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This phrase “Internet of Things” is making big rounds these days, specially this week at CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Las Vegas. Not sure who came up with this, maybe Cisco in one of their self-serving predictions of the enormous growth of devices connected to the Internet (from about 10 billion today to 50 billion by 2020) and hence the need for their networking gear. John Chambers will elaborate this opportunity at CES in a keynote speech tomorrow. Gartner puts the number of connected devices at fewer than 30 billion, but sees $309 billion in additional revenue for products and service suppliers by 2020. So the next wave of computing has started in a big way: from smartphones and tablets we move to wearables and other gadgets connected to various home entities. Example of devices on the market or on the drawing board include smart door locks, toothbrushes, wri... (more)

Engine Yard Named 'Cool Vendor' by Leading Analyst Firm

Engine Yard, the Rails hosting leader, announced that it has been included in the "Cool Vendors in Cloud Computing System and Application Infrastructure, 2009"* report by Gartner, Inc. The report examines a select group of vendors Gartner considers innovative, impactful and insightful in the cloud computing system and application infrastructure market. Published on April 6, 2009, the report cites, "cloud-based system and application infrastructure services are emerging as a foundation on which to build and run cloud-based applications...Companies evaluating the use of the cloud as a platform for custom applications face new offerings from existing players and an expanding set of new vendors specifically targeting the cloud." "It's always been our goal to help people handle the complexities of running Rails-based applications so they could leverage the power and spee... (more)

Announcing Bluetooth World 2014 Event Agenda

Bluetooth® Technology Innovation and Internet of Things Take Center Stage at Must- Attend Wireless Industry Event Kirkland, Washington - February 11, 2014 - The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the agenda for Bluetooth World 2014 today, taking place in San Jose, California on April 8 and 9. Building upon the success of Bluetooth Smart technology, with more than 500 million devices in the market at the end of 2013 and a projected 3 billion products to be shipped by 2018, the second year of this premiere wireless event will feature the incredible expansion of Bluetooth technology, hands-on technical trainings and can't miss conversations on the trends, challenges and opportunities impacting the industry. "If you're even thinking about wireless technology for your idea or product, Bluetooth World is the one-stop shop for everything you need. Not only wil... (more)

Insurance Industry Disrupted, The Quantified-Self - Wearables, Telematics, Code Halos and Digital Transformation

By Peter Abatan, Studio Thirteen, Cognizant The New Finance Meet-up group is currently running a 6 part series over a period of 6 months to determine what could disrupt the Insurance industry. In the most recent meet-up the focus was on how the quantified-self could disrupt the insurance industry. I came away from the meet-up with the conclusion that smart insurers will begin to develop products that are more customizable to the individual needs rather than offering products desiged on demographics, i.e. where you live, your age group, family size etc. So what is the quantified-self? The quantified-self is the data that has been accumulated on the individual’s behavior, health status, medical conditions and overall well-being by the individual themselves (We call this data Code Halos at Cognizant). In the future many experts believe that it will be the basis on which ... (more)

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company Present the Critically Acclaimed Film MY WEEK WITH MARILYN -- Starring Three-Time Oscar(R) Nominee Michelle Williams -- On Blu-Ray(TM) and DVD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/12 -- Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the "warm, wonderful and enchanting" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) film, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, starring three-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (BLUE VALENTINE), who is "flawless, brilliant and exhilarating" (Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair) in the iconic title role. Based on Colin Clark's memoir, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN also stars Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (HAMLET) as Sir Laurence Olivier, Tony Award® winner Eddie Redmayne (THE GOOD SHEPHERD) as Clark, and Academy Award® winner Judi Dench (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) as Dame Sybil Thorndike. The film's principal cast is joined by Dominic Cooper (AN EDUCATION), Emmy® Award winner Julia Ormond ("TEMPLE GRANDIN") as Vivien Leigh, Zoë Wanamaker (HARRY POTTER AN... (more)

