Tech Trends – The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013

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Tech Trends – The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013

The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013 was written by Holger Schulze, owner of the 160,000 member Information Security Community group on LinkedIn. The report was sponsored by Lumension Security, Inc., Symantec, KPMG, MailGuard, and Zimbani.

The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013 was written by Holger Schulze, owner of the 160,000 member Information Security Community group on LinkedIn. The report was sponsored by Lumension Security, Inc., Symantec, KPMG, MailGuard, and Zimbani.

A survey and report by Holger Schulze, via the Information Security Community group on LinkedIn.

 

The trend of bringing you own device (BYOD) into the workplace is increasingly ubiquitous. The security and data control issues that arise are critical to address. Many companies are adopting employee-owned mobile devices, many are implementing policies against the use of BYODs. Especially in the tech sectors, this is a trend that most companies are going to have to address.

 

The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013 is a survey comprised of responses from members of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn. It sheds light on the BYOD drivers, company benefits, and how companies are addressing the associated security risks. Read more »

Reporting on the Internet of Things

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Reporting on the Internet of Things

The most viable IoT: Healthcare IT, Energy Efficiency, and Enablement technologies, this and more in the new Silicon Valley Bank report.

 

 

The Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) strategic advisory experts have just put out a new report on the Internet of Things. This analysis explores the market forces, financing dynamics, and then looks at niche markets such as enablement, connected healthcare, and energy efficiency.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) was coined by then product manager at Procter & Gamble, Kevin Ashton, back in 1999. Kevin wrote that “If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best. The Internet of Things has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did. Maybe even more so.”

 

The SVB’s IoT report covers advancement in technology that has poised the IoT for a renaissance, and looks at the promise and hurdles ahead. It calls out the gap between the offering of large tech companies and the areas where growth is strongest. And it states that investors are shying away from IoT technologies until the benefits can be quantified.

 

Niche Spotlight - Enablement IoT report SVB

The IoT encompasses a vast number of sectors such as Communication, Connected Healthcare, Monitoring, Enablement, Energy and Environment, Meter/Utilities, Enterprise and IT, Heavy Industry, Retail and Commerce, Smart Buildings, and more.

 

IoT companies are faced with funding challenges. Venture Capital funding of IoT is facing imbalances in supply and demand. There are more angel or seed financed companies now than there are institutional funds to continue to fund them as they move into series A stage.

 

SVB reports that to successfully bring a product to market and expand (Series C and beyond), $30M+ in total invested capital is required on average. Lack of investment may be attributed to things like s hardware development, inventory management, long sales cycles, and/or slower than expected up-take.

 

The most viable business cases have been in Healthcare IT, Energy Efficiency, and Enablement technologies. IoT enablement technologies are the base upon which all other IoT products are built, and while experiencing strong growth, these are also experiencing increased cost of goods sold and operating expenses.

 

There are certainly great socio-economic benefits to come from the Internet of Things. Capital to fuel the innovation will continue to be allotted slowly as investors watch for proven quantifiable business cases.

 

Read the full SVB Internet of Things report online.

 

About SVB Analytics Strategic Advisory Service

For over 30 years, SVB has been at the center of the venture capital world, reviewing business models and providing valuation services to thousands of early-stage disruptive companies. Because of this, SVB Analytics’ strategic advisory service has access to unique data that allows us to make both grounded valuations of companies, and forecasts of new markets that help investors evaluate opportunities with leading early-stage businesses.

 

Clean Energy Trends 2013 From Clean Edge Inc.

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Clean Energy Trends 2013

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Clean Energy Trends 2013 Report from Clean Edge, Inc.

From Clean Edge Inc.

 

Clean Edge, a leading authority on the clean-tech market, released its 12th annual Clean Energy Trends report.

 

Last year was a challenge for the clean energy sectors. Layoffs, bankruptcies, decreased funding, and politics, beleaguered the industry. This year, politics are in play again; assaults on state-backed renewable portfolio standards are being mounted on several fronts.

