StartupDigest Enterprise – July 15, 2011by StartupDigest on July 15, 2011
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Welcome back to StartupDigest Enterprise, the members-only guide to what you need to read in the enterprise technology industry every week.
This week’s edition focuses on Aaron Levie, founder and CEO of Box.net, discussing how to build an “enterprise software company that doesn’t suck,” the release of Google+, platform-as-a-service pioneer Heroku adding support for the Clojure programming language to its offering, assumptions that Hadoop usage grows quickly once organizations wrap their heads around how to use it, and Y Combinator alum MemSQL raising $2.1 Million.
- Trent & Euwyn
What You Need to Read This Week
By Aaron Levie (Box.net CEO), TechCrunchAmazingly, more than 40% of IT projects still fail to deliver the expected business ROI, yet enterprise vendors come out winning regardless. But not for long. Now that enterprise software can be delivered over the web and iterated quickly, we’re seeing the barriers for development, distribution and adoption shrink to levels previously only witnessed by consumer internet companies, with millions of users on top of platforms like Yammer, Box, and Zendesk; these changes are creating a much more competitive landscape where the customer stands to gain tremendously.
Google+ and the Enterprise
By Jed Singer, Dachis Group
In just over a week, Google+ has signed up over 10 million users, addressing glaring “weaknesses” of Facebook and taking an active stance in the incorporation of business tools from the outset. Let’s take a look at some of the elements of Google+ that are in the works for the business roll-out later this year and discuss how the enterprise may make use of them, products that may already satisfy business needs, and possible efficiencies created by having all functionality centrally available via Google+.
Heroku adds Clojure to its mix, targets enterprise apps
By Derrick Harris, GigaOM
Platform-as-a-service provider Heroku, recently acquired by Salesforce, announced support for the functional programming language Clojure, in addition to Node.js and Ruby. This week, Heroku also announced the hiring of Ruby creator Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, as its chief architect of Ruby.
Are companies addicted to Hadoop?
By Derrick Harris, GigaOM
According to Cloudera VP of Customer Solutions Omer Trajman, there are now 22 Hadoop clusters (exlcuding Facebook and Yahoo) that are managing more than a petabyte of data each, a number that’s growing as more and more enterprises start adopting the technology for deriving customer insights from their massive sets of data.
MemSQL raises $2.1 million for developing a scalable in-memory database
By Rip Empson, TechCrunch
MemSQL announced its first funding round for further development on its scalable in-memory database. As opposed to NoSQL solutions, MemSQL retains SQL and ACID compliance but provides up to 30-times faster performance than relational databases on disk.