Under the Radar 2013 Picks 10 Most Innovative New IT Ventures

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Under the Radar 2013 Picks 10 Most Innovative New IT Ventures

by Chris Preimesberger

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Armor5, Santa Clara, Calif.

Armor5 is a cloud service provider that's solving the problem of secure mobile access to enterprise data and applications in a new way. The company serves enterprises, cloud solution providers and any organization struggling to secure network access for mobile users. Armor5 offers the only zero-touch, 100 percent cloud service that accesses a client's network, virtualizes enterprise data and applications, and provisions secure and compliant access for every end user using any mobile device.

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Bitcasa, Mountain View, Calif.

Bitcasa, a developer of secure storage across all devices, provides infinite storage, streaming access and automatic backup with built-in client-side encryption to ensure privacy. Bitcasa simplifies storage with the Infinite Drive, which works like a magic external hard drive that never crashes or runs out of space.

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Catchpoint, New York City

Catchpoint, founded in September 2008 by former DoubleClick/Google veterans and backed by Battery Ventures, helps companies better understand the performance of their online services so they can ensure a fast, glitch-free online environment to improve user satisfaction, reduce quality management costs and protect revenue. Delivering insight through organized and visualized information, Catchpoint's Web performance and application monitoring tools provide real-time analytics to help IT quickly discover and resolve performance issues.

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Cloudant, Cambridge, Mass.

Cloudant provides the world's first globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for loading, storing, analyzing and distributing operational application data for developers of large and fast-growing Web and mobile applications. Cloudant's DBaaS is a managed service that helps developers eliminate the delays, costs and distractions inherent in working with databases and their administrators, while providing scalability, availability and performance. This capability accelerates time-to-market and time-to-innovation because it frees developers from the mechanics of data management so they can focus exclusively on creating great applications.

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Clustrix, San Francisco

Clustrix has built a database with no limits: no limits to database size, no limits to table size, no limits to the complexity of queries and no limits to performance. The Clustrix database offers dynamic online scaling, seamless fault tolerance, full relational and transactional capabilities, and MySQL wire-line compatibility in single instance database.

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Continuuity, Palo Alto, Calif.

Continuuity delivers what it claims is the industry's first big data application fabric, fueling the next generation of big data applications by making it fast and easy for any developer to build, deploy, scale and manage such apps. Continuuity offers a unified experience across the entire application lifecycle from development to DevOps. Its prepackaged building blocks with higher-level APIs, datasets, tooling and documentation make creating big data applications fast. The cloud-based Continuuity AppFabric, the first scale-out application server for Hadoop and HBase, is built on top of Hadoop open-source components and shields developers from the complexity of big data and cloud infrastructure.

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FeedHenry, Burlington, Mass.

FeedHenry's mobile application platform enables enterprises to simplify their mobile initiatives and empowers them to engage more effectively with employees, customers and partners through the mobile channel. The cloud-based FeedHenry platform supports app development and integration to back-end systems, and it enables deployment to multiple devices as well as app management and reporting. FeedHenry's approach is to offer an open and flexible mobile application platform that can easily be deployed to different cloud and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments—public, private and hybrid.

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Happiily, San Francisco

Having run several experiments to learn more about the frictions that exist around honest conversations within the workplace, Happiily builds tools that facilitate more honest conversations in the workplace. MeetingLess, which Happiily has launched into private beta, is built to make meetings more effective by providing anonymous feedback to participants about the meetings they have attended.

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MobileSpaces, Washington, D.C.

MobileSpaces helps enterprises mobilize their applications, govern their data and respect the privacy of their employees. MobileSpaces' BYOD Policy Management solution protects enterprise apps and data against loss and leakage. MobileSpaces' App Virtualization technology secures any app on any device, letting the enterprise choose the apps it needs while allowing employees to choose the devices they want. MobileSpaces is the only solution that allows the enterprise to secure built-in apps, public app store apps and enterprise app store apps with no friction.

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SiSense, San Francisco

SiSense is seeking to democratize big data analytics by pioneering a new approach that enables organizations of all sizes to make sense of their business data. SiSense Prism, powered by its Elasticube analytics technology, is designed to deliver performance, agility and value to businesses. SiSense has customers in 48 countries, including global brands such as Target and Merck.

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SAP Innovation: How the Company Keeps Its Technology Moving Forward

SAP says it still has the heart and passion of a startup, but with offices in 130 countries and more than 55,000 employees, the company hardly looks like one. Yet innovation is alive and thriving at SAP. Driven by Vishal Sikka, executive board member leading technology and innovation, SAP has made a number of bold moves to reinvent itself as a more nimble, innovative business to position itself for the future. From the SAP HANA in-memory computing architecture, which is now driving record growth in SAP's software business, to the philosophy of "design thinking," a holistic, multidimensional approach to product development, Sikka is leading the charge for SAP to push the boundaries of the familiar. For example, through the innovative SAP AppHaus movement, SAP is branching into consumer app development, a new arena for this software giant that has a long history in providing business application...
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