Paul Gillin

Paul Gillin is the Senior Editor for Wikibon’s micro-analysis team. He is the author of five books and more than 300 articles on the topic of social media and digital marketing. Gillin has 23 years experience in tech journalism, including his time as founding editor-in-chief of B2B technology publisher TechTarget as well as editor-in-chief and executive editor of the technology weekly Computerworld. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research and a member of the Procter & Gamble Digital Advisory Board.

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John Sculley on customers, disruption and the fight with Steve Jobs

At 14, John Sculley invented a color picture tube and channel changer that almost were licensed by a major TV manufacturer. His college major wasn’t business but architecture. His career took him to Pepsi-Cola Co., however, where he rose through the ranks to become its youngest CEO. During his tenure, Pepsi innovated with two huge ...

SignalFx exits stealth with a whole new approach to application monitoring

Asserting that application monitoring technology designed for the age of monolithic computers hasn’t kept pace with today’s highly containerized and distributed environments, SignalFx (formerly SignalFuse) is emerging from stealth today with a fresh $28.5 million funding round and technology that it says approaches monitoring from a radically new perspective. The Silicon Valley company, whose co-founders hail ...

SugarCRM buys sales rep productivity tech with Stitch acquisition

In a talent grab that also takes a dig at rival CRM software provider Salesforce.com, Inc. SugarCRM, Inc. has snatched up the intellectual property and other assets of Hothouse Labs, Inc. the San Francisco-based maker of the Stitch mobile app. SugarCRM also hired eight employees of the developer and promptly discontinued the app, which runs on the Salesforce.com platform. ...

Wikibon view: ODP clarifies choices in chaotic Hadoop market

Industry consortia have a mixed track record in computer industry history. At their best, they create standards the market can rally around, thereby simplifying user decision making (think W3C). At their worst, they foster bickering and divisiveness that shoves innovation into a corner. So we approached the announcement of the Open Data Platform (ODP) two ...

Syncsort acquires William Data to boost mainframe-Splunk integration

Syncsort, Inc., one of the most durable independent software vendors, has acquired U.K.-based William Data Systems as part of its campaign to help enterprise mainframe users leverage the power of modern Big Data technologies to make more efficient use of their big machines. William Data makes network monitoring and security software products for the IBM z/OS ...

SolidFire fills in mid-tier product line and unbundles its storage OS

Coming off a year in which it claims enterprise sales grew by nearly 600%, SolidFire, Inc. is introducing its latest all-flash array, citing forward-compatibility guarantees and flexible deployment options as incentives. The company is also unbundling its Element OS storage operating system for licensing by vendors building hyper-scale computing systems. The five-year-old startup, which has ...

Violin Memory says throw out those disks with its new all-flash arrays

Violin Memory, Inc. is rolling out two new all-flash arrays, pitching them as the first flash storage systems that can run primary workloads at less than the cost of traditional disk. The company is also releasing an overhauled version of its Concerto storage operating system and Symphony simple management control suite, along with a pricing ...

Pentaho adds Amazon Redshift, Cloudera Impala to stable of data sources

A pending acquisition by Hitachi Data Systems isn’t slowing the pace of development at Pentaho Corp., which is opening its flagship analytics platform to Amazon Redshift and Cloudera, Inc.’s Impala in release 5.3 announced today. The open-source provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and workflow software is continuing to broaden its integration with third-party ...

MemSQL extends in-memory database with Apache Spark connector

Continuing its campaign to evangelize the virtues of the SQL query language while also embracing alternatives, MemSQL, Inc. is rolling out a connector for the popular Apache Spark framework that it says enables rapid and seamless data transfer between the platforms. The MemSQL Spark Connector combines the in-memory processing and distributed architectures of both MemSQL ...

DataStax buys TitanDB developer, enters red-hot graph database market

In a bid to bring together two of the hottest new database management technologies – the Apache Cassandra NoSQL columnar store and graph databases –  DataStax, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Aurelius LLC, developer of the popular open source TitanDB graph engine. Datastax said the combination of the two companies will create the ...