Global cyber threats have pushed IT security investments to new highs. Venture-backed companies in the U.S. that provide cyber security offerings raised $1.77 billion from investors in 2014, topping the previous high of $1.62 billion set in 2000. Globally, venture-backed IT security companies raised $1.9 billion last year, also a record.
Infrastructure management software experienced license and maintenance revenue averages declining 3.5% and 1.7%, respectively. TBR believes this is proof of high-level shifts in the market, resulting in the erosion of proprietary software licensing — as more businesses adopt open source subscription models and cloud computing.
Demand for cloud, mobility and security solutions is rising, as major suppliers leverage their dominant market positions to capture customer spending. Total enterprise network revenue among the TBR benchmarked companies grew 5.5% year-to-year in 2H14, compared to 4.3% growth in 1H14.
Fewer than one-quarter of marketers said they had integrated touch-points across different channels based on customers — up only 2 percentage points from 2011, despite the emphasis on streamlining the customer experience over the past four years.
Leaders of large corporations appreciate the significance of thoughtful investment in the future of their business. Most CEOs agree, the competitive advantages of tomorrow hinge on the strategic application of open source software-defined technologies — such as enterprise mobility, cloud computing and big data.
Business-to-consumer (B2C) eCommerce sales in Belgium totaled €5.62 billion ($7.46 billion) in 2014. A total of 3.5 billion digital transactions took place during the year, representing an increase of 16% compared with 2013.
Nearly all age brackets reported double-digit declines in TV viewing globally, with 14- to 17-year-olds abandoning the TV screen at the rate of 33 percent for movies and television shows and 26 percent for sporting events. It does, however, flatten among the 55 and older crowd — at six percent and one percent respectively.