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The Chasm … Is Closed

The orga­niz­ers at the recent Hadoop Sum­mit had Geof­fery Moore author of “Cross­ing the Chasm” as a keynote speaker pre­sum­ably to explain away the fact that there were rel­a­tively few enter­prises speak­ing about their Hadoop projects. The enter­prise adop­tion of Hadoop is not as vis­i­ble as hoped, com­pared to the light­en­ing rod adop­tion of Hadoop […]

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Death of the Salesman?

There is an ongo­ing argu­ment in Sil­i­con Val­ley about the rel­e­vance of hav­ing an out­side (read expen­sive) sales force. Some ven­ture investors have told us that they will no longer fund any com­pa­nies need­ing out­side sales and instead will seek out “freemium sales mod­els” as the pri­mary sales chan­nel. There are two sides for this […]

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Was that North Azerbaijan or South?

We had a group come by our offices recently that was work­ing on a prod­uct which would make every­one re-think their data cen­ter strate­gies. They are an early stage startup com­pany (mean­ing of course a new prod­uct with few, if any cus­tomers). What they were say­ing seemed log­i­cal but then we got to the question […]

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Tale of Two companies

IS THIS the best of times OR THE worst of times. Already there have been some liq­uid­ity events in the Big Data arena — in April VMware announced its acqui­si­tion of Cetas soft­ware — a Palo Alto based Big Data Ana­lyt­ics startup — before Cetas had shipped its first prod­ucts. And in early May, Cisco […]

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Thomas Lee Bookwalter 1946–2012

You will be missed! — None of us recall exactly how Thomas found his way to our annual N-Square din­ners. But if there ever was a poll for the per­son who embod­ied the Net­work­ing Net­work­ing theme of those din­ners, Thomas would have received everyone’s vote. He was always the first to RSVP and would arrange […]

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