Oracle in Leader's Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers (EAS) positions Oracle in the leader's quadrant. (1) Oracle's EAS technology includes Oracle WebLogic Server, which is available together with related Oracle application grid technology as part of Oracle Weblogic Suite. The Gartner Magic Quadrant positions vendors within a particular market segment based on their completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision. Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g brings together unmatched performance, scalability, efficiency and manageability in a single, unified application server offering. It includes Oracle WebLogic Server, the world's highest performance application server, as well as Oracle Coherence, Oracle JRockit, Oracle JDeveloper 11g and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g is optimized for modern IT systems to deliver more processing on f... (more)

TOGAF 9.1 Released – What Does It Imply?

If you are planning to take up TOGAF certification examination, you would definitely want to know how the release of TOGAF 9.1 impacts you. You would want to which version you need to study. Here is the simple guideline. If you are planning to appear for the exam… …before June 2012 the you should study TOGAF 9 …between June 2012 and May 2013 then you can study either TOGAF 9 of 9.1 …after June 2013 it is only TOGAF 9.1 In a nutshell, if you have already done most of the studying using TOGAF 9.0 then you have slightly more than a year to clear the exam. However, if you have yet to begin the study you better start with 9.1. What are the main differences between TOGAF 9 and 9.1? The Open Group has published a presentation in the form of a PDF which provides an overview of the differences – here is the link. If you would prefer to have a look at the difference as a two pa... (more)

New Training Video Q&A Offers Insight on Launching a Fitness Career; Celebrity Fitness Expert John Spencer Ellis Answers Student Questions in Online Video

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, April 21, 2012 --(PR.com)-- In a no-holds-barred interview and question-and-answer session, fitness and personal development guru John Spencer Ellis offers his business and career insights in a new online video. The free training video was created when Ellis was asked to speak to a group of personal training students through a Skype Q&A session. In the “Skype Q&A with Very Cool Personal Training Students” video, Ellis covers topics including creating a personal niche in the fitness industry, the difference between obstacles and opportunities, sources of motivation, marketing and social media outreach, industry associations, education and continuing education, his personal experience, branding, business transparency and personal authenticity, mentors and coaches, creating a powerful inner circle and much more. “This was a lot of fun for me. ... (more)

Gold's 2012 Convention - Insights Into The Future Of The Iconic Brand

What a few weeks its been. From San Diego to San Francisco, and from Las Vegas to Vancouver; now I'm back home on this Sunday morning reflecting on what was one of the most interesting legs of my travels; the Gold's Gym 2012 Convention. It was the best I've attended to date. Our company Fitmarc enjoys close ties to GGI's leadership as well as dozens of its franchisees, who we service through our Les Mills distributorship and via Fitsomo, our social media company. This along with our close relations with the Gold's Gym Franchise Association enables my partner Robert Dyer  and I the chance to learn a little bit about Gold's, which is arguably the most iconic brand in the health club business today. Notable during the conference, which provided Jeffrey Gitomer as an excellent keynote speaker, was CEO Jim Snow's opening remarks. Here are a few things he said that struck... (more)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of May 5, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly An October 2012 report from research firm KLAS found more healthcare providers use Apple than any other device, which is fueled by "user preference as physicians bring their own devices into organizations to help them provide patient care." Read Original Content The market for mobile health sensors will grow at an eye-popping 69 percent compounded annual growth rate over the next five years to... (more)

What Do All these SMAC Developments Mean?

The research team at Cognizant has come up with some interesting numbers related to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) for us all to ponder: 37% of all media consumption in the U.S. in 2012 was via a mobile device 3 out of 5 searches are done through mobile devices Data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009 What do you think these numbers mean for enterprises today and tomorrow? Opinion: I see digital transformation spinning off many different business trends and technology waves.  Consumers want to consume media on mobile devices. This in turn drives tablet sales, as most media is easier to view on tablets.  Tablets and other mobile devices encourage and promote the digitization of customer engagements and produce more data (code halos) that enables new business models to emerge based on a strategic use of big data analytics tied to ... (more)