Fear Factor, C-suite edition

With all the fear, uncertainty and doubt swirling about data security in the wake of Edward Snowden, Target breaches and so on, it’s important for C-level execs to act, not retreat, according to speakers at the MIT CIO Symposium Wednesday.

Dilbert disses cloud (or at least cloudwashing)

When cartoonist Scott Adams decides that cloudwashing has become too much to take, maybe it’s time to give this annoying practice the boot. Sooooo … what do you say Oracle, HP, IBM, Microsoft? Can we agree to put the mindless use of the C-word on ice?

New-look integrator Appirio raises $60M

Appirio, which built its systems integration business in part by knitting software-as-a-service and legacy on-premises software together, netted $60 million in Series D funding led by General Atlantic, bringing total investment to $80 million.

Cloud breakup: Why CloudSpokes chose Database.com over Azure

CloudSpokes, an Appirio-led community that hosts contests in which developers compete on projects for cloud companies with the goal of winning a monetary prize, recently re-architected the site from Microsoft Windows Azure to Database.com, and its team couldn’t be happier with the results.