Pivotal is an interesting beast, a spin out created from technology contributed from both EMC and VMware. The company is seen as the cool kid to the relative conservatism of its parents. While both VMware and EMC are hampered in their ability to innovate by the relative lack of appetite by their customers, Pivotal has no such constraints. Indeed, industrial powerhouse GE invested a nine-figure amount in the company primarily based on the fact that it is an innovation machine. The Cloud Foundry open source PaaS is a good example of a project that Pivotal is leveraging to offer innovation to its customers. The company recently boasted a $100 million run rate for its Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) business unit.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.