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 an occasional contributor at Smart Industry, a blog on Industrial Internet of Things.

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 Pours Researchers And Resources Into Apache Spark Project

    IBM Pours Researchers And Resources Into Apache Spark Project

    IBM today pledged it would devote 3500 researchers to the open source big data project, Apache Spark. It also announced that it was open sourcing its own IBM SystemML machine learning technology in a move designed to help push it to the forefront of big data and machine learning. These two technologies are part of the IBM transformation strategy that includes cloud, big data, analytics and… Read More

  • Standards Bring Order To Enterprise Software

    Standards Bring Order To Enterprise Software

    One thing was clear to me this week as I wandered the halls of the Hilton at Torrey Pines for the Cloud Identity Summit, and it had nothing to do with the famous golf course or the trees for which it’s named. Whatever the subject, enterprise scale brings with it complexity, and one of the ways to counteract that complexity is developing standards. In fact, a persistent theme across… Read More

  • The Enterprise Silo Problem Stubbornly Persists

    The Enterprise Silo Problem Stubbornly Persists

    I’ve been writing about the enterprise for a long time, and back in the day when I was covering content management, there was forever talk about busting down content silos and putting the content to work across the company. It was a nice idea, but in practice it rarely happens. What I learned this week, as I attended the Cloud Identity Summit in San Diego, was that identity was also… Read More

  • Security Startup Illusive Networks Uses Deception To Catch Hackers

    Security Startup Illusive Networks Uses Deception To Catch Hackers

    Imagine you’re a red-blooded hacker and you want to break into a corporate network. You find your way in, probably by stealing someone’s credentials. Then you go to work. You move around until you find another lock to pick and slowly, steadily, patiently you go deeper and deeper into the network until you find the prize you’re seeking. But what if that picked lock the… Read More

  • New Ping Identity Platform Includes Apple Watch Authentication

    New Ping Identity Platform Includes Apple Watch Authentication

    Ping Identity announced a platform approach to identity management today at the Cloud Identity Summit in San Diego that includes the ability to get your second authentication factor using an Apple Watch. The idea behind the platform is to put identity at the center of the security model and enable users — whether employees, partners or customers — to have access to applications… Read More

  • Menlo Security Emerges From Stealth With $25M And Plan To Defeat Malware

    Menlo Security Emerges From Stealth With $25M And Plan To Defeat Malware

    Menlo Security, a company with a unique plan to battle malware, emerged from stealth today and also announced $25M in Series B funding. The idea is an intriguing one. Many security problems emanate from malware, which can give hackers a path into a system where they can find their way deeper in and eventually compromise the entire network. But what if you could prevent the malware from… Read More

  • Dropbox Adds More Features To Attract Enterprise Customers

    Dropbox Adds More Features To Attract Enterprise Customers

    Dropbox announced several updates today designed to appeal to larger enterprise customers and make them feel more comfortable using Dropbox for Business. Dropbox faces a huge challenge with enterprise customers. Sure, it cites some big numbers in terms of current users, claiming 100,000 Dropbox for Business users including high profile clients like MIT and Hard Rock Cafe. Yet it’s… Read More

  • New Cisco CEO Favors Diversity And Youth In Executive Team

    New Cisco CEO Favors Diversity And Youth In Executive Team

    New Cisco CEO, Chuck Robbins, unveiled his new executive team in a blog post today, and he’s favoring diversity and youth as he tries to sell Cisco to a new generation of customers. He’s got a challenge. But as he moves in and former CEO John Chambers and members of his team move on, Robbins is already putting his own unique stamp on the organization, hiring five men and five women… Read More

  • Piston Goes To Cisco, Blue Box to IBM As OpenStack Consolidation Accelerates

    Piston Goes To Cisco, Blue Box to IBM As OpenStack Consolidation Accelerates

    Cisco announced this morning it has purchased private cloud — and OpenStack — specialist Piston Cloud Computing. The acquisition comes on the heels of its Metacloud purchase last Fall, and the acquisition marks the latest OpenStack startup to get scooped up as the market consolidation continues. Meanwhile IBM grabbed the OpenStack private-cloud service Blue Box, another… Read More

  • New MongoDB Connector Creates Direct Link To Data Visualization Tools

    New MongoDB Connector Creates Direct Link To Data Visualization Tools

    MongoDB, the open source database platform, announced several updates today at its MongoDB World user conference in New York City, including integration with Tableau and other data visualization tools. Lots of companies have been building applications using MongoDB because they like its lack of structure and flexibility. It’s one of the key reasons they use MongoDB, but when it comes to… Read More

