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Box hires former SAP exec as Chief Information Security Officer

Box announced today that it has hired Lakshmi Hanspal to be the company’s new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). She boasts 20 years of security experience including holding executive security roles at SAP Ariba and Bank of America. She also spent time in a senior role at PayPal. In a blog post announcing the hire, the company defined her role this way: “In the role of CISO, Lakshmi will be responsible for Box’s cyber security practice, security operations and data and platform protec...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Bank Of America, Paypal, Box, Content Management, Hiring, Sap, Aaron Levie, Dan Levin, Levie, SAP Ariba, Apple Cisco, Bank of America She


Microsoft continues to build government security credentials ahead of JEDI decision

While the DoD is in the process of reviewing the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract RFPs (assuming the work continues during the government shutdown), Microsoft continues to build up its federal government security bona fides, regardless. Today the company announced it has achieved the highest level of federal government clearance for the Outlook mobile app, allowing US Government Community Cloud (GCC) High and Department of Defense employees to use the mobile app. This is on top of FedRamp complia...
Tags: Amazon, Security, TC, Mobile, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, US, Tech, Outlook, Ibm, Pentagon, Oracle, White, Jedi


Campaign Monitor acquires email enterprise services Sailthru and Liveclicker

CM Group, the organization behind email-centric services like Campaign Monitor and Emma, today announced that it has acquired marketing automation firm Sailthru and the email personalization service Liveclicker. The group did not disclose the acquisition price but noted that the acquisition would bring in about $60 million in additional revenue and 540 new customers, including Bloomberg and Samsung. Both of these acquisitions quietly closed in 2018. Compared to Sailthru, which had raised a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Email, Marketing, Samsung, Tech, Bloomberg, E-commerce, Personalization, Campaign Monitor, Sailthru, Exit, Marketing Automation, Emma, TJX


Smartsheet acquires Slope to help creatives collaborate

Smartsheet, the project management and collaboration tool that went public last April, announced the acquisition of Seattle-based TernPro, Inc., makers of Slope, a collaboration tool designed for sharing creative assets. The companies did not share the acquisition price. Bringing Slope into the fold will enable Smartsheet users to share assets like video and photos natively inside the application, and also brings the ability to annotate, comment or approve these assets. Smartsheet sees thi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Workflow, Gartner, Collaboration, M&a, Oakland Athletics, Mergers and Acquisitions, Seattle, Slope, Dan Bloom, Constellation Research, Alan Lepofsky


Data management startup Rubrik gets $261M at a $3.1B valuation as it moves into security and compliance

There is a growing demand for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and today, one of the the more successful enterprise startups to emerge in the last several years is announcing a big round of funding to provide that. Rubrik, which provides enterprise data management and backup services across on-premise, cloud and hybrid networks, has raised $261 million in funding at a $3.3 billion valuation from Bain Capital Ventures and previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylo...
Tags: Security, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Symantec, IVP, Rubrik, EMC, Bain Capital Ventures, Andes, Sinha, Bipul Sinha, Enrique Salem


Data management startup Rubrik gets $261M at a $3.3B valuation as it moves into security and compliance

There is a growing demand for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and today, one of the the more successful enterprise startups to emerge in the last several years is announcing a big round of funding to provide that. Rubrik, which provides enterprise data management and backup services across on-premise, cloud and hybrid networks, has raised $261 million in funding at a $3.3 billion valuation from Bain Capital Ventures and previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylo...
Tags: Security, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Symantec, IVP, Rubrik, EMC, Bain Capital Ventures, Andes, Sinha, Bipul Sinha, Enrique Salem


Salesforce Commerce Cloud updates keep us shopping with AI-fueled APIs

As people increasingly use their mobile phones and other devices to shop, it has become imperative for vendors to improve the shopping experience, making it as simple as possible, given the small footprint. One way to do that is using artificial intelligence. Today, Salesforce announced some AI-enhanced APIs designed to keep us engaged as shoppers. For starters, the company wants to keep you shopping. That means providing an intelligent recommendation engine. If you searched for a particular jac...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Salesforce, Einstein, APIs, Demandware, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Commerce Cloud


