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AVG Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Subscription revenue increases 12%; Non-GAAP diluted EPS is $0.47; Net cash flow from operating activities is $22.3 million.

AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the online security company with 182 million active users and 85 million mobile users, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was $88.0 million. Subscription revenue increased 12% over the same period one year ago to $68.2 million. Platform-derived revenue decreased 50% over the same period one year ago to $19.8 million as a result of changes to the search business that were communicated over the past several quarters.

Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $24.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted ordinary share.1

GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $13.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted ordinary share. 

Non-GAAP free cash flow was $19.1 million and net cash flow from operating activities was $22.3 million for the second quarter of 2014. The Company closed the second quarter with cash of $45.1 million and no debt. 

"I am pleased with our continued execution against our long term strategy toward becoming the online security company," commented Gary Kovacs, CEO of AVG. "We remain focused on the roll out of the AVG Zen platform, developing new applications to better serve customers, and building industry leading partnerships across mobile ecosystem players and consumer electronic OEMs. Our mobile user count continued to grow, reaching 85 million at the end of the quarter. I am particularly proud of the work we have done to strengthen our partnership with Yahoo! as this relationship is a strategic priority. These types of partnerships are key to driving further progress in the second half of 2014 and to delivering growth in 2015 and beyond," concluded Kovacs.

Financial Outlook

Based on information available as of July 30, 2014, AVG is updating its outlook for fiscal year 2014 as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be at the low end of the original range of $365 million to $405 million.
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the middle of the range of $1.80 to $2.10.
  • GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the middle of the range of $1.00 to $1.30.

Non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes share-based compensation expense, acquisition amortization, rationalization and other charges, and an adjustment to normalize to a tax rate of 12.5%. Non-GAAP diluted EPS and diluted EPS are based on an estimate of approximately 53.5 million weighted-average diluted ordinary shares outstanding during 2014.

Conference Call Information

AVG will hold its quarterly conference call today at 23:00 CET/5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT to discuss its second quarter 2014 financial results, business highlights and outlook.  The conference call may be accessed via webcast at http://investors.avg.com or by calling (888) 438-5519 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 325-2215 (International).

A replay of the webcast can be accessed via http://investors.avg.com.  Additionally, an audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (888) 203-1112 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 457-0820 (International) and entering passcode: 2290282#

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains supplemental non-GAAP financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  These non-GAAP measures provide additional information on the performance or liquidity of our business and so we believe are useful for investors.

Adjusted net income, free cash flow and their related ratios are non-GAAP measures and should not be considered alternatives to the applicable U.S. GAAP measures.  In particular, adjusted net income and free cash flow, and their related ratios, should not be considered as measurements of our financial performance or liquidity under U.S. GAAP, as alternatives to income, operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.

Adjusted net income and free cash flow are measures of financial performance and liquidity, respectively, and have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation from, or as substitutes for, analysis of our results of operations, including our operating income and cash flows, as reported under U.S. GAAP.  We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that such measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors about the Company's core operating results and liquidity, primarily because the non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain expenses and other amounts that management does not consider to be indicative of the Company's core operating results or business outlook or liquidity.  Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to the corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures, in evaluating the Company's operating performance, in planning and forecasting future periods, in making decisions regarding business operations and allocation of resources, and in comparing the Company's performance against its historical performance.  Some of the limitations of adjusted net income and free cash flow and their related ratios as measures are:

  • they do not reflect our cash expenditure or future requirements for capital expenditure or contractual commitments, nor do they reflect the actual cash contributions received from customers;
  • they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • although amortization and share-based compensation are non-cash charges, the assets being amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and such measures do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate these measures differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures

Because of these limitations, investors should rely on AVG's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and treat the Company's non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information only.

For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, please see "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures".  All non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with the comparable information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those relating to an expected range of revenue, diluted EPS, and non-GAAP diluted EPS for fiscal year 2014, as well as those relating to the future prospects of AVG.  Words such as "expects," "expectation," "intends," "assumes," "believes" and "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated herein. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include but are not limited to: changes in international and national tax regulations and related proposals; changes in the Company's growth strategies; changes in the Company's future prospects, business development, results of operations and financial condition; changes to the online and computer threat environment and the endpoint security industry; competition from local and international companies, new entrants in the market and changes to the competitive landscape; the adoption of new, or changes to existing, laws and regulations; flaws in the assumptions underlying the calculation of the Company's key metrics, including  the number of the Company's active users and mobile users, revenue per average active user; the potential effects of changes in the applicable search guidelines of our search partners, including the Company's and its competitors' responses to these changes; the termination of or changes to the Company's relationships with its partners, including Google, Yahoo! and other third parties; changes in the Company's and its partners' responses to privacy concerns; the ability for the Company to successfully diversify its portfolio of search partners; the Company's plans to launch new products and online services and monetize its full user base; the performance of new products, such as AVG Zen; the Company's ability to attract and retain active and subscription users; the Company's ability to retain key personnel and attract new talent; the Company's ability to adequately protect its intellectual property; flaws in the Company's internal controls or IT systems; the Company's geographic expansion plans; the anticipated costs and benefits of the Company's acquisitions; the outcome of ongoing or any future litigation or arbitration, including litigation or arbitration relating to intellectual property rights; the Company's legal and regulatory compliance efforts; and worldwide economic conditions and their impact on demand for the Company's products and services.  Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Further information on these factors and other risks that may affect the Company's business is included in filings AVG makes with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors".

The financial information contained in this press release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto to be included in the Company's reports on Form 6-K and Form 20-F.  The Company's results of operations for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2014 are not necessarily indicative of the Company's operating results for any future periods.

These documents are available online from the SEC or in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.avg.com.  Information on the AVG website is not part of this release.  All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information currently available to the Company, and AVG assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.

About AVG

AVG is the online security company providing leading software and services to secure devices, data and people. AVG has 182 million active users as of June 30, 2014, using AVG's products and services including Internet security, performance optimization, and personal privacy and identity protection. By choosing AVG's products, users become part of a trusted global community that engages directly with AVG to provide feedback and offer mutual support to other customers.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

1 Non-GAAP results for the second quarter of 2014 exclude $3.1 million in share based compensation expense, $4.3 million in acquisition amortization and $0.7 million in restructuring, legal and other charges, together with a $2.8 million adjustment to normalize to a tax rate of 12.5%, as described in the Reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures.


AVG Technologies N.V.

Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)



December 31,


June 30,



2013


2014


ASSETS



Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

42,349


$

45,097


Restricted cash


4,654



5,300


Trade accounts receivable, net


26,160



21,927


Inventories


1,017



723


Deferred income taxes


25,058



24,599


Prepaid expenses 


5,927



7,246


Other current assets


5,416



3,102


Total current assets


110,581



107,994


Property and equipment, net


15,294



14,162


Deferred income taxes


33,820



27,222


Intangible assets, net


59,577



50,661


Goodwill


84,843



84,887


Investment


160



160


Other assets


2,507



1,553


Total assets

$

306,782


$

286,639









LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Accounts payable

$

11,356


$

6,048


Accrued compensation and benefits


18,245



12,793


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


31,569



32,246


Income taxes payable


4,680



5,479


Deferred tax liabilities


163



334


Deferred revenue


164,136



163,933


Total current liabilities


230,149



220,833


Long-term debt


30,000



-


Deferred revenue, less current portion


33,050



32,127


Deferred tax liabilities


342



-


Other non-current liabilities


4,075



3,482


Total liabilities


297,616



256,442









Ordinary shares


727



727


Distributions in excess of capital


(128,809)



(125,253)


Treasury shares


(33,179)



(46,816)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(8,343)



(8,859)


Retained earnings


178,770



210,398


Total shareholders' equity


9,166



30,197


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

306,782


$

286,639









 

AVG Technologies N.V.


Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income


(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except for share data and per share data)








Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Revenue:









Subscription

$

61,000


$

68,225


$

117,579


$

135,515


Platform-derived


39,381



19,784



87,528



46,040


Total revenue


100,381



88,009



205,107



181,555


Cost of revenue:













Subscription


(6,220)



(8,934)



(13,649)



(17,045)


Platform-derived


(9,537)



(3,535)



(16,214)



(8,936)


Total cost of revenue


(15,757)



(12,469)



(29,863)



(25,981)


Gross profit


84,624



75,540



175,244



155,574


Operating expenses:













Research and development


(14,145)



(15,823)



(28,791)



(32,270)


Sales and marketing


(23,147)



(22,550)



(46,566)



(45,032)


General and administrative


(15,516)



(16,757)



(35,773)



(33,133)


Total operating expenses


(52,808)



(55,130)



(111,130)



(110,435)


Operating income


31,816



20,410



64,114



45,139


Other expense, net


(4,512)



(392)



(6,598)



(449)


Income before income taxes and loss from investment in equity affiliate


27,304



20,018



57,516



44,690


Income tax provision


(5,614)



(6,333)



(11,384)



(13,062)


Net income

$

21,690


$

13,685


$

46,132


$

31,628


Comprehensive income

$

22,999


$

13,873


$

46,060


$

31,112















Earnings per share:













Net income

$

21,690


$

13,685


$

46,132


$

31,628


Net income available to ordinary shareholders - basic

$

21,690


$

13,685


$

46,132


$

31,628


Net income available to ordinary shareholders - diluted

$

21,690


$

13,685


$

46,132


$

31,628


Earnings per ordinary share – basic

$

0.40


$

0.26


$

0.85


$

0.60


Earnings per ordinary share – diluted

$

0.39


$

0.26


$

0.84


$

0.60


Weighted-average shares outstanding – basic


54,487,750



52,407,636



54,257,788



52,777,085


Weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted


54,949,534



52,744,420



54,788,767



53,112,758




























 

AVG Technologies N.V.


Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows


(in thousands of U.S. dollars)





Three months ended

Six months ended



June 30,

June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


OPERATING ACTIVITIES:













Net income

$

21,690


$

13,685


$

46,132


$

31,628


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities













Depreciation and amortization 


5,362



7,973



10,461



15,726


Share-based compensation


1,593



3,123



5,226



5,935


Deferred income taxes


(1,234)



2,389



566



7,009


Change in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities


172



92



987



183


Amortization of financing costs and loan discount


2,856



64



3,845



126


Loss (gain) on sale of property and equipment


(41)



(50)



(76)



(39)


Net change in assets and liabilities, excluding effects of acquisitions and deferred revenue


13,048



(4,188)



10,402



(4,664)


Net change in deferred revenue


716



(795)



9,886



(899)


Net cash provided by operating activities


44,162



22,293



87,429



55,005


INVESTING ACTIVITIES:













Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets


(4,083)



(3,195)



(7,821)



(5,912)


Proceeds from sale of property and equipment


75



57



128



218


Cash payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired


(23,330)



-



(26,195)



-


Proceeds from sale of investment 


9,750



-



9,750



-


Decrease (increase) in restricted cash


(3,775)



1,704



(4,587)



175


Net cash used in investing activities


(21,363)



(1,434)



(28,725)



(5,519)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES:













Payment of contingent consideration


(50)



-



(225)



-


Proceeds of credit agreement 


75,000



-



75,000



-


Debt issuance costs


(774)



-



(774)



-


Repayments of principal on current credit agreement


(8,333)



(5,000)



(8,333)



(30,000)


Repayments of principal on former credit facility


(77,807)



-



(100,863)



-


Proceeds from exercise of share options


1,709



1,145



1,908



1,858


Repurchases of share rights and options from employees


(6)



-



(2,906)



(1,460)


Repurchase of own shares


(1,509)



(8,175)



(1,509)



(16,422)


Net cash used in financing activities


(11,770)



(12,030)



(37,702)



(46,024)


Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents


(102)



(99)



(1,180)



(714)


Change in cash and cash equivalents


10,927



8,730



19,822



2,748


Beginning cash and cash equivalents


60,785



36,367



51,890



42,349


Ending cash and cash equivalents

$

71,712


$

45,097


$

71,712


$

45,097















Income taxes paid

$

(2,889)


$

(3,071)


$

(4,659)


$

(5,345)


Interest paid

$

(655)


$

(102)


$

(2,690)


$

(381)




























 

AVG Technologies N.V.


Reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures


(in thousands of U.S. dollars)





Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Gross profit

$

84,624


$

75,540


$

175,244


$

155,574


Add back:













- Share-based compensation


27



11



25



14


- Acquisition amortization(1)


1,352



2,737



2,615



5,394


- Other adjustments(2)


-



-



(7)



-


Non-GAAP adjusted gross profit

$

86,003


$

78,288


$

177,877


$

160,982


Revenue


100,381



88,009



205,107



181,555


Non-GAAP adjusted gross profit margin


86%



89%



87%



89%















Operating expenses

$

(52,808)


$

(55,130)


$

(111,130)


$

(110,435)


Less:













- Share-based compensation


1,566



3,112



5,201



5,921


- Acquisition amortization(1)


973



1,606



1,993



3,212


- Other adjustments(2)


338



747



1,208



3,314


Non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses

$

(49,931)


$

(49,665)


$

(102,728)


