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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  • 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

  • Skyhook Wireless brings location services to wearables in a petite package

    Skyhook Wireless brings location services to wearables in a petite package

    Skyhook Wireless has been working on location technology for longer than many of the biggest names in smartphones have been around. Today it launched a new SDK aimed at bringing location to wearables in an extremely small code footprint. The challenge with wearables when it comes to location is that there isn’t a lot of real estate inside them and thus they tend to have underpowered… Read More

  • Alooma scores $11.2 million Series A to solve data science pain points

    Alooma scores $11.2 million Series A to solve data science pain points

    Alooma, an Israeli startup that helps companies process and work with big data in real time delivered as a cloud service, announced an $11.2 million Series A round today led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. The product focuses on the people working with data like data scientists and end users with advanced degrees in mathematics and machine learning, rather than… Read More

  • White House draft policy wants federal agencies to find open source religion

    White House draft policy wants federal agencies to find open source religion

    By now, the advantages of open source are there for all to see. When you give people access to the underlying code, good things happen. People find bugs and security holes. They make it better. They adapt it to different needs. They even build entire startup ecosystems on top of key projects. It’s become so ubiquitous in the private sector that the government has begun to see the light too. Read More

  • Salesforce-Microsoft love grows with SalesforceIQ-Outlook integration

    Salesforce-Microsoft love grows with SalesforceIQ-Outlook integration

    Salesforce announced today that its SalesforceIQ intelligence product now integrates with Microsoft Outlook, which happens to be the most used business email program on the planet with over 400 million users on Outlook.com alone. The product being released today is called SalesforceIQ Inbox for Outlook. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but the point is that it takes that existing Inbox product… Read More

  • Tableau scores advanced database tech with acquisition of German startup HyPer

    Tableau scores advanced database tech with acquisition of German startup HyPer

    Tableau announced today that it has acquired HyPer, an early-stage German startup born in academia that has developed an advanced database technology. Tableau intends to incorporate the technology into its product set. Tableau is a business intelligence and analytics company, taking business data and helping companies make sense of it. The new HyPer database technology should provide… Read More

  • Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

    Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

    Cisco announced it has purchased Synata, a search startup that allows users to search across on-premise or cloud repositories simultaneously. Cisco plans to integrate the Synata technology into its Spark communications platform (which should not to be confused with Apache Spark). While Cisco usually reveals purchase prices, because it was under $100 million, it chose to keep this one… Read More

  • Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

    Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

    Intel announced overnight in a company blog post that it has purchased Israeli company Replay Technologies. The company provides an unusual 3D video rendering capability it calls “free dimensional” or freeD™ video, according to Intel. While the technology could potentially have a broader usage than sports broadcasting, it has been used to-date to enable fans to get a 360… Read More

  • Fear and loathing at RSA: Hacking, security and the limits of protection

    Fear and loathing at RSA: Hacking, security and the limits of protection

    People are trying to steal your credentials or trick you into giving them important information. They are exploiting unpatched operating systems, locating security holes in applications and hacking into unprotected hardware. You’re not paranoid, you’re told. Hackers, con artists and social engineers really are out to get you, and frankly you’re pretty helpless to stop… Read More

  • Former heads of NSA and Homeland Security unlikely Apple supporters in encryption battle

    Former heads of NSA and Homeland Security unlikely Apple supporters in encryption battle

    At a panel discussion today at the RSA conference in San Francisco, Apple found two unlikely allies when the former heads of the NSA and Homeland Security threw their support behind encryption technologies. Michael Chertoff, who was the head of Homeland Security under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and who helped author the USA Patriot Act, and former NSA head Mike McConnell… Read More

  • Cisco to acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million as buying spree continues

    Cisco to acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million as buying spree continues

    Cisco continued its buying spree today as it announced its intention to acquire Israeli chip designer Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million. Cisco sees this acquisition as a way to bolster its hardware catalog with highly advanced chip technology. “By combining Leaba’s semiconductor expertise with the Cisco engineering team, we will accelerate our plans for Cisco’s… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Brad Smith stands with Apple while passionately defending encryption

    Microsoft’s Brad Smith stands with Apple while passionately defending encryption

    Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, gave a passionate defense of encryption today, saying his company stood with Apple in its legal battle with the FBI. He made his remarks during a keynote address at the RSA security conference in San Francisco. Read More

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