http://www.kognitio.com Steve Millard the CEO and President at Kognito joins Craig to discuss “Big Data”and why it is a natural part of doing business, much the same as “the Internet” was 15 years ago. Small companies have Big Data problems, too. The preponderance of Start-up, venture backed companies have “data in their DNA”, as the majority of compelling (i.e. those that get funded) business models have a component of data and analytics. Combined, “the cloud” and “Big Data” have been the big equalizer, giving smaller companies the ability to do in-depth data analytics at a fraction of the cost it would have taken even several years ago. Kognitio is driving the convergence of in-memory, Big Data analytics and Cloud Computing. The Kognitio Analytical Platform software was designed from the ground up to provide the highest amount of scalable compute power to allow rapid execution of complex analytical queries without the administrative overhead of manipulating data. That technology has become central to the recent expansion in the marketplace around Big Data and analytics – fueling acceleration for business analytics, providing a Data Science Lab Functionality and availing a platform for information services providers who’s product includes analytical capabilities. The company’s US headquarters are in New York, with development labs in the UK, where the company started over 20 years ago.
http://www.d2ndwatch.com Jeff Aden the President and Co-Founder at 2nd Watch joins Craig to discuss how Cloud IT can be more secure than old-school hardware solutions with more flexible solutions and real-time billing for cloud services, that means you only pay for what is used. 2nd Watch, Inc. is a global system integrator, software and deployment firm focused on IT operations that make the cloud work for businesses. 2nd Watch provides IT cloud products and services including 2W Insight and 2W SharePoint with guaranteed 99.99 percent end-to-end uptime for enterprise applications. The company offers more security than a Tier 3 data center and measures IT efficiency by the hour. Unlike solutions that expand overhead, are less reliable or may result in business outage, 2nd Watch leverages software, enterprise experience and partnerships to guarantee secure and reliable public cloud migration and management for more than 100 customers including Red Lion Hotels, Coldwell Banker, Demand Energy and Ecolite. 2nd Watch is an Amazon Web Services Premier Consulting Partner and Microsoft Cloud Champion and Cloud Accelerate partner. Based in Seattle, the company is backed by Madrona Venture Group, Bighorn Ventures, IT Lifeline, and Spokane Angel Alliance.
http://www.appian.com Michael Beckley the CTO at Appian joins Craig to discuss growing trend towards cloud computing and who is driving it, IT or the business and how to turn social and mobile into real business value. Through its worksocial business process management platform, Appian helps employees make the right decision and collaborate in real time no matter whether they are in the office or thousands of miles away – and no matter whether they are working on an iPad, iPhone, Droid or laptop. All the business processes, data, documents, and collaboration are in one environment, on any device, through a simple social interface. The Appian Suite is available on-premise and in the cloud, and ties into any existing enterprise system. More than 3.5 million users, from organizations such as Major League Baseball, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Oakley, and the US Veterans Administration use the Appian BPM Suite to make work easier.
http//www.triplay.com Tamir Koch the CEO at TriPlay joins Craig to discuss innovative technologies that keep people connected in today’s digital world, more than ever. TriPlay is a premier cloud services company, enabling users worldwide to easily access, manage, share and enjoy their music, photos and videos across any computer, mobile phone, tablet or web-enabled television. TriPlay is a privately held company with offices in New York and Israel.
http://www.kaufmanrossin.com/ Mike Moore the Director of Business Advisory Services at Kaufman Rossin joins Craig to discuss the benefits of using cloud services for business owners and what types of data do business owners keep in the cloud. Kaufman, Rossin & Co. was founded in 1962 to serve the needs of Florida’s businesses. Jim Kaufman and Jay Rossin envisioned a firm that was truly different from the others – a people business that focused on numbers. It’s simple for us – we focus on our employees. This ensures that our clients will get the best possible service which means success for our business. Creating a work environment that was dynamic, innovative and fun laid the foundation for a culture that has propelled Kaufman, Rossin to its current status as one of the top accounting firms in the country. In addition, we’ve been named the #1 Accounting Firm to Work For in the entire country by Accounting Today, and the #1 Best Place to Work For in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal for many years. Today, Kaufman, Rossin & Co. has more than 360 colleagues providing a complete array of services to clients in more than forty countries. And, we’ve grown organically. We’ve never had to dilute our vision or compromise our commitments.
http://www.logicmonitor.com Steve Francis the Founder and Chief Product Officer at Logic Monitor joins Craig to discuss why it is so difficult to choose cloud-based services coupled with an effective monitoring solution and how the wrong choice can impact your IT operations and what features to look for in cloud-based services and a monitoring system – and the importance of having it include dynamic device discovery, automated configuration, continuous scanning, self-correction, custom alerts, and powerful analytics. LogicMonitor is the SaaS-based IT monitoring solution that enables companies to easily and cost-effectively monitor their entire IT infrastructure stack – storage, servers, networks, applications, virtualization, and websites – from the cloud. LogicMonitor unifies physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure monitoring to ensure system-wide availability and performance. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, LogicMonitor was founded by a team of data center operations experts on a mission to make monitoring powerful and simple. The company is a NetApp, VMware, Dell, HP, and Citrix technology partner. The company has been recognized for its monitoring excellence by TechRepublic, WebHost Magazine and the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) for delivering outstanding business value. For more info visit us at www.logicmonitor.com.
