This is a collaborative post with Nick Hamm (@hammnick), Director of Technology at Infowelders and David Schach (@dschach) from X-Squared On Demand. After a conversation via twitter, we decided to collaborate on a blog post (via Google Docs, of course) and are publishing it in our own blogs simultaneously. With all of the hype around the pending release of iPad2 and how it has firmly moved us into the “post-PC era”, we had to take a step back and evaluate for ourselves whether all of the hype is justified, or if Steve Jobs’ mastery of the emotional sell has hypnotized Apple fan-boys and non-fan-boys alike into believing that we are in a reality that isn’t quite real, or even realistic. The Case for iPad The iPad is a game-changing device in many ways, but it’s main impact is as a consumer/personal technology. Apps are the primary driver that sell the […]
Chris Barbin has released another blog post, explaining that Appirio is now backed by Sequoia Capital. Pretty neat, huh? This is a serious company with some seriously good research, apparently. So their backing of Appirio means that Appirio is in some really good company. Appirio’s website lists Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital on its Board of Directors and writes that “Appirio is privately held, with funding from Sequoia Capital, salesforce.com, and a select group of angel investors.” Congratulations, Appirio, on securing some high quality (and, I hope, high value) funding. I know that this will cement your place amongst the top product companies in the sfdcverse, and will enable you to vault to the top in the pure-implementation rankings as well.
Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio, recently wrote a superb article on Microsoft’s pathetic attempt at trying to appear that it was entering the SaaS market with it’s Dynamics CRM package. … Note Chris’s choice of an example of a company that (unwisely, apparently as far as Chris thinks) uses Microsoft’s veiled on-premise solution: Astadia Consulting … Does this signal some bad blood?