Technology For Business (Part 3)

12/14/2012 2:55:01 PM

Research shows how hyperconnected we are

Recent research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which focused mainly on how technology and multitasking affects Millennials, indicated that more people (52% of those surveyed) believe tech-influenced changes in how we juggle personal- and work-related tasks will produce positive outcomes. A minority (42%) anticipated negative outcomes. The research also provided a snapshot of just how hyperconnected we are, as the following stats indicate.

Research shows how hyperconnected we are

Research shows how hyperconnected we are

Tablet display shipments skyrocket in 2012

If you're looking for a good in­dicator of how strong the tablet market is right now, consider the latest figures from research com­pany IHS about the tablet display market. According to IHS, manu­facturers are expected to have shipped 126.6 million tablet dis­plays in 2012 by year's end, which marks a 56% increase over the 2011 total of 82.1 million tablet displays. IHS says that 59% of the shipments (about 74.3 million units) are in the 9.x-inch category, which is domi­nated by Apple's iPad.

Security spending remains high

Enterprises don't appear to be cutting back on security-related spending, Gartner reports, in spite of continued pressure on IT budgets. In fact, Gartner expects that worldwide spending on security will be up 8.4% this year, to $60 billion. By 2016, that number should reach $86 billion. IT outsourcing (managed security services), secure Web gateway (ap­pliance), and SIEM (security infor­mation and event management) are the three fastest-growing segments, according to Gartner. In the Gartner study, about 45% of respondents ex­pect to increase their security bud­get this year, 50% expect it to stay the same, and 5% expect their bud­get to decrease.

Business demand to spur Ultrabook sales

In its new report, "Ultrabooks Market To 2016," GBI Research indi­cates that the relatively new Ultrabook market will experience a 69.2% CAGR from 2012 to 2016, with global sales reaching $75.8 billion in 2016 compared to $1.3 billion in 2011. This encouraging prediction runs counter to less enthusi­astic forecasts for the Ultrabook market, but GBI Research suggests that con­tinued support from Intel (including financial support) combined with in­creased demand among business users (those seeking computers that combine lightweight, low-profile features with high performance) will significantly in­fluence sales.

Looking to improve sales? Think mobile

As recently as two years ago, it wasn't necessarily a make or break deal if a retail entity didn't have a well-functioning mobile version of its website. Much has changed, however, as smartphone ownership and mobile website usage have increased dra­matically. Based on a July survey conducted by SmithGeiger and Sterling Research on behalf of Google, the following chart shows the percentage of smartphone users who indicated certain tasks as "most important" when using mobile sites.

Looking to improve sales? Think mobile

Looking to improve sales? Think mobile

Lemon launches digital wallet service development platform

For those who are tired of stuffing credit cards, receipts, loyalty cards, gift cards, and tickets into their wallets, Palo Alto, Calif.,-based Lemon claims to have a solution: an app-based digital wallet where images of cards and receipts combine with a cloud-based service to help customers rid their wallets of so much plastic and paper. The company recently launched the Lemon Platform for Publishers in a move designed to inspire developers to build on Lemon's "Smarter Wallet ecosystem." The platform is open to all developers.

Lemon launches digital wallet service development platform

Lemon launches digital wallet service development platform

DIY media distribution service raises $1m

Pivotshare offers a simplified mechanism for digital media content producers to distribute and monetize their content. Whether it be through Internet streaming, subscription mod­els, or monetized single-view solu­tions, Pivotshare helps content-makers create their own digital media distri­bution channel and provides all the tools necessary to upload content, pro­mote content via social media integra­tion, obtain statistics about viewership, and draw revenue from that content, among other services. Recently the Irvine, Calif, based Pivotshare received $1 million in Series A financing from TownsgateMedia. The company's plans now include tailoring services to busi­nesses and associations.

DIY media distribution service raises $1m

DIY media distribution service raises $1m

docTrackr secures $2m in seed round

Web-based file storage and sharing services continue to become increas­ingly popular among consumers. Businesses are interested, too, but most remain wary due to security concerns. These concerns have cre­ated opportunity for the Boston-based startup docTrackr, which bills itself primarily as a security company and provides a cloud file storage and col­laboration service designed to safe­guard users' data. With docTrackr, customers can control exactly who can access, edit, print, and share docu­ments; customers can even destroy documents remotely so they don't stray. The company recently earned $2 million in a seed round led by Atlas Ventures and with participation from Polaris Venture Partners.

Database virtualization company ParElastic raises $1m

What is a company to do when a single database server falls short for its employees? Waltham, Mass.,-based ParElastic's solution is a novel one: its ParElastic Database Virtualization Engine is designed to solve the problem "by making mul­tiple database servers work together as a single virtual database, and pro­visioning only the resources needed to satisfy the demands of the appli­cation at any given point." Others, including Boston-based venture cap­ital firm CommonAngels, see value in ParElastic's proposition and have seen fit to provide $1 million in fi­nancing in addition to $3 million the startup previously raised.

It infrastructure startup SimpliVity snares $25m

SimpliVity, the Westborough, Mass.,-based startup behind the OmniCube platform and appliance, is $25 million richer following a Series B funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. SimpliVity plans to put much of this money into mar­keting for its OmniCube products. "OmniCube," SimpliVity states, "en­compasses all of the requisite IT in­frastructure and functionality," and thereby makes life simpler for com­panies with virtual environments. Including the latest round of funding, the company has raised $43 million so far.

Users doing more with mobile content

The latest quarterly report from comScore about mobile subscriber market share includes statistics about how people use their mobile phones, as well. As this chart indicates, users are doing a little more of everything, whether their phones are smartphones or standard mobile phones.


Quarter ending May 12,2012

Quarter ending Aug. 12,2012

Sent text messages to another phone



Used downloaded apps



Used browser



Accessed social networking site or blog



Played games



Listened to music




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