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 September 2008
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unloaded on cloud computing yesterday, using the words "idiocy," "crap," "gibberish," "crazy," and "stupidest" to describe all the buzz over clouds. It was a classic Ellison rant, but ironic because Oracle is moving into cloud computing even as its leader rails against it.
Business loans may be hard to come by, but in the past three days, four emerging companies have revealed that they're receiving a total of $143 million in investment funding. Here's how Connectiva, Digg, MOD Systems, and OpTier plan to spend the money.
I met recently with more than 50 business technologists to talk about cloud computing, and two things became clear. First, the interest level is very high, and IT pros have plans that go well beyond Web-based applications. Second, everyone has their own list of issues to resolve before they take that step.
When six startups took the stage at InformationWeek's annual conference last week to make their business pitches, Xkoto wasn't the odds-on favorite. Its Gridscale database load-balancing software isn't sexy or cheap, and end users never see it. Here's how Xkoto CEO David Patrick swayed the judges in his favor.
InformationWeek's Startup City is about to make a road trip to Austin, Texas, and we're looking for up-and-coming technology companies to meet while in town.
David Hirsch, one of Google's earliest New York area employees and the first manager of its business-to-business vertical markets team, is now officially in the venture capital business. Hirsch and a partner have launched Metamorphic Ventures, a New York investment firm for startups in digital media, mobility, and financial technology.
At the DEMO conference, Quantivo showed a new data-mining-as-a-service for retailers. The company promises "super fast" business intelligence at a fraction of the cost of in-house data warehouses.
Its baseball team is in a pennant race, its football franchise is about to make another run at a championship, and its basketball squad brought home the NBA trophy in June, but there's more to Boston than hardball, pigskin, and hoops. Beantown's technology startups are making their own run at the competition.
Cloud computing can seem amorphous and hard to grasp -- billowy white puffs of IT infrastructure. The best way to bring the trend into focus is through real-world business examples, and we're beginning to see more of them.