5 Technology Observations: 27 April 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, updates, observations, wild assumptions and plenty more to start your day for Monday, April 27, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves seven items.

7. Apple Earnings: They'll be announced later today. Don't expect Apple to say much about Apple Watch sales since the smartwatch began shipping after the quarter closed. Still, it's safe to expect CEO Tim Cook to at least mention early demand for the watch -- which also plowing deeper into iPhone sales figures and perhaps even a dividend hike...

6. Amazon Stock: It hit an all-time high thanks to the company's decision to disclosed Amazon Web Services (AWS) sales and operating profit figures. AWS revenue is growing nearly 50 percent quarter over quarter, and the overall AWS business is now a $5 billion empire, CEO Jeff Bezos disclosed last week.

5. SaaS Meets Classic Enterprise Sales: Many cloud companies got their start with a bottom-up sales model. But more and more SaaS companies are embracing classic high-touch sales tactics pioneered at IBM, Oracle and other established legacy companies. Those efforts include more field and strategic selling; professional services and support; and account management, notes TechCrunch.

4. Attention Data Scientists: It's safe to expect plenty of big data updates from this week's SAS Global Forum in Dallas, Texas. And the big data conversation will continue at next week's EMC World (May 4-7, Las Vegas). Oh, and don't forget TDWI Chicago (May 3-8), where data scientists will drill down into BI and big data strategies. 

3. Fresh Funding: Tech startups raising money include...

  • CareCloud (Miami, Fla.), focused on cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) software, raised $15 million in funding from multiple backers.
  • Datical (Austin, Texas), which specializes in an agile database deployment platform, raised $5.9 million in Series A funding from Mercury Fund, Austin Ventures and several other players.
  • Ferris (Los Angeles), focused on mobile video, raised $2 million in Series A venture funding led by Upfront Ventures.
  • StrataCloud (Atlanta, Ga.), which offers IT management solutions, raised $3.4 million in a multi-step Series A round from multiple companies.

2. Back on the Grid?: Rumor has it After Nines Inc. CEO Amy Katz is back on the grid starting Tuesday. A certain yin-yang feeling has been developing within our company in recent weeks... It involves our team, the business -- and maybe even some software code.

  • 1. Otis My Man: I spent Saturday evening at an Animal House cast reunion and showing in the Berkshires, Mass. A classic evening with some classic moments. Perhaps I'll share some more details soon...

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