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PCM Reports Second Quarter Results

PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI), a leading technology solutions provider, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014. Consolidated net sales in Q2 2014 were $339.6 million, a decrease of $15.9 million, or 4%, from $355.5 million in Q2 2013. Consolidated gross profit for Q2 2014 was $48.6 million, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 3%, from $50.0 million in Q2 2013. Consolidated gross profit margin was 14.3% in Q2 2014 compared to consolidated gross profit margin of 14.1% in Q2 2013. EBITDA (as defined below) for Q2 2014 decreased $2.8 million, or 30%, to $6.6 million from $9.4 million in Q2 2013. Consolidated operating profit for Q2 2014 decreased $2.8 million, or 42%, to $3.9 million compared to $6.7 million for Q2 2013. Consolidated income from continuing operations decreased $1.5 million, or 45%, to $1.8 million in Q2 2014 compared to $3.4 million for Q2 2013. Consolidated net income (including discontinued operations) decreased $2.0 million, or 64%, to $1.1 million in Q2 2014 compared to $3.2 million for Q2 2013. Diluted EPS from continuing operations for Q2 2014 was $0.14 compared to diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.29 for Q2 2013, a decrease of 52%.

Commenting on the Company’s results, Frank Khulusi, Chairman, President and CEO of PCM, Inc. said, “Our second quarter results were in line with our previously stated expectations for the quarter primarily due to difficult year over year comparisons (for example, our public sector business grew 71% in Q2 last year over the prior year), the timing of certain large transactions last year that did not repeat and the strategic investments we made in the second quarter, which we believe will benefit our near and long term performance. We also continue to expect that our sales growth in each of the third and fourth quarters will be strong, and our July demand was consistent with that expectation.”

Khulusi continued, “We continue with our strategic efforts to transform our Company from PC Mall, which was primarily known as a direct marketer of personal computers and related products, to PCM, a leading IT solutions provider with world-class capabilities in ‘procurement, consulting and managed services’ (PCM). This is a journey, not an event, the primary goals of which are to achieve much more relevance, loyalty, and penetration with both new and existing customers, resulting in significant improvement to our profitability. As we continue on this path, these improvements may not manifest themselves every quarter, but overall, the trend line is very solid. In the second quarter, we entered the next phase of this transformation. To that end, we made strategic and significant additions in headcount in our technical resources and sales force with the goal of accelerating our sales growth beginning in the second half of 2014.”

Khulusi continued, “I am also very happy to say that late in the second quarter we opened our new flagship cloud data center in New Albany, Ohio as expected. We believe this state-of-the-art cloud data center further exemplifies our path towards becoming a leading IT solutions provider with world-class consulting and managed services capabilities. Increasingly, we are engaging with our customers to design, build and deliver leading complex technology services and solutions. We believe this positions us very well for customers who are exploring ways to move to a utility consumption model for their infrastructure as they seek to optimize their own IT environments. We will continue to look for ways to accelerate our growth in these areas, including the development of additional capabilities and the provisioning and development of tools that better enable our account executives to engage their customers in thoughtful conversations related to these services.”

Khulusi continued, “As a further step towards this transformation, in the second quarter we closed and walked away from our OnSale and eCost businesses and two of our four MacMall retail stores. In the third quarter, we intend to close a third store and just entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of the real property of our last remaining retail store for $20.2 million, subject to diligence and closing conditions. The book value of this real property is only $4.4 million, so we expect to have a significant gain north of $15 million upon closing. We intend to shut down the operations of this last retail store upon consummation of this sale. We expect these strategic changes will significantly simplify our MacMall segment allowing us to increase our focus on its remaining web and outbound business-to-business components.”

Khulusi concluded, “In closing, we are committed to the ongoing transformation of PCM that we have discussed and have and continue to make significant investments towards this end. We look forward to our resulting prospects for significant future profitable growth and very significant increases in shareholder value.”

Results of Operations

During the second quarter of 2014, we discontinued the operation of two of our retail stores and our OnSale and eCost businesses. We reflected the results of these operations, which were historically reported as a part of our MacMall segment, as discontinued operations for all periods presented herein on our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Net Sales

The following table presents our net sales by segment for the periods presented (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended June 30,    
2014   2013
  Percentage of   Percentage of Percent
Net Sales Total Net Sales Net Sales Total Net Sales Dollar Change Change
Commercial $ 256,385 75 % $ 257,374 73 % $ (989 ) (0 )%
Public Sector 50,883 15 61,190 17 (10,307 ) (17 )
MacMall 32,363 10 36,934 10 (4,571 ) (12 )
Corporate & Other   (7 )     (1 )     (6 ) NM(1)
Consolidated $ 339,624   100 % $ 355,497   100 % $ (15,873 ) (4 )%


(1)   Not meaningful.

Consolidated net sales were $339.6 million in Q2 2014 compared to $355.5 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $15.9 million, or 4%. Consolidated sales of services were 9% of net sales in each of Q2 2014 and Q2 2013.

Commercial net sales were $256.4 million in Q2 2014 compared to $257.4 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $1.0 million. The decrease in Commercial net sales in Q2 2014 was primarily due to the non-recurrence of projects for certain large enterprise customers as compared to the prior year. Sales of services in the Commercial segment were 11% of Commercial net sales in Q2 2014 and 12% in Q2 2013.

Public Sector net sales were $50.9 million in Q2 2014 compared to $61.2 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $10.3 million, or 17%. This decrease in Public Sector net sales was due to a $11.5 million decrease in sales in our federal government business, primarily related to a reduction in sales made under our Social Security Administration and FBI contracts due to its unseasonably strong Q2 of 2013, which at the time grew 218% over Q2 2012, partially offset by an increase of $1.2 million in our state and local government and educational institutions business (SLED) resulting from increased account executive productivity in part related to the Common Core standards initiatives in the education sector.

MacMall net sales were $32.4 million in Q2 2014 compared to $36.9 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $4.5 million, or 12%. The decrease in MacMall net sales was primarily due to a reduction in sales of MacBook Pro units, which were negatively impacted by pricing pressure from large online and retail competitors, partially offset by increases in Apple iMacs and MacBook Airs.

Gross Profit and Gross Profit Margin

Consolidated gross profit was $48.6 million in Q2 2014, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 3%, from $50.0 million in Q2 2013. Consolidated gross profit margin grew to 14.3% in Q2 2014 from 14.1% in Q2 2013. The decrease in gross profit was primarily related to the decreased sales. The increase in gross profit margin in Q2 2014 was primarily due to an improved solution sales mix, which contributed to an increase in vendor consideration, and increased agent fees associated with sales of enterprise software agreements.

Selling, General & Administrative Expenses

Consolidated SG&A expenses were $44.8 million in Q2 2014 compared to $43.4 million in Q2 2013, an increase of $1.4 million, or 3%. Consolidated SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales increased to 13.2% in Q2 2014 from 12.2% in Q2 2013. The increase in consolidated SG&A expenses in Q2 2014 was primarily due to a $0.4 million increase in personnel costs and a $0.3 million increase in professional services fees.

Operating Profit

The following table presents our operating profit and operating profit margin by segment for the periods presented (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended      
June 30,
2014   2013
    Change in
Change in Operating
Operating Operating Operating Profit
Operating Profit Operating Profit Profit Margin
Profit Margin(1) Profit Margin(1) $



Commercial $ 14,215 5.5 % $ 16,989 6.6 % $ (2,774 ) (16 )% (1.1 )%
Public Sector 2,046 4.0 1,757 2.9 289 16 1.1
MacMall 274 0.8 1,032 2.8 (758 ) (73 ) (2.0 )
Corporate & Other   (12,654 ) (3.7



  (13,123 ) (3.7



  469   (4 ) 0.0
Consolidated $ 3,881   1.1 % $ 6,655   1.9 $ (2,774 ) (42 )% (0.8 )%


(1)   Operating profit margin for Corporate & Other is computed based on consolidated net sales. Operating profit margin for each of the other segments is computed based on the respective segment’s net sales.