 

There is plenty of good news too however.

 

The need for clean tech hasn’t gone away however. The world population continues to expand, straining precious resources of clean air and water. Climate change has undoubtedly played a role in an ever increasing number of weather disasters. The Obama administration has redoubled efforts to grow renewable power and energy efficiency. Clean-tech is increasingly competitive in terms of pricing, wind and solar are reaching cost parity in both utility-scale and distributed markets. Read more »

National Solar Jobs Census Reveals More Solar Jobs than Texas Ranchers, California Actors

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Clean Tech Trends

The Solar Foundation, a 30-year old nonprofit organization, released a special report last year, and an interactive map this month, revealing the nationwide state of solar jobs.

 

Last year’s National Solar Jobs Census 2012 reported that the U.S. solar industry was employing 119,016 people. This represents 13,872 new solar jobs and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the previous year as compared to overall economy growth of only 2.3 percent at best. One in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year was created in the solar industry.

 

Drawn from Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported by CNNMoney, apparently there are now more solar workers in Texas than there are ranchers, more solar employees in California than actors, and nationwide more solar workers than coal miners. Read more »

Hiring Trends – Tech Needs Talent!

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Hiring Trends – StartUps Silicon Valley Bank

Tech Needs Talent!

Clean Tech and High Tech Trends

Eighty seven percent of technology startups plan to hire new employees in 2013, which is great news for tech talent. But it means competition for companies trying to attract and retain excellent human capital.

 

A new report by Silicon Valley Bank shows that in the US, hiring by technology, life science and cleantech companies is up 14% from four years ago when the annual survey began. Software companies plan to do the most hiring, with 90% planning to increase the size of their workforces this year. Read more »

Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

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Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

Choice Salary Tech Ranges - Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

Choice Salary Tech Ranges – Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

from the Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

 

“Money may not be all IT employees consider when choosing to join or stay with your firm, but it’s certainly one of their key benchmarks.”

Attracting and retaining top tech talent requires a concerted plan. To attract the best and brightest, companies must be dynamic and growing, and must provide a work environment and benefits that motivate employees.

A lot of leading edge tech companies offer gyms, free healthy lunches, child care, transportation, flextime, work from home, and professional development opportunities in addition to good health insurance, 401Ks, and options. As the market improves, the competition over top talent only becomes more acute. Whether actively looking for new opportunities or not, top talent is being pitched on a consistent basis. In addition to these perks and benefits, your employees are shopping salaries. Read more »

Affordable, Scalable Clean Energy Storage and Reuse – A Revolution for the Hydrogen Economy?

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A Revolution for the Hydrogen Economy?

Clean Tech Trends

An exciting new discovery has been made by Canadian scientists that would allow the electrolysis of water for hydrogen generation. The discovery would allow renewable energy to be stored and reused at a cost of 1000 less than technologies previously developed.

 

One of the biggest impediments to affordable renewable energy use on a mass-scale has been timing. Peak use does not necessarily coincide with peak production of wind and solar energy, and storing the energy has not been an affordable option.

 

Such energy is clean and renewable, but it’s available only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. The new technology opens the door to homeowners and energy companies being able to easily store and reuse solar and wind power.

Read more »

Redfish Technology Inc. Acquires DICE.com in Surprise Move

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Completely unforeseen by industry analysts, Redfish Technology pulls off a surprise acquisition of Dice.com. Redfish will now offer even more extraordinary value to both candidates and client technology companies.

 

April 1, 2013 – Sun Valley, ID / Milpitas, CA / Newport, RI

 

Redfish Technology, Inc. (NYSE:RED), a leading nationwide recruiting company focused in the high tech and cleantech sectors, announced today that it has acquired Dice.com from Dice Holdings, Inc. This acquisition marks Redfish’s expansion into the career website market.

 

“Dice Holdings approached me last quarter about acquiring Redfish Technology,” reported Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “Redfish’s growing number of clients and the increasing hiring made us a logical complement to the voluminous technology talent that Dice encompasses.” Read more »