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04
Mar
2014

B2B IT Forum: How the Cloud Enables Legacy Market Disruption

Executives from Hailo, Invaluable, CustomMade and HubCast shared stories and insight regarding how their companies are transforming legacy markets.  While they are still relatively early on in their development, they have each made significant progress with some impressive stats and it is not too hard to imagine them becoming the Amazon or Orbitz of their industries. Invaluable, a marketplace platform
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17
Jan
2014

Next B2B IT Forum – The Shift to the Cloud: Disrupting Legacy Industries

By now the benefits of cloud computing are well understood. Whether by reducing costs, providing better services, or improving efficiencies, the cloud has transformed business operations in a wide range of industries. What’s not as widely known is how the cloud is disrupting legacy industries previously thought immune to the forces of the cloud. Now industries like taxi services, custom furniture
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14
Jan
2014

What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things

  This post is the first installment of a three-part series on the Internet of Things, along with Why the Internet of Things is also Industry 4.0 and Three Impediments to the Internet of Things. If you are like me, you might be wondering how large the “Internet of Things” could become, and whether it will get the press, hype
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11
Dec
2013

Q&A with TimeTrade’s Gary Ambrosino

The retail industry’s transition from “bricks to clicks” has once again been top of mind during the holiday season, as online retailers and traditional brick-and-mortar stores alike have targeted customers with Cyber Monday deals and other Internet shopping sales. While more mobile and online shopping has occurred this year than ever before, a recent survey by Ascent portfolio company TimeTrade
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26
Nov
2013

Harnessing the Power of the Cloud

The enterprise technology landscape has seen tremendous evolution in the past several years as disruptive change has hit almost every corner of the market. Nowhere is this more evident than in the move to cloud computing, where momentum continues to build. Consider: • IT Cloud services spending is expected to reach $72.9 billion by 2015 • Spend on cloud computing
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13
May
2013

Financing News: PerspecSys and the Cloud Data Security Opportunity

Last week PerspecSys announced a new financing round that we participated in, alongside Paladin and Intel. We are very excited to be working with the team and our co-investors, and see tremendous potential for this company. Over the last 12 to 18 months, we have witnessed an almost seismic shift in the posture of large enterprise customers toward cloud-based applications. SaaS
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01
Mar
2013

Announcing the Ascent Storify Page

While our singular focus at Ascent is enterprise IT, our portfolio spans a wide range of tech subcategories: Software & SaaS, Data & Analytics, Cloud Business Services, Mobility & Communications, Financial Services & Transaction Technology, and Security & Compliance. Each sector witnesses regular news and innovation, and each has numerous compelling stories.      To help facilitate telling those stories, we’ve created
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24
Jan
2013

Technology Drives Change at a Top Global Bank

Ascent strives to anticipate long-term technology trends within the enterprise that can change business for the better. Taking the long view means the technologies we identify can take years before their impact is felt at the enterprise level, so it’s encouraging to get a glimpse of emerging areas of technology that are already driving massive change at large companies. Recently
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09
Oct
2012

Young Turks in the Enterprise

There was a widely circulated news item recently that tried to explain the mindset of this year’s college freshmen, noting that, for them, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Kurt Cobain have always been dead.  (Message to this generation: please do yourself a favor and delete a few LMFAO and Lady Gaga tunes from your iPod in favor of selections off Nirvana’s
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20
Sep
2012

Observations from Dreamforce 2012

I was at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference yesterday with 95,000 of my closest friends. Seriously, that’s how many people registered for this event. It’s an impressive display of organizational prowess and the Salesforce team puts on a great show. The keynote yesterday morning featured lots of slick videos and loud music. It also included appearances by Tony Robbins, The Cake Boss
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