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July 9th SF Cloud Integration Meetup: RedHat JBoss Fuse

Exciting news! Kenny Peeples from Red Hat is flying to San Francisco to speak about Red Hat JBoss Fuse. Anaplan is hosting this meeting in its beautiful HQ in San Francisco’s SoMa district.

OpenShift Online automates the provisioning, management, and scaling of applications so that you can focus on development and creativity. The newly created Red Hat JBoss Fuse 6.1 cartridge allows you to use Fuse and Fuse Fabric in the OpenShift Online public cloud. JBoss Fuse provides a full-featured, easy-to-use and intuitive framework for integration with extensive connectivity options to external applications.

Join us to see how to use Fuse and Fuse Fabric in OpenShift online.

Speaker KENNETH PEEPLES is a Red Hat JBoss technology evangelist, working with open source software and information assurance, focusing on Integration on Red Hat JBoss Fuse Service Works and Data Virtualization. He has worked as a consultant for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Intelligence Community. He designed, built, and lead multiple projects including the Enterprise Security Federation Framework (ESF2), Information Assured Android Device (IA2D), and JBoss SCAP Content. Kenneth has Security+ and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications.


LiveRamp + Acxiom !

Acxiom announced it is acquiring LiveRamp for $310 million: Acxiom Press Release

See a video of Acxiom CEO, Scott Howe, and LiveRamp CEO, Auren Hoffman, talking about the combination: LiveRamp Blog Post


New Grads: “Want a Job? Get an Internship First!”

Interesting short podcast from American Pulic Media – Marketplace on Education.

This story emphasizes the heightened Importance of internships in today’s job market to bridge the gap between your college degree and your first job. Hiring managers are far more likely to consider new grads with experience working with others, collaborating on a team, and solving real problems. Experiential learning is weighed more heavily by some than grades and college name. Hiring managers are increasingly finding that even those exiting a good school with a “practical” degree struggle without the real-life test-drive of teaming, communication, and collaboration.

Employers claim that colleges are doing a fair to poor job today of preparing successful employees. I have to wonder of some of this disappointment is exacerbated by our societal shift toward texting as a primary form of communication. SO much critical work is still best shared and communicated by phone and in person, in my experience.

Employers’ advice: Work on interviewing skills and study up on the organization and industry you are applying to. A degree alone with good grades from a good school should be accompanied by an internship to show your “practical” side. Solid writing and communication skills, adaptability, teaming, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities are the gold standard.

As a recruiter, I know that internships also frequently turn into job opportunities after graduation, and will start your career networking and reference connections.

If you are a college student majoring in computer science, math, or information systems interested in an internship, do contact me for an opportunity in San Francisco / Bay Area!

e-Discovery and the Electronic Trails You Leave Behind….

Interested in how legal and information technology teams collaborate to protect a company from lawsuits and meet compliance requirements?  Curious about all the electronic “breadcrumbs” you leave along your daily journeys?  Here is a good overview of eDiscovery:


Search within the enterprise is more fascinating than you think, encompassing intelligent ways to determine relevant information in obvious and not-so-obvious records, such as sound recordings, video, email, chat, IM, text, images, documents, spreadsheets, relationship management systems, phone logs, cell phone data,  access logs, keycard access records, and GPS tracking devices.

Take this a step further into machine learning:  How can we quickly and accurately parse through the mountains of pages involved in complex contracts, financial assets, and intellectual property, for example, to extract relevant, non-duplicated information,  with a high degree of accuracy and  confidence?

I am working with a cutting edge search, content management, and eDiscovery company right now, in a great stage of growth.  If you are a Developer or Architect with LAMP, Java, or NLP background, or a Technical Client Consultant with Windows/AD/SQL, with interest in this product set, looking for an established, profitable company that still has pre-IPO stock available to a talented few, contact me right away. I am helping to build several teams right now.

VCs’ View of Software Development Today

Some notes from a great SDForum event this week with Valley VC’s.  Thanks to the panelists from Norwest Venture Partners, Altos Ventures, Hummer Winblad, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Granite Ventures, and Pillsbury Winthrop.

Venture Community investments snapshot Q3 2009:

Biotech                                 18.82%
Industrial/Energy                    17.97%
Software                              12.94%
Medical Devices                    12.80%
Media/Entertainment                9.28%

Q3 2009 had the lowest VC investment in software since 1996 (though 2007 saw software investment peaks).  VC’s think this is just a natural investment correction phase.  They already see the economy slowing turning around.

Trends and tips and hazards:

  • A revolutionary shift is underway where routers, data centers, and servers are invisible and developers can roll out of bed and create or upgrade their software!
  • We will see more pay-as-you-play; elasticity leading to scalability; infrastructure-as-a-service; platform-as-a-service.
  • Amazing analytics refinements will be made possible by cloud computing which can pre-compute undiscovered correlations for business focus now that a huge set of servers is temporarily available to spin up for the exhaustive data mining task.
  • Small companies are the innovators and should still “ride the wave” regardless of the economy.
  • The negative economic impact is on later stage businesses right now:  Exits are depressed as there is a growing consolidation of industries, fewer companies left to make acquisitions, and capital markets are down.  Your exit may take longer and hence be diluted.
  • Most revenue from enterprise software comes from maintenance contracts.  Make sure you are creating software and not “shelf-ware”!
  • Is your revenue model predictable?  (ex:  term licenses)
  • Today, software entrepreneurs should focus on solving cost-avoidance pain points with long-term solutions.
  • Make your product “sticky” to eliminate churn, and create on-demand features to increase revenue options.
  • Avoid making a presentation to a VC using the term “cloud”!!!  Emphasize the value proposition (reduction of cost of development, deployment, etc.), and the customer pain point being addressed.
  • The role of IT is changing from managing hardware to managing services.  Your in-house IT team will more frequently write code to customize desired services to the company’s environment.
  • On green software:  the opportunities (ex:  tracking carbon in/outputs) depends heavily on taxation and regulation.

Are you disruptive?  😉  Altos Ventures seeks out disruptive companies.  If your company is defining a new category of service, defines a new business model, and does not fit in the conventional ecosystem, the big companies may not know what to do with you, but Altos is interested!

-Valerie Fahs-Thatcher