5 Technology Observations: 2 June 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, updates, rumors, gossip and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Actually, here are nine updates to sip on this morning.

9. Hot Spot: Israel remains a hotbed for cloud, mobile and big data startups. But perhaps the hottest area involves security. A case in point: ARM is in talks to buy Sansa, an Internet of Things security startup that has expertise all the way down to the chip level, according the WSJ.

8. Cisco Leadership Exodus?: Not exactly. As we mentioned yesterday, presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore are exiting as the CEO crown shifts from John Chambers to Chuck Robbins. The surprise move involved CTO Padmasree Warrior (pictured), who also is exiting, according to Re/code. Critics wonder if Chambers' departure from day-to-day business will spark a management exodus. But I prefer to focus on the flip-side of the conversation: For Robbins to truly be CEO, he needs to put his own stamp on the company -- including the management team. And frankly, Cisco is a bit management heavy at the top. Lloyd was widely considered a CEO candidate. Some pundits think Moore also was on the CEO shortlist, but sources say Moore had no interest in the job. As for CTO Warrior, she was on the candidate list but I considered her a long shot since Cisco is more of a sales-driven culture.

7. Big Data Security: Somebody recently asked me how businesses are adjusting their security stance as newer platforms like NoSQL, Hadoop, in-memory databases and others take hold. I didn't know the answer -- until I found some big data security insights here.

6. Highest-Paid Female CEOs: That list includes IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (No. 7, $17.9 million), HP CEO Meg Whitman (No. 4, $19.6 million) and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 1, $42.1 million), according to Equilar and The New York Times -- which published an overall list of the Top 200 Highest-Paid CEOs, based on 2014 executive compensation packages.

5. Join Me Today: At 1pm ET/10am PT for Tech News Today, where I'm a guest anchor each Tuesday. Mike Elgan hosts the live conversation with top editors from across the globe. I suspect we'll cover early Apple Watch sales figures and plenty more.

4. Ex Machina: Anybody seen it? The low-budget sci-fi flick is coming to streaming video and DVD in July. But critical praise may prompt me to catch Ex Machina in the theater later today... Just don't ask me to pronounce it.

3. Fresh Funding: Technology startups raising money to fuel growth include...

  • DataScience (Culver City, Calif.), which makes a SaaS-based data analytics platform, raised $4.5 million in Series A funding led by Greycroft Partners.
  • Notion (Boulder, Colo.), focused on home sensor networks, raised $2 million in seed funding from multiple backers.
  • Saama Technologies (Campbell, Calif.), a big data and analytics specialist, raised $35 million from multiple backers.

2. Simple Is So Difficult: There are days when I long for the simple blogging era -- circa 2008 or so. Headline, photo, ads, widgets. I rather enjoyed that era but there's no going back to it -- at least not at this stage of my career. And not at this stage of a data-driven content world. Our R&D continues. The potential plumbing is very promising. But we're having some challenges choosing the fixtures... Think of it this way: Imagine trying to select the same exact living room set and decor for a mansion, a summer cottage and a studio apartment. Welcome to the world of big screen, tablet and mobile...

1. Check In Tonight: And don't forget. Our next podcast debuts 9:01 p.m. ET/6:01 p.m. PT tonight. Clarizen CEO Avi Nowogrodski describes how IT entrepreneurs can improve project management across structured and unstructured data. Also, keep an eye on our podcast center for some potential surprises from Hadoop Summit (June 9-11, San Jose).  

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