Dell Boomi's Nucci plots next cloud gig

When I heard founder Rick Nucci left Dell Boomi last Spring, two years after Dell bought the Berwyn corporate cloud-computing connector he'd built, and right around the time Dell pulled back from its Dell Cloud initiative -- laying off maybe 300 -- not knowing much, I feared the worst.

"The business is thriving," Nucci tells me, and it wasn't affected by the Dell Cloud move. Dell has put Chris McNabb in charge, and the group continues to hire engineers, programmers, salespeople. McNabb had joined Boomi as Nucci's deputy around the time of the Dell sale from SunGard Data System's former higher-ed division (SCT), where he ran engineering. "He's been great. The team loves him," says Nucci. "A really sharp guy. He hit the ground running."

Nucci says he's thriving, too. He spent the summer in Italy -- "Florence, Sorrento, Cortona, Rome." And now he's back -- no details yet -- but "I'm certainly looking forward todoing another startup in the cloud space. We're still in the emerging state of all things cloud. We've reached that tipping point where enterprises are adopting cloud a lot more than when we launched Boomi on the cloud, in 2008. I'm really looking forward to that."

So no retirement? He laughs. "When you remember start-ups, you only remember the cool things," he told me. Nucci was Mr. Inside (to Bob Moul's Mr. Outside) at Boomi, so he's just starting to meet a lot of Philly tech people who've done what he's done. "It'll be awesome."