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Editor’s note: The following on-the-ground report comes from Don Dodge, who blogs at The Next Big Thing and is a business development executive for Microsoft.  He is in Boulder, Colorado today attending TechStars demo day.  Much like Y Combinator (which had its own demo day last week)  and LaunchBox (which also had a recent demo day), TechStars is a startup incubator that selects 10 teams and provides funding of about $15,000 per team, as well as free office space, operational support, and mentoring from former entrepreneurs and business leaders. This is the second year for TechStars, and they have already had an acquisition. SocialThing was recently acquired by AOL..  The teams presented today to about 100 VCs and Angel investors for the first time. These companies are three to six months old and have two or three founder employees.  Here are Don’s notes on each o... (more)

Lyris Acquires UK Email Marketing Consultancy

Lyris, Inc. acquired long-time partner Facultas, a full-service email marketing agency based in the UK. With the acquisition, Lyris significantly expands its global footprint and ability to extend full-service offerings to multinational customers around the globe. To support the expansion, Lyris will be opening a new office in central London. Donna McNicholas, who was recently named the Lyris UK sales director, will lead the London sales team. Andrew Robinson, former managing director and owner of Facultas, will assume the position of Lyris’ director of international professional services. Lyris’ global expansion is in direct response to marketers’ demand for easy-to-use solutions that allow them to successfully create, manage and measure email, social and mobile campaigns all with the technology and services of one company. “We have seen tremendous momentum for ou... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe 2009 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Prague, quelle belle ville ! C’était le lieu choisi par SYS-CON pour organiser leur premier congrès en Europe sur les thèmes Cloud Computing et Virtualisation. SYS-CON se présente comme “the World’s Leading i-Technology Media Company” et organise de très nombreux congrès aux USA, sur le Cloud Computing, la Virtualisation, AJAX, SOA, et autres thèmes d’actualité. Le prochain congrès sur ces thèmes aura lieu à San Francisco en novembre 2009 et Jeremy Geelan, le responsable de ce premier congrès en Europe, m’a confirmé qu’une deuxième édition aura lieu en 2010, à la même période de l’année, dans un lieu non encore choisi. Remarques générales Cette première édition européenne a réuni quelques centaines de participants, ce qui, compte tenu des circonstances économiques, est un bon résultat. C’était vraiment un congrès européen ; j’ai rencontré des Français, des Russes,... (more)

HTK Horizon enriches the customer experience

HTK launches new SaaS multi-channel media platform for inbound and outbound automated customer contact 26 October 2009: The UK leader in public mass-notification solutions, HTK, is expanding into customer service and marketing automation with the launch of its new web-based digital media platform that provides a unified, personalised and micro-targeted approach to customer interaction.  HTK Horizon™ delivers a more effective and valuable customer experience by integrating a wide range of inbound and outbound communication technologies, including interactive voice response (IVR), SMS & MMS mobile messaging, email, web and wap sites, as well as fax, pager and Airwave SDS. The system also supports full integration with VoIP-enabled contact centres.          HTK Horizon is ideal for a wide range of applications from sales and marketing, billing and payments and cus... (more)

Peopleclick Deploys Savvis Global IT Infrastructure Solution

Savvis Session at Cloud Expo Savvis on Tuesday announced completion of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution powering Peopleclick. Peopleclick is a provider of web-based software and services that help global companies find, attract and hire quality people--in less time, with less risk. The Savvis IT infrastructure solution underpins a database of more than 90 million resumes in Peopleclick's unique talent acquisition system that provides transparency across organizations and supplies clients with the advanced technology to recruit top talent worldwide. Savvis was named Bronze Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010, which will take place April 19-21, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Cloud Expo, with over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 sponsors, will be the most significant technology event of the year. As part of the three year, IT infrastructure s... (more)

eCommera and PayPal partnership gets virtual tills ringing at House of Fraser

Added customer choice shows the value of a flexible ecommerce platform Ecommerce platform provider eCommera has joined forces with PayPal to offer integration of the popular consumer payment service with major retailers' current online payment methods. The first UK retailer to offer shoppers the PayPal option as a result of this partnership is House of Fraser. The introduction of PayPal, integrated with House of Fraser's existing ecommerce platform from eCommera, means consumers will be able to quickly process payments from one online wallet rather than submitting various card details each time. Ecommera expects many more retailers will follow House of Fraser's lead and start offering shoppers a PayPal option. Peter Callaway, Director of ecommerce, at House of Fraser, said: "We are committed to giving our customers choice, while providing the security and peace of mi... (more)

Introducing the Cloud Academy: as cloud is not a sprint but more a marathon

More and more people are realizing that Cloud Computing may be a hype, but for sure it is not an invention.  The components that make up or enable the cloud are not new. We have had fairly broad networks for 10 years, have used virtualization for 20 years and were sharing of computing capacity (time sharing) even before I started my working life. As CA’s Ajei Gopal recently said, Cloud Computing is much more a “practical innovation”.   Practical innovation combines existing technology into a compelling new product. Best example of a “practical Innovation” is probably the iPod that combined existing and readily available technology like a portable hard disk, a compact headset and MP3 compression in a new type of walkman. The thing with “practical Innovations” is that it is not about having the best idea; it is not even about having the idea first. It is all about FLA... (more)

Salesforce 2.0 – Social Selling in the Linkedin Era

Enterprise 2.0 is the original term describing the ‘Social Enterprise’, the use of social media by enterprise organizations. As the name suggests it’s ideal for the large enterprise, helping them better manage the chaos of information they generate, but it’s certainly not limited to them. Indeed the fundamental value of the Cloud is that it makes powerful enterprise-level software more accessible to smaller companies. For example higher end solutions include Microsoft Sharepoint, customized with add-in software like SocialText, to enable private Twitter-like messaging within the organization to improve collaborative communications. Smaller businesses have options like Igloo, offering the same features on a SaaS basis for prices starting as little as $99/month. Collaboration 2.0 The principle business value of these technologies can be highlighted in this McKinsey ar... (more)

Business Transformation Involving Mobile and Social Technologies

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JFrog Launches Artifactory 3.0

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/08/13 -- JFrog, the company that's revolutionizing the way development software is built and distributed across the web, today announced the availability of Artifactory 3.0, the next generation of its flagship technology that significantly speeds software build and distribution 10X faster than any other tool in this domain. Four years in the making, this increase in speed delivers substantial business benefits -- especially in businesses that need a high-availability binaries repository and have global, around-the-clock development teams. JFrog has more than one million users worldwide and several brand-name customers like LinkedIn, Netflix, Twitter, Oracle, EMC2, Apple and VMware on its platform. In a two week soft launch, Artifactory 3.0 was downloaded more than 5,000 times. That's not surprising, considering that in 2012 A... (more)

Beehive Research Continues to Innovate with Confirmit

Pioneering research business extends commitment to best of breed solution London, UK and Oslo, Norway and New York, NY: January 14th, 2014: Confirmit, the leading global solutions provider for Customer Experience, Employee Engagement and Market Research is pleased to announce that Beehive Research, an independent Market Research and Insight consultancy, has renewed its long-standing commitment to Confirmit with a new three year contract. Confirmit will continue to underpin Beehive's global panel research, customer and employee engagement programmes. Beehive has used Confirmit as its underlying online feedback collection and reporting solution since 2007 and this new multi-year deal will provide the expanding business with the scalability and reliability it requires. Key to the continuing success of the business will be the use of Confirmit Reportal's dashboard solut... (more)