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Jul 16, 2013   //   by Cary Landis   //   Cloud Computing News  //  Comments Off

ProjectionHub designed with startup finances in mind – Tue, 16 Sep 2014
At ProjectionHub, an Indianapolis-based company dedicated to startup financing, it’s become a whole lot easier for entrepreneurs to create their financial projections for potential investors and lenders. ProjectionHub is a web-based app that helps entrepreneurs create those projections, using a software that is very similar to TurboTax in the way that …

Twitter tests in-app buy button – Mon, 08 Sep 2014
Twitter has announced that beginning Monday, some Tweets from their test partners will feature the much-awaited “buy” button that the company calls “an early step” in building more e-commerce functionality into the social media giant’s offerings. A small percentage of U.S. users are included in this early September test launch, and …

Shoes: Another reason for a 3D printer at home – Wed, 03 Sep 2014
While China’s printing of tiny houses is a big deal, there is something even more pressing happening: 3D printed fashion. Priorities, please! In fact, 3D printed fashion is changing the capabilities and the look of their work for many designers, and it’s putting design and science hand in hand, once …

Emerging 100: Nonprofit Easy – Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: Pricewaiter – Mon, 25 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: Vend – Mon, 18 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: TipTal – Wed, 13 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: SyCara Local – Tue, 12 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Emerging 100: Docker – Tue, 12 Aug 2014
Techie.com is pleased to reveal the next of its “Emerging 100” winners. We’ll be featuring these emerging companies – and their innovative products and plans – frequently on the Techie.com site. The companies you find here have been chosen on the basis of their vision and their plans to achieve it. …

Robot Turtles: From Kickstarter to national launch – Mon, 11 Aug 2014
The old-school board game around the family kitchen table may not be what first comes to mind when we think about gaming and technology – but “Robot Turtles,” the game designed to teach basic coding skills to preschoolers, is changing all that.
A product of CEO Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello, …

@CloudExpo | @Cisco to Acquire Metacloud [#Cloud] – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Cisco on Wedesday announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud deploys and operates private clouds for global organizations with a unique OpenStack-as-a-Service model that delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds in a customer’s data center.
Metacloud’s OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate Cisco’s strategy to build the world’s largest global Intercloud, a network of clouds, together with key partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything. Since announcing its Intercloud strategy in March, Cisco has made rapid progress, enlisting key technology partners, service and cloud providers, all of whom are standardizing upon the Cisco Cloud Services architecture, which is based on OpenStack open source software for building private and public clouds.

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@CloudExpo | What Is Important for #Cloud Services? – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Amazon is indisputably the biggest name in cloud service providers. They have built up a strong market presence primarily on the argument that access to cheap compute and storage resources is attractive to companies looking to shed IT costs as they move from on-premises solutions to the cloud. But after the initial push for cheap resources, how will this market develop?
Amazon has cut prices to their cloud offering more than 40 times since introducing the service in 2006. The way this gets translated in press circles is that cloud services pricing is approaching some floor. But is that true?

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@CloudExpo | @Gridstore’s Accelerate Partner Program Gains New Momentum – Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Gridstore has announced that NAC, Inc. and Sky Tech have joined its innovative Accelerate Partner Program. Both new members cite Gridstore’s expertise in enabling the Hybrid Cloud and their solution purpose-built for Hyper-V as the key criteria for their decision to join the program. Integrating seamlessly with business clients, these new partners provide industry-proven storage solutions that promote satisfied customers, profitable businesses, and communities that thrive.

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@ThingsExpo | Intimate Symbiosis – the Apple Watch (#IoT) – Tue, 16 Sep 2014
A recent Time magazine essay on the Apple Watch said, “The Apple Watch represents a redrawing of the map that locates technology in one place and our bodies in another…  The Apple Watch signals the advent of of an “always-on Internet”, … Continue reading

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@CloudExpo | How to Overcome the Cloud-Savvy IT Talent Shortage (@dhdeans) – Tue, 16 Sep 2014
Senior executives at large multinational enterprises are already demanding that their CIO has a plan in place to ensure that they can effectively procure public and private cloud services for their organization. In smaller companies, some IT managers are now expected to acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a similar role. Are they prepared? To find out, let’s review a current IT resource assessment.