http://www.craigpeterson.com Craig introduces the show before reviewing and commenting on Tech in the News. This week he covers the Galaxy S4 and why people are unhappy with it, Apple’s Fall Lineup, Why voice to text can be dangerous and new battery technology.
http://www.stormpath.com Alex Salazar the CEO and Co-Founder at Stormpath joins Craig to discuss the rise of cloud services impact on small businesses versus big companies like the Fortune 100 and management and authentication. Stormpath is the first easy, secure user management and authentication service for developers. Fast and intuitive to use, Stormpath enables plug-and-play security and accelerates application development on any platform. Built for developers, it offers an easy API, open source SDKs, and an active community. The flexible cloud service can manage millions of users with a scalable pricing model that is ideal for projects of any size. By using Stormpath user management and authentication, developers can bring new applications to market faster, reduce development and operations costs, and protect their users with best-in-class security.
http://www.conduitsystems.com/ Dan Tully the Executive VP at Conduit Systems joins Craig to discuss Disaster Recovery using the cloud and the advantages of the hybrid cloud approach for SMB’s. For over two decades, Conduit Systems has delivered complete and cost-effective information technology support and services that enable small and mid-sized companies the ability to focus on doing what they do best—making their businesses thrive. By leveraging the company’s deep technology expertise, solid partnerships with industry leaders and a fiscally sound business model, Conduit clients gain access to world-class IT services and consulting. Conduit serves companies across a wide range of industries in the New England and Chicago, IL markets.
http://www.connectioncloud.com Ajay Singh the CEO at Elastic Intelligence joins Craig to discuss the technology behind Connection Cloud’s virtualization platform and the the biggest issues facing cloud computing today. Connection Cloud, developed and marketed by Elastic Intelligence, is the first and only real-time SQL-based Platform-as-a-Service for connecting to virtual SaaS data for reporting, business intelligence (BI) and application development. Using Connection Cloud, business users and application developers can access their virtual SaaS data from where it resides, eliminating the need for a complex on-premise data warehousing, or additional IT support.
http://www.cloudboltsoftware.com Justin Nemmers the VP Marketing at Cloudbolt Software joins Craig to discuss how businesses save with cloud services and decrease complexity and how this will help increase revenue. CloudBolt Command and Control (C2) is the next-generation Cloud Manager built from the beginning to solve the problem of virtualization and cloud provisioning and management automation in the data center. CloudBolt C2 is a vendor agnostic cloud manager system that enables organizations to rapidly define and deploy enterprise private and hybrid cloud, and present resources to IT consumers as Infrastructure and Platform as a Service. Delivered as an on-premises virtual appliance, CloudBolt C2 supports the industry-leading virtualization technologies, provisioning systems, and server management solutions that organizations are already using. It was designed to be extremely flexible, and allows for the easy integration and support for additional vendors and technology providers as they arise.
http://www.unit4software.com Bengt Hojer the Corporate Product Manager for the Cloud at Unit4 Business Software joins Craig to discuss how identify the best cloud solution for their needs as well as some common misperceptions about the cloud. UNIT4 Business Software is the North American subsidiary of UNIT4, a $624 million global business software and services company that creates, provides and supports software for Businesses Living IN Change—delivered via the cloud or on-premise. It offers solutions that help these fast-changing public, private, non-profit and higher education ‘BLINC’ organizations embrace business change—simply, quickly and cost-effectively. UNIT4 Agresso, the company’s flagship Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite and UNIT4 Coda Financials, its best-of-class financial management software, are used by 6000+ organizations in more than 100 countries.
http://www.controlgroup.com Dave Rocamora the VP of Development Operations at Control Group joins Craig to discuss the differences between Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a service and how cloud computing with a utility pricing model can shift IT costs. Control Group helps organizations envision and build their long-term future through strategic planning, user-centered design, and multi-discipline engineering.
http://www.avistar.com Bob Kirk the CEO at Avistar joins Craig to discuss the current trend called cloud technology. Avistar is an innovation leader in the unified visual communications industry, with close to 20 years of experience providing proven business-class personal videoconferencing technology. Avistar’s solutions are used across a broad spectrum of industries with deployments ranging in size from 30-35,000 users. Avistar’s technology also helps to power solutions from Citrix, IBM, LifeSize, Logitech and many other leading unified communications vendors, while delivering end-user videoconferencing solutions to some of the world’s largest corporations, in more than 40 countries.
http://unisys.com/ Colin Lacey the VP data center and cloud transformation solutions and services at Unisys joins Craig to discuss cloud based infrastructure benefits for businesses. Organizations need to understand which business services and workloads can run on specific platforms and to calculate a “best fit” deployment plan. Unisys specializes in helping companies secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications