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08/17/2014 - 08/19/2014 Rancho Palos Verdes CA

Mobile Insider Summit

08/17/2014 - 08/20/2014 LAKE TAHOE CA

Social Media Insider Summit

08/20/2014 - 08/23/2014 LAKE TAHOE CA

iMedia Agency Summit (Malaysia)

08/25/2014 - 08/27/2014 Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

The 6th annual Mobile World

08/28/2014 Seoul

iMedia Brand Summit (Australia)

09/01/2014 - 09/03/2014 Gold Coast Australia

iMedia Brand Summit (India)

09/03/2014 - 09/05/2014 Adao Waddo, Salcette India

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Worldwide PC Monitor Market Undergoes a Slight Decline in the First Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 300x99 Worldwide PC Monitor Market Undergoes a Slight Decline in the First Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled nearly 33.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a year-over-year decline of -0.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 106 million units for the full year 2018.

“Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units,” said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. “Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth.”

Technology Highlights

  • LED backlight technology adoption continues to increase with a new high of 92% market share in 1Q14. This represents a year-over-year increase of 16.4%.
  • Screen size of 21.x-inches wide has held the largest worldwide share for the last six quarters, with 20.5% share in 1Q14.
  • Aspect ratio of 16:9 continues to dominate with 81.3% market share, which is 6.5 times the second most widely used Aspect ratio of 16:10.
  • Touch screen monitors are still a small segment of the total PC monitor market at 0.4% share, with sales mostly in the U.S. at 32.8% of the total. HP holds a 35.1% share of the U.S. market.

Vendor Highlights

  • Dell – Dell maintained its number 1 position in 1Q14 with worldwide market share of 14.9% on shipments of 5.0 million units. Japan and Western Europe delivered the biggest gains for Dell with 32.4% and 14.7% quarter-over-quarter growth respectively, while the U.S. market remained essentially flat.
  • Samsung –Samsung regained the number 2 position from last quarter in terms of total units shipped and maintained the top position in terms of total revenue with $1.11 billion in 1Q14. Its revenue represents 18.4% share in total market value.
  • HP – Despite being ranked number 3 worldwide, HP holds the number 1 position in Canada and number 2 in the U.S. HP posted 8.9% year-over-year growth for the quarter.
  • LG – LG maintained its number 4 position and continues to be the number 1 PC monitor vendor in Latin America with 33% share. It also achieved a new high in unit shipments of 3.5 million in 1Q14.
  • Lenovo – Lenovo rounded out the Top 5 vendor ranking in 1Q14, buoyed by its number 1 position in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) with 2 million units. Lenovo’s biggest gains in the quarter were in Japan and Western Europe with 16.6% and 5.3%, respectively.

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A 10-sensor iWatch says Apple’s smartwatch will be nothing like Android Wear

IDG News Service

If Apple’s iWatch design brief includes 10 sensors, then the all-but-inevitable smartwatch won’t be a simple device. It will be aimed squarely at exercise enthusiasts, quantified-selfers, and anyone concerned about an expanding waist line.

And the iWatch would also be nothing like Android Wear smartwatches from the likes of LG and Motorola—gadgets that will use Google Now to push information like sports scores, weather alerts and navigation directions. This foreshadows a war between two entirely different philosophies in the wristband space. Apple’s proposition: A smartwatch should be dedicated to telling you about what’s happening inside your body. Google’s stance: A smartwatch should be focused on the world around you.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple’s upcoming smartwatch will include “more than 10 sensors” to track health and fitness activity, according to multiple unnamed sources. The report also backs up an early Reuters article that says Apple’s wearable will be manufactured by Quanta Computer in Taiwan. The Journal’s anonymous sources say the smartwatch will come in “multiple screen sizes” (the Reuters article only mentions a 2.5-inch display), and that the wearable could be released in October, with shipments hitting between 10 and 15 million units by the end of the year.

Given that more than 51 million iPhone 5 units sold during last year’s holiday season, the iWatch—even if it hits 15 million sales—would still be a relatively niche product for Apple. The Wall Street Journal report remains unsubstantiated, of course, but if Apple ultimately goes all-in with a health-focused wearable, it will have a natural companion to its just announced Health app.

That’s great product synergy for Apple, but such a wearable would also be pursuing a market that has, apparently, failed to find traction with consumers. According to a January 2014 study by Endeavor Partners [PDF], more than half of all people who’ve purchased a wearable activity tracker have given up on their devices. (This particular wearable category emerged in 2012.)

The Journal reports that Apple “aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they fail to provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone.” That’s a lofty goal, and we might assume that the iWatch’s battery of sensors will be able to track our heart rate, skin temperature, and rates of perspiration.

