Explained like this, this makes a lot a sense:
“When accepting a task, this philosophy proposes immediately allocating time in the calendar to accomplish it. Consider the due date, the time required, and the relative importance. Then book the slot…. This extra step reinforces the rigid time constraint immediately, not later when I’m staring at a lengthy to-do list and wondering where to begin. Each yes to a commitment is an implicit no to another. The calendar visualizes the tradeoff of each potential yes, making explicit the commitment to a task.”
Source: Hacking Your To Do List with Your Calendar
$2.3T estimated for global IT spend in 2016, with the US seeing the most growth, 1% in Western Europe, and growth slowdowns in India and China.
Source: 2016: the year IT sales will go sdrawkcaB • The Register
“In addition, the government plans to increase PaaS spending from $227.1 million in FY15 to $231.3 million [in FY16].”
We’re still in a phase where categorization causes weird slices of spend like this, but there you have it. More figures on “cloud” spending in the piece.
Source: IDC: Federal government seeing cloud spending push
A bit broad, but still legit if you scope the audience right.
Source: Cloud Computing Trends: 2016 State of the Cloud Survey
“The world isn’t about to end, however. Yes, Forrester reveals in its “Understanding Shifting Technology Acquisition Patterns” research note that lines of business are taking on a greater role in technology purchasing, removing IT from the purchasing process in 6.3% of new technology purchases in 2013, rising to 7.2% in 2015, while IT-only purchases will fall from 23.7% (2013) to 21.6% (2015).”
Source: Don’t make the mistake of thinking the CIO is irrelevant – TechRepublic
“The cloud email market is still in the early stages of adoption, Gartner said, with 13 percent of identified publicly listed companies globally using one of the two main cloud email vendors, Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps for Work, respectively. With the majority of companies opting for smaller vendors, the cloud email opportunity is still ripe for channel partners… According to Gartner, 8.5 percent of public companies in its sample of nearly 40,000 public companies globally use Microsoft’s Office 365 service, while 4.7 percent use Google Apps for Work.”
Seems pretty crazy, but I’m sure there’s sunk costs, security and data handling issues, and, well, sometimes it probably is cheaper.
Source: Gartner: Cloud Email Adoption Still in Early Stages
That’s a big chunk of change. Developers don’t pay for anything, eh?
Source: JFrog Raises $50 Million To Provide The App Store For The Internet Of Things
Closing mostly smaller stores and Brazil. All in, just 3% of stores globally, and opening 300 next year. Sounds more like a re-tooling. There’s good coverage of the US retail climate as well.
Source: Walmart to Close 269 Stores as Retailers Struggle
If time is money, you should “save” it as much as possible, which means “spending” it wisely. Check out these meaningful, brief tips.
Source: Banking time
Ramping up cloud: “Oracle talks a great cloud game – it says it has in the last six months added nearly 1,500 new software as a service (SaaS) customers and more than 2,100 platform as a service (PaaS) customers.”
Source: Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud
” Our announcements are always a minimum of six months ahead of the technology.”
Source: Oracle insider: We’re not walking the cloud talk
“Based on the articles I wrote and the people I spoke with in 2015, I’d say 2016 is going to be a good one for Cloud Foundry, as well as for PaaS in general. Compared to SaaS and IaaS, PaaS is still quite small, but it’s growing.”
Source: Cloud Foundry poised to shine in 2016, Chris Talbot
40 years at IBM, straight out of college. He built up the software group, then ended up managing hardware was well: the article says he was running $40bn of business for IBM. Also, he was an awesome interlocutor at analyst events: a fun character on the drama of the IT industry!
Source: IBM’s Steve Mills retires
Estimate of the market-size for companies like Wealthfront: “whilst in the UK robo-advisers currently only cover less than £1 billion assets under management, the US robo-advisory market handled $19 billion AUM in 2014 (a growth of 65% from the previous eight months).”
Source: Is the future of wealth management going to be robo-advisers?
“That doesn’t remotely mean that Microsoft is dead, but it has to work out how to use the cash and market position of the legacy monopolies to help it build new businesses.”
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“As for the Pivotal partnership, Ford will use Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry and big data suit e to build its connected vehicle program. So far, Ford said it has sped up software development times from months to weeks using agile techniques.”
Source: Ford teams with Pivotal, bets on Cloud Foundry
“Global analyst firm Ovum forecasts the global spend on middleware software is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8 percent between 2014 and 2019, amounting to $US22.8 billion by end of 2019.”
Source: Middleware-as-a-service turns enterprise integration on its head – Reseller News
“According to a new IDC Spending Guide, worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow at a 17.0% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from $698.6 billion in 2015 to nearly $1.3 trillion in 2019.”
I think IoT is becoming mor like IoEverything.
Source: Internet of Things Spending Forecast to Reach Nearly $1.3 Trillion in 2019 Led by Widespread Initiatives
Round up of marketshare and commentary on the Apple Watch from Horace’s Apple Watch conference. 80% of wearable market, they say.
Source: Apple Watch by the (estimated) numbers, and 11 claimed myths about the wearable