Daily Crunch: How the government shutdown is damaging cybersecurity and future IPOs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security The government has been shut down for nearly three weeks, and there’s no end in sight. While most of the core government departments — State, Treasury, Justice and Defense — are still operational, others like Homeland Security, which ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gadgets, Lyft, Apps, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Government, Samsung, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Aws, SEC, Fidelity


OneLogin snares $100M investment to expand identity solution into new markets

OneLogin is not a young startup by any means. The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping Identity, Duo Security and Okta had tidy exits. But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it. Today, the company announced a $100 million investment. The latest round was led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, the late-stage investing arm of Si...
Tags: Cloud, Asia, Europe, Enterprise, Microsoft, Okta, Ipo, Funding, US, Tech, Onelogin, Brooks, Scale Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates, Silver Lake Waterman, CRV


AWS gives open source the middle finger

AWS launched DocumentDB today, a new database offering that is compatible with the MongoDB API. The company describes DocumentDB as a “fast, scalable, and highly available document database that is designed to be compatible with your existing MongoDB applications and tools.” In effect, it’s a hosted drop-in replacement for MongoDB that doesn’t use any MongoDB code. AWS argues that while MongoDB is great at what it does, its customers have found it hard to build fast and highly available appli...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Aws, Mongodb, Cto, Ron Miller, Dev Ittycheria, Ittycheria, Eliot Horowitz


Baidu Cloud launches its open source edge computing platform

At CES, the Chinese tech giant Baidu today announced OpenEdge, its open source edge computing platform. At its core, OpenEdge is the local package component of Baidu’s existing Intelligent Edge (BIE) commercial offering and obviously plays well with that service’s components for managing edge nodes and apps. Since this is obviously a developer announcement, I’m not sure why Baidu decided to use CES as the venue for this release, but there can be no doubt that China’s major tech firms have bec...
Tags: Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Abc, China, Tech, Intel, Gm, Baidu, Linux Foundation, Edge Computing, CES 2019, Baidu Alibaba Tencent, Baidu Cloud, BIE AI Board


New Synergy Research report finds enterprise data center market is strong for now

Conventional wisdom would suggest that in 2019, the public cloud dominates and enterprise data centers are becoming an anachronism of a bygone era, but new data from Synergy Research finds that the enterprise data center market had a growth spurt last year. In fact, Synergy reported that overall spending in enterprise infrastructure, which includes elements like servers, switches and routers and network security; grew 13 percent last year and represents a $125 billion business — not too shabby f...
Tags: Amazon, Cloud, Enterprise, US, Tech, Cisco, Aws, Data Centers, Andy Jassy, HPE, Synergy Research, John Dinsdale, Jassy, Dinsdale, Cloud Marketshare, New Synergy Research


Microsoft’s latest Teams features take aim at shift workers

Collaboration tools tend to be geared towards workers who are sitting at a desk for much of the day, but there are plenty of shift workers, also known as first line workers, who rarely use a computer, but still need to communicate with one another and management. Microsoft released several new features today aimed at including these workers. In a blog post announcing the new features, Emma Williams, Microsoft corporate vice president for modern workplace verticals, wrote that there are two billi...
Tags: Social, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Messaging, Tech, Collaboration, Crew, Microsoft Teams, First Line Workers, Shift Workers, Emma Williams Microsoft


Baidu announces Apollo Enterprise, its new platform for mass-produced autonomous vehicles

Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put into mass production. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 autonomous vehicles by 2021. Apollo Enterprise’s main product lines will include solutions for high...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, China, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, United States, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu, Apollo, San Francisco Bay Area, Changsha, China Baidu, WM Motors, Apollo Enterprise, Hunan province The robo


Managed By Q ends 2018 with a fresh $25 million in funding

Managed By Q, the office management platform that launched back in 2013, has today revealed that it raised an additional $25 million as a part of its Series C, led by existing investors RRE and Google Ventures, with participation from new investors DivCo West, Oxford Properties and others. The fresh capital brings the total round to $55 million. Managed By Q launched as a all-encompassing platform for office management, offering IT support, supply inventory management, cleaning, and equipment re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Google Ventures, Managed By Q, Invision, Teran, NVS, Dan Teran, Hivy, Recent Funding, DivCo West Oxford Properties


Amid a legal fight in LA, IBM’s Weather Company launches hyperlocal weather forecasts globally

While IBM is getting sued by the city of Los Angeles, accusing it of covertly mining user data in the Weather Channel app in the US, it’s testing the waters for another hyperlocal weather feature that — coincidentally — relies on data that it picks up from sensors on app users’ smartphones, among other devices, combined with AI at IBM’s end to help model the information. Today at CES, the company announced new service called the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System — GRAF for...
Tags: Apps, Weather, Enterprise, La, India, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Kenya, Kansas, Ibm, Sierra, US Department of Energy, National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR, Ginny Rometty


Daily Crunch: The age of quantum computing is here

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1.  IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer The 20-qubit system combines the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications into a single package. While it’s worth stressing that the 20-qubit machine is nowhere near powerful enou...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Verizon, Apps, Enterprise, Entertainment, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Virtual Reality, Ibm, Santa Clara


Amazon reportedly acquired Israeli disaster recovery service, CloudEndure for around $200M

Amazon has reportedly acquired Israeli disaster recovery startup, CloudEndure. Neither company has responded to our request for confirmation, but we have heard from multiple sources that the deal has happened. While some outlets have been reporting that the deal was worth $250 million, we are hearing that it’s closer to $200 million. The company provides disaster recovery for cloud customers. You may be thinking that disaster recovery is precisely why we put our trust in cloud vendors. If someth...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, M&a, Aws, Disaster Recovery, Cloud Migration, Infosys, Magma Venture Partners, Wang, Ray Wang, Constellation Research


IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

At CES, IBM today announced its first commercial quantum computer for use outside of the lab. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications. That package, the IBM Q system, is still huge, of course, but it includes everything a company would need to get started with its quantum computing experiments, including all the machinery necessary to cool the quantum computing hardw...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Science, Hardware, Enterprise, Tech, ExxonMobil, Cern, Ibm, Quantum Computing, Fermilab, IBM Research, CES IBM, Cray, Arvind Krishna, CES 2019


HQ2 fight continues as New York City and Seattle officials hold anti-Amazon summit

The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) hosted a briefing in which labor officials, economic development analysts, Amazon employees and elected New York State and City representatives further underlined concerns around the HQ2 process, the awarded incentives, and the potential impacts Amazon’s presence would have on city workers and residents. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Real Estate, New York, Enterprise, Drama, Finance, Government, New York City, US, Tech, Policy, City Council, Johnson


Daily Crunch: Nvidia breaks with tradition at CES 2019

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Nvidia launches the $349 GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia broke with tradition and put a new focus on gaming at CES. Last night the company unveiled the RTX 2060, a $349 low-end version of its new Turing-based desktop graphics cards. The RTX 2060 will be available on Jan. 15. 2. Elon Musk’s vision of spaceflight ...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Asia, Europe, Elon Musk, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Siri, Tech, Venture Capital, Nvidia


GitHub Free users now get unlimited private repositories

If you’re a GitHub user, but you don’t pay, this is a good week. Historically, GitHub always offered free accounts but the caveat was that your code had to be public. To get private repositories, you had to pay. Starting tomorrow, that limitation is gone. Free GitHub users now get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators. The amount of collaborators is really the only limitation here and there’s no change to how the service handles public repositories, which can still have un...
Tags: Enterprise, Microsoft, Free, Developer, Tech, Developers, Github, Github Enterprise, Nat Friedman, GitHub Business Cloud


How Trulia began paying down its technical debt

As every software company knows, over time as code ages and workarounds build on work-arounds, the code base becomes bloated. It becomes ever more difficult to get around the technical debt that you’ve built up over time. It’s really impossible to avoid this phenomenon, but at some point, companies realize that the debt is so great that it’s limiting their ability to build new functionality. That’s precisely what Trulia faced in 2017 when it began a process of paying down that debt and modernizi...
Tags: Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Php, Zillow, Islands, Trulia, Seychelles, Varma, Technical Debt, Project Islands, Deep Varma Trulia, Cousine, Martin Harvey Getty, Rock Islands Palau Micronesia


Cloudera and Hortonworks finalize their merger

Cloudera and Hortonworks, two of the biggest players in the Hadoop big data space, today announced that they have finalized their all-stock merger. The new company will use the Cloudera brand and will continue to trade under the CLDR symbol on the New York Stock Exchange. “Today, we start an exciting new chapter for Cloudera as we become the leading enterprise data cloud provider,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer of Cloudera, in today’s announcement. “This combined team and techno...
Tags: Enterprise, Tech, Hadoop, Hortonworks, M&a, New York Stock Exchange, Apache Hadoop, Cloudera, Rob Bearden, Tom Reilly


Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise platform, adds another major customer, Nestle

While Facebook continues to repair its image with consumers disenchanted with the social network’s role in disseminating misleading or false information and mishandling their personal data, it’s ironically been finding some traction for its enterprise-focused service, Workplace. Today, the company announced that it has added another huge company to its books today: Nestle, the coffee, chocolate and FMCG giant with 2,000 brands and 240,000 employees, has signed up as its latest customer. Faceb...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Europe, London, Enterprise, Microsoft, Workplace, Walmart, Starbucks, Cto, Fmcg, Nestle, Chris Johnson, Anand, Julien Codorniou


Mozilla promises a faster, prettier Thunderbird with better Gmail support

Thunderbird, Mozilla’s desktop email client, doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of mindshare of the organization’s Firefox browser, yet even in this age of web-based email services, it still has a sizable user community. For 2019, those users can look forward to a faster and more beautiful application, Thunderbird community manager Ryan Sipes announced today. Only a few years ago, Mozilla’s relationship with Thunderbird looked rather rocky. Back in 2015, the organization decided to decoup...
Tags: Firefox, TC, Enterprise, Email, Tech, Mozilla, Thunderbird, Ryan Sipes, Sipes


Salesforce keeps rolling with another banner year in 2018

The good times kept on rolling this year for Salesforce with all of the requisite ingredients of a highly successful cloud company — the steady revenue growth, the expanding product set and the splashy acquisitions. The company also opened the doors of its shiny new headquarters, Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, a testament to its sheer economic power in the city. Salesforce, which set a revenue goal of $10 billion a few years ago is already on its way to $20 billion. Yet Salesforce is also...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, CBP, Salesforce, Jack Dorsey, Sap, Marc Benioff, U S Customs, Swisher, Mulesoft, Border Protection CBP


Cinven acquires One.com, one of Europe’s biggest hosting providers with 1.5M customers

One of the biggest providers of domain names and web hosting in Europe is changing hands today. One.com, which has around 1.5 million customers mainly across the north of the region, has been sold by private equity firm Accel-KKR to Cinven, another PE player that focuses on investments in Europe. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but as a rough guide, Cinven once owned and sold another European hosting provider of comparable size: it acquired Host Europe Group in 2013 for $668 million a...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Enterprise, Developer, Godaddy, Tech, Jacob, Accel KKR, Cinven, KKR Accel, Host Europe Group, Thomas Railhac Partner, One.com, Jacob Jensen


These 10 enterprise M&A deals totaled over $87 billion this year

M&A activity was brisk in the enterprise market this year, with 10 high-profile deals totaling almost $88 billion. Companies were opening up their wallets and pouring money into mega acquisitions. It’s worth noting that the $88 billion figure doesn’t include Dell paying investors more than $23 billion for VMware tracking stock to take the company public again or several other deals of over a billion dollars that didn’t make our list. Last year’s big deals included Intel buying MobileEye for $15 ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, CA, Tech, Cisco, Intel, ERP, Vista, M&a, Ibm, Mergers and Acquisitions, Michigan, Dell


Crew, a Workplace and Slack messaging rival for shift workers, raises $35M, adds enterprise version

When it comes to shift workers communicating with each other in the workplace when they are not face-to-face, gone are the days of cork announcement boards. Now, the messaging app is the medium, and today one of the startups tackling that opportunity in a unique way has raised a round of funding to get to the next stage of growth. Crew, a chat app that specifically targets businesses that employ shift workers who do not typically sit at computers all day, has now raised $35 million in Series C f...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Enterprise, Tech, Walmart, Zynga, Gm, Starbucks, Rube Goldberg, Enterprise Communication, Crew, Today Facebook, Cotap, Dynamic Signal, Workplace Facebook, Leffel