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2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, Ulitzer, MeettheBoss - Execs Go Online Big-Time

New Media on Ulitzer A recent study run by online business networking service www.MeettheBoss.com shows that executives are spending an extra 11 hours a month online sharing their professional experiences and learning from their peers. The survey asked its executive users what direct value they gained from spending time running blogs, writing tweets and connecting with other executives on sites such as LinkedIn, Xing, MeettheBoss, Ryze, Facebook, Ulitzer and Twitter. The answers revealed that executives proficient with online activities are spending an average of 11 hours more per month online than this time last year – and over 90% of respondents said they felt their time online was ‘very valuable’ to their daily role. Professionals are rushing to the Web for immediate answers to their most pressing questions. “I find online business networking very useful,” says M... (more)

A Safe, Prosperous, and Happy New Year to All Our Readers!

A safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year to all SYS-CON.com readers and Ulitzer.com users! One handy way to catch up with all our articles with a 2010 theme, from forward-looking predictions to retrospectives on '09, is to visit http://newyear2010.ulitzer.com, where we have gathered literally dozens and dozens of items for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! ... (more)

Virgin Media Enables Flexible Working with Cisco

Cisco has announced that Virgin Media is deploying Cisco Quad, Cisco WebEx and Cisco Unified Communications to its people. The solutions are being rolled out as part of Virgin Media's Flexible Working Initiative and will enable thousands of employees to collaborate and work remotely with video calls and shared documents, all easily accessible via PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Cisco Quad will become a virtual knowledge bank that helps create social business communities, bringing together people with common skills and interests, enabling them to share files or videos with other co-workers across projects and workstreams, and offering instant WebEx® conferencing sessions or instant messaging chat sessions, all enabled through the browser-based platform. With Quad, filtered and relevant information "comes to you," allowing users to find resources and skills... (more)

Mimecast Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateway

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute LONDON, UK - 20th August 2012 - Mimecast, the leading supplier of cloud-based email archiving, security and continuity for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant of the 2012 "Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateway."[1] The report focuses on the topics of endpoint security, security privacy and risk, and infrastructure protection to help determine who the leading providers are in the space, their offerings and key differentiators. In this report, Gartner analysts note that: "The secure email gateway (SEG) market is a mature market and buyers should focus on strategic vendors, data loss prevention capability and encryption." As part of the Visionaries quadrant, Mimecast has a clear understanding of where the market is going a... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of February 16, 2014

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! A revolution is taking place in the way consumers shop online, with overall mobile sales doubling over the last year to a whopping $60 billion in value, and the tablet exploding on the scene as the payment device of choice... (more)

Keshet International appoints Screenz as global technology partner for Rising Star

Cross Media Company launches groundbreaking voting system as hit format begins international roll out 'Rising Star' to launch in Brazil and Portugal in April and May respectively (3rd April 2014 - Tel Aviv/ London) Screenz, the Tel Aviv-based cross media company announces their appointment by Keshet International as exclusive global technology partner for 'Rising Star' the hit talent format. The deal sees Keshet International utilize Screenz's groundbreaking real time voting technology - the Rising Star Voting System (RSVS). 'Rising Star's international roll out begins on Globo Brazil (6th April), where the show is renamed 'SuperStar', closely followed by TVI Portugal (May). 'Rising Star' has been sold to over 25 territories to date by Keshet International including ABC in the US and ITV in the UK. 'Rising Star' is the first ever primetime live talent show in which vie... (more)

xMatters Closes Record Fiscal Year Fueled by Customer Adoption

San Ramon, CA - June 19, 2014 - xMatters, inc., a global leader in enabling business processes with communications, today announced its most successful fiscal year to date. xMatters customers have led the trend of organizations around the world and across different industries identifying the need for timely and customized communications in the enterprise. Growing Adoption of Intelligent Cloud Communications In its most recent fiscal year, xMatters has experienced 60 percent year-over-year growth. With over 1,000 customers in a variety of industries, xMatters announced a record number of xMatters On-Demand implementations across several application areas. On-Demand implementations grew by over 200 percent as companies continued moving applications to the cloud. With scalable architecture and low administration, xMatters On-Demand represents an ideal solution for organ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

IBM Provides Free Online Training in Hot Technologies

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/16/08 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is helping to prepare the next generation of business and IT experts at no charge with online resources designed to educate students about hot technologies. Six offerings are now available, providing students access to tutorials, forums, games and other resources, and helping them develop marketable skills in hot job areas such as enterprise computing, Web 2.0 programming and database management. Additionally, through the Student Portal on the IBM Academic Initiative web site, students can access a three-step tutorial on Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME), a new academic discipline that brings together ongoing work in the fields of science, engineering, and business management, combined with the study of social and legal sciences. The SSME resources prepare students to tak... (more)

Hire a Hero Enlists Salesforce.com and XAware to Assist Veterans

XAware, Inc. today announced it is contributing its data integration software and professional services to the Armed Forces Support Foundation’s Hire A Hero network. Hire A Hero is an online social network that provides the infrastructure, tools and support needed for service members to find a quality career upon their return from active duty. Since its founding in January 2007, Hire A Hero has come in contact with over 190,000 service members and helped many transition back into the civilian world. The vast majority of the transitioning military community is men and women in their 20s. These veterans are comfortable with online social networking tools such as instant messaging, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. Similar to these social networking sites, Hire A Hero users are able to create online profiles that can communicate the individual’s story and care... (more)