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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

IBM Bolsters Scientific Research to Improve Healthcare Quality

IBM on Thursday announced plans to enlist some of the company's leading scientists and technologists to help medical practitioners and insurance companies provide high-quality, evidence-based care to patients. As part of this initiative, IBM is collaborating with clinicians in medical institutions and hiring medical doctors to work alongside its researchers to develop new technologies, scientific advancements and business processes for healthcare and insurance providers. Dedicating $100 million over the next three years, the initiative will draw on IBM's leadership in systems integration, services research, cloud computing, analytics and emerging scientific areas - such as nanomedicine and computational biology - to drive innovations that empower practitioners to focus their efforts on patient care. More than 100 researchers across IBM's nine worldwide research labo... (more)

Zynga’s FarmVille Becomes Largest and Fastest Growing Social Game Ever

Zynga (www.zynga.com), the largest developer of social games, announced today that its wildly popular FarmVille game is the largest and fasting growing social game in history with more than 11 million daily active users. Since its launch on June 19th, 2009, FarmVille has attracted more than 1 million new daily active users a week, on average. FarmVille is a light, fast and fun game where players create and manage their own virtual farm. Like all Zynga games, FarmVille lets you play, invest and express by plowing, growing and harvesting a variety of crops for money and game points. Players also have options to invest in their farms by purchasing fruit trees and farm animals such as pigs and cows, and compliment their crops with other farm assets such as barns, windmills and greenhouses. Nurturing the farm is the key to success for players and their network of fellow... (more)

Seven Hot Security Companies to Watch

There’s a rush in security startups looking to tackle everything from identity management to encrypting cloud data. Here are some of the latest companies worth keeping an eye on. OneID Headquarters: San Jose, Calif. Founded: March 2011 Funding: Not disclosed Leader: Steve Kirsch, co-founder and CEO Fun fact: Kirsch is a wealthy serial entrepreneur whose lineup of startups have included Mouse Systems, Frame Technology, Infoseek and other firms. Why we’re following it: This week Kirsch is launching OneID for what he calls the “next-generation PayPal” for digital identities. Kirsch says the basic technology, developed with engineers Jim Fenton, Adam Back and Bobby Beckman, is integrated into websites to let users create their own digital identities and hold payment information securely and use it as a form-filling capability. Kirsch also says the firm in the future int... (more)

eGain Featured in KMWorld's "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" List Sixth Year in a Row

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/12/12 -- eGain (NASDAQ: EGAN), the leading provider of cloud and on-site customer interaction hub software, today announced it has been featured on the 2012 KMWorld list of "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management." For the past twelve years, KMWorld has created a list of the 100 companies that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their customers and the domain of knowledge management. Providers in the list are selected by knowledge management practitioners, theorists, analysts, vendors, and their customers and colleagues. The 2012 list was published in the March issue of KMWorld Magazine. Editor-in-Chief of KMWorld Hugh McKellar observed, "eGain has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their clients by helping them harvest and leverage their collective enterprise and social knowledge in order to best serve cus... (more)

Want to see the future of mobile coverage? Go to a baseball game

Major League Baseball Verizon Wireless is hauling COWs and COLTs to Kansas City and Detroit, but it’s not going to any livestock show. These COWs and COLTs are cells-on-wheels and cells-on-light-trucks – basically mobile base stations Verizon can roll out in emergencies or at big events where it knows voice and data demand will peak. Carriers have been using these temporary cells for years, but what’s interesting about these COWs and COLTs is that they’re 4G. These particular COWs and COLTs are being positioned around Detroit and Kansas City to flood their baseball stadiums with LTE capacity just as the Major League Baseball season peaks. It’s sign that Verizon’s new LTE network isn’t quite so new anymore. Read the full story at Giga OM. ... (more)

USDA Integrates Telework Solution Using the SPYRUS(R) Secure Pocket Drive(TM) as a Secure, Trusted Endpoint to Protect Its Networks for Teleworking and Travelers

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/02/13 -- SPYRUS today announced that two editions of the SPYRUS Secure Pocket Drive (SPD) have been made available for use by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) International Technology Services (ITS) customers. Secure Pocket Drive allows users to run their own customized applications and third-party productivity software, such as Microsoft Office locally in addition to accessing corporate networks and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). The USDA estimates up to 40,000 units of the Secure Pocket Drive will be deployed to its personnel as a secure device in its support of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. Designed as a secure trusted endpoint to augment a worker's desktop and secure Internet and cloud computing applications, Secure Pocket Drive is the first and only licensed solution that boots the Microsoft ... (more)

Burbank Takes on Puppy Mills – An Animal Rights Perspective

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series looking at the controversial topic of “Puppy Mills” and the attempt to ban the sale of the animals in Burbank, which will be taken up by the City Council possibly in late January.  Originally published by author in BurbankNBeyond. In January the City of Burbank will again engage in discussion on whether or not to follow 12 other California cities, including Glendale, Hermosa Beach, Irvine, Los Angeles, and others in both LA and Orange Counties, in banning the sale of pets in retail businesses, including pet shops. The question many ask is simply, “why?” There is no simple answer.  However contributing justification includes: Alleged sadistic treatment of breeding animals and litters at commercial breeders – primarily in mid-western states, through the logistics process delivering animals to retail pet stores High number of a... (more)

Gartner Executive Program Survey of More Than 2,000 CIOs Shows Digital Technologies Are Top Priorities in 2013

Enterprises realize on average only 43 percent of technology's business potential, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.'s Executive Programs. That number has to grow for IT to remain relevant in an increasingly digital world. The worldwide survey was conducted in the fourth quarter in 2012 and included 2,053 CIOs, representing more than $230 billion in CIO IT budgets and covering 36 industries in 41 countries. The Gartner Executive Programs report, "Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World: The 2013 CIO Agenda," represents the world's most comprehensive examination of business priorities and CIO strategies. Over the last 18 months, digital technologies — including mobile, analytics, big data, social and cloud — have reached a tipping point with business executives. Analysts said there is no choice but to increase technology's potential in the ent... (more)

M2M News Weekly – Week of April 21, 2013

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HMTL5 Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global M2M market to grow at an annual rate of 26.08 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the falling price of M2M devices and M2M services. Read Origi... (more)

Big Data Skills – Opportunities and Threats

Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic.  Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. Definitions of Big Data almost parallel the 3 V's of Big Data, which are velocity, volume, and variety.  We may call it a byproduct of massive data growth, cheap technology, and our ability to save everything.  We may address the enormous volumes of data generated by social media, smart grids, and other online transactions. However we also need to compress those ideas into a form we can understand and use as a basis for our discussions.  For simplicity, we'll use Gartner's definition that "big data are high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new... (more)