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How the Digital Growth Pioneers Gained an Advantage Most chief executives are now focused on growth during 2017. New growth is the primary business priority for 58 percent of CEOs, according the latest market study by Gartner – note, that’s up from 42 percent of CEOs in 2016. Moreover, product innovation and technology are gaining in significance. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Cloud Object Storage: Another Race to the Bottom? 451 Research revealed that the cloud price battlefield has shifted from virtual machines (VMs) to cloud object storage. The analyst firm predicts that other services – particularly databases – will undergo the same pricing pressures over the next 18 months. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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How Cognitive Systems will Empower the Firm of the Future What will be a key core competency for successful companies in the Future? Transactional activity will be almost entirely automated – algorithms and machine learning will simultaneously reduce the need for routine interactions while opening up new avenues for customer engagement. Source: Bain & Company

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Online Adults in UK Double Their Usage of Digital Video Adults in the UK will spend an average of 53 minutes per day watching digital video this year, …

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An Uncertain Future for the PC Market Lingers in 2017 Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 62.2 million units in the first quarter of 2017 – …

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Financial Service RegTech Revenue will Reach $6.45B Agile regulation technology (RegTech) solutions are in high demand in the global financial services industry. Financial service organizations are embracing RegTech solutions for enhanced efficiency, proactive compliance, real-time risk monitoring and improved governance. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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How Human Creativity, Not AI, Will Lead The Next Revolution The modern economies that will undergo a fourth industrial revolution will not be those that worship machines, but those that support human creativity. Are you investing in talent to fuel Digital Growth? Are you rewarding thinking and ideas, or mindless busy-work? Source: Quartz

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Why Marketers will Embrace Conversational AI Tools Natural Language Interaction (NLI), or conversation-based user interface, is a particular form of AI that has the power to significantly impact the face of marketing for companies of all shapes and sizes, across industries. Source: Digital Marketing Magazine

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Cloud Infrastructure Revenue Reached $32.6B in 2016 Cloud computing adoption continues to disrupt the traditional IT infrastructure marketplace, as more CIOs and CTOs execute their ongoing plans for digital business transformation. While some regional expansions have tapered off, there are still many significant upside opportunities. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Chatbots on Mobiles will Reach 2 Billion Apps by 2021 Juniper Research forecasts that OTT messaging applications – such as WhatsApp and WeChat – will see adoption grow from 2.3 billion unique users in 2016 to 4.2 billion by 2021, representing a growth of over 12 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Digital Transformation of Airport Security will Improve Travel We are beginning to move to a future where travel is facilitated by your digital identity, built with unique biometrics and “pushed” out to governments and companies, with permission, to ease travel. Source: World Economic Forum

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How Cognitive HPC Platforms Transform Big Data Analytics There’s an explosion of data being created by a variety of existing and emerging IT applications. Converting raw data into meaningful insights is a global trend that’s driving demand for solutions. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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IT Security Technology Revenue will Reach $105 Billion “The rapid growth of digital transformation is putting pressures on companies across all industries to proactively invest in security to protect themselves against known and unknown threats,” said Eileen Smith, program director at IDC. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Mobile Biometric Authentication will Transform Payments Companies identified by Juniper as ‘biometric disruptors’ are those they perceive as having capabilities to transform the wider mobile commerce ecosystem through the implementation of their platforms. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Broadcast TV Measurement Responds to Audience Decline The appetite for on-demand video entertainment is healthy across all age groups, with the average person in the U.S. spending 30 to 50 minutes per day viewing content via OTT multimedia devices or DVR and VOD playback. Source: eMarketer

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Why LoB Spending on IT will Reach $609 Billion in 2017 Worldwide corporate IT spending funded by Line of Business (LoB) units will reach $609 billion in 2017 – that’s an increase of 5.9 percent over 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Source: Digital Lifescapes

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European Mobile Market Growth Transformation in Action Consumer appetite for smartphones and mobile-first business strategies are likely to create ongoing demand for mobile communications infrastructure across the globe, but some markets that are already saturated will start to evolve and transform in the coming years. Market maturity creates new opportunity. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Cloud IaaS Revenue will Reach $4.79B in Latin America Hybrid cloud models will be particularly popular among enterprises due to their ability to support clients’ strategy implementation, migration, and infrastructure management requirements. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Virtual and Augmented Reality M&A Outlook for 2017 Where the Digi-Capital ‘Augmented and Virtual Reality Report Q1 2017’ deals database tracked $1.5 billion investments in the last 12 months up to Q1 2017, there was only $600 million of M&As in the same period. Source: Digi-Capital

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New Technology Startup Market Outlook in Europe European startups are now taking the lead in artificial intelligence, building new tech hubs, and drawing investment from traditional industrial stalwarts. Last year, a record-setting $13.6 billion was invested in Europe’s tech sector, compared with $2.8 billion in 2011. Source: Project Syndicate

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‘TV as a Service’ Revenue Will Reach $1.5 Billion in 2021 Video entertainment has evolved. ABI Research evaluates expectations of the TV as a Service (TVaaS) business model, and finds that TVaaS revenues will grow from 10% in 2016 to 35% of video software revenues in 2021. Source: ABI Research

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CxOs Focus IT Talent on Driving Digital Growth Agenda Despite traditional industry boundaries blurring in the face of digital disruption, CxOs are now saying that future competition is more likely to come from within their own industry, according to new findings from IBM. Source: IBM News

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New Way of Thinking to Lead the Charge for Digital Disruption Challenge your IT department to re-think their role, and how they can strategically advance the company. It’s not sufficient for them to ensure that all the business processes and operations run smoothly and acceptable costs. Source: Chief Executive

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Why Marketers Can’t Compete with Mobile App Leaders Why use Flipboard? Americans are spending more time within mobile apps and less time within mobile browsers. However, the number of apps being used regularly is dropping, as users concentrate their activities in core apps. Source: eMarketer

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5G Mobile Network Deployment Creates New Challenge Wireless communications and mobile internet access over cellular networks continue to be an essential component of next-generation telecommunication system enhancements. While deployments of 4G network technologies are still occurring across the globe, plans are underway for 5G. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Worldwide IT Revenue will Reach $3.5 Trillion in 2017 Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017 – that’s a 1.4 percent increase from 2016…

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OTT Video Adoption in U.S. Homes Disrupts Pay-TV In December 2016, according to comScore data, more than 49 million homes – 53 percent of U.S.

