The Investing Edge
of Enterprise IT


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17
Jul
2014

Anatomy of an Exit: Reflecting on StrikeIron’s Success

Ascent portfolio company StrikeIron was acquired by Informatica last month in what was a rewarding and positive outcome for all. Having worked closely with the company over the past seven years, I’d like to share my perspective on what the company accomplished over that period, and why it became an attractive target for acquisition. Based outside Durham, NC, StrikeIron had
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23
Jun
2014

Video: Defining the Investing Edge of Enterprise IT

After 28 years and over 100 investments, we are as passionate as ever about our focus on early-stage enterprise IT venture investing and the continually changing landscape that creates new opportunities. We have created a brief video that captures the fundamentals of Ascent, and includes a few of the CEOs we have had the good fortune to work with discussing
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Security
04
Apr
2014

Why the IT Security Markets Needs to be Even Greater than $60 Billion

In recent posts we’ve discussed how the shift to the cloud, the explosion of mobile usage, and the massive growth in data will help drive the next wave of productivity and economic gains for companies. But these new technologies also dramatically shif the nature of where data is, how much there is, and how it is accessed, and therefore require
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03
Feb
2014

Three Impediments to the Internet of Things

This post is the final installment of a three-part series on the Internet of Things, along with What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things and Why the Internet of Things is also Industry 4.0. The technology for the Internet of Things (IoT) falls into four broad categories: sensors, software, platforms, and networks and connections.  Most of the technology is
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21
Jan
2014

Why the Internet of Things is also Industry 4.0

This post is the second installment of a three-part series on the Internet of Things, along with What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things and Three Impediments to the Internet of Things. Robert Bosch is a German-based global leader in brake and automotive technology that has established a 500-person subsidiary, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, to develop sensors
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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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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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22
Nov
2013

Acquisition is the New Innovation

This excerpt is taken from a post I wrote that was featured yesterday on Boston.com. I discuss legacy technology companies and how they are buying innovation today and in years to come. (L)ess than one in five global companies deems itself “very effective” at breakthrough innovation, according to a Bain Consulting survey. At current scale, it’s difficult for tech giants to grow faster than the
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23
Apr
2013

Six Pre-Requisites for the New Wave of Enterprise IT Security Solutions

  Given that IT security is a $60 billion market, you might think that we have robust solutions for keeping enterprise networks and data protected. But you’d be wrong. In reality, better than 1 in 5 enterprises—and likely more—has been compromised. In the past few years, the number of cyber-breaches and the sophistication of the attacks have heightened dramatically. 250,000
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RedBOAT
19
Dec
2012

Five Winds of Change in Enterprise Sails (Sales)

If there was one theme that consistently arose during our enterprise sales strategy forum a few weeks ago, it was that selling to business now is a completely different ballgame than it was 10 years ago. Our panel, made up of sales and IT executives from companies like Staples, HubSpot, and American Tower, among others, provided significant insight into how
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