According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for message and social media archiving applications will increase from $1.15 billion in 2011 to $2.04 billion in 2015.
The use of intelligent mobile devices in combination with the adoption of non-traditional electronic communication medium among consumers and businesses are compelling regulators and businesses alike to revisit existing data governance, risk management, and legal requirements. These developments are underpinning demand for solutions that could archive these messages and content through a common, back-end architecture.
"As cloud infrastructure capabilities mature, Saas-based unified message and social media management vendors are increasingly competing with on-premise solutions in terms of delivering robust enterprise-class management and business process workflows," Tero added. "At the same time, on-premise vendors are investing to extend their ability to deliver their archiving applications through various cloud delivery models. Hosted or cloud-based message and social media archiving solutions will continue to close the gap over the forecast period.
Other key findings from IDC's research include:
• Close to 62% of U.S. companies are employing message archiving.
• Compliance and ediscovery use cases influence enterprises' preference on information governance architectures
• Big data technologies offer opportunities for vendors to enhance the processing, search, and data-mining performance of their archiving solutions.
(Contact: IDC, 508/988-7988, http:// www.idc.com)
ABI Research Nov. 8 released their Smart Grid Security research report, which projects that by 2016, spending on smart grid security technologies will surpass $2 billion, up from $590 million in 2010.
The report identifies all the smart grid security risk types, current government and electric regulatory body legislation, and offers forecasts for the spending on key segments on the smart grid and risk types that support and enable the development of smart grids. Smart grid security covers identity management and access controls, threat and theft defense, industrial control system security, smart grid cellular communications, physical safety and security, and other security types.
The report also showed that security spending on transmission upgrades were the largest portion, approximately 54 percent, of the total in 2011 and is likely to remain the largest through 2016. The report also predicted that electric vehicle charging stations by 2016 will to $150 million, up from $6 million in 2011. (ABI Research, 516/624-2500, www.abiresearch.com.)
Gartner Inc. Nov.15, announced that it has identified the top 10 commercial business application categories for tablