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RealNetworks Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results

- Rob Glaser named as permanent CEO;

SEATTLE, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), a leader in personal digital entertainment, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

For the second quarter of 2014, revenue was $40.8 million, compared to $45.7 million in the previous quarter and $49.9 million in the second quarter of 2013.

"In the second quarter of 2014, we continued to make good progress in our transition into a being a multi-device, cloud-based products and services company," said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. "Of particular note is RealPlayer Cloud's rapid growth -- RealPlayer Cloud now has over 5 million users worldwide, up from over 2 million three months ago, and, in aggregate, our users are now uploading over 4.5 terabytes of video per day." RealPlayer Cloud is Real's next generation video product and service, which makes it easy to watch, save and share video across every type of popular digital device.

"During the second quarter, we brought in Mike Mulica to lead the integration of our worldwide sales efforts across our RealPlayer and Mobile Entertainment divisions in order to strengthen our focus on partnerships with global carriers.  We also redeployed Max Pellegrini to run the combined product teams and all associated direct-to-consumer marketing.  On the games front, we also strengthened our senior team by bringing in Atul Bali to run our overall Games business and by bringing back Rutger Peters and Erik Goossens, the co-founders of Zylom which we acquired in 2006, to run the Casual Games part of the business.   We also just announced our new Slingo Adventure game, the first fruit of our Slingo acquisition a year ago.  Finally, we also continue to be encouraged by the progress being made by Rhapsody (of which we own approximately 45%), which announced yesterday that it now has over 2 million subscribers."

The company also announced today that Rob Glaser has been named permanent CEO of RealNetworks. See announcement at http://www.realnetworks.com/press/releases/2014/Glaser-permanent-CEO.aspx.    

"While our transition plan will take time to complete and will require more capital than originally anticipated,  I'm very confident that we are on the right track and making progress that is setting us up for a return to long-term growth and profitability," said Glaser.

GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2014 was $(21.0) million or $(0.59) per diluted share, compared to $(18.5) million or $(0.52) per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 was a loss of $(13.1) million, compared to $(5.8) million for the second quarter of 2013. A reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA is provided in the financial tables that accompany this release.

As of June 30, 2014, the company had $195.0 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $226.2 million as of December 31, 2013.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2014, RealNetworks expects total revenue in the range of $33.0 million to $36.0 million. We expect adjusted EBITDA for the quarter to be a loss in the range of $(18.0) million to $(20.0) million.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call today to review results and discuss the company's performance at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT by calling 888-790-3440 or +1-517-308-9350 (Passcode: Second Quarter Earnings). A live webcast of the call will be available at http://investor.realnetworks.com and an on-demand webcast will be available approximately one hour following the conclusion of the conference call. A telephonic replay will be available until 9 p.m. PT, August 20, 2014 by calling 888-566-0046 or +1-203-369-3677 (Passcode: 6895485)

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About RealNetworks

RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at www.realnetworks.com/about-us.

RealNetworks, RealPlayer and GameHouse are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement RealNetworks' consolidated financial information presented in accordance with GAAP in this press release, the company also discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment, which management believes provide investors with useful information.

In the financial tables of our earnings press release, RealNetworks has included reconciliations of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA and to adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment.

The rationale for management's use of non-GAAP measures is included in the supplementary materials presented with the earnings materials. Please refer to Exhibit 99.2 ("Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures") to the company's report on Form 8-K, which is being submitted today to the SEC.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to RealNetworks' current expectations regarding future revenue and adjusted EBITDA, our future growth, profitability, strategic focus and initiatives. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements. These statements reflect RealNetworks' expectations as of today, and actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include: risks associated with the implementation of RealNetworks' growth plan, strategic initiatives, and restructuring efforts; its ability to successfully introduce and monetize new products and services; competitive risks, including the growth of competing technologies, products and services, and the emergence of new entrants and competition in the market; the potential outcomes and effects of claims and legal proceedings on RealNetworks' business, prospects, financial condition or results of operations; risks associated with key customer or strategic relationships, business acquisitions and the introduction of new products and services; changes in consumer and advertising spending in response to disruptions in the global financial markets; fluctuations in foreign currencies; and changes in RealNetworks' effective tax rate. More information about potential risk factors that could affect RealNetworks' business and financial results is included in RealNetworks' annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent year ended December 31, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other reports and documents filed by RealNetworks from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The preparation of RealNetworks' financial statements and forward-looking financial guidance requires the company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities, and revenues and expenses during the reported period. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which are in effect as of their respective dates.

RealNetworks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)























Quarters Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,








2014


2013


2014


2013




(in thousands, except per share data)











Net revenue



$

40,825



$

49,850



$

86,549



$

106,643












Cost of revenue



20,786



19,519



39,572



40,025












Extinguishment of liability







(10,580)














      Gross profit



20,039



30,331



57,557



66,618












Operating expenses:










   Research and development



13,267



14,993



27,326



30,244


   Sales and marketing



16,016



19,269



37,739



40,403


   General and administrative



8,577



8,691



17,894



18,637


   Restructuring and other charges



541



816



1,757



2,198


   Lease exit and related charges



470



3,066



549



3,066


      Total operating expenses



38,871



46,835



85,265



94,548












Operating income (loss)



(18,832)



(16,504)



(27,708)



(27,930)












Other income (expenses):










   Interest income, net



180



179



316



826


   Gain (loss) on sale of available for sale securities, net







2,371




   Equity in net loss of Rhapsody investment



(1,802)



(1,347)



(2,640)



(3,580)


   Other income (expense), net



(95)



(137)



(172)



(28)












      Total other income (expense), net



(1,717)



(1,305)



(125)



(2,782)












Income (loss) before income taxes



(20,549)



(17,809)



(27,833)



(30,712)


Income tax expense (benefit)



480



662



966



(567)












Net income (loss)



$

(21,029)



$

(18,471)



$

(28,799)



$

(30,145)












Basic net income (loss) per share



$

(0.59)



$

(0.52)



$

(0.80)



$

(0.85)


Diluted net income (loss) per share



$

(0.59)



$

(0.52)



$

(0.80)



$

(0.85)












Shares used to compute basic net income (loss) per share



35,890



35,455



35,865



35,399


Shares used to compute diluted net income (loss) per share



35,890



35,455



35,865



35,399






















 

 

RealNetworks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)










June 30,
2014


December 31,
2013


(in thousands)

ASSETS

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

124,450



$

151,235


Short-term investments

70,583



74,920


Trade accounts receivable, net

21,580



24,613


Deferred costs, current portion

992



1,601


Deferred tax assets, current

311



306


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

9,910



9,124


   Total current assets

227,826



261,799






Equipment, software, and leasehold improvements, at cost:




Equipment and software

86,755



86,721


Leasehold improvements

3,915



3,482


  Total equipment, software, and leasehold improvements

90,670



90,203


Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

70,212



67,031


  Net equipment, software, and leasehold improvements

20,458



23,172






Restricted cash equivalents and investments

3,000



3,000


Equity method investment

10,000



12,473


Available for sale securities

3,182



7,181


Other assets

3,073



2,332


Deferred costs, non-current portion

1,062



946


Deferred tax assets, net, non-current portion

1,405



1,409


Other intangible assets, net

11,928



12,993


Goodwill

18,005



17,476






  Total assets

$

299,939



$

342,781






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

20,363



$

19,987


Accrued and other current liabilities

26,874



41,893


Deferred tax liabilities, net, current portion

911



899


Deferred revenue, current portion

7,835



7,498


  Total current liabilities

55,983



70,277






Deferred revenue, non-current portion

145



166


Deferred rent

1,269



1,318


Deferred tax liabilities, net, non-current portion

1,725



1,556


Other long-term liabilities

607



483






  Total liabilities

59,729



73,800










Shareholders' equity

240,210



268,981






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

299,939



$

342,781


 

 

RealNetworks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)




Six Months Ended
June 30,


2014


2013


(in thousands)


Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income (loss)

$

(28,799)



$

(30,145)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

6,145



9,874


Stock-based compensation

3,010



4,058


Equity in net loss of Rhapsody

2,640



3,580


Deferred income taxes, net

10



(1,668)


Gain on sale of available for sale securities

(2,371)




Realized translation gain

(48)



(35)


Extinguishment of liability

(10,580)




Other



51


Net change in certain operating assets and liabilities

(785)



1,400


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(30,778)



(12,885)


Cash flows from investing activities:




Purchases of equipment, software, and leasehold improvements

(1,689)



(3,181)


Proceeds from sale of available for sale securities

2,754




Purchases of short-term investments

(48,326)



(70,647)


Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments

52,663



71,327


Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

(733)



(16,107)


Other

(467)




  Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

4,202



(18,608)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from issuance of common stock (stock options and stock purchase plan)

580



392


Tax payments from shares withheld upon vesting of restricted stock

(307)



(800)


Payment of contingent consideration

(696)



(828)


  Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(423)



(1,236)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

214



(1,259)


  Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(26,785)



(33,988)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

151,235



163,198


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

124,450



$

129,210


 

 

RealNetworks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Supplemental Financial Information

(Unaudited)




























2014


2013


Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


Q2


Q1


(in thousands)

Net Revenue by Line of Business












RealPlayer Group (A)

$

8,556



$

15,215



$

16,799



$

17,641



$

18,383



$

22,383


Mobile Entertainment (B)

23,182



19,913



22,146



19,948



18,592



20,495


Games (C)

9,087



10,596



11,650



11,369



12,875



13,915


      Total net revenue

$

40,825



$

45,724



$

50,595



$

48,958



$

49,850



$

56,793














Net Revenue by Product












RealPlayer Group












- License (D)

$

3,273



$

5,018



$

7,128



$

7,281



$

6,766



$

8,332


- Subscriptions (E)

2,569



2,777



3,118



3,615



4,193



4,924


- Media Properties (F)

2,714



7,420



6,553



6,745



7,424



9,127














Mobile Entertainment












- SaaS (G)

20,175



18,463



20,406



18,156



17,002



18,674


- Technology License & Other (H)

3,007



1,450



1,740



1,792



1,590



1,821














Games












- License (I)

3,399



3,849



3,511



3,421



4,089



5,249


- Subscriptions (J)

4,440



5,241



5,688



5,733



5,980



6,312


- Media Properties (K)

1,248



1,506



2,451



2,215



2,806



2,354














      Total net revenue

$

40,825



$

45,724



$

50,595



$

48,958



$

49,850



$

56,793














Net Revenue by Geography












United States

$

15,092



$

20,428



$

19,724



$

21,039



$

21,463



$

28,024


Rest of world

25,733



25,296



30,871



27,919



28,387



28,769


      Total net revenue

$

40,825



$

45,724



$

50,595



$

48,958



$

49,850



$

56,793














Net Revenue by Line of Business

(A) The RealPlayer Group primarily includes revenue from RealPlayer and related products, such as the distribution of third-party software products, advertising on RealPlayer websites, and sales of RealPlayer Plus software licenses to consumers, sales of intellectual property licenses, and consumer subscriptions such as SuperPass and our recently launched RealPlayer Cloud service.

(B) The Mobile Entertainment division primarily includes revenue from SaaS services, system integration, and professional services to mobile carriers, and sales of technology licenses of our software products such as Helix.

(C) The Games division primarily includes revenue from sales of games licenses, online games subscription services, advertising on games sites and social network sites, microtransactions from online and social games, and sales of mobile games.

Net Revenue by Product

(D) Licensing revenue within the RealPlayer Group includes sales of RealPlayer Plus software licenses to consumers and sales of intellectual property licenses.

(E) Subscriptions revenue within the RealPlayer Group includes revenue from subscriptions such as SuperPass and our recently launched RealPlayer Cloud service.

(F) Media Properties revenue within the RealPlayer Group includes distribution of third-party software products and advertising on RealPlayer websites.

(G) SaaS revenue within Mobile Entertainment includes revenue from music on demand, ringback tones, intercarrier messaging services provided to network services providers who are largely mobile phone networks, and our recently launched LISTEN product.

(H) Licensing and other revenue within Mobile Entertainment includes revenue from Helix-related products and professional services provided to mobile carriers.

(I) Licensing revenue within Games includes retail games-related revenue, microtransactions from online and social games and sales of mobile games.

(J) Subscriptions revenue within Games includes revenue from online games subscriptions.

(K) Media Properties revenue within Games includes distribution of third-party software products and advertising on games sites and social network sites.

 

 

RealNetworks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Segment Results of Operations

(Unaudited)





2014


2013


2014


2013



Q2


Q1


Q2


YTD


YTD


(in thousands)

RealPlayer Group






















Net revenue


$

8,556



$

15,215



$

18,383



$

23,771



$

40,766


Cost of revenue


3,620



3,518



4,409



7,138



9,720


Gross profit


4,936



11,697



13,974



16,633



31,046













   Gross margin


58%



77%



76%



70%



76%













Operating expenses


12,489



17,787



14,001



30,276



30,207


Operating income (loss)


$

(7,553)



$

(6,090)



$

(27)



$

(13,643)



$

839













Adjusted EBITDA


$

(6,893)



$

(5,491)



$

470



$

(12,384)



$

1,801













Mobile Entertainment






















Net revenue


$

23,182



$

19,913



$

18,592



$

43,095



$

39,087


Cost of revenue


14,298



11,950



11,170



26,248



22,002


Gross profit


8,884



7,963



7,422



16,847



17,085













   Gross margin


38%



40%



40%



39%



44%













Operating expenses


9,424



9,616



8,412



19,040



17,523


Operating income (loss)


$

(540)



$

(1,653)



$

(990)



$

(2,193)



$

(438)













Adjusted EBITDA


$

808



$

(339)



$

694



$

469



$

4,076













Games






















Net revenue


$

9,087



$

10,596



$

12,875



$

19,683



$

26,790


Cost of revenue


2,717



3,129



3,381



5,846



7,181


Gross profit


6,370



7,467



9,494



13,837



19,609













   Gross margin


70%



70%



74%



70%



73%













Operating expenses


8,769



9,766



11,755



18,535



23,607


Operating income (loss)


$

(2,399)



$

(2,299)



$

(2,261)



$

(4,698)



$

(3,998)













Adjusted EBITDA


$

(1,798)



$

(1,674)



$

(1,315)



$

(3,472)



$

(2,469)













Corporate






















Net revenue


$



$



$



$



$


Cost of revenue


151



189



559



340



1,122


Extinguishment of liability




(10,580)





(10,580)




Gross profit


(151)



10,391



(559)



10,240



(1,122)













   Gross margin


N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A













Operating expenses


8,189



9,225



12,667



17,414



23,211


Operating income (loss)


$

(8,340)



$

1,166



$

(13,226)



$

(7,174)



$

(24,333)













Adjusted EBITDA


$

(5,198)



$

(6,414)



$

(5,602)



$

(11,612)



$

(12,170)













Total






















Net revenue


$

40,825



$

45,724



$

49,850



$

86,549



$

106,643


Cost of revenue


20,786



18,786



19,519



39,572



40,025


Extinguishment of liability




(10,580)





(10,580)




Gross profit


20,039



37,518



30,331



57,557



66,618













   Gross margin


49%



82%



61%



67%



62%













Operating expenses


38,871



46,394



46,835



85,265



94,548


Operating income (loss)


$

(18,832)



$

(8,876)



$

(16,504)



$

(27,708)



$

(27,930)













Adjusted EBITDA


$

(13,081)



$

(13,918)



$

(5,753)



$

(26,999)



$

(8,762)




RealNetworks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of segment GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA by segment

(Unaudited)
























2014


2013


2014


2013



Q2


Q1


Q2


YTD


YTD



(in thousands)

RealPlayer Group






















Reconciliation of segment GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA by segment:


















Operating income (loss)


$

(7,553)



$

(6,090)



$

(27)



$

(13,643)



$

839


Acquisitions related intangible asset amortization


125



60



62



185



129


Depreciation and amortization


535



539



435



1,074



833


   Adjusted EBITDA


$

(6,893)



$

(5,491)



$

470



$

(12,384)



$

1,801













Mobile Entertainment






















Reconciliation of segment GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA by segment:


















Operating income (loss)


$

(540)



$

(1,653)



$

(990)



$

(2,193)



$

(438)