Consolidated operating profit was $3.9 million in Q2 2014 compared to $6.7 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $2.8 million, or 42%.

Commercial operating profit was $14.2 million in Q2 2014 compared to $17.0 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $2.8 million, or 16%, primarily due to a $0.6 million decrease in Commercial gross profit and increased personnel costs of $1.6 million, which was primarily due to investments including software, technical solutions and sales personnel supporting our future growth initiatives, including our new office in Austin, Texas.

Public Sector operating profit was $2.0 million in Q2 2014 compared to $1.8 million in Q2 2013, an increase of $0.2 million, or 16%. This increase in Public Sector operating profit in Q2 2014 was primarily due to lower variable fulfillment costs.

MacMall operating profit was $0.3 million in Q2 2014 compared to $1.0 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $0.7 million, primarily due to a decrease in MacMall gross profit associated with the reduction in sales.

Corporate & Other operating expenses include corporate related expenses such as legal, accounting, information technology, product management and certain other administrative costs that are not otherwise included in our reportable operating segments. Corporate & Other operating expenses were $12.7 million in Q2 2014 compared to $13.1 million in Q2 2013, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 4%, primarily due to reduced personnel costs of $0.9 million, partially offset by a $0.3 million increase in depreciation expense.

Consolidated Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

We generated cash flow from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2014 of $61.6 million, compared to cash used in operations for the six months ended June 30, 2013 of $10.4 million. Accounts receivable at June 30, 2014 was $173.1 million, a decrease of $22.7 million from December 31, 2013. Inventory at June 30, 2014 was $49.5 million, a decrease of $65.8 million from December 31, 2013 due to the sell through of a majority of the inventory purchased for specific customer contracts and large strategic purchases made near the end of the year. Accounts payable at June 30, 2014 was $95.5 million, a decrease of $35.4 million from December 31, 2013. We invested in capital expenditures during the six months ended June 30, 2014 totaling $9.4 million compared to capital expenditures of $5.7 million during the six months ended June 30, 2013. The increase in capital expenditures during the six months ended June 30, 2014 was primarily due to leasehold improvements and other build-out costs related to our new Chicago and Austin offices, as well as increased costs associated with our ERP upgrade. Outstanding borrowings under our line of credit decreased by $57.8 million to $52.7 million at June 30, 2014 compared to December 31, 2013. Working capital increased to $62.6 million at June 30, 2014 from $57.6 million at December 31, 2013.

Account Executive Headcount

The following table presents our average account executive headcount, by segment, for the periods presented:


Three Months Ended

Average Account Executive

June 30,

Headcount By Segment(1):




Commercial 495 465
Public Sector 104 113
MacMall 94 117
Total 693 695


(1)   Headcount numbers are calculated based on an average of all sales executives and trainees employed during the period.

Product Sales Mix

The following table sets forth our net billed sales by major categories as a percentage of total net billed sales for the periods presented, determined based upon our internal product code classifications, and excluding the results of our discontinued operations, which are discussed above.

  Three Months Ended   Y/Y
June 30, Sales
Product Sales Mix: 2014   2013 Growth
Software (1) 20 % 18 % 4 %
Notebooks 16 17 (11 )
Desktops 12 10 13
Delivered services 9 9 (10 )
Networking 8 9 (23 )
Manufacturer service and warranty (1) 5 5 2
Displays 5 5 (11 )
Storage 5 5 (18 )
Tablets 4 4 11
Servers 4 2 53
Accessories 3 3 (3 )
Input devices 3 4 (25 )
Other (2) 6   9   (23 )
Total 100 % 100 %


(1)   Software, including software licenses, maintenance and enterprise agreements, and manufacturer service and warranties are shown, for purposes of this table, on a gross sales billed to customers basis, net of returns and do not reflect the net down impact related to revenue recognition for sales of such products.
(2) All other includes power, printers, supplies, consumer electronics, memory, iPod/MP3 and miscellaneous other items.

