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Software Eats the WorldDid you read that Uber, the mobile application company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month?  Why would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire industries. They are a data driven start-up enabled by mobile devices. For insight into this innovative and transformative company read their description, "Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our [mobile] apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Now that is an ambitious "About" statement! Do you know how many taxis Uber maintains?  NONE!  They are a company using data in innovative ways to make money.  Data on drivers, riders, locations, history, payment infor... (more)

A Strategic Framework for Cloud Migration

I am often asked about the steps to be taken and the issues to be considered for a successful migration to cloud computing. There is no magic formula to it, the specific steps will depend on your internal structure, industry and differentiation in the market. As general framework, I usually recommend the Decision Framework for Cloud Migration described in the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy together with a thorough study and comparison of cloud providers tailored to your needs and requirements. The three main guidelines would be: Shifting from Infrastructure to Service Manageme... (more)

Getting Bought by Salesforce is Bad News for Thinkfuse Users

Last week we received an email from Thinkfuse, a cloud app that delivers “simple status reports.” To make a long story short, they told us (and their many customers) that they were purchased by Salesforce and were shutting down operations. Here’s a screenshot of the email: Getting bought by Salesforce is big news for Thinkfuse. They probably made a splash load of cash for themselves and their investors. They’re now involved with a product serving millions of subscribers, instead of a few thousand. They’re moving up the totem pole. Unfortunately, the deal is less good news for Thin... (more)

Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA) to Honor the Mobile Cloud 9 at the Open Mobile Summit

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/07/12 -- The Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), a federation of more than 150 early stage venture funds, will honor this year's Mobile Cloud 9 at the Open Mobile Summit. The Mobile Cloud 9 are a select group of nine investors recognized annually by members of the ESVCA for their contributions to the mobile and cloud computing industries, and for the role they play in helping entrepreneurs build successful companies. The Mobile Cloud 9 will be honored at the Open Mobile Summit opening reception, which takes place this even... (more)

Understanding Global Carrier Ethernet with Mark Fishburn at CENX

SOA & WOA Magazine I first met Mark Fishburn at the Convergence Technology Council (CTC) in Calabasas, California. Mark was a director in the organization, and had very strong ideas about networking and Ethernet. Going beyond the standard role we all play at professional networking venues, he distinguished himself from the group by presenting a passion for teaching others, and presenting his ideas in language nearly anybody could easily understand. Mark was always easy to find at CTC meetings, as he was the center of the largest groups of people who wanted to hear what he had to... (more)

Cloud Computing Startup Wins Amazon Challenge

GoodData Session at Cloud Expo Amazon Web Services announced GoodData as the winner of the third annual AWS Start-Up Challenge. At an awards ceremony at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, California, GoodData was awarded $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS service credits and an investment offer from Amazon. During the final round of judging, seven finalists presented their businesses to judges from Amazon and venture capital firms. The winner was chosen based on the originality of their idea, marketplace need, ability to execute, and their implementation of AWS. Amazon Web... (more)