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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 […]

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by john No Comments

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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