayer who runs PR at Box, announced in a Medium post that she was leaving the company after six years for a new job running brand and talent at Social Capital. Mayer, who went to high school with the co-founders, started at Box in 2009 after answering a query on her Facebook page from one of the founders. She grew into the job from a one-person shop to managing a team of PR… Read More

  • SalesforceIQ-Desk.com Integration Gives Small Business Enterprise Capabilities

    SalesforceIQ-Desk.com Integration Gives Small Business Enterprise Capabilities

    It’s challenging for a fast-growing small business to offer great customer service while continuing to increase sales at a rapid rate. It would probably go more smoothly if the two departments had access to a common set of information, but making that happen for a small business has been a difficult and expensive undertaking. Salesforce.com wants to change that and today it introduced… Read More

  • Eyefluence Eye Interaction System Emerges From Stealth With $14 Million Investment

    Eyefluence Eye Interaction System Emerges From Stealth With $14 Million Investment

    Eyefluence, a company that has created a unique eye tracking system for use with today’s virtual reality/augmented reality headsets, emerged from stealth today with a $14 million Series B funding round. “Eyefluence transforms intent into action through your eyes. We believe anything you can do with your finger on a smartphone, you should be able to do with your eyes on a… Read More

  • HackerOne Snags Former HP Exec Mårten Mickos As CEO

    HackerOne Snags Former HP Exec Mårten Mickos As CEO

    HackerOne, the bug bounty platform, announced today that it has hired Mårten Mickos as CEO. He was formerly an HP executive and CEO at Eucalyptus and MySQL. Mickos replaces co-founder Merijn Terheggen who will continue to work on key strategic directions for the organization while Mickos takes over the day-to-day running of the company It’s been a tumultuous 14 months for Mickos. Read More

  • Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

    Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

    It has often been said that every company is a software company or even a big data company, but as I attended the Intel Capital Global Summit last week, another thought occurred to me: every company is now also an investment company. The star of the show last week was Intel Capital of course, the venture arm of Intel Corporation, but it’s far from alone. Over dinner strictly by… Read More

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