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@CloudExpo | @SendGrid Co-Founder Says 65% of Email is Now Mobile – Tue, 16 Sep 2014
Isaac Saldana is co-founder and president of SendGrid. The roots of the company were born of his frustration in getting emails delivered through apps he was building, he tells us. So he started a company with the snappy name SMTPAPI.com, which as one might expect, featured an SMTP API. He applied and was accepted to the Techstars program, which calls itself the “#1 startup accelerator in the world” and is based in Boulder, CO. Techstars receive mentorship and $118,000 in funding in exchange for a 7-10% share in their company.

After completing the Techstars program in July 2009, Isaac got seed funding for the re-named company SendGrid in November of that year and Series A funding in April 2010. He also met Jim Franklin through Techstars co-founder Brad Feld, and Franklin now serves as SendGrid’s CEO.

Once briefed on this history, we had a couple of other questions for him:

Cloud Computing Journal: So can you give us an idea of the scale of the services SendGrid provides today?

Isaac Saldana: Delivering wanted email to the inbox is increasingly complex for businesses who rely on it as a primary vehicle to grow and retain their customer base. SendGrid is the global leader in providing technology solutions that dramatically increase the deliverability of application-generated and customer engagement email.

SendGrid has built a trusted, globally-distributed cloud platform that successfully delivers over 13 billion emails each month. To date, the company has sent over 250 billion emails, representing 2% of global non-spam email traffic.

CCJ: And who is your customer base?

Isaac: SendGrid’s customer base includes best-of-breed Internet and mobile-based applications such as Pinterest, Airbnb, Pandora, Hubspot, Spotify, Uber, Linkedin and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises.

SendGrid’s customers also include a large community of developers who build cloud-based applications that leverage our platform. In total, SendGrid has had over 175,000 customers.

CCJ: How do you see email evolving in an era of mobile devices?

Isaac: According to data from the U.S. Consumer Device Preference Report from Movable Ink, 65 percent of email is now being accessed via mobile devices in the US.

As a result, email is becoming an important tool for customer engagement via mobile devices.

But, while email opens on mobile devices have gone up, the time spent reading emails has decreases and as such the content, frequency and messages in email must be customized and optimized for mobile. SendGrid has several recommendations has for optimizing an email campaign on a mobile device and has conducted its own recent study in the US and UK about which devices are being used to open email.

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‘Internet of Things’ (#IoT) Business Transformation At @ThingsExpo – Mon, 15 Sep 2014
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand.
In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show you how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.

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@GigaomResearch Survey | Benchmarking #Cloud Expectations in 2014 – Mon, 15 Sep 2014
In 2013, there was increasing demand for cloud computing, with enterprise after enterprise committing to a rapid and vigorous redeployment of resources toward cloud-based solutions. Gigaom Research conducted surveys of both mainstream and leading-edge users in the second quarter of 2014 and results suggest that another wave of cloud technology investment is anticipated over the next 1-2 years.
In Gigaom’s analysis of the survey, there were evident key drivers and inhibitors for cloud adoption, as well as workload migration patterns.

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@Cloud Expo | Cracking the #Cloud Code – Mon, 15 Sep 2014
The cloud is one of those technology trends that seems to be perpetually on the cusp of becoming ubiquitous. But if recent analyst reports are any indication, cloud’s breakthrough moment is imminent. Late last year, Gartner predicted that in 2016, the bulk of new IT spend would shift to the public cloud, and that by the end of 2017, nearly half of all enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.
But if cloud has been around for so long, why will it take so long for cloud to become the dominant source of IT spend?

