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24
Oct
2014

Why We’re Watching the Bring Your Own App (BYOA) Trend

The BYOA movement continues to grow – both in enterprises worldwide and in social media. While Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and others continue to proliferate as means for employees to work more productively, social mentions of BYOA have increased as well, according to the latest iteration of the Ascent Index. But is BYOA getting the level of attention it really
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12
Jun
2014

Observations from TiECON East 2014

I attended TiECON East 2014 last month in Cambridge, and had the opportunity to speak on the Internet of Things (IoT) panel. TiECON East bills itself as the largest startup conference on the East Coast, and this year drew a crowd of more than 500 entrepreneurs. The IoT panel was an enjoyable and informative discussion; here are a few takeaways
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Security
04
Apr
2014

Why the IT Security Market Needs to be Even Greater than $60 Billion

In recent posts we’ve discussed how the shift to the cloud, the explosion of mobile usage, and the massive growth in data will help drive the next wave of productivity and economic gains for companies. But these new technologies also dramatically shif the nature of where data is, how much there is, and how it is accessed, and therefore require
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29
Aug
2013

Ascent Index: BYOA

We’ve written frequently about BYOD, the consumerization of IT and their impacts on enterprise technology. As disruptive to the enterprise as BYOD has been, it’s also somewhat become the norm, with reports that as many as 70 percent of employees who own a smartphone or tablet choose to use it to access corporate data, and more than 60 percent of
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12
Apr
2013

Ascent Index: BYOD (March 2013)

What a difference a year makes. Well, almost a year. For our newest Ascent Index we took another look at BYOD, the evermore popular news topic as more employees use their personal devices for work purposes. Our Index data confirms that BYOD is only gaining steam, and that’s putting it mildly. In the month of March 2013 BYOD received more
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19
Nov
2012

Ascent Index: Cybersecurity

AT&T last week reported that cybersecurity was a billion dollar opportunity for the company, as attacks on its networks had doubled in the past four months. But it’s not just the telecommunications giant that hopes to seize on the cyber opportunity; many leading companies – be they Google, IBM, General Dynamics or countless others – have acquired information security vendors
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20
Sep
2012

Observations from Dreamforce 2012

I was at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference yesterday with 95,000 of my closest friends. Seriously, that’s how many people registered for this event. It’s an impressive display of organizational prowess and the Salesforce team puts on a great show. The keynote yesterday morning featured lots of slick videos and loud music. It also included appearances by Tony Robbins, The Cake Boss
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18
Jul
2012

Ascent Index: Big Data

Big data is a hot topic, especially here in Massachusetts – arguably the Big Data capital of the world with 12,000 people employed in big data jobs in more than 100 companies across the state, an unmatched talent pool from top universities, and home to EMC Corp. While data analytics has been around for many years, recently the term ‘Big
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26
Jun
2012

Ascent Index: BYOD (June 6 – June 20)

We know bringing your own device to work (that’s ‘BYOD’ for most of us) is a hot topic right now  – and getting hotter. Over the past two weeks alone, the term had nearly 22,000 mentions on social networks which is a 10 percent increase over the first half of the month. One reason for the uptick could be the
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24
May
2012

ASCENT INDEX: CLOUD SECURITY (MAY 4 – MAY 18)

One of the most tweeted stories on the cloud so far in May has been a contributed piece on Mashable examining how cloud computing and Google products are changing a generation, namely students. It discussed how students as young as five and six are using tools such as Google Docs, and how demands from college students are driving universities to
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