$

(97,988)















Operating income

$

31,816


$

20,410


$

64,114


$

45,139


Add back:













- Share-based compensation


1,593



3,123



5,226



5,935


- Acquisition amortization(1)


2,325



4,343



4,608



8,606


- Other adjustments(2)


338



747



1,201



3,314


Non-GAAP adjusted operating income

$

36,072


$

28,623


$

75,149


$

62,994


Revenue


100,381



88,009



205,107



181,555


Non-GAAP adjusted operating income margin


36%



33%



37%



35%















Other expense, net

$

(4,512)


$

(392)


$

(6,598)


$

(449)


Less:













- Other adjustments(2)


2,643



-



2,643



-


Non-GAAP adjusted other expense, net

$

(1,869)


$

(392)


$

(3,955)


$

(449)




























 

AVG Technologies N.V.


Reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures


(in thousands of U.S. dollars)





Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Net income

$

21,690


$

13,685


$

46,132


$

31,628


Add back:













- Share-based compensation


1,593



3,123



5,226



5,935


- Acquisition amortization(1)


2,325



4,343



4,608



8,606


- Other adjustments(2)


2,981



747



3,844



3,314


- Provision (Benefit) for income taxes


5,614



6,333



11,384



13,062


Non-GAAP adjusted profit before taxes

$

34,203


$

28,231


$

71,194


$

62,545


Less: Estimated provision for income taxes(3)


(4,788)



(3,529)



(9,967)



(7,818)


Non-GAAP adjusted net income


29,415



24,702



61,227



54,727















Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted (in thousands)


54,950



52,744



54,789



53,113


Non-GAAP adjusted net income


29,415



24,702



61,227



54,727


Non-GAAP diluted EPS

$

0.54


$

0.47


$

1.12


$

1.03



































December 31,

June 30,









2013


2014


Cash and cash equivalents







$

42,349


$

45,097


Long-term debt








(30,000)



-


Net cash







$

12,349


$

45,097





























Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Net cash provided by operating activities

$

44,162


$

22,293


$

87,429


$

55,005


Less: Payments for property and equipment and intangible assets


(4,083)



(3,195)



(7,821)



(5,912)


Free cash flow

$

40,079


$

19,098


$

79,608


$

49,093





























Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Revenue

$

100,381


$

88,009


$

205,107


$

181,555


Free cash flow


40,079



19,098



79,608



49,093


Cash conversion


40%



22%



39%



27%




























 

AVG Technologies N.V.


Reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures


(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except for users, active users


and revenue per average active user data)









Twelve months ended









June 30,









2013


2014


Total revenue (trailing 12 months)







$

395,565


$

383,561


Active users at period end (in millions)(4)








155



182


Average active users (in millions)(5)








142



169


Twelve months trailing revenue per average active user







$

2.79


$

2.27




























Share-based compensation


(in thousands of U.S. dollars)



Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Cost of revenue

$

(27)


$

(11)


$

(25)


$

(14)


Research and development


(180)



(453)



(252)



(796)


Sales and marketing


(798)



(247)



(556)



(507)


General and administrative


(588)



(2,412)



(4,393)



(4,618)


Share-based compensation

$

(1,593)


$

(3,123)


$

(5,226)


$

(5,935)




























Acquisition amortization


(in thousands of U.S. dollars)



Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Cost of revenue

$

(1,352)


$

(2,737)


$

(2,615)


$

(5,394)


Research and development


(5)



(175)



(8)



(350)


Sales and marketing


(968)



(1,431)



(1,985)



(2,862)


Acquisition amortization

$

(2,325)


$

(4,343)


$

(4,608)


$

(8,606)




























Other adjustments


(in thousands of U.S. dollars)



Three months ended


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2013


2014


2013


2014


Cost of revenue

$

-


$

-


$

7


$

-


Research and development


(296)



(449)



(435)



(1,270)


Sales and marketing


(32)



(267)



(631)



(382)


General and administrative


(10)



(31)



(142)



(1,662)


Other expenses, net


(2,643)



-



(2,643)



-


Other adjustments

$

(2,981)


$

(747)


$

(3,844)


$

(3,314)




























 

(1)

Includes amortization of acquired intangible assets.



