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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)

Exclusive Q&A with Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO, Appcelerator

"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)

Laying the Groundwork for SOA Success

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)

A New Bubble?

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 investment. 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)

IDC: The Internet of Things Is Poised to Change Everything

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

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)

Linux Comes of Age: Linux & the Enterprise

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)

Wireless Wealth from the Soccer Field?

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 world. 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 Shangh... (more)

Threat Assessment and Its Input to Risk Assessment

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 visit 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)

Bringing SOA to Life: The Art and Science of Service Discovery and Design

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 services. 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 Web 2.0 Platform Receives $48 Million Funding From Global Investors

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,,, and 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)