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Mainframe Reinvention: Trusted Digital Experiences Hear from this globally recognized trust expert whose theory of collaborative consumption was named by TIME as one of the “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World.” Source: IBM

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Digital Transformation Initiatives Must Overcome Friction The study found that 75% of respondents had low levels of confidence in their ability to resolve digital performance problems. Equally concerning is that 48% of these respondents stated digital performance challenges were directly hindering the success of digital transformation strategies in their organizations. Source: Dynatrace

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Mainframe Industry will Flourish at a CAGR of 10.8 Percent “Current mainframes can perform many illustrations of operating systems at the same time. According to a recent study, the global mainframe industry market is expected to flourish at a CAGR of 10.8% during the forecast period from 2017 to 2025.” Source: Research N Reports

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Why 2017 is Shaping Up to be the Year of Music Streaming On-demand audio streams have reached more than 184 billion so far in 2017, that’s a considerable 62.4% increase over the same period last year, according to Nielsen’s U.S. Music Mid-Year 2017 Report. Source: Nielsen

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$800 Million Invested in AR and VR Technology in Q2 2017 Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality dealmakers invested over $800 million dollars in Q2 2017, after a quieter first quarter. This rounded out over $2 billion invested across 27 AR/VR sectors in the last 12 months. Source: Digi-Capital

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How to Boost Jobs and Growth in the UK Digital Economy The UK is already home to more than 200,000 digital businesses supporting more than 1.4 million jobs – with the fastest growing-digital hubs from 2010-14 in Southampton, West Cornwall and Dundee. Source: GOV.UK

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12 Tips to Transform Your B2B Content Marketing Team The notion of engaging a Digital Polymath is compelling. Harnessing the wisdom of a worldly open-minded individual that acknowledges the near-term challenges and opportunities, yet also has the vision to be able to anticipate the broader future - now, that’s interesting. Source: Digital Polymath

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How Savvy Marketers will Master Digital Growth Strategies Most brands and marketers are aware that traditional marketing and engagement strategies will no longer generate the success they did just a few years ago.

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How Ad Blocking Creates Demand for Content Marketing Ninety percent of ad blocking users are on a desktop or laptop, which translates to 24% of U.S. internet users. By the end of this year, more than a third will block Ads on their smartphone, about 9.5% of internet users. Source: eMarketer

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Exploring the Online Payment Fraud Prevention Market Retailers stand to lose $71 billion globally from fraudulent Card-Not-Present (CNP) transactions over the next 5 years.

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Managed Service Provider Market Reached $300 Billion The Managed Services Provider (MSP) market, occupied by companies that provide contingent workforce management, is flourishing, logging a robust growth rate of 12 percent in 2016 to reach $300 billion in managed spend. Source: Everest Group

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Study Finds U.S. Merchants Increase Digital Sales in 2017 The 2017 American Express Digital Payments Survey shows that consumers are increasingly relying on online and mobile technology to make purchases, opening new opportunities for merchants to reach more customers and grow revenue. Source: American Express

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Enterprise Wearable Device Market Reaches $10.5B in 2017 Wearable technologies are entering the workplace. ABI Research forecasts enterprise wearable device revenue – such as smartwatches, smart glasses, and wearable scanners – will exceed $55 billion in 2022, which is growing from an estimated $10.5 billion in 2017. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Some Over-the-Top Video Subscribers Still Using Pay-TV Despite online TV rapidly growing in popularity, there’s no doubting the importance of the traditional TV set to the media consumption habits of internet users – even among those who are paying for an online TV service. Source: GlobalWebIndex

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Growing Global Demand for Hybrid Flash Array Storage Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 0.5 percent year-over-year, reaching $9.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), according to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Source: Digital Lifescapes

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EU General Data Protection Regulation – Why it Matters Compliance with IT security and data privacy regulation is of growing concern to most European organizations. …

