A new generation of security threats stemming from progressive business technology trends – such as BYOD, mobility and cloud services – will expose organizations to a multitude of new risks.
However, according to Dell, the majority of IT leaders around the world say they don’t view these threats as top security concerns.
Going mobile is a key strategy for many leading providers within the online gambling space. For countless others, mobile will assume a greater role in the short to medium term — and that’s not surprising, given how other apps have leveraged the mobile channel.
Annual wagers via smartphones and tablets on casino-type gambling and poker games will reach $62 billion globally by 2018.
The top predictions for 2014 business technology investment, according to Gartner, include a focus on disruptions brought about by digital business, the Internet of Things, smart machines and the onset of what they call the Digital Industrial Revolution.
That forward-looking view can be balanced by their current IT expense outlook. Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.8 trillion in 2014.
Africans like mobile payments. Nearly seven-in-ten Kenyans (68%) who own a cell phone say they regularly use their mobile device to make or receive payments. Half in Uganda say this as well.
Even though 29% of mobile owners in South Africa and 24% in Senegal use their phones for monetary transactions, these are still among the highest percentages.
via Pew Research
A recent digital gaming software and services forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) concludes that PC and Mac gamer spending and direct banner/video advertising outlays — across all digital channels — will grow to over $24 billion worldwide by 2017.
The forecast also found that global digital PC/Mac game revenue will rise about 4 percent per year between 2012 and 2017.
Between 2012 and 2013, spending grew between 6.3% and 7.1% for smartphones (depending on the level of government) — and between 22.8% and 28.9% for media tablets and eReaders.
Smartphone spending for the U.S. federal government was $917.9 million. IDC predicted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for smartphones through 2017 is 3.3%.
Smart wearable devices were characterized as ‘cool’ technology by the introduction of the Google Glass collection, but commercial success will come slowly to this nascent product category.
“The next twelve months will be a critical period for the acceptance and adoption of wearable devices,” says Joshua Flood, senior analyst at ABI Research.
Savvy executive leaders are already prepared for the shift to more progressive business technology deployments throughout the enterprise. Open hybrid cloud architectures, big data analytics and mobile applications are high-growth platforms at the center of this shift.
In particular, the emerging mobile applications must be integrated, flexible, and adaptable to constantly changing business conditions.
Voice services, despite increased competition and the threat of new technologies, remains the most important revenue generator for all but a handful of mobile network operators worldwide. However, voice revenues face immense pressure and will continue to be eroded, prompting providers to create new offerings.
Mobile network operators will generate revenues of close to $20 billion by 2018 through strategies involving internet based voice or carrier OTT services, according to Juniper Research.
Google announced 1 million apps and games were available in Google Play — that’s a 43% increase from 700,000 in 2012. Apple reached the 1 million milestone in 2013, and that’s an increase of 43% over 2012.
In terms of frequency, nearly one in four survey respondents searched for new apps daily, and a similar share (26%) hunted for new apps weekly.