(2)

Other adjustments between GAAP and non-GAAP measures in the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 comprise of $0 and $1.4 million respectively in charges associated with litigation settlements, $0.4 and $1.2 million respectively in acquisition related charges primarily relating to the PrivacyChoice integration and $0.3 and $0.7 million respectively in charges associated with the rationalization of the Company's global operations.  Other adjustments between GAAP and non-GAAP measures in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 comprise of $0.3 million and $0.3 million respectively in acquisition related charges primarily relating to the PrivacyChoice integration, $0 million and $0.9 million respectively in charges associated with the rationalization of the Company's global operations and of $2.6 million of accelerated deferred financing costs due to the full voluntary repayment of the long term debt in the second quarter of 2013.



(3)

Adjusted for impact of normalized tax rate of 12.5% in the three months and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 14% for the 3 and six months ended June 30, 2013. The normalized tax of 12.5% is based on an estimate of our future cash tax rate as well as our recent cash and income statement tax charges.



(4)

Active users are those that (i) have downloaded and installed our free software on a PC and have connected to our server at least twice, including at least once in the preceding 30-day period, (ii) represent a unique mobile device, which has installed one or more of our mobile applications, from which at least one application has contacted our server twice in the preceding 30-day period (with at least 24 hours between the first and second contact), (iii) have a valid subscription license for our software solutions or (iv) represent a unique device using our secure search solution that has made at least one secure search in the preceding 30-day period.



(5)

The number of average active users is calculated as the simple average of active users at the beginning of a period and the end of a period.

SOURCE AVG Technologies N.V.

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SYS-CON Events announced today that Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet Performance, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance company. Dyn helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience. Through a world-class network and unrivaled, objective intelligence into Internet conditions, Dyn ensures traffic gets delivered faster, safer, and more reliably than ever.
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch of Docker's initial release in March of 2013, interest was revved up several notches. Then late last...
CommVault has announced that top industry technology visionaries have joined its leadership team. The addition of leaders from companies such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, PwC and EMC signals the continuation of CommVault Next, the company's business transformation for sales, go-to-market strategies, pricing and packaging and technology innovation. The company also announced that it had realigned its structure to create business units to more directly match how customers evaluate, deploy, operate, and purchase technology.
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Sick, a Senior Manager and Big Data Architect within Ernst and Young's Financial Servi...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold. Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Pa...
Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along with a steady stream of well-publicized data breaches, only add to the uncertainty
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Sick, a Senior Manager and Big Data Architect within Ernst and Young's Financial Servi...
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform. “Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add scalable realtime functionality with minimal effort and cost.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, m...
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics, will examine the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing, including what it is today, what it might ultimately be, the role of wearable tech, and technology gaps stil...
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon, will discuss how as enterprise IT embraces other IoT-related technology trends, enterprises with i...
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product lifecycle. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show how “product relationship management” can help you leverage your connected devices and the data they generate about customer usage and product performance to deliver extremely compelling and reliabl...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is causing data centers to become radically decentralized and atomized within a new paradigm known as “fog computing.” To support IoT applications, such as connected cars and smart grids, data centers' core functions will be decentralized out to the network's edges and endpoints (aka “fogs”). As this trend takes hold, Big Data analytics platforms will focus on high-volume log analysis (aka “logs”) and rely heavily on cognitive-computing algorithms (aka “cogs”) to make sense of it all.
With several hundred implementations of IoT-enabled solutions in the past 12 months alone, this session will focus on experience over the art of the possible. Many can only imagine the most advanced telematics platform ever deployed, supporting millions of customers, producing tens of thousands events or GBs per trip, and hundreds of TBs per month. With the ability to support a billion sensor events per second, over 30PB of warm data for analytics, and hundreds of PBs for an data analytics archive, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Kaskade, Vice President and General Manager, Big Data & Ana...
One of the biggest impacts of the Internet of Things is and will continue to be on data; specifically data volume, management and usage. Companies are scrambling to adapt to this new and unpredictable data reality with legacy infrastructure that cannot handle the speed and volume of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and president of Infobright, will discuss how companies need to rethink their data infrastructure to participate in the IoT, including: Data storage: Understanding the kinds of data: structured, unstructured, big/small? Analytics: What kinds and how responsiv...
The Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) market will grow to $6.4B by 2018. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, will begin by walking the audience through the evolution of Workspace as-a-Service, where it is now vs. where it going. To look beyond the desktop we must understand exactly what WaaS is, who the users are, and where it is going in the future. IT departments, ISVs and service providers must look to workflow and automation capabilities to adapt to growing demand and the rapidly changing workspace model.
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics, will examine the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing, including what it is today, what it might ultimately be, the role of wearable tech, and technology gaps stil...