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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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The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have spoken with, or attended presentations from, utilities in the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. This session will provide a look at the CREPE drivers for SmartGrids and the solution spaces used by SmartGrids today and planned for the near future. All organizations can learn from SmartGrid’s use of Predictive Maintenance, Demand Prediction, Cloud, Big Data and Customer-facing Dashboards...
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, will discuss the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. The presentation will also discuss how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics to discuss are barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold.
Whether you're a startup or a 100 year old enterprise, the Internet of Things offers a variety of new capabilities for your business. IoT style solutions can help you get closer your customers, launch new product lines and take over an industry. Some companies are dipping their toes in, but many have already taken the plunge, all while dramatic new capabilities continue to emerge. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director, Developer Evangelism at salesforce.com, to discuss real-world use cases, patterns and opportunities you can harness today.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
Noted IoT expert and researcher Joseph di Paolantonio (pictured below) has joined the @ThingsExpo faculty. Joseph, who describes himself as an “Independent Thinker” from DataArchon, will speak on the topic of “Smart Grids & Managing Big Utilities.” Over his career, Joseph di Paolantonio has worked in the energy, renewables, aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries. His expertise is in data analysis, system engineering, Bayesian statistics, data warehouses, business intelligence, data mining, predictive methods, and very large databases (VLDB). Prior to DataArchon, he served as a VP and Principal Analyst with Constellation Group. He is a member of the Boulder (Colo.) Brain Trust, an organization with a mission “to benefit the Business Intelligence and data management industry by providing pro bono exchange of information between vendors and independent analysts on new trends and technologies and to provide vendors with constructive feedback on their of...
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation and integration; and visibility through intelligent business operations and big data.
There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how these devices generate enough data to learn our behaviors and simplify/improve our lives. What if we could connect everything to everything? I'm not only talking about connecting things to things but also systems, cloud services, and people. Add in a little machine learning and artificial intelligence and now we have something interesting...
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...