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Dropbox Bought Readmill - We Know Why

Or at least we think we know why.

On Friday, as you were heading out for happy hour, we found out that Dropbox had acquired Readmill, a reading app that allows users to do things like highlight passages, take notes and share notes as they read, discuss passages and so on.

Will Box Developers Make @Levie King?

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You could sense the excitement around Box’s first developers conference before it even began — there was an all-star line-up of venture capitalists, tech executives and, of course, Box’s own CEO, Aaron Levie on the agenda. The night before there was a picture of Levie rehearsing his keynote, in what looked to be peach-colored pants posted on Instagram (they were not Khakis).

A Box employee had put up a tweet that links to a funny, old video of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shouting “developers, developers, developers” while sweating. He was taunting Levie that he would be calling Box developers to action in the very same way the following day.

No matter what you could point to, it was clear that yesterday was planned to be a big, potentially pivotal day for Box. A pivot which could move the company beyond its present status as cloud-based file sync and share provider to that of a platform vendor for computing’s next era.

Big Data Bits: It's a Hadoop Centered World

Hadoop sits at the center of big data. So does the news around the ecosystem, there’s a lot of it. And no time to digress …

Will the Box Bubble Start Deflating Now?

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Everyone seems to love Box, whether they use the cloud sync and storage company’s products or not.

Aaron Levie, the company’s co-founder and CEO, seems to be the perfect front man for a generation of digital natives that refuses to be tethered to their desks, to be told where to keep their “things” or to be asked to tone it down when they know it is their birthright to be bold.

More than eight years ago, Levie and his high school buddies stepped outside of their dorm rooms and committed their brains, their energies and their brawn to build a service that provides companies and individuals with the ability to store and synchronize their documents and other content in the cloud which they can later access from anywhere, at any time, via (almost) any device.

Their timing was perfect — within a few short years mobile devices emerged as our windows to the world and everyone wanted to keep their documents, and other content in the Cloud.

Box quickly became one of the most talked about companies in Silicon Valley.

That hasn’t changed. In fact the chatter just got louder.

Yesterday, via Twitter, Levie announced that Box was filing an initial public offering.

SAP's Latest Data Warehousing Play is a Paradigm Shift #hana2014

uptheante.jpgToday’s competitive advantage is tomorrow’s table stakes, so says Neil McGovern, senior director, product and innovation marketing at SAP.

Perhaps no one embraces this notion as much as SAP, which has moved far beyond its ERP roots and into a position of leadership in data warehousing, predictive analytics, business intelligence and more according to analysts at Gartner, Forrester and Ovum.

This afternoon SAP will once again step ahead of the pack when it unveils the newest (7.4) version of its SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA, part of its new in-memory data fabric architecture.

Dell Made a Smart Move Buying StatSoft

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When most of us hear the name “Dell” we think “laptop” or “server,” if we hang around that side of the enterprise.

Little do we know that Dell has a sizeable enterprise software business which goes well beyond its high performance network and mobile security product, SonicWall, and onto cloud integration platform Boomi, database tool Toad, big data analytics suite Kitenga … and more.

Today Dell announced its acquisition of StatSoft, a provider of predictive analytics and data analysis, software which Gartner has recognized for its  “ability to execute” on advanced solutions.

Big Data Crawls Out of the Trough in 2014 #GigaOmLive

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If you’ve followed the big data hype long enough, you know that every year -- since 2011 -- was supposed to be big data’s big year. And that at the end of every year since, the pundits have said “It didn’t happen this year. Next year will be big data’s big year.” 

Who Knew? Pitney Bowes Sells Big Data Products

If you’re like me, when you hear the name Pitney Bowes you think “postage meter,” not software. After all, the 93-year-old company that joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1950 and has been listed in the S&P 500 since its opening day might seem more like a relic that never crossed the chasm than a big data and analytics leader.

But perceptions are deceiving.

This morning Pitney Bowes announced that it has added advanced big data management capabilities to its Spectrum Technology platform.

Why Trustev Won Big in the #SXSW Accelerator Competition

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No, it’s not the executive team's Irish brogues, their polished pitch, the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is almost here or even that they have a connection to Twitter founder Ev Williams.

Trustev, the Cork, Ireland start-up primed to take the world by storm, leverages big data, social graphs algorithms and analytics to verify identity and prevent fraud in an entirely new, innovative way. And, get this: it does so by starting with the premise that you are innocent — that you are who you say you are.

The company beat more than 1,000 companies from all over the world to win a grand prize in the SXSW Accelerator competition in Austin, Texas this week. The company, which won in the big data and enterprise category, joins an exalted group of previous winners, including Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and Uber. 

Founder and CEO Pat Phelan said he was "over the moon."

Is Box Really All That?

Levie's Socks.jpgAll eyes are on Box as the world waits for the file sync and share startup to reveal its financials in preparation for its pre-IPO road show.

Today, at SXSW, Box CEO Aaron Levie revealed that Ashton Kutcher (yes, the Ashton Kutcher) and Guy Oseary (Madonna’s manager) have invested in his company. The investment happened in December, but why announce it then when you can do it just before IPO-time?

Opportune, no?

On Friday Bloomberg reported that the company plans to make its prospectus public in the next few weeks.

Our 2 Cents on Forrester Wave for Big Data Hadoop Solutions

Analyst reports can be a big bore -- the Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2014 ($2495 fee) is not.

Its authors, Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna, have done a bang-up job writing in simple English and giving a spot-on overview of what the market looks like:“cutthroat,” where “pure-play upstarts (Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR) must capture market share quickly to make venture investors happy” and in which “stalwart enterprise software vendors (IBM, Pivotal, Teradata) must avoid being disintermediated.” 

SAP HANA: The One Thing that Does Everything for Everyone?

HANA goes to the cloud, breaks a database record, cures diseases and pokes fun at … Ok, slight exaggeration. But, truth be told, we could add more to it.

SAP wants to be the future of computing, and it wants it all. (It already owns a nice chunk of it.) More specifically, SAP wants to own big data, analytics, cloud, mobile, business applications and other technologies — in the enterprise and beyond it.

Exclusive: EMC Syncplicity is About to Cozy Up to SharePoint #SPC14

Some cloud-based file sync and share vendors bill themselves as replacements for SharePoint. Syncplicity isn’t one of them.

The rockin’ hot EMC subsidiary has all of the good things that great start-ups are known for, plus a keen understanding of how enterprises operate and their requirements.

EMC's RSA Chief Calls Cybersecurity Experts to Action

EMC's RSA Chief Calls Cybersecurity Experts to ActionWhen RSA chief Art Coviello opened RSA’s information security conference earlier this week, there was an elephant room.

The elephant? Allegation(s) that his company had provided an NSA designed “back door” in its BSafe software which made it easy for the agency to decrypt information that RSA’s encryption software was supposed to keep private.

DataStax's Cassandra Isn't Just a NoSQL Database

DataStax's Cassandra Isn't Just a NoSQL DatabaseYou don’t have to convince Jason Atlas that yesterday’s databases weren’t built for today’s world. The Vice President of Engineering at IID experienced it for himself when the popular database his company was using almost puked because it couldn’t handle the momentum of data coming at it.  

And while a little latency might be tolerated in some industries, at Atlas’s company it is not; after all it provides a platform where enterprises can share data about the latest cyber threats and ongoing attacks and be warned before the trouble that’s on its way -- and it’s always on its way -- can wreak havoc.

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