5 Technology Observations to Start Your Day, Nov 11

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news nuggets, rumors, chatter, insights and developments to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Actually, today's lineup includes 10 updates...

10. Immediate Exit: Juniper Networks CEO Shaygan Kheradpir, has resigned amid "conduct relating to dealing with a customer." His exit came less than a year after Kheradpir succeeded Kevin Johnson in January 2014. Juniper insider Rami Rahim has been promoted to CEO, effective immediately. Wall Street wants to know more about Kheradpir's exit, but so far he and Juniper haven't said much other than confirming the divorce.

9. Meanwhile, at Cisco Systems: The networking giant is set to announce quarterly earnings tomorrow (Wed, Nov. 12, 2014). Harvard Business Review recently ranked Chambers among the top 3 CEOs worldwide. But ironically, Wall Street is seeking clarity about Chambers' personal career path and Cisco's CEO succession plan. Chambers back in September 2012 said he would likely retire within two to four years. Amid Cisco's sluggish growth, Trinity Asset's Brian Gilmartin predicts "something has to give" next year -- and the "something" will likely include a CEO change. 

8. Congrats: IT services veteran Todd McKendrick is now Application Sales Manager at Oracle Corp., his third career boost at the software giant. McKendrick previously worked in and around the IT services market. He was one of the key people to educate After Nines Inc. CEO Amy Katz and me during our previous company launch.

7. Attracting a Crowd: CompTIA veteran Ron Cohen has moved on to work on a range of projects. One of the most interesting involves Interzone (March 11-13, 2015), which will attract NetApp CEO Tom Georgens, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton, Twitter CTO Adam Messinger, ServiceNow CEO Frank Slootman... and the impressive list goes on. 

6. Raising VC Funding: So, you're an I.T. entrepreneur seeking angel funding or venture capital backing. How can you get started? Gartner is hosting an on-demand webcast today (Nov. 11) at 11:00 a.m. ET. The focus: How to raise strategic funding and grow your startup. It sounds like Research Director Vassil Mladjov will share strategies for raising $1 million to $20 million. He'll also touch on strategies for building your team, customers, business models and more. I'd tune in but I'm busy elsewhere with...

5. Tech News Today: ... stop by our live Tech News Today broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET (http://live.twit.tv) or catch the archived discussion thereafter at http://www.twit.tv/tnt. As loyal viewers know, Mike Elgan hosts the program, top journalists from across the globe join the show to share their news insights. I co-anchor and inject my views... Amazingly, I've yet to be censored.

4. Big Data IPO: Hortonworks, which promotes Apache Hadoop, has filed to go public. The ironic twist: Microsoft is Hortonworks' largest customer, according to the company's SEC filing for the IPO. The details suggest Microsoft's Azure cloud is betting heavily  -- and spending heavily -- to ensure Hadoop is fully supported. And I suspect Microsoft is using Hadoop internally to analyze the company's own business data. More details soon.

3. Amazon Cloud Goes Mainstream: Still skeptical about the cloud? Wake up. Most of the IT world is focused this week on AWS re:invent 2014, a massive cloud conference in Las Vegas. Ahead of the event, Amazon launched a new certification for DevOps engineers, called AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional. Somehow, I suspect this is going to be one of the most valuable IT certifications in 2015...

2. You and Apple in the Enterprise: Historically speaking, Apple hasn't been much of an enterprise or midmarket technology player. But if you're an I.T. entrepreneur focused on B2B, keep a close eye on Apple's latest enterprise moves, which apparently include new sales hires and CIO dinners co-hosted with ServiceMax... The moves come as Apple and IBM continue to expand a support offering called AppleCare for Enterprise.

1. Join Me Tonight: Work Market CEO Jeff Leventhal is building a next-generation marketplace for freelance workers and employers. So how did Leventhal get venture funding and continually evolving his approach to business? He shares some secrets during our latest Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs podcast this evening (Nov. 11) at 9:01 p.m. ET. Here's how to find our growing inventory of podcasts:

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