April: Exclusive Interview with Dale Fuller
This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated,
with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of
funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok,
famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired
by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves.
The first question then, naturally enough, is to ask Skok whether this
investment is somehow a contradiction, or whether there is indeed money to be
made from open source?
"We think that there's definitely money to be made," Skok says without
hesitation. "Red Hat's a clear example," he adds. "They're now profitable on
around a $100m annual revenue run-rate. And we're still in the early days of
the open source movement."
Curious about the business model he sees underlying OSS, I ... (more)
"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and
continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in
this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to
Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in
San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the
full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs
(SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or
platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros
in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an
agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below...
About Jeff Haynie
Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software
company that develops products and services... (more)
For a business to be sustainable today, it must be supported by a truly
sustainable architecture. This type of architecture must have built-in
agility and reusability. To be able to support the disparate end-to-end
transaction components involved in converting leads to cash, this
architecture must be sufficiently free form in its inter-business process
communication. All businesses require this, whatever the business model. This
openness in communication needs to permeate down through the layers of the
organization so that reuse is standard - and considered a strength, rather
than a lack of precision.
Imagine a business introducing a new product line. It not only builds an
external marketing message, but also internal messaging to inform the
underlying teams and business processes how to sell and deliver the new
product, to whom, and for how much. No rebuilding of ... (more)
We all remember the Internet bubble back in 1999-2000 era. Start-ups were
getting huge valuations. The joke then was – if you are 27 years old and
not a millionaire, then you are a failure. All you needed was a sign-board
saying “new internet company” and stand on Sand Hill Road. Several cars
will stop and within hours, you should have a check worth millions as
This is an exaggeration of course. Jeff Bezos of Amazon even said – we
spell profit as “prophet”. Then the bubble burst one day and the debris
was huge. Hundreds of B2C and B2B companies went belly up.
Now after a decade, we see a bit of a bubble again. The landscape is somewhat
different. There is no rush to an IPO, which was the only way to make the
founders and investors very rich. Now there is a secondary market that buys
stocks off the founders and early employees (and some investors as well)... (more)
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a new construct in the information
and communications technology (ICT) world that is occupying the minds of IT
vendors, service providers, and systems integrators as it represents huge
potential for new streams of revenue and new customers. International Data
Corporation (IDC) has looked at the components, processes, and supporting IT
and connectivity for the Internet of Things and expects IoT technology and
services spending to generate global revenues of $4.8 trillion in 2012 and
$8.9 trillion by 2020, growing at a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 7.9%.
"The momentum of the Internet of Things is driven by a number of factors.
There is no doubt that business and consumer demand exists and will continue
to expand for IoT solutions," said Vernon Turner, Senior Vice President of
IDC's Enterprise Infrastructure, Consumer, Network, T... (more)
8 Tips for Going Paperless In Your Small Business
Ray Coleman is a small business owner who writes about money management,
green living, and sustainability.
One of the great benefits of the modern age is the ability of small
businesses to conduct a majority of their operations in the digital realm.
Eliminating the need for bulky file cabinets, storage facilities,
photocopiers, printers, and scanners can reduce overhead dramatically.
Replacing costly courier services with emails, and swapping out newsletters
and solicitations for social media and web-based marketing programs means
serious cost savings, as well.
Essentially, all of this comes down to replacing paper with pixels. By taking
your business green, you're not only helping the environment, you're freeing
up a ton of working capital for your venture – and often creating a better
and preferred experience f... (more)
When an industry, especially a technology-based industry is young, it's all
about weird guys, eccentrically dressed, whispering secrets. The conversation
is deliberately maintained at a jargon level, designed to keep the suits at
bay - in the beginning, it's not about business. Linux was like that only a
few years ago. At LinuxWorld the other day in New York City, it was very
clear that Linux had moved to a different point in its cycle. Of course, the
geeks were still around, and honored as the holders of the special knowledge,
but they were far out-numbered by the suits. Linux is now a very respectable
business operating system and all the big boys were out in force, meeting
with customers and partners, and assuring press and analysts that they were
important - maybe leading - players in this newest computer industry
reconfiguration. The themes were very clear: Eve... (more)
One fascinating aspect of the unwired world is that it is no respecter of
history or geography. And I don't just mean in the sense of "the end of the
distance"; I mean in the sense that emerging economics are latching on to
wireless technologies and leveraging them to get a jump on the rest of the
Take South Korea, not necessarily the first capital city to spring to mind
when contemplating 21st-century capitalism - and yet, its capital Seoul is in
the very forefront of the race to wireless.
Aided and abetted by the Korean industrial giant, Samsung, Seoul's DCMA2000
1x commercial wireless network is poised to secure Seoul as prominent a place
in the wireless world as San Francisco has in the wired one.
Or take Finland, a nation famous - until recently - for vodka, lakes, and the
Olympic middle-distance runner Lasse Viren...yet now known from Chicago to
About this Article This article is an excerpt from Risk Management for
Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets. Printed with
permission from Butterworth-Heinemann, a division of Elsevier. Copyright
2005. For more information about this book and other similar titles, please
In this excerpt we examine the role of threat assessment and its importance
in the accurate and effective assessment of risk.
Threat It seems appropriate to start this chapter by explaining what is meant
by a threat assessment. In information security, this is probably one of the
most abused and misunderstood terms and is often used interchangeably with
the term "vulnerability." In this book, the word "threat" is used to describe
those "things" that may pose a danger to the information systems, and for
clarity, the term "threat agents" is used.... (more)
In a service-oriented architecture (SOA), a service is a unit of work
performed by a service provider to achieve desired results for one or more
service consumers. A service provides a function that is well defined,
self-contained (for example, loosely coupled to its environment), described
solely by its interface contract and behavioral attributes (for example, it
hides implementation), and located anywhere on the network.
Essential components of an SOA - such as a service provider, service
repository, service mediator, and service consumers - all rely on service
definitions as the key element to describe, access, transport, and understand
Modern SOA as a pattern for transforming enterprise architecture is still
emerging, as are the strategies for service discovery and design. At this
juncture of SOA's maturation, it's highly useful to consider concepts a... (more)
Oak Pacific Interactive (Oak Pacific), a Chinese Internet company formerly
known as ChinaInterActiveCorp, announced today that it has closed a new round
of financing of $48 million from a group of leading global private equity and
venture capital firms led by General Atlantic LLC (GA). In addition to GA,
the group includes DCM - Doll Capital Management, Technology Crossover
Ventures (TCV), Accel Partners, and Legend Capital.
Oak Pacific provides next generation communication, content distribution and
community Internet platforms including a number of well-known Chinese
websites such as mop.com, UUme.com, DoNews.com, and wowar.com. Oak Pacific
currently has approximately 22 million registered users and more than 150
million daily page views. Oak Pacific will use this new round of financing to
continue to expand its portfolio of digital entertainment assets and build ... (more)