But Samsung already has wristbands that track heart rate, and they don’t work very well. And Basis makes the Basis B1, a wearable that tracks all three data points—yet the company remains anonymous to all but a niche collection of quantified-self disciples. 

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Box buys Streem to make the cloud part of your desktop

CITEworld

Cloud store-and-sync service Box has snapped up Y Combinator-backedstartup Streem for an undisclosed sum. Streem, as you may guess from the name, provides a streaming service that lets users access content from the cloud without taking up any space on the local hard drive — especially handy when dealing with large video files.

“Streem has developed amazing technology that allows you to mount a cloud drive onto your computer — making documents, presentations, videos and files available to you without the limitations of your local hard-disk, effectively turning the cloud into an ‘unlimited’ drive,” writes Box CEO and Co-Founder in an official blog entry.

As it stands today, Box’s core sync functionality lets you keep files and folders in sync across mobile and desktop platforms. But that still requires a copy to be kept locally if you want to make any changes. There are administrative controls available to restrict what users can do with those local copies, and in some scenarios (like previewing on mobile files), no local copy is actually cached.

IDG World Tech Update- June 6, 2014

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Coming up on WTU this week Google wants to be everywhere, the Supreme Court rules cell phones are private during an arrest and technology helps a quadriplegic regain use of his hands.

 

IDG Enterprise’s Computerworld and CSO Go Digital-Only

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IDG Enterprise is closing the U.S. print editions of Computerworld and CSO. The group, which also publishes InfoWorld, CIO and Network World, among others, plans to keep the brands on a digital and event-centric publishing model.

June CSO and the June 23rd Computerworld, a biweekly, will be the final print issues. CSO has a circulation of 27,000 and Computerworld is 165,000.

The digital audiences are comparably larger—Computerworld averages 2.9 million uniques and CSO averages 228,000.

As it stands, the brands’ current model is  a mix of sponsor and ad revenue along with events, marketing services and data programs, says IDG Enterprise CEO Matthew Yorke.

“Readers can get access to additional premium content by registering for a free Insider membership,” he says. “We are developing new models, which incorporate sponsor/ad revenues as well as a paid model for exclusive content and resources (in addition to the premium content that anyone will be able to access. The entire site will not require a paid subscription).

According to Yorke, there will be no staff reductions related to the change. “Resources will be re-allocated to the premium Insider content and that strategy.”

IDG, and other tech-oriented publishers, have been pursuing this model for years now, gradually shutting down print magazines and transitioning the brands to digital and live event models, while simultaneously building out their marketing services groups.

IDG Enterprise’s InfoWorld transitioned to a digital-only model in 2007. More recently, Network World followed that same path. PC World, which isn’t part of the IDG Enterprise division, also went digital-only in 2013.

Yorke remarked at the recent Folio: Growth Summit that the company manages print for profit—and if there is none, then it’s either treated as a marketing expense or transitioned out of the model.

CIO is the only other IDG Enterprise brand that still has a print component.

 

EMEA Security Appliance Market Stagnant in 1Q14, Says IDC

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 300x99 EMEA Security Appliance Market Stagnant in 1Q14, Says IDC

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Europe, Middle East, and Africa Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, the EMEA security appliance market value reached $785.5 million in 1Q14 — a 1.4% decline year on year. Shipments fell 2.3% year on year, with 171,359 units shipped.

IDC expects the EMEA security appliance market to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% in the five years to 2018, to reach $4.4 billion in value.

EMEA Market Highlights

Cisco is the top overall security appliance vendor, with 19.0% market revenue share in 1Q14. Cisco increased its lead over closest rival Check Point to 1.8 percentage points (from 0.9% in 4Q13).

Unified threat management (UTM) was the largest security appliance product category  in 1Q14 and the only category to see growth in the quarter. UTM appliances increased 16.1% year on year to represent 48.7% of the total market value.

“The security appliance market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa slowed down in 1Q14 despite a lively industrial production recovery both in Western and Eastern Europe,” said Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. “We expect overall demand for security appliances to recover in the next quarters, though the political instability in Ukraine and the economic recession in Russia, one of the most dynamic markets in the past, will have an impact on market development.”

Western Europe Market Highlights

The Western European market was also lethargic, with the security appliance sector valued at $607.37 million in 1Q14 — 0.5% growth over the same quarter in 2013.

IDC forecasts that the Western European security appliance market will reach $3.46 billion in value in 2018, growing at a 6.8% CAGR over the forecast period.

“Security threats are evolving fast, attacks are gaining in complexity, and the stakes are higher than ever before for organizations of all sizes,” said Romain Fouchereau, manager, security appliance research, IDC. “Unified solutions are the most simple and effective way to protect the network and were the only product segment with positive growth this quarter, and will represent over half of total security appliance revenue in Western Europe in the next five years.”

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Is Big Data a ‘Big Deal’ to your Company?

Network World

There’s no doubt that big data is a big deal to companies today.

The benefits of big data include greater insight into customer sentiment, improved employee productivity, smoother operations and processes, and better decision making. And it’s not just talk; a growing number of companies are taking action to implement big data projects. According to a recent survey by IDG, 49 percent of the 751 respondents say they are implementing or are likely to implement big data projects in the future, with 12 percent reporting that they have already implemented such projects.

As big data projects move from the planning to implementation stage, however, many companies are learning that they aren’t prepared for all of the changes that these projects bring. Big data by definition involves very large quantities of unstructured data in various formats that often changes in real time. Because big data encompasses so much information in so many formats that must be pulled together for analysis, it has significant impact on enterprise networks and IT infrastructures.  

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Computerworld Announces the 2014 Best Places to Work in IT

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IDG’s Computerworld— the voice of business technology—is proud to announce the 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list. The Computerworld editorial team compiled this extensive list based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding organization offerings such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention, as well as a worker satisfaction survey completed by a random sampling of IT employees at the participating organizations. The 100 winning organizations were then categorized by company size based on the number of employees (large, midsize, small).

“Hiring the best and the brightest IT pros, offering them competitive pay and providing top-notch benefits is just the beginning for the outstanding employers on this year’s Best Places to Work in IT list,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Both newcomers to the list and rock-steady stalwarts nurture their talent with challenging business-critical projects, extensive training opportunities and ongoing career development programs. They invest in their own futures by investing in their employees.”

What Makes an Organization a Best Place to Work in IT?
Consistent with previous winners, 100% of this year’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT organizations offer health insurance, paid vacations and 401(k)/403(b) plans. This year also saw an increase in organizations offering an employee assistance program (97%). Offering flexible work hours debuts in this year’s top 5 benefits among winning organizations (97%).

For the first time this year’s list of top 100 Best Places to Work in IT list is organized by company size based on the number of employees. Large organizations are classified as having 5,000 or more U.S. employees, while midsize organizations have between 1,000 and 4,999 U.S. employees and small organizations have fewer than 1,000 U.S. employees. Some of the companies featured are divisions of larger, global organizations, though they may have a small U.S. footprint.

Additional information about the 100 organizations named to the 2014 list, as well as the results of the 21st annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, can be read on Computerworld.com. The dedicated website features a smart tool that lets readers sort and filter the winner’s list, an interactive map to find Best Places by region, and — new this year — video highlights of the three No. 1 organizations.

Click here to view the full list of Computerworld‘s Best Places to Work in IT 2014

Enterprises Drive Demand for More Seamless Mobile Print Solutions, IDC Says

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 300x99 Enterprises Drive Demand for More Seamless Mobile Print Solutions, IDC Says

As the smartphone and tablet markets continue to explode, and bring your own device (BYOD) becomes more prevalent within the enterprise, mobile print subsystems are being integrated within mobile operating systems (OS). According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), mobile OSs are increasingly geared toward the enterprise and this focus is driving demand for more robust print capabilities.

“Integration of print subsystem in mobile OS architecture vastly simplifies the print workflow and print experience for users,” said Dinesh Srirangpatna, Research Manager, Hardcopy Industry Transformation. “The print landscape is experiencing dramatic change and the tighter integration of mobile print capabilities is a positive sign for the entire print industry.”

The mobile print subsystem offers users a uniform print experience across the mobile OS platform and will ultimately drive print volume. For example, all Android users (post KitKat) will experience a similar print workflow by leveraging the mobile OS native print capability. While Apple has had integration of native print for some time, Android is finally getting up to speed after adding the capability in October 2013. This adoption is critical as Android owned 81% of the smartphone mobile OS market in Q1 2014. Most mobile print ecosystem players remain focused on Android and Apple platforms as they dominate the market, while Windows mobile market share is forecast to remain below 10% through 2018.

Integration of native print raises the question: Is the market for mobile print dead? While the majority of users want basic print capability from mobile touch points and a simplified print workflow, the real value-add and monetization opportunities continue to remain on the business side. Business solutions demand features such as security, support for multiple mobile OS platforms, complex topology (multiple subnets), and backend integrations (e.g. LDAP, AD).

Additional findings from IDC’s research include:

  • An initiative like Mopria is relevant for the print industry to drive common standards and simplify the user experience.
  • Print ecosystem vendors are expected to leverage customization opportunities via “print services” on the Android mobile OS platform given its dominant market share.
  • For Windows 8, Windows Store device apps can extend and enhance built-in user experiences for printers.

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World Tech Update Video- June 19, 2014

IDG News Service

Coming up on WTU Amazon debuts its Fire Phone, Intel demos the future of webcams and NASA tests out aerodynamics of the World Cup ball.