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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  • IBM, Pfizer launch joint experiment to help measure Parkinson’s symptoms using IoT and analytics

    IBM, Pfizer launch joint experiment to help measure Parkinson’s symptoms using IoT and analytics

    What happens when you put a technology company together with a drug company and try to come up with unique new ways to understand Parkinson’s disease? You end up with a project that uses sensors on the body and in the home to provide continuous measurement of a patient’s symptoms and the impact they have on that person’s daily life, something that’s almost impossible to… Read More

  • Microsoft marches forward with its security plan, releasing Cloud App Security

    Microsoft marches forward with its security plan, releasing Cloud App Security

    As Microsoft works its way toward implementing the security plan that CEO Satya Nadella outlined in a talk last Fall in DC, part of that has been creating tools and part buying them. Today, it announced that Adallom, a company it bought last year was becoming generally available and renamed Microsoft Cloud App Security. While the new name lacks the pizazz of the original, it does convey… Read More

  • Mirantis scores huge OpenStack win with VW

    Mirantis scores huge OpenStack win with VW

    Mirantis, one of the last pure play OpenStack startups left standing announced a major win today when VW chose them over Red Hat for an enormous OpenStack implementation. It was huge for Mirantis and for the open source OpenStack project. VW knew it wanted to run a private cloud on OpenStack. The only question was the vendor. After a call for requests for proposals it came down to two… Read More

  • Microsoft’s mobile problem may not be a problem at all

    Microsoft’s mobile problem may not be a problem at all

    When Microsoft announced its Windows 10 strategy last year, the thinking was that the unified platform would drive Windows Mobile and finally bring the Windows phone out of the doldrums where it’s been virtually forever. The idea was you could develop once for Windows 10 desktop and easily share that code on any device, making it impossibly attractive for developers, which would… Read More

  • Apttus adds support for Microsoft Dynamics as it tries to expand its market reach beyond Salesforce

    Apttus adds support for Microsoft Dynamics as it tries to expand its market reach beyond Salesforce

    Since its earliest days Apttus has always been a Salesforce shop. It’s built on the Salesforce platform and worked exclusively with Salesforce CRM, but that changed today when the company announced it would also be supporting Microsoft Dynamics in the future. There seemed to be a shift in the company’s thinking at the end of last year when Salesforce bought SteelBrick, a… Read More

  • Can Slack transform enterprise communication once and for all?

    Can Slack transform enterprise communication once and for all?

    Those of us who have been around the block a few times have seen multiple attempts to kill email and change the way people communicate in the enterprise. Slack is just the latest, but one that has captured market share and money along the way. Consider that just today, Slack got $200 million in funding on a whopping $3.8 billion valuation. It launched just three years ago and has raised… Read More

  • Microsoft gives developers new options to plug into Office 365

    Microsoft gives developers new options to plug into Office 365

    At the Build developer conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced a series of new Office 365 developer tools designed to enhance how they interact with the Office 365 platform. Microsoft outlined three new ways for developers to work with Office 365, including Graph APIs to provide intelligent integration inside third-party applications using content from the Microsoft Graph… Read More

  • Microsoft answers AWS Lambda’s event-triggered serverless apps with Azure Functions

    Microsoft answers AWS Lambda’s event-triggered serverless apps with Azure Functions

    Microsoft announced it was previewing a new service today at its annual Build Developer conference that lets programmers create event-driven triggers without deploying any underlying infrastructure. If it sounds familiar, it’s because AWS introduced a similar service called Lambda last year at re:Invent and in the tit for tat world of public cloud computing, Microsoft had to respond. Read More

  • Protecting identity could be key to enterprise security

    Protecting identity could be key to enterprise security

    When you hear from people who know about security, the discussion often turns to end users, who are considered the weakest link in the security chain. While IT and the powers that be struggle to secure their networks and IP, the employees are forever screwing up succumbing to phishing scams, using weak credentials and generally causing problems for the security experts who know best — or… Read More

  • AppDirect makes cross-cloud search vendor Xendo its sixth acquisition

    AppDirect makes cross-cloud search vendor Xendo its sixth acquisition

    AppDirect, a company that helps customers manage multiple cloud vendors, announced today it was buying former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield participant Xendo for an undisclosed amount. Xendo, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in September, 2014 enables users to conduct federated searches across cloud services, a function that could prove quite useful for AppDirect. In fact, AppDirect… Read More