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Chinese Smartphone Vendors Gain New Market Share Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017 – that’s a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Worldwide IT Spending will Reach $2.1 Trillion in 2017 As more enterprise CIOs and CTOs increase their planned investment in digital business transformation projects, vendors will witness improved demand in 2017. Worldwide IT spending is forecast to increase by 4.5 percent in constant currency terms. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Generation Z Boasts the Largest, Most Diverse Media Users While Millennials continue to grab headlines for their tech-savvy penchant for adopting new technologies and their unique media behaviors, the first-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report sheds some much-needed light on the NEXT generation of consumers — Generation Z. Source: Nielsen

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Digital Experience Revolution – the New Reality of 2017 Done well, customer experience (CX) improves your ability to quickly service your customers, it improves data capture capabilities, improves customer insight and your ability to solve customer problems. Rightfully so, it’s every company’s dream to do this for each consumer. Source: TM Forum

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Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenue Reaches $8 Billion in 1Q17 As enterprise CIOs and CTOs rebalance their IT budgets to accommodate new digital business transformation projects, the shift in infrastructure investment continues to evolve. Demand for hybrid cloud scenarios are apparently driving much of the new IT investment. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Cognitive Systems for Banking Apps are Growing Rapidly The banking sector is the most lucrative vertical segment in the global cognitive systems spending market. …

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Digital Payment Transactions will Reach $5 Trillion Worldwide A recent market study by Juniper Research highlights the increasing dominance of Chinese companies in the evolving digital payments sector, with vendors such as Alibaba, Tencent and UnionPay seeking to increase their revenues via international expansion. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Digital Media Use in the UK is Displacing Broadcast TV In 2017, digital media will be responsible for nearly half (49 percent) of UK adults’ daily time with major media, according to eMarketer, while time spent with traditional TV drops to less than a third of the total. Source: eMarketer

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Why Serverless Cloud Solutions will Reduce IT Costs According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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State of U.S. Consumers and Technology in 2017 “We identify early adopters of new technologies who experiment with and rely on technology. In 2017 this means that 14% of US online adults use a fitness tracker, 8% use a smart speaker with a personal assistant and 7% use Apple Pay.” Source: Forrester

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How Mobile Drives Growth of American Travel Revenues According to eMarketer’s latest forecast on digital and mobile travel. This year, digital travel sales in the U.S. will reach $189.62 billion, 40 percent of which will come from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Source: eMarketer

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Headset Upside Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) continue to gain momentum in the emerging technology marketplace. Dedicated AR and VR headsets are now expected to grow from just under 10 million units in 2016 to about 100 million units in 2021 – that’s a 5-year CAGR of 57.7 percent. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Connected Car Commerce Revenue will Reach $100 Billion Beyond the connected car ecosystem, there are opportunities for integration with other emerging technology ecosystems – …

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Study: B2B Digital Marketing Talent Shortage in Tech Sector “Less than half of marketers are advanced in the core skillsets that are important today, such as content marketing, digital media, and data analysis…

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Enterprise Mobile App Demand is Evolving in 2017 Many enterprises across the globe are not creating mobile applications. According to the findings from a recent Gartner survey, 39 percent of respondents said they had not built, customized or virtualized any mobile apps in the previous 12 months. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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How Artificial Intelligence Affects Global Internet Policy Artificial intelligence is dominating the R&D agenda of the leading Internet industry. The Silicon Valley and other startup hubs are buzzing about artificial intelligence and the issue has come at the top of policymakers’ agenda including the G20, the ITU, and the OECD. Source: Internet Society

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Cloud Services Continue to Drive IT Server Market Shift The shift to public cloud computing continues to impact on-premises IT data centers. Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 4.6 percent year-over-year to $11.8 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), according to the latest market study by IDC. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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How to Lead When Global Trust is Plummeting “The Edelman survey indicates that people value social media, peer reviews, and word-of-mouth sources over polished speeches and glossy advertising. Your employees, customers, suppliers, and neighbors grade your contribution to the system.” Source: Strategy + Business

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Games Software and Hardware Revenue Reach $150 Billion Games software and hardware combined are set to drive more than $150 billion in revenue for the first time ever in 2017, with software taking around three-quarters and hardware around one-quarter of the total. Source: Digi-Capital

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Exploring the Top Drivers of Cloud Computing Adoption More CIOs and CTOs are choosing to architect and deploy hybrid multi-cloud computing environments in 2017. The trend is being driven by growing demand to support digital transformation projects that are led by the C-suite. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Retail eCommerce in China will Reach $1.13 Trillion Retail eCommerce sales in China are expected to reach $1.13 trillion this year, a figure equal to 23.1% of total retail sales. Growth is expected to continue, with eCommerce accounting for 40.8% of all retail sales in China by 2021. Source: eMarketer

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More Hybrid Cloud Supply Chain Management Solutions Gartner analysts believe that SCM vendors are already differentiating themselves from competitors by incorporating digital business transformation technologies – such as mobility, machine learning, in-memory technologies, multi-enterprise visibility and the Internet of Things (IoT), into their offerings. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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How Innovation Accelerators will Drive Global ICT Growth Emerging technologies, such as IoT, Robotics, and Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality (AR/VR), will drive the next wave of growth in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, increasing the overall opportunity to $5.5 trillion by 2020, according to IDC. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Converged Systems Driving IT Innovation and Growth Enterprise IT infrastructure requirements continue to evolve as CIOs and CTOs seek ways to support their agile DevOps methodologies. Meanwhile, IT vendors are attempting to remove complexity from the typical provisioning and deployment process via automation. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Artificial Intelligence Benefits Global Economic Expansion According to a new report, global GDP will be 14% higher in 2030 as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) - the equivalent of $15.7 trillion, more than the current output of China and India combined. Source: World Economic Forum

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Global Wearables Market will Double in Size by 2021 As the wearables market evolves, total shipment volumes will maintain their growth momentum. Vendors will ship a total of 125.5 million wearable devices worldwide in 2017, that’s a 20.4 percent increase from the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Digital Transformation Skills Shortage Slows Progress Having trouble staffing your digital transformation project team? Well, you’re not alone. More organizations report a digital business skills gap within their workforce, but many can’t find a viable solution to the IT talent shortage, according to CompTIA. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Explore the Global Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index Managing urban transportation challenges in large metropolitan areas has motivated local government leaders to consider alternative solutions to traditional public transit. More major cities across the globe now have programs in place to test the applications of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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U.S. CEO Outlook 2017 – Why it’s Time to Disrupt and Grow KPMG’s survey of 400 U.S. chief executives reveals a surge in CEO confidence. Results show that most have a positive outlook on economic growth over the next three years, and possess far greater confidence in the United States and in their companies than last year. Source: KPMG

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Plans to Overhaul the U.S. Gov Legacy Computer Systems Saying the federal government is lagging behind the “technology revolution,” President Donald Trump called for more than $1 trillion in savings during the next 10 years by overhauling outdated computer systems and improving information technology. Source: WSJ

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How Blockchain will Transform Banking and Online Payments Two billion people worldwide lack access to a financial transaction account. Studies have shown that having a basic bank account automatically raises standards of living: people save more, they can borrow for education, start a business or buy property. Source: World Economic Forum

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Managed Security Services will Reach $1B in Latin America Effective IT infrastructure security is a growing concern to most organizations that have expanded their use of eCommerce applications. It’s especially important to senior executives at public companies that are held responsible for security breaches and any related impact on customers. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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Future of Work and Robotic Automation in a Global Economy The stock of robots in the U.S. and Western Europe increased fourfold between 1993 and 2007. And one more robot per thousand workers is estimated to reduce the employment to population ratio by about 0.18-0.34 percentage points, and wages by 0.25-0.5 percent. Source: World Economic Forum

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Gigabit LTE Network Deployments Advance in 2017 The mobile internet continues to drive mobile network infrastructure investment. 4G LTE will grow from approximately 30 percent of global mobile subscriptions in 2017 to 50 percent in 2024, according to the latest worldwide study by ABI Research. Source: Digital Lifescapes

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