Non-GAAP Measure

We are presenting earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization expenses (EBITDA), which is a financial measure that is not determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP. EBITDA should be used in conjunction with other GAAP financial measures and is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results, as determined in accordance with GAAP. We believe that EBITDA allows a more meaningful comparison of our operating performance trends to both management and investors that is more indicative of our consolidated operating results across reporting periods. Depreciation and amortization expenses primarily represent an allocation to current expense of the cost of historical capital expenditures and for acquired intangible assets resulting from prior business acquisitions. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP consolidated financial measure is included in a table below.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call, which will be webcast, on August 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its second quarter results. To listen to PCM management’s discussion of its second quarter results live, access

The archived webcast can be accessed at under “Events & Presentations.” A replay of the conference call by phone will be available from 7:30 p.m. ET on August 7, 2014 until August 13, 2014 and can be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 (International (404) 537-3406) and inputting pass code 82233137.

About PCM, Inc.

PCM, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a leading technology solutions provider to small and medium sized businesses, mid-market and enterprise customers, government and educational institutions and individual consumers. In the 12 months ended June 30, 2014, we generated approximately $1.4 billion in revenue and now have over 2,800 employees, 65% of which are in sales or service positions. For more information please visit or call (310) 354-5600.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, hopes or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, statements related to the impact of strategic investments; statements regarding our relevance, loyalty and penetration with our customers; statements regarding our beliefs related to our positioning with our customers; and statements regarding the impacts of discontinuing operations on the future of our continuing operations. Forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in any such statement. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially include without limitation risks and uncertainties related to the following: our IT infrastructure; the relationship between the number of our account executives and productivity; our ability to attract and retain key employees; our ability to receive expected returns on strategic investments including without limit investments in certain product categories, our brands and new go to market strategy, our expanded business models, including without limit, our services and consultative selling capabilities and new data center; decreased sales related to any of our segments, including but not limited to, potential decreases in sales resulting from the loss of or a reduction in purchases from significant customers; availability of key vendor incentives and other vendor assistance; possible discontinuance of IT licenses used to operate our business which are provided by vendors; increased competition, including, but not limited to, increased competition from direct sales by some of our largest vendors and increased pricing pressures which affect our pricing strategy in any given period; the effect of our pricing strategy on our operating results; potential decreases in sales related to changes in our vendors products; the potential lack of availability of government funding applicable to our PCMG contracts; the impact of seasonality on our sales; availability of products from third party suppliers at reasonable prices; business and other conditions in the Asia Pacific region and the related effects on our Philippines operations; increased expenses, including, but not limited to, interest expense, foreign currency transaction gains/losses, and other expenses which may increase as a result of future inflationary pressures; our advertising, marketing and promotional efforts may be costly and may not achieve desired results; shifts in market demand or price erosion of owned inventory; risks related to foreign currency fluctuations; warranties and indemnities we may be required to provide to third parties through our commercial contracts; data security; litigation by or against us; and availability of financing, including availability under our existing credit lines. Additional factors that could cause our actual results to differ are discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Item 1A, Part II of our Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2014, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in our other reports filed from time to time with the SEC. All forward-looking statements in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

