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What's in The BOX

In what many are calling a market-defining event IPO, Box, a free-to-use consumer file sharing service created by a University of Southern California dropout  Aaron Levie, has  offered its shares for sale to the public Yesterday.

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It was forecast as a good first public outing  for BOX. It was speculated that the financial markets have regained their appetites for IT companies after a dismal 2014 where investors questioned if the bubble had burst again.

Box experienced considerable investor interest during its first day of trading. This IPO certainly is going to be interesting to market-watchers for a number of reasons.

Aaron Levie, Box's founder and CEO, was looking for £9 ($14) a share which will help to pay down the £318 ($483) million of debt Box has accumulated since it was founded.

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The Other Side-The Dark Side

The Dark Web is the part of the Internet that’s hidden and will not respond to a normal search engine. Using www.google.com , www.bing.com , www.yahoo.com, www.DuckDuckGo.com, www.Dogpile.com to search, there are many more legitimate search engines. But the Dark web is only available to people who have taken the time to implement the Tor anonymity browser (TOR is an abbreviation for The Onion Router.)

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I haven’t been to the dark web, but I am told it’s the place people go to if you want someone killed or damaged, you can find assassins, illegal drug, prostitution and other market places such as the famous Silk Road, where you can buy services and products using the Bitcoin currency and engage in other online activities that they would prefer to be hidden from the world.

The Silk Road

Ross Ulbricht will appear in court and is accused of running the billion-dollar online drug bazaar known as the Silk Road. After a year and 3 months, when FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library, he will answer for the allegations that he is the king pin behind the Silk Road. It will be interesting to see how the authorities can make this stick and a significant day for anyone who cares about crime, punishment and privacy.

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BOX Going For IPO Again

The WSJ has reported that after many months of delays, the initial public offering for online storage company Box is finally going to go ahead.

Launched in 2005 Net Box a Personal Content Management company, offered free storage for personal accounts.  Moving on to the enterprise market initially with a relatively small venture capital input, reportedly $350,000.

The company launched with Capital venture  plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange using the symbol “BOX”

If successful the planned IPO would value Box at more than $1.5 billion. The company said in its filing that it expects to receive about $134.3 million in net proceeds that it plans to use for general purposes.

In a typical IPO Bankers set a low price for the initial proposed IPO stock price range, and hope to raise the price to match investor demand.

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Box has lowered its cost of acquisition to 97% 

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Neonella Oy brings virtual currency bitcoin as part of TV-content

Finnish IT company Neonella Oy (Ltd) is launching a service platform that enables the use of world's most famous virtual currency, bitcoins, as part of interactive advertising, for example in TV-programs. The service also makes bitcoin transactions possible from media companies or advertisers to consumers. Neonella is currently seeking funding for the platform through a crowdfunding campaign.

Online shopping or charity as part of TV-programs

The payment interface developed enables ordering of goods or services within video or TV programs. It is also possible to vote, donate and encourage the viewers to talk about their opinions as part of the content. The same technology works in internet marketing and banners as well as in TV- and video content.

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The Canadians are Coming and They are in a Secure Cloud

Cirius, a secure corporate messaging company ( data loss protection, email encryption  and mobile messaging ) from Canada , will be expanding its operations into EMEA by opening its new European office in London, aptly  at One Canada Square in London’s Canary Wharf. The new office will be driving the expansion of the company’s strategic partners and channel community across the United Kingdom  and Europe.

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Can you afford Unified Communications?

Yes you can her Manish Sablok tells you how !

The advantages of implementing a Unified Communications (UC) solution – for customers, business partners, employees and not forgetting the IT department – are well documented. It's all about the ability to collaborate anywhere, using any device, at any time.  

UC is often hailed as a great enabler of mobility and BYOD, and it enables a highly mobile and connected workforce – something which many businesses are striving for, as agile and responsive employees equal a more responsive, competitive business. 

UC is changing the game and it's more than just mobility

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European Users are Hungary for Free Wi Fi

Europol has issued a warning about sending sensitive information over public Wi-Fi hotspots.

The warning comes in the light of a growing number of cyber attacks using personal information stolen through public Wi-Fi hotspots, Europol’s cyber crime centre head Troels Oerting told the BBC.