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Racemi Delivers Cloud Migration Software – Thu, 11 Sep 2014
Racemi announced an update to its DynaCenter cloud migration software that synchronizes changed data between source and target to minimize data latency prior to migration cut over. This new delta-data synchronization feature is especially useful for migrating large enterprise applications such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Process Management (BPM), and other enterprise applications, which are often performed by system integrators.

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IBM Extends Cloud Services to AT&T Private Networks – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Business partners IBM and AT&T extended their alliance by adding AT&T NetBond to options IBM provides to access its SoftLayer cloud.

SAP, Serious About the Cloud, Buys Concur for $8.3 Billion – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Concur, founded in 1993, currently serves more than 23,000 enterprise customers and 25 million active users in 150 countries.

AT&T Spins Up Network on Demand Service – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Business customers will be able to provision services and change network bandwidth via an online self-service portal.

CloudFlare’s Keyless SSL Takes New Approach to Cloud Security – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Instead of requiring the cloud to hold an enterprise’s private encryption key, the cloud security vendor has built a new approach.

Ellison Steps Down as Oracle CEO, but Management Team Stays – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
The all-purpose IT vendor reported that its fiscal 2015 Q1 total revenues were up 3 percent; net income was unchanged at $2.2 billion over Q1 2014.

Microsoft Boosts Cloud-Based OLTP With New SQL Images – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
The company floats new SQL Server images that enable businesses to run transaction processing and data warehousing workloads on the cloud.

Blue Jeans Tool Measures Video Conferencing Use, Performance – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Blue Jeans’ Command Center offering gives IT administrators greater visibility into how the cloud-based solution is being used in their companies.

Logitech Wants Universal Home Platform to Become Standard – Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Logitech’s Home Hub, the central controller, turns any smartphone or tablet into a universal remote for connected home devices.

Two-Factor Authentication Makes Your Scandalous Selfies Safe on iCloud – Wed, 17 Sep 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: You’re now free to store your files indiscreet photos in iCloud securely, provided you remember to turn on two-factor authentication.

Rackspace Says It’s Not for Sale, Despite Obstacles – Wed, 17 Sep 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: Rackspace names a new CEO, as the OpenStack cloud founder chooses not to sell after evaluating its strategic options.

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Apple Pay’s growth curve: The ramp will take time – Fri, 19 Sep 2014
Apple Pay could realistically be a huge business for Apple, but adoption will depend on sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consumer willingness to change and retailer IT infrastructure.

SAP confirms purchase of travel expenses platform Concur for $8.3B – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Following reports earlier this month about already seeking a buyer, Concur’s board of directors have unanimously approved the transaction.

Alibaba prepares for imminent IPO at $68 per share – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Some analyst expectations simply won’t be met just given how high expectations have risen for what is being flaunted as the greatest tech IPO in history.

Home Depot: 56 million payment cards affected by cyberattack – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Home Depot said it has added better encryption software and replaced 85,000 PIN pads following the attack that started in April.

Red Hat subscription revenue continues to climb amid positive Q2 earnings – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Nevertheless, Red Hat shares started to tumble by nearly two percent in after hours trading.

Oracle’s Ellison steps down as CEO as Hurd, Catz take over – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Oracle’s front man will become CTO and hand off to Mark Hurd and Safra Catz as co-CEOs. Oracle delivers another shaky quarter.

Apple omits ‘warrant canary’ from latest transparency reports; Patriot Act data demands likely made – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
A warrant canary stating that Apple has ‘never received an order’ under the Patriot Act has been removed from its latest reports. That suggests such demands have been made.

Facebook tweaks News Feed again to surface ‘right content’ – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
The latest upgrade boils down to two main tweaks around trending topics and engagement (i.e., Likes and comments).

Cisco snaps up Memoir Systems for faster networking gear – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
The networking giant wants to speed up its networking gear in order to make datacenters faster. Why does that matter? You know those cloud-based apps that you use…

Twilio tackles MMS with latest API – Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Starting today, developers and businesses can incorporate Twilio MMS in their apps and workflows using Twilio’s two-way API.

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