  • Microsoft Wraps Its Windows 10 Pitch, Here’s What You Need To Know

    Microsoft Wraps Its Windows 10 Pitch, Here’s What You Need To Know

    Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. The date matches prior leaks and promises from the company regarding when the new operating system will touch down. The release schedule also puts Windows 10 into the market before the back-to-school PC sales cycle, and, of course, the holiday season. The software company is, in other words, putting itself in as good a… Read More

  • Adobe Adds Mixamo 3D Animation Service To Creative Cloud Mix

    Adobe Adds Mixamo 3D Animation Service To Creative Cloud Mix

    Adobe bought Mixamo, a 3D character creation service today and will incorporate it into the Creative Cloud. Mixamo has been improving 3D character creation since its inception and has really pushed the art, giving designers a way to build and incorporate 3D characters into games in a fairly simple and intuitive way. “This is an interesting move on Adobe’s part, and it fits in… Read More

  • Intel-Altera Deal Marks Second Big Chip Company Merger In Less Than A Week

    Intel-Altera Deal Marks Second Big Chip Company Merger In Less Than A Week

    This morning Intel confirmed it had bought Altera, maker of programmable chips, for $16.7 billion. That may seem like a big number until you consider that Avago Technologies Ltd. bought wireless-chip maker Broadcom last week for $37 billion. It’s a good week to be in the chip business. According to published reports, the deal has been in the works for months, but perhaps the… Read More

  • Labs And Incubators Fuel Enterprise Innovation

    Labs And Incubators Fuel Enterprise Innovation

    Change doesn’t come easily to large organizations. Over time they have established a firm set of core business processes to give  them the structure to manage massive workforces, which makes sense, but it also means they lack the agility of smaller companies. They have created systems to provide safe and effective ways of doing business, which protects companies from chaotic… Read More

  • YC Grad Yhat Scores $1.5M In Second Seed Round

    YC Grad Yhat Scores $1.5M In Second Seed Round

    When Yhat, the company that has developed solutions to help organize data scientist teams, graduated from the Y Combinator, winter 2015 class, the founders had a goal to raise a million dollars to keep growing the company when they returned to New York. They may have aimed too low.  The team actually was able to raise $1.5 million in their oversubscribed round, thanks to the interest in… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. The company’s site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it. The document confirms a transfer of shares of the startup to Apple on May 21st/22nd. When asked by TechCrunch, Apple responded with its standard… Read More

  • Salesforce Helps Customers Ride Wave To Big Data Platforms

    Salesforce Helps Customers Ride Wave To Big Data Platforms

    Salesforce Wave, the data analysis platform that Salesforce.com released last Fall, was originally conceived to visualize Salesforce data, but the company is always tinkering with its products. Today it announced a series of connectors that link Wave with popular big data tools with the idea of bringing external data sources to the platform. Partners include Cloudera, Google, New… Read More

  • Salesforce Isn’t Going Anywhere

    Salesforce Isn’t Going Anywhere

    For the past several weeks we’ve been hearing persistent rumors that somebody is going to buy Salesforce.com. The company delivered its quarterly report last week, performing decently, seeing its share price and market capitalization grow as a result. Yet in spite of ongoing industry gossip, it remains unlikely anyone will buy the crown jewel of SaaS. Read More

  • EMC Continues Shift To Cloud With $1.2B Virtustream Purchase

    EMC Continues Shift To Cloud With $1.2B Virtustream Purchase

    EMC announced this morning that it had purchased Virtustream, a cloud management firm, for $1.2 billion. The company has indicated it will incorporate Virtustream as the company’s newly formed cloud managed services business. Virtustream, which launched in 2008 has raised of $129 million since its inception. A billion dollar exit on that kind of raise is not too shabby, and it gives… Read More

  • Rubrik Raises $40M As Enterprise Backup Is Suddenly Hot

    Rubrik Raises $40M As Enterprise Backup Is Suddenly Hot

    Investors are throwing some serious money at enterprise backup these days. If you want proof, look at Rubrik, a startup that has developed a hybrid cloud and on-premises backup solution. It landed $40 million in Series B today. The round was led by Greylock Partners with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and existing angel investors it chose not to name. Today’s… Read More

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