Former Microsoft open-source chief Sam Ramji has joined cloud-computing startup Sonoa Systems, taking over product strategy and business development at the Santa Clara, California-based company

In his last job at Microsoft, Ramji was responsible for fostering more interoperability and collaboration with the open-source community as head of its Platform Strategy Group. Last month he also took a position as interim president of the CodePlex Foundation, an open-source group formed out of his work at Microsoft. However, when the foundation and Ramji's role in it were unveiled, he said he was leaving Microsoft Sept. 25 to join a cloud-computing startup, though he did not specify which one.

In addition to ServiceNet, Sonoa also has released an analytics tool for API developers called Apigee as a free way to monitor and manage how their services are being accessed in the cloud. In an e-mail, a company spokesman compared the tool to Google Analytics.

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