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Wipro Acquires Appirio – A Topcoder Community Member’s Perspective
"To change is difficult, but not to change, is fatal.” Last Thursday (20th October, 2016), Appirio announced that it had been acquired by the Indian IT giant, Wipro, for $500 million. Of course, the move means Topcoder, the world’s largest crowdsourcing community is now also a part of Wipro. There’s obviously been a lot of chit chat about it in the media and in the Topcoder community asContinue Reading
The Final Frontier of Cloud Democratization – Technical Talent
Credit: Wikipedia @spartovi - Sal Partovi Think Different In the early days of Salesforce, CEO Marc Benioff masterminded a brilliant marketing campaign titled, “No Software”. Perhaps inspired by Apple’s campaign around “Think Different”, the No Software mantra was clearly an emotional play, targeted to a very specific set of individuals. Much like “Think Different”, which isContinue Reading
In The News: CloudSpokes and TopCoder, Together (Round-up)
@spartovi - Sal Partovi There was an impressive amount of news coverage on last week's announcement of Appirio's acquisition of TopCoder. Below are the main news features and highlights of what will be remembered as a monumental tipping point for crowdsourcing in enterprise IT, as the combination of CloudSpokes and TopCoder creates the world's largest professional development and designContinue Reading
Appirio Combines TopCoder and CloudSpokes – The Uber Cloud Services Company
@singhns - Narinder Singh Yesterday, Appirio announced the acquisition of TopCoder and its combination with CloudSpokes to create a community of nearly 600,000 of designers, developers and data analytics experts. Our journey with TopCoder and crowdsourcing began nearly five years ago when we used the community to help prepare for a keynote at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference. OurContinue Reading
CloudSpokes and TopCoder, Together – Two of the World’s Largest Dev Communities are Now One
@spartovi - Sal Partovi Yes - you read that correctly. Today, CloudSpokes’ parent company, Appirio, has announced the acquisition of TopCoder with the intention of combining two of the best developer communities in the world. CloudSpokes - as you all know - is the leader in crowdsourced cloud development, and is a crowdsourcing marketplace that matches companies who need development work with aContinue Reading
Why Your Contractors Will Never Create Your Community
@spartovi - Sal Partovi The arguments for curating a community around your company, products, and/or API are pretty simple and clear. Software is eating the world. APIs are the new business development medium. Developers are the new kingmakers. It only makes sense to curate the kingmakers. The problem is the disconnect between building a community, while simultaneously contracting out work. ThisContinue Reading
Distributed Innovation: Saugatuck Research – Enterprise IT Discusses Crowdsourcing Success
@spartovi - Sal Partovi It's easy enough to discuss the merits of any technology advancement or disruptive business model in the vacuum of theory and conjecture. It's another thing entirely to hear independently verified testimonials and firsthand experiences from real customers and early adopters. Theory only gets you so far in any game, sooner or later you have to step onto the field. We'veContinue Reading
Why Enterprise Technologists Should Pay Attention to Startups, Opensource (and CloudSpokes!)
@singhns - Narinder Singh I was fortunate to be on a panel this week with Cole Crawford from the Open Compute Foundation. What they are doing at Open Compute is massively cool and also way lower in the stack than I'll ever be comfortable, so my plan was to just keep from saying anything completely insane. Luckily for me, the panel was on cloud overall, not just the parts that actuallyContinue Reading
First Look – Salesforce.com Aura UI Framework
Fun stuff coming out of Salesforce as we ramp up to Dreamforce! I had the opportunity to sit in on the “Intro to Aura” webinar a few hours ago and I thought I would blog on some key points that I came away with after the whirlwind hour. First of all this is a major initiative for Salesforce.com as it was hosted by Andrew Waite, Josh Kaplan and Doug Chasman (tech lead for aura and one of theContinue Reading
Distributed Innovation: Saugatuck Research – How Does Crowdsourcing Work?
In our last post on distributed innovation, we touched on our perspective of what crowdsourcing actually is - specifically in the realm of enterprise cloud-based IT. As we stated last time, "the ubiquity of the internet and cloud computing platforms amongst the world's top technical resources means that there exists a 'distributed system' of cloud experts all connected by the web. AllContinue Reading
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