The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014 – from the Global Technology Research firm, Gartner, Inc.

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The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014 – from the Global Technology Research firm, Gartner, Inc.

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Global Technology Research firm, Gartner never ceases to delight. At the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo earlier this month in Orlando, Florida, Gartner advised organizations to put the following ten technologies on their watch list! Read more »

Cleantech Trends – Marmite, Lusties, and Energy Efficiency Domination of CleanTech

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Marmite, Lusties, and Energy Efficiency Domination of CleanTech2013 Global Cleantech 100 by Sector

Cleantech Trends

We love October because this is the month that the Cleantech Group publishes the Global Cleantech 100 List! Who made the “lust list”, who are the “marmites”? What are the latest cleantech trends?

 

Celebrating Innovative Cleantech Companies

No one is better positioned than the Cleantech Group, provider of the i3 market intelligence platform and global consulting services, to investigate and bring forth exposés on the top private cleantech companies sectors spanning Energy Efficiency, Biofuels & Biochemicals, Conventional Fuels, Smart Grid, Transportation, and Water & Wastewater. Read more »

Tech Trends – Tech Deal Volume Down, M&A Activity Improving; IT Jobs Increasing

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Tech Deal Volume Down, M&A Activity Improving; IT Jobs Increasing

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Tech Trends – PwC’s U.S. Technology M&A Insights, and TechServe Alliance’s monthly IT Jobs Tally

 

Year-over-year technology company deal volume has fallen, shrinking to 2009 levels. However M&A activity being pushed by private equity buyers taking a more active role in the second half of the year, according to the second quarter PwC report. IT Jobs have increased across sectors for the 24th month in a row.

 

Deal Volume Down, M&A Activity Improving

 

PwC is bullish on the last half of 2013 and 2014: “New announcements provide positive momentum, and as the US economy continues to improve, growth in emerging economies stabilizes, and difficulties in Europe and Japan are addressed, the improved clarity will create a fertile environment for technology volume to grow.” Read more »

Cleantech Trends: Cleantech Bounces Back, Pure-Play Growth Hits 18%

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Cleantech Bounces Back, Pure-Play Growth Hits 18%

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Cleantech Trends

 

Ernst & Young Global Limited recently released a Cleantech Industry Performance report. The analysis finds that the number of clean tech pure play companies have grown global despite bankruptcies and consolidation.

 

EY’s recently released Cleantech Industry Performance report finds that the number of clean tech pure play companies have grown global despite bankruptcies and consolidation. Despite the challenging environment in which the cleantech industry operates, China and the USA have consolidated their leadership and market capitalization bounced back from last year increasing by 18%, the study finds. Biofuels ranked top in the number of IPOs. Solar raised over 30% of the money. Read more »

Women in the Tech Sector

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Women in the Tech SectorWomen in Technology

 

Women hold 56% of professional jobs, but only 25% of IT jobs. Women are the minority of executives at Fortune 500 tech companies (11%) and even less found tech start-ups (5%).

 

Even though more women (68%) earn a Bachelor’s degree, Women only account for 18% of those earning Computer and Info Science degrees in 2009.

 

When they do choose the tech sector, women’s pay is still not on par with men’s. The three best paid jobs are computer programmers, computer & information systems managers, and computer software engineershowever women earn 5%, 18%, and 9% less respectively as compared to their male counterparts. Read more »

15 Tips for Clean/Green Tech Accelerator Success

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Kachan - Cleantech Analysis and Consulting

Kachan – Cleantech Analysis and Consulting

15 Tips for Clean/Green Tech Accelerator Success

Clean Tech Trends

By Dallas Kachan

Previously managing director of the Cleantech Group, Dallas Kachan is now managing partner of Kachan & Co., a cleantech research and advisory firm that publishes research on clean technology companies and future trends.

 

Business incubators, also called accelerators, are designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services. Dedicated to startup and early-stage companies, technology incubators in particular have been the spring boards for the bleeding edge Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Logitech, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, and PayPal. Read more »

Tech Trends – The Software Industry

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Tech Trends – The Software Industry

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PwC’s Technology Institute’s report the Global 100 Software Leaders investigates the trends that are shaping the software industry.

 

SaaS (software-as-a-service), mobile device proliferation, consumerization of IT are trends that are forcing software companies to re-think everything about product development, pricing, marketing, and delivery. Competition for the talent in this evolving market place has reached the proportions of a “talent war”.

