Appirio hires Mechanical Turk creator to automate IT services

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The creator of Amazon Mechanical Turk, the world’s first fully programmatic crowdsourcing platform when it launched in 2005, has joined Appirio as CTO to advance the cloud integrator’s quest to bring disruptive automation to the IT services industry. Alex Castro took up the post in October last year but the company kept his arrival under… Read More

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Fidelity Backs Appirio for Crowdsourced Cloud Services

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Cloud-services provider Appirio Inc. has gathered $35 million so far in a new round led by Fidelity Management & Research Co., an arm of mutual-fund company Fidelity Investments. Appirio is still talking to strategic investors and will leave the round open for a short time, co-founder and Chief Executive Chris Barbin told Venture Capital Dispatch.… Read More

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Appirio Raises $35 Million, Hires Product Veteran From Amazon as CTO to Build Services Platform

Series E Funding Will Fuel Global Expansion, Platform Investments and New Service Offerings to Take Enterprise Crowdsourcing Mainstream SAN FRANCISCO – April 16, 2015 – Appirio, a global cloud services company, today announced that it has secured $35 million in a Series E funding round, led by Fidelity Management & Research Company. The company has… Read More

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Businesses Need Greater Clarity Of Purpose And Value With Cloud And CRM Tools

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The three ways of understanding the potential of digital business today through CRM tools. 1. The Nature Of Business Is Changing Since employees are now working anywhere, anytime, transactions are more frequent, but shorter, on mobile devices. Therefore, CRM apps need to be simple and intuitive to allow rapid access and update of client data… Read More

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These firms are using wearables in a pretty cool way

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Cloud consulting firm Appirio and Blueberry Home Solutions, a plumbing, heat and air-conditioning company, are two very different firms with one thing in common: They have both started using wearables in the workplace. Wearable technology – from smartwatches to Google glasses – has been the focus of intense media attention over the past year, bolstered… Read More

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Talk Talk moves HR systems to cloud

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Telecoms company Talk Talk is, for the first time, providing its managers with accurate information on head count, job vacancies, overtime and salary costs after replacing seven HR IT systems with a single, cloud-based service. The project, which went live last October and is expected to pay for itself within three years, has transformed the way… Read More

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Health Persuasion Gets Better

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A 2013 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that barely 20 percent of adult Americans get the recommended amount of exercise each week, which can be as little as three or four hours. If we’re to overcome this inertia, exercise needs to become more psychologically inviting. Read more >>

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Will Office 365 Destroy Consulting?

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If you had asked me back in 2010 if my banking or insurance clients would ever move their content to the cloud, I would have laughed. But over the past couple of years these same organizations have shifted their perspective. The idea of hosting email in Exchange online and providing users with an option of… Read More

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Join the Data Hunters: Look for Asteroids on Your Computer

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"Asteroids" may be a classic video game, but the Asteroid Data Hunter app that's just become available for desktop computers is no idle pastime: It's a software package that sifts through image data from Earth-based telescopes, looking for previously detected asteroids and flagging space rocks that haven't been seen before. Read more >>

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Energy Department Launches Virtual Hackathon to Build the Next Big Solar Software Solutions

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Last week, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative launched the largest-of-its-kind, 60-day online hackathon to quickly build prototype solutions and products that address barriers to greater solar energy deployment and drive down the costs of solar energy. Approximately 700,000 coders, developers, and data scientists are expected to participate in this series of contests to build promising… Read More

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