  • Newcomer Galactic Exchange can spin up a Hadoop cluster in five minutes

    Newcomer Galactic Exchange can spin up a Hadoop cluster in five minutes

    A new company with a cool name, Galactic Exchange, came out of stealth today with a great idea. It claims it can spin up a Hadoop cluster for you in five minutes, ready to go. That’s no small feat if it works as advertised and greatly simplifies what has traditionally been a process wrought with complexity. The new product called ClusterGX is being released in Beta this week… Read More

  • Google Stackdriver helps IT get unified view across AWS and Google Cloud

    Google Stackdriver helps IT get unified view across AWS and Google Cloud

    Today at the GCPNext16 event in San Francisco, Google announced the launch of Google StackDriver, a tool that gives IT a unified tool for monitoring, alerting, incidents management and logging complete with dashboards providing visual insights across each category. Google purchased Stackdriver, the Cambridge, MA company in 2014 when it was mostly devoted to AWS cloud monitoring. It helped… Read More

  • Disrupting the wrong stuff

    Disrupting the wrong stuff

    Author Tom Wolfe once wrote a book about the American space program called The Right Stuff. Last week I wrote a piece called Technology is disrupting everything. I don’t bring up Wolfe’s work to compare myself to him — that would be laughable — but because an astute reader named John G. Moore, Jr. left me a comment in that piece that got me thinking we are in fact… Read More

  • Uber launches bug bounty program that pays hackers to find security issues

    Uber launches bug bounty program that pays hackers to find security issues

    Uber announced today that after a year of Beta testing, it was opening its first ever bug bounty program running on the HackerOne bug bounty platform. Bug bounty programs for those of you not familiar with the lingo, pay hackers or researchers as they prefer to call them to find security vulnerabilities on a software platform. In essence, it’s turning people who might have once… Read More

  • Looker’s slick Slack integration inserts data directly into conversations

    Looker’s slick Slack integration inserts data directly into conversations

    Looker, a data visualization and business intelligence startup announced a new component today that brings Looker data directly into Slack conversations without having to access the program separately. The new tool is called Looker Slack Bot and is built using the Slack bot technology. It provides a way for users working in Slack to access data related to the discussion.  They may want a… Read More

  • Okta expands partnership with Box to include enterprise mobility management

    Okta expands partnership with Box to include enterprise mobility management

    Okta, a company mostly known for cloud identity management, made a foray into enterprise mobility management (EMM) at the end of 2014. Today, it announced a partnership with Box to support device-level security for the Box mobile app. The company is hoping this is the start of a series of partnerships with enterprise mobile app vendors that will enable them to apply a set of policies on… Read More

  • Apple looks to Google’s Cloud Platform as it diversifies its infrastructure

    Apple looks to Google’s Cloud Platform as it diversifies its infrastructure

    Rumors are flying today that Apple is moving part of its cloud business from AWS to Google’s Cloud Platform. We did some asking around and yes, it does appear that Apple has made some moves to diversify its iCloud storage, tapping Google for some of that business. This is another huge win for Google and a — at the very least perceived — loss of ground for AWS, which… Read More

  • Technology is disrupting everything

    Technology is disrupting everything

    I spent a good part of my day yesterday attending the On-demand Economy conference at MIT. It was an interesting if somewhat academic look at the changes facing us as individuals, organizations and as a society as we shift to an on-demand world. What struck me beyond how this new way of doing business is affecting us, was how technology was driving this change — and that the speed… Read More

  • Salesforce takes on ServiceMax, Microsoft and Oracle with new field service product

    Salesforce takes on ServiceMax, Microsoft and Oracle with new field service product

    Salesforce has its fingers in many pies when it comes to tracking customers, customer service and marketing, but until now it left field service to third parties like ServiceMax. That changed today when the cloud giant announced a new field service product they have dubbed Field Service Lightning. Salesforce licensed parts of their new solution from ClickSoftware for hard bits… Read More

  • Altiscale’s latest cloud service brings Hadoop to business users

    Altiscale’s latest cloud service brings Hadoop to business users

    Altiscale, a company that has always been about reducing the complexity related to using Hadoop, has taken that to the next level today with the release of Altiscale Insight Cloud, a cloud service aimed at making Hadoop accessible to business users. Altiscale Insight Cloud provides services for data ingestion, processing, analysis and visualization. That includes the ability to… Read More

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