-Financial Tables Follow-

(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2014       2013     2014       2013  
Net sales $ 339,624 $ 355,497 $ 670,346 $ 678,107
Cost of goods sold   290,985     305,463     572,189     582,705  
Gross profit 48,639 50,034 98,157 95,402
Selling, general and administrative expenses   44,758     43,379     88,168     85,572  
Operating profit 3,881 6,655 9,989 9,830
Interest expense, net   750     781     1,693     1,553  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 3,131 5,874 8,296 8,277
Income tax expense   1,293     2,502     3,430     3,496  
Income from continuing operations 1,838 3,372 4,866 4,781
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (692 )   (209 )   (833 )   (382 )
Net income $ 1,146   $ 3,163   $ 4,033   $ 4,399  
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Common Share
Basic EPS:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.15 $ 0.30 $ 0.40 $ 0.41
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (0.06 )   (0.02 )   (0.07 )   (0.03 )
Net income   0.09     0.28     0.33     0.38  
Diluted EPS:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.14 $ 0.29 $ 0.37 $ 0.40
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (0.05 )   (0.02 )   (0.06 )   (0.03 )
Net income   0.09     0.27     0.31     0.37  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 12,343 11,488 12,137 11,483
Diluted 12,945 11,771 12,841 11,734
(unaudited, in thousands)
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2014   2013 2014   2013
Consolidated operating profit $ 3,881 $ 6,655 $ 9,989 $ 9,830
Add: Consolidated depreciation expense 2,637 2,278 5,132 4,587
Consolidated amortization expense   84   470   172   941
EBITDA $ 6,602 $ 9,403 $ 15,293 $ 15,358


(a)   EBITDA — earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts and share data)
  June 30,   December 31,
  2014     2013  
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,669 $ 9,992
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $566 and $1,408 173,095 195,805
Inventories 49,470 115,261
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 30,523 14,893
Deferred income taxes 2,424 2,583
Current assets of discontinued operations   277     1,973  
Total current assets 262,458 340,507
Property and equipment, net 70,134 55,840
Deferred income taxes 135 225
Goodwill 25,510 25,510
Intangible assets, net 4,513 4,684
Other assets 4,612 6,808
Non-current assets of discontinued operations   14     1,248  
Total assets $ 367,376   $ 434,822  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 95,524 $ 130,899
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 27,718 29,204
Deferred revenue 20,119 9,427
Line of credit 52,652 110,499
Notes payable — current 2,906 1,167
Current liabilities of discontinued operations   981     1,716  
Total current liabilities 199,900 282,912
Notes payable and other long-term liabilities 26,657 18,247
Deferred income taxes   7,599     7,901  
Total liabilities   234,156     309,060  
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 15,674,622 and 15,053,067 shares issued; and 12,369,363 and 11,790,674 shares outstanding

16 15
Additional paid-in capital 119,677 115,801
Treasury stock, at cost: 3,305,259 and 3,262,393 shares (15,751 ) (15,321 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,794 1,816
Retained earnings   27,484     23,451  
Total stockholders’ equity   133,220     125,762  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 367,376   $ 434,822  
(unaudited, in thousands)
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2014       2013  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Net income $ 4,033 $ 4,399
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 6,485 5,897
Provision for deferred income taxes 379 726
Excess tax benefit related to stock option exercises (269 ) (37 )
Non-cash stock-based compensation 635 783
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 22,872 (27,282 )
Inventories 67,326 1,607
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (15,661 ) (8,532 )
Other assets 2,256 (1,816 )
Accounts payable (37,623 ) 410
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 445 (717 )
Deferred revenue   10,676     14,204  
Total adjustments   57,521     (14,757 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   61,554     (10,358 )
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
Purchases of property and equipment   (9,372 )   (5,732 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (9,372 )   (5,732 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Net (payments) borrowings under line of credit (57,847 ) 12,766
Capital lease proceeds 206
Borrowing under note payable 2,393
Payments under notes payable (714 ) (458 )
Change in book overdraft 1,421 8,722
Payments of obligations under capital lease (1,421 ) (1,431 )
Net proceeds from stock issued under stock option plans 3,242 1,399
Payment for deferred financing costs (30 ) (752 )
Common shares repurchased and held in treasury (430 ) (1,558 )
Excess tax benefit related to stock option exercises   269     37  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (55,510 )   21,324  
Effect of foreign currency on cash flow   5     (391 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (3,323 ) 4,843
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period   9,992     6,535  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 6,669   $ 11,378  
Supplemental Cash Flow Information
Interest paid $ 1,819 $ 1,393
Income taxes paid 5,688 1,820
Supplemental Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities
Purchase of property and equipment $ 10,039 $ 1,985
Deferred financing costs 228

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Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
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As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningful and actionable insights. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a fou...