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Optical Infrastructure Revenue will Reach $17.3 Billion The worldwide Optical networking infrastructure market is predicted to grow from $13.6 billion in 2016 to $17.3 billion by 2021, according to the latest global market study by ACG Research. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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What is Blockchain? An Open Platform for New Innovations

What is Blockchain? An Open Platform for New Innovations Blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger for recording the history of transactions. It fosters a new generation of transactional applications that establish trust, accountability and transparency. Source: IBM BlockchainView On WordPress

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How B2B Brands Leverage Buyer-Focused Video According to the findings in the Demand Gen Report’s ‘2017 Content Preferences Survey’, 35 percent of…

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Why the Digital Revolution is Not About Technology BCG has studied how successful companies have changed their business and operating models when going digital. All share two distinctive characteristics: products and services that are embedded with digital tech; digital channels to interact with target audiences and clients. Source: World Economic Forum

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Hyperconverged Systems Revenue Reached $2.2B in 2016 Demand for simplified IT infrastructure, to be used in corporate data centers, gained momentum during the last couple of years as more CIOs attempted to offer their internal users compute and storage that could be provisioned quickly – similar to the major public cloud service providers. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Global Servers Market will Reach $71 billion by 2021 The increasing use of Big Data analytics across industries is spurring the need for servers with high processing capabilities.

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IoT Predictive Maintenance Revenue will Reach $11 Billion IoT Predictive Maintenance will reach a CAGR of 39% during 2016-2022, with annual technology spending reaching $10.96 billion by 2022. That’s based on the Predictive Maintenance related revenue of leading technology companies, across 13 industries and 7 technology areas. Source: IoT Analytics

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Why Banks Must Adopt a Cloud-First Disruptor Mindset The established players in banking are constantly facing changes and new competition. These challenges stem primarily from on-the-cloud start-ups and agile FinTechs, a group of businesses that are 4,000-strong worldwide and on the receiving end of $19 billion in venture capital funding. Source: IBM

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Search Engine Optimization Tops List for Digital Marketers Search continued to lead digital marketing efforts for companies worldwide in 2016. And this was the case in spite of internet users’ widespread engagement with social. Source: eMarketer

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IoT Packaged Solutions and Services Market Momentum Nearly all segments of the Internet of Things (IoT) market recorded double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), driving an overall 19.3 percent year-to-year revenue gain to $8.2 billion, according to the latest study by Technology Business Research (TBR). Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Contactless Payments will Reach 500 Million Users Contactless payment cards offer an array of benefits to both the retailer and consumer, such as faster throughput at the Point of Sale (POS) terminal, potentially leading to increased sales and reduced operating costs from cash handling. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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China Leads the Growth of Global Robotics Adoption Investment in robotic systems and related services will more than double in China, growing from $24.6 billion in 2016 to $59.4 billion in 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Dark Social: The Black Hole of Your Referral Traffic The term Dark Social was coined by Alexis Madrigal of the Atlantic in 2012, who then said we’re only seeing - and measuring - the tip of the sharing iceberg.

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Digital Trust: Currency of the Global Networked Economy This year, the Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual survey that measures global levels of trust in institutions, revealed the steepest drop ever seen in the public’s trust in governments, businesses, media and NGOs. Source: World Economic Forum

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Mobile App Usage is Much More Focused in U.S. Market In 2017, according to the latest study, the average U.S. adult will spend 2 hours, 25 minutes per day using mobile apps – that’s a jump of 10.3% over last year, and slightly higher than previously forecast. Source: eMarketer

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Cognitive Systems Cross-Industry Apps Gain Momentum Cognitive Systems can extract value from all types of data – including unstructured data – within new platforms that can learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans via natural language. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Why Business and Industry Expertise Impact Cloud Choice More executives will seek comprehensive vendor guidance on their digital transformation plans. According to latest market study by 451 Research, …

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More IoT and M2M Apps will Gain Momentum in 2017 There’s more growth for the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies sector during 2017. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, global shipments of cellular IoT devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.7 percent from 155.6 million units in 2016, to reach 530.1 million units in 2022. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Digital Scale-Up Companies are Key to Economic Growth For entrepreneurial activity to translate into economic growth, we need to focus less on the “start” and “small” side of things and more on how those companies of all ages, sizes and sectors scale. It’s relatively high-growth ‘scale-ups’ that are the real generators of jobs, taxes and wealth. Source: World Economic Forum

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Why Chief Marketing Officers are Vulnerable to Disruption “It does feel like a bit of a dramatic turn in the narrative, from the CMO as the prime instigator and beneficiary of an enviable, extended marketing-led renaissance where budgets flow like water and mandates creep like kudzu; to the CMO as the object of some newfound vulnerability.” Source: Gartner

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Industrial IoT Applications will Blossom in Asia-Pacific The industrial IoT (IIoT) market will add more than 13 million new wireline and wireless connections worldwide in 2017 to an installed base exceeding 53 million connections, according to the latest study by ABI Research. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Fourth Industrial Revolution of New Digital Transformations By 2020, more people will have mobile phones than have electricity or running water in their homes or villages.

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