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The Evolving Role of Savvy Business Technology Leaders

By increasing their inherent sourcing flexibility, your current business technology managers can more successfully assume the role as a broker of IT services — thereby increasing transparency, and better aligning your business and IT agendas into a cohesive plan.  A valued and trusted broker is someone within your own IT team that acts as a mediator between the end-user and the provider.

via Business Technology Roundtable

How Low-Power Helper Chips Improve Smart Mobile Devices

Existing wearable devices such as Google’s head-mounted computer Google Glass require battery charging at least once a day, even with light use. A new kind of low-power chip aimed at such wearable devices could not only extend battery lives but also allow the devices to constantly listen for voice commands.

via Technology Review

Global Smartphone Image Sensor Market is Growing Rapidly

The global smartphone image sensor market is expected to post a compounded annual growth rate of 12.5 percent during 2013-2018.  An image sensor is a device that converts an optical image into an electronic signal.  It is used primarily in camera modules, digital cameras, smartphones, and other imaging devices.

via Technavio

Enterprise Videoconference Use and Telepresence Demand

Corporate video collaboration showed mixed results in 2Q14, with overall videoconferencing equipment revenue increasing 1.8%, but decreasing -9.0% YoY.  Total worldwide enterprise video equipment market revenue in 2Q14 was $482 million. The total number of video units sold in 2Q14 increased 7.2% and 5.5% YoY.  Despite the mixed results, recent IDC survey data indicates that video is still a key component of collaboration.

via IDC

Smart Transportation Solves Urban Mobility Challenges

International examples of Smart Transportation technologies include coordinated traffic management control systems — such as those developed in Tokyo, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and cities across the USA.

IBM, Siemens and Cisco are assisting municipalities with their asset management and monitoring transportation movement.

via ICF

Enabling the Mobile Broadband Evolution to 5G Networks

With 6.4 billion connections today, the 3GPP family of technologies is available on nearly 800 networks in more than 220 countries worldwide.  It’s anticipated that most of those networks will evolve to 4G LTE.  Globally, LTE has more than doubled in mobile connections from 124 million at the 2H 2013 to 282 million at the 2H 2014, and the number of deployments has tripled from 96 to 318 commercial networks.

Moreover, 5G wireless research and development has already started for possible networks in 2020 or beyond.

via 4G Americas

Worldwide Mobile Workforce will Reach 1.67 Billion in 2018

The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.26 billion in 2013 (accounting for 36.4% of the global workforce)  to 1.67 billion in 2018 (accounting for 41.8% of the global workforce).  Globalization will continue to drive the growth of mobile office workers in all regions as executives, consultants, sales & field professionals, and other mobile professionals of multinational corporations proliferate.

via Strategy Analytics


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