Acquisitions related intangible asset amortization


628



607



638



1,235



1,451


Depreciation and amortization


720



707



1,046



1,427



3,063


   Adjusted EBITDA


$

808



$

(339)



$

694



$

469



$

4,076













Games






















Reconciliation of segment GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA by segment:


















Operating income (loss)


$

(2,399)



$

(2,299)



$

(2,261)



$

(4,698)



$

(3,998)


Acquisitions related intangible asset amortization


314



314



230



628



251


Depreciation and amortization


287



311



716



598



1,278


   Adjusted EBITDA


$

(1,798)



$

(1,674)



$

(1,315)



$

(3,472)



$

(2,469)













Corporate






















Reconciliation of segment GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA by segment:


















Operating income (loss)


$

(8,340)



$

1,166



$

(13,226)



$

(7,174)



$

(24,333)


Other income (expense), net


(95)



(77)



(137)



(172)



(28)


Depreciation and amortization


553



445



1,859



998



2,869


Lease exit and related charges


470



79



3,066



549



3,066


Restructuring and other charges


541



1,216



816



1,757



2,198


Stock-based compensation


1,673



1,337



2,020



3,010



4,058


Extinguishment of liability




(10,580)





(10,580)




   Adjusted EBITDA


$

(5,198)



$

(6,414)



$

(5,602)



$

(11,612)



$

(12,170)













Total






















Reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA:


















Operating income (loss)


$

(18,832)



$

(8,876)



$

(16,504)



$

(27,708)



$

(27,930)


Other income (expense), net


(95)



(77)



(137)



(172)



(28)


Acquisitions related intangible asset amortization


1,067



981



930



2,048



1,831


Depreciation and amortization


2,095



2,002



4,056



4,097



8,043


Lease exit and related charges


470



79



3,066



549



3,066


Restructuring and other charges


541



1,216



816



1,757



2,198


Stock-based compensation


1,673



1,337



2,020



3,010



4,058


Extinguishment of liability




(10,580)





(10,580)




   Adjusted EBITDA


$

(13,081)



$

(13,918)



$

(5,753)



$

(26,999)



$

(8,762)


 

 

SOURCE RealNetworks, Inc.

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Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...
In his keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, discussed the evolution of the company from inception to its recent acquisition by EMC – including personal insights, lessons learned (and some WTF moments) along the way. Learn how Virtustream’s unique approach of combining the economics and elasticity of the consumer cloud model with proper performance, application automation and security into a platform became a breakout success with enterprise customers and a natural fit for the EMC Federation.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect their organization.
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In her keynote at @ThingsExpo, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, discussed IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors.
There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee.
Akana has released Envision, an enhanced API analytics platform that helps enterprises mine critical insights across their digital eco-systems, understand their customers and partners and offer value-added personalized services. “In today’s digital economy, data-driven insights are proving to be a key differentiator for businesses. Understanding the data that is being tunneled through their APIs and how it can be used to optimize their business and operations is of paramount importance,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of Akana.
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models.
The enterprise market will drive IoT device adoption over the next five years. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Greenough, an analyst at BI Intelligence, division of Business Insider, analyzed how companies will adopt IoT products and the associated cost of adopting those products. John Greenough is the lead analyst covering the Internet of Things for BI Intelligence- Business Insider’s paid research service. Numerous IoT companies have cited his analysis of the IoT. Prior to joining BI Intelligence, he worked analyzing bank technology for Corporate Insight and The Clearing House Payment...
"Optimal Design is a technology integration and product development firm that specializes in connecting devices to the cloud," stated Joe Wascow, Co-Founder & CMO of Optimal Design, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CommVault has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A singular vision – a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs – guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unp...
Electric Cloud and Arynga have announced a product integration partnership that will bring Continuous Delivery solutions to the automotive Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The joint solution will help automotive manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators adopt DevOps automation and Continuous Delivery practices that reduce software build and release cycle times within the complex and specific parameters of embedded and IoT software systems.
"ciqada is a combined platform of hardware modules and server products that lets people take their existing devices or new devices and lets them be accessible over the Internet for their users," noted Geoff Engelstein of ciqada, a division of Mars International, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.