Profile of John FoleyEditor, InformationWeek
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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
Articles by John Foley
posted in March 2008
Cell phone manufacturers aren't the only ones pumping new features and functions into mobile devices. Three startups--Kannuu, Aggregate Knowledge, and Ribbit--are getting into the act, too.
Self-service customer support sounds like an oxymoron, but Helpstream insists that it doesn't have to be. The company, which recently secured $8.6 million in series B venture funding, has developed help desk and customer support software that brings together communities of users to assist each other.
Talk about tilting at windmills. WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene is challenging Microsoft's Visual Studio while simultaneously pointing out the drawbacks of Java development. Keene may be suffering delusions of grandeur--or perhaps he's onto something.
Tiversa, a five-year-old company based in Pittsburgh, specializes in knowing what kind of content is being shared over peer-to-peer networks. Until now, it's concentrated on helping businesses find and fix data leaks caused by file-sharing users. But Tiversa's got other plans for its technology, including working with advertisers to understand and respond to user activity on P2P networks.
A Seattle man was sentenced yesterday to 51 months in prison for using peer-to-peer networks to commit identity theft. The case highlights a PC security risk that catches many users and businesses off-guard.
Network management startup PacketTrap has introduced a professional-grade version of its pt360 Tool Suite for network monitoring and diagnostics. The product is aimed at midsize companies, but seems to have caught on with some large corporations, too.
WebMynd, a startup launched in January, has come out with a browser extension that keeps a record of every Web page you view. It's a nifty tool, but a word of warning to would-be users: You may want to shut it off sometimes.
Splunk has introduced a new version of its IT search engine, one that exposes APIs and common services so users, developers, and partners can tie in their own applications. "We're opening up the basic platform," says CEO Michael Baum.
I got good advice from Silicon Valley investors about Project Melville, my stealth-mode Web business, but no money. Everyone agreed my best bet is to bootstrap it. In other words, don't quit my day job, eat brown bag lunches, and pull in a few friends as roll-up-your-shirtsleeves partners.
How does an up-and-coming Chinese outsourcing company get the attention of U.S. businesses? Augmentum's answer: Don't get painted into the corner of low-end software development and stay close to your customers.
Event planners for the Software 2008 conference, to be held April 29-30 in Las Vegas, have extended the application deadline for companies interested in participating in the event's Innovation Showcase. The Innovation Showcase has emerged as one of the premier venues for startups and established software companies alike to unveil compelling new products and services.
On the site of a former drive-in movie theater in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a new Google data center is approaching the midpoint of a two-year construction project. The data center will eventually house thousands of servers, in effect becoming Google's Midwest nerve center.
On his Pmarca blog today, Marc Andreessen comes out in support of Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Andreessen bases his endorsement on a private 90-minute meeting last year in which, he says, Obama "grilled him" on the impact social networking would have on politics.