The world's largest technical professional institute, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), recently released the key findings of its 2013 Gadget Graveyard, a Facebook application that saw more than 1,700 IEEE members, engineers, engineering students and CES attendees cast over 25,000 votes as to what devices they believe will be abandoned this year.
Xerox is an interesting company - it has certainly had its financial ups and downs over the years, and in fact many of us might be hard pressed to answer positively if asked if Xerox is still in business. Well, you may be surprised to discover that the company, which is a very close Norwalk, CT neighbor to TMC, currently has sales approaching $23 billion. It is still a key, if not the key leader for business process and document management.
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In the opening weeks of 2013, there is already a palpable shift in attitude about cloud computing. While there is still a subjective amount of hype, most organizations are at least discussing cloud.
Call centers have gotten such a bad reputation because companies shifted their focus from the customer to the cost. The concern with reducing costs has motivated companies to outsource customer service and support. Unfortunately, due to the language barrier and the inflexibility of following a script, most customers have found call center customer support to be highly unsatisfactory.
Music, news, social media, shopping...many parts of our lives that are online are rapidly becoming mobile thanks to a new concept called the mobile lifestyle. A recent study, conducted by Verizon Wireless and WCG, shows just how far this mobile lifestyle concept has advanced and the results are quite telling.
It seems today's newest sensationalized yet scary phenomenon is Internet dating scams - or today's modernized version of what Jan Brady did in the Brady Bunch when inventing her fake boyfriend, George Glass. Today, you can pay people to do this for you.
Back in October 2012, we took a fairly detailed look at the likely market size for the wearable tech market between now and roughly the 2016 - 2017 timeframe. At that time, we concluded that there will be an explosion in wearable tech over the next five years. Today we entertain a new study, Smart Wearable Devices: Fitness, Healthcare, Entertainment & Enterprise 2012-2017. The study is by Juniper Research, and its findings strongly correlate to the findings we uncovered in our earlier coverage.
Among the many research firms I interact with, one remains of particular interest to me when it comes to identifying mobile device trends in both the consumer and enterprise markets. That company is ChangeWave, a subsidiary of 451 Research. Over the years, ChangeWave has delivered an uncanny accuracy when it comes to delivering forecasts in the mobile device marketplace. Most recently, I investigated ChangeWave's findings relative to Apple's iOS map program (which concluded and confirmed as it turned out, that Apple Maps was not getting in the way of iPhone 5 sales).
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