 

“As we all know, cloud computing enables a new business model—the selling of software as a service, either by subscription or as a true pay-as-you-go usage model. Add the explosion of mobile devices, the ubiquity of wireless networks and the consumerisation of IT, and you get further innovation—and confusion—in business models.” (PwC Global 100 software leaders) Read more »

Is Immigration a Solution for Economic Growth? – Workforce Immigrations Trends

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45% of Fortune 500 Co.s in 2010 were founded by immigrant or child of one

Is Immigration a Solution for Economic Growth?

Workforce Immigration Trends

 

Reports show that immigration secures huge economic benefits through job creation and increased GDP. The tech talent crunch has been a persistent story throughout the recession and recovery, American companies need access to highly skilled international workers in order to compete. If we do not allow highly skilled foreign workers into the US, they will contribute to another country’s economy instead of ours, and America would risk losing its preeminent place as the world’s business powerhouses, and the Fortune 500 companies of the future.

 

More than forty percent of the 2010 Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children; and seven of the ten most valuable brands in the world come from American companies founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. Many of America’s greatest brands inlcuding Apple, Google, AT&T, Budweiser, Colgate, eBay, General Electric, IBM, and McDonald’s, were founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, according to Partnership for a New American Economy.

 

The “New American” Fortune 500 report states that immigrants spur job creation across all industries, including the highest growth sectors:

  • 45% of high-tech firms from the Fortune 500 had either an immigrant or child of an immigrant among its founders,
  • 50% of the medical equipment and device makers, including the three largest players by revenue, were founded by immigrants or their children,
  • Immigrant-founded Fortune 500 companies employ 3.6 million workers around the world today,
  • Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants to the United States generated more than $1.7 trillion in revenues in 2010; companies founded by immigrants or children of immigrants generated more than $4.2 trillion in revenues that year.

 

The Brookings Institute’s Hamilton Project reports on the impact of new immigration on wages. While some worry about a negative impact on wages resulting from new immigration, several studies have shown that on average, immigration can positively impact wages and opportunities for Americans. When immigrants are hired into lower paid positions, American businesses and farms can expand their capacity which then provides new opportunities and better pay for more Americans. When there is a shortage of the right skills in the labor marketplace and highly skilled immigrants are able to enter the workforce, then American companies benefit in their competitiveness and capacity, again providing more jobs and opportunities, better pay follows.

 

Another report by the Regional Economic Models, Inc (REMI) Key Components of Immigration Reform estimates that the proposed Pathway to Legal Status policy would increase total U.S. employment by 123,000 in 2014, and by 594,000 by 2018. The GDP that would result includes an increase of over $10 billion in 2014, and over $49 billion in 2018. An expansion of the high-skilled (H-1B) worker visa program would add 227,000 jobs by 2014. The report argues for the expansion of lesser-skilled visas (H-2A [farm visas], H-2B [seasonal, peak load, and intermittent worker visas] and W-1 [lesser-skilled nonseasonal worker visas]) as well, citing increases in employment and GDP through increased economic productivity and output. The REMI report states that “expansion of these visas will benefit not only those who receive them, but also the workers and consumers in the U.S. economy as a whole.”

 

The positive impacts and need for top talent are the inspiration behind the formation of FWD.us by leaders of the US technology community, from tech giants such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, DropBox, and other household names. FWD.us is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization committed to promoting policies to keep the American workforce competitive. The group promotes comprehensive immigration reform: Easing immigration for foreign talent and enticing native entrepreneurs to stay in the country are among the group’s goals. The mission is “to build the knowledge economy the US needs to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment,” states Mark Zuckerberg in a Washington Post Op/Ed.

 

 

Clean Tech Trends – Electric Vehicles, Job Creation and Recent Reports

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Clean Tech Trends

 

In May of this year, sales of electric vehicles hit a milestone with 100,000 sold in the United States according to Autoweek. The month of June marked a new milestone, with one of the best months of sales hitting nearly 9,000 electric passenger vehicles. Tesla has been one of the best-selling luxury EV cars, and the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have garnered sales and customer loyalty. Hybrids outnumber plug-ins by about 50,000. Prius was the original leader in the hybrid market but Toyota, Camry and Highlander and even Ford are growing in popularity each year. Read more »

Tech Trends – The PC is Dead, … Do Recent Tech Sector Job Cuts Worry You?

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Tech Trends – The PC is Dead, Long Live the PC

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Do Recent Tech Sector Job Cuts Worry You?

 

Tech-Sector Job Cuts Surged by 144% in the second quarter according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The byline of the press release portends more job cuts caused by the diminishing sales of personal computers. Indeed, the technology sector layoffs reportedly more than doubled during the latest quarter. Computer job cuts jumped up to 16,404 in Q2. But despite this increase in tech-sector job cuts, overall the downsizing has slowed from a year ago.

 

But is it all gloom and doom? Read more »