Attackers are increasingly using open insecure Wi-Fi to steal personal information including online banking credentials to commit fraud, he said.

Europol, which helps co-ordinate investigations into organised crime across Europe, is helping several EU member states that have seen attacks carried out on Wi-Fi networks.

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"We have seen an increase in the misuse of Wi-Fi, in order to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure Wi-Fi connections," he said.

"We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure wi-fi internet.

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App Developers From EMEA Converge on Brussels

Application developers from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to converge in Brussels

Following VM World in Amsterdam,  Motorola Solutions will look at the future at 5th Annual Enterprise AppForum2014

Motorola Solutions Enterprise AppForum 2014 which will take place in Brussels from November 18th -20th  and is the 5th annual event offering informative presentations, interactive sessions, discussion groups and more; with all content focused specifically on the needs of the app developer community.

The Enterprise AppForum is an event for developers who have an interest in the enterprise mobility market. The content is 100% technically focused with no commercial presentations allowed.

The event includes four parallel track sessions running a full spectrum of presentations and discussion topics. Motorola’s globally focused experts including Joe White, the VP of enterprise product management will be presenting on a range of subjects including the new MSI Enterprise Browser and there will be guest presenters including Friedger  Müffke the co-founder of Droidcon.

KEY FACTS

•             Over 700 app developers have attended the Enterprise AppForum since the first event was staged in 2010.

•             Developers from Czech Republic ,Kenya, Russia, Turkey, UAE, etc will attend AppForum2014

•             Enterprise AppForum 2014 includes the inevitable Hackathon with a yet-to-be-revealed theme.  The first prize for the winner is a Parrot AR.Drone.2.0 for each team member (up to 5 members).

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Nude Selfies Hitting Europe

Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU Commissioner-designates. German Commissioner Oettinger has been chosen to join Juncker's team in charged of the portfolio on Digital Economy and Society and there lies the problem.

Oettinger described the leaks of nude selfies of various celebs as “semi-serious” and then went on: “If someone is dumb enough to as a celebrity take a nude photo of themselves and put it online, they surely can’t expect us to protect them. I mean, stupidity is something you cannot – or only partly – save people from.”

MEP Julia Reda was far from impressed with his comments, describing them as typical “victim-shaming”.

This is of course what seems to be catching the celebs out. Many Celebs seem compelled to take naked selfies believing that their phone is private. It is quite common for poular phones such as iPhones to automatically back up to the cloud. Apple Safe vault.

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Famous women and their sexuality

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Canalys Conference and Box

I heard something at the Canalys conference about Box aiming to lower its Sales and marketing spend down to 105%, now that it is in its 9th Year.   So I wanted to determin the burn rate norm.

After a bit of digging I found a report by Tomasz Tunguz a  venture capitalist at redpoint he completed Benchmarking Box's S-1: How 7 Key SaaS Metrics Stack Up

Box is among the fastest growing SaaS companies at this point in its life but Yesterday, Box filed for its IPO and released its S-1. I enjoy going through S-1s because quite a bit about a private company is revealed and though only a subset of information is released, the S-1 discloses some very important details about the business operations.

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G-Cloud in the UK Government

The G-Cloud framework is a UK government programme aimed at promoting government-wide adoption of cloud computing. G-Cloud has been developed to give customers access to pay-as-you-go services as a cheaper alternative to traditionally sourced ICT. G-Cloud is a key component of the British Government’s ICT strategy.

The G-Cloud framework allows you to choose and purchase cloud services covering infrastructure, platform, software and specialist cloud services. The framework is for commodity based, pay-as-you go services.

 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platforms as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and finely  for services outside of the three traditional ‘as a service’ (aaS) areas to support customers taking on cloud services.

The Crown Commercial Service has brought together Government’s central commercial capability into a single organisation, amalgamating Government Procurement Service with other commercial teams from the Cabinet Office and central government departments.

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Worldwide Public Cloud Services Market to Total $131 Billion

IaaS Continues as Fastest-Growing Market Segment

The public cloud services market is forecast to grow 18.5 percent in 2013 to total $131 billion worldwide, up from $111 billion in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), including cloud compute, storage and print services, continued as the fastest-growing segment of the market, growing 42.4 percent in 2012 to $6.1 billion and expected to grow 47.3 percent in 2013 to $9 billion.

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Colt adds data services to portfolio

Colt Ceano has enhanced  its offering to enable channel partners to offer customers connectivity to their data and applications as well as enhanced network and web security

Colt, a European information delivery platform, have announced the addition of a range of data services to its portfolio of cloud based ICT services, Colt Ceano. The new data services empower channel partners to offer their SME customers connectivity to business critical data and applications regardless of location or device, as well as enhanced network and web security. Accessing these services via the Colt Ceano platform allows partners to create, manage and deliver tailored solutions to answer their customers’ individual requirements quickly and easily.

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K3 launches dedicated international hosting division

Business Technology Group (K3) has launched a new IT consultancy division to deploy and manage secure cloud services all over the world with access to 300 international datacentre's.

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Cloud Computing is expected to reach almost $150 billion

The on going move to cloud computing is being likened to a new technology a move equal to the arrival of the personal computer, a move that changed the IT face of the industry, and how businesses use technology.

That is if you are aged over 28 years (Sic) or have never used Hotmail or Google mail or indeed Facebook which is now 6 years old.
According to analyst firm Gartner, Within four years, worldwide spending on could computing is expected to reach almost $150 billion.

Gartner is seeing growth in both the number of businesses signing outsourcing deals, and the size of those deals. Cloud computing programmes covering a thousand or more users are becoming more common, as chief information officers (CIOs) see cloud computing as a strategic option.

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EMC acquires 3 Cloud companies to push forward its Cloud strategy

Spanning Cloud Apps from Austin Texas was snapped up  for EMC’s “Born-in-the-Cloud” Data Protection Strategy

Spanning Cloud Apps a provider of data backup and recovery for cloud applications, acquired by EMC Corporation. The company will continue to operate under the Spanning Cloud Apps brand in Austin, Texas and will be the foundation of EMC’s “born-in-the-cloud” data protection strategy in its Core Technologies Division. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Spanning is a provider of backup and recovery for SaaS applications, helps organisations to protect and manage their information in the cloud.

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Box on Fire

According to wall street journal Online storage company Box Inc. has filed for an IPO (initial public offering),  taking advantage of a law that allows start-ups to quietly file paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission without public disclosures.

The Los Altos, California based company, which just raised $100 million in December at a valuation of about $2 billion, is gearing up to go public amid intensifying competition in the online storage market. Prior to this the influx of cash, it was reported that Box first ventured into Europe with a piggy bank of $350 Million.  Which is remarkable for a ECM (Enterprise content management)  software company.

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This is definitely one to watch the burn rate on.

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$700 Million Box take-over turned down

Filed for an IPO According to the Wall street Journal

Box, a venture-capital-backed company whose software lets workers store and access documents on the Web, is raising a new round of financing that would value the start-up at $1.2 billion, people familiar with the matter said, showing investors' continued enchantment with such technologies.

The move comes as Palo Alto, California based Box turned down a takeover offer of at least $700 million from Citrix Systems  earlier this year, the people said. Box plans eventually to go public at a valuation of as much as $2 billion to $3 billion, and could file for an IPO next year, they added.  We understand that they filed for an IPO 6 months ago and the side stepped, as the market was not being receptive.

Founded in 2005, Box is among a group of young companies that are vying to shake up the way people work storing and retrieving documents on the web. They aim to unseat or fill in perceived shortcomings in business-software offerings around the Cloud.

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Preparing the Channel for cloud-based services

An over view of what the cloud can do for you and the opportunities

As the market for new cloud-based services continues to grow,there is some nervousness among many channel partners about their role in the value chain,

often because when vendors deliver solutions like Software-as-a-service (SaaS) they feel it could cut them out of the loop. However, while there is no denying that traditional channel business models will be impacted by the move to cloud-based services, there are also a host of benefits for those channel partners willing to embrace the change. It is a golden opportunity for service providers to position themselves as ‘trusted advisors’ as end users look to embrace this emerging technology.

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PC shipments in EMEA declined 16%,

According to the latest research from International Data Corporation (IDC), PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) declined 16%, reaching 21.4 million units in the third quarter of 2013.

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Iomart Group acquires Switch Media

Iomart Group a managed hosting and cloud computing services company, has bought domain name and hosting company in Liverpool as it continues to expand its hosting offering to the UK market.

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