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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HPE’s ‘The Machine’ draws closer to reality with 160-terabyte single-memory prototype

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. says its long-promised project to reinvent the computer is inching ever closer to completion with the announcement of what it calls the world’s largest single-memory computer, a creation also known as The Machine. A new prototype unveiled today (pictured) sports 160 terabytes of directly addressable main memory, a heretofore unthinkable amount. […]

Puppet brings orchestration to the masses

DevOps and information technology automation software provide Puppet Inc. has announced what it calls its most significant set of product enhancements in years, building orchestration capabilities into an enhanced user interface and improving visibility into the operating environment in which software packages run, particularly in containers. The features are included in Puppet Enterprise 2017.2. The […]

In a frothy market, Talend CEO sticks to fundamentals

Ten months into his tenure as head of a public company, Talend Inc.’s Mike Tuchen (pictured) is establishing himself as one of Silicon Valley’s most accessible chief executives. So when he invited me to call the day after his company on Thursday announced 44 percent revenue growth – and profits that fell slightly short of expectations […]

Talend’s profit falls short, but it issues a bullish forecast

Data integration company Talend SA beat revenue expectations for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, but missed on earnings per share, sending its stock down about 2 percent in after-hours trading. Management issued an upbeat forecast, however, saying all the metrics that matter improved in the quarter. “We’re happy with the quarter,” said Chief Executive […]

Elasticsearch engine gets machine learning capabilities

Elasticsearch Global BV, which does business as Elastic, has added adding machine learning capabilities to its Elastic Stack collection of open source products for searching large databases of unstructured information. The company picked up the technology via its recent acquisition of Prelert Inc., a behavioral analytics vendor. Elastic said the first iteration of the new machine […]

MariaDB secures $27M from European investors to build open-source database franchise

Open source database vendor MariaDB Corp. said it raised €25 million (approximately $27 million) from the European Investment Bank under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, a European Commission project that funnels money to growing businesses in the region. The funding, which is part loan and part equity investment, brings MariaDB’s total funding to around $67 […]

Big tech mergers never work. Is Michael Dell bucking the odds with EMC?

When Dell Inc.’s blockbuster $67 billion purchase of EMC Corp. closed last fall, it was billed as a perfect marriage. Unlike many big acquisitions, there was little overlap in product lines. The business models were complementary too. EMC targeted high-end customers with a major-account sales force while Dell sold direct and through channels, with midsize […]

Open-source software startups still struggling to reach escape velocity

Part 2 of a two-part series on the challenges of making money from open-source software. Part 1 ran earlier this week. When Oracle Corp. acquired Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2010, it picked up a bit of a hot potato: an open-source database. The events that followed illustrate just how difficult it has been for companies based […]

Big data firm Hortonworks delights investors with 35 percent revenue growth

Big data company Hortonworks Inc. said first-quarter revenue of $56 million rose 35 percent from a year ago with stronger margins and a narrower operating loss. The sales results handily beat analyst consensus estimates of between $52 million and $53 million for a 27 percent growth rate. The stock jumped 10 percent in after-hours trading. […]

How a big idea changed the culture of the world’s largest networking company

Sometimes, one person can change the culture of an entire corporate giant. At Cisco Systems Inc., that person is Susie Wee (pictured), vice president and chief technology officer of DevNet Innovations, the company’s developer program. From a standing start three years ago, DevNet has grown to include more than 400,000 developers, and its annual event […]