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Growing Demand for Linux and Open Source IT Coding Skills

Over the past 20 years, Linux has ascended from a Finnish student’s hobby to the world’s most dominant operating system — one that runs everything from high-performance computing to mobile. Yet companies still can’t get the Linux software talent they need.

93% of IT hiring managers plan to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.

via Content Loop

How to Assess the U.S. Mobile Apps Market Opportunity

The mobile internet has swiftly risen to become the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for an astounding 60 percent of digital media time spent in the U.S. market.  The fuel driving mobile’s relentless growth is primarily app usage, which alone makes up a majority of total digital media engagement at 52 percent.

via comScore

Software-Defined Networking Market to Reach $8B by 2018

Software-defined networking (SDN) continues to gain ground within the broader enterprise and cloud service provider markets for data center networking.  The worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments will grow from $960 million in 2014 to over $8 billion by 2018, representing a robust CAGR of 89.4 percent.

via IDC

How Worldwide IT Spending will Reach $2.1 Trillion in 2014

So far, 2014 has turned into a banner year for CIOs that have invested the time and effort to plan for hybrid cloud services, while building strong strategic relationships with their Line of Business leadership. Their approved capital investment budget spend is on-track and operational expenses are contained, as planned.

Savvy senior executives across the globe continue to make selective investments in new business technology.

via Business Technology Roundtable

Global Smartphone Growth Outlook Belongs to Android

The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014 2Q14, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history. According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in 2Q14, that’s up by 25.3 percent from the 240.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013.

via Digital Lifescapes

Mobile Digital Video Gaming is Gaining Momentum in Germany

The video gaming shift to digital in Europe has been happening for a few years, and mobile is rapidly increasing its share of the video gaming market in Germany.  Smartphone and tablet gaming app revenues in Germany came in at €465 million ($620 million) in 2014, representing year-over-year growth of nearly 33 percent.

via eMarketer

Global Media and Entertainment Industry Cloud Service Apps

In order to manage the growth of digital media applications, as well as the increase in online video consumption on multiple screens, the media and entertainment industry must balance the need to support complex production and distribution-oriented IT workflows with an uncertain product revenue potential.

Cloud services offer an attractive solution to this dilemma, as they can help all types of M&E companies.

via Digital Lifescapes

Update: 173 Million Americans Now Own a Smartphone

Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.1 percent OEM market share. Meanwhile, Google Android was the leading smartphone platform with 51.9 percent platform market share.

Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone application, but Google had three apps in the top five positions.

via Digital Lifescapes

How Multi-Vendor Virtualization Opens the Path to Hybrid Cloud

In a recent CIO magazine Quick Pulse poll, 67% of the IT managers polled have plans to build a private cloud in their organization.  Businesses are finding that an open hybrid approach to building private clouds is the best way to maximize their benefits.

via Red Hat

Top 3 Reasons Why Smartphone Software Apps are Deleted

Over the past four years, the average number of software apps installed on smartphones in the U.S. and Western Europe has settled between 31 and 37. Smartphone owners in these regions continue to retain an average of two-thirds of all applications they have ever installed on their device.

The most common reasons for deleting an app is not using it, getting bored with it, and memory/battery/data consumption.

via Strategy Analytics

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