This year, the companies on the fifth annual AlwaysOn OnDemand 100 list are looking at a future bright with promise. Softeware-as-a-service is the new norm, and cloud infrastructure is stepping up to ensure applications are being delivered, used, and serviced securely and without interruption.
Industry leaders, experts and visionaries often say that our world will be faster, more connected, with billions of users, even in the most rural geographical areas, and that the economy today is global. Further, the digital divide won’t be apart as it used to be where most people around the world couldn’t afford computers. Today, with mobile devices that can provide many personal computing functions, the lower socio-economic communities can afford such devices, giving them access to information, services and products that they have never had before. But what does this mean for companies, for enterprises? How can businesses be successful in the digital era?
We are now in the era of big data 2.0, as defined by Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett in Data Science for Business. There's growing interest in predictive analytics solutions powered by machine learning. As InsightsOne CEO Waqar Hasan puts it: "Predictive is the 'killer app' for big data."
When AT&T executives talk about their network, they are more likely to discuss platforms and APIs than they are to mention servers and routers. Like other Tier I operators, AT&T is learning that the way it manages its intellectual property will impact its future at least as much as the way it manages hard assets.
Marc Andreessen, legendary entrepreneur and now venture capitalist at the firm he co-founded, Andreessen Horowitz, famously opined a few years ago in the Wall Street Journal that software is eating the world.
Predictive analytics company Apigee Inc. has raised another $60 million to help corporate customers take advantage of mobile devices to make faster, more data-driven decisions as it moves toward an initial public offering, the company told Venture Capital Dispatch.
Looking ahead to a potential public offering in the next year the application program interface and analytics services company Apigee has raised an additional $60 million in late stage financing.
It might be a while before we see a public offering by Apigee, the software management and analytics company that moved its headquarters to downtown San Jose late last year.
These days, the web is really a web: Applications depend on one another for data and services. Companies increasingly want developers to use their services, and companies like Apigee make that move possible.
As part of a new deal, New Zealand-based innovation business Qrious will be powered by Apigee's API platform, which will see Qrious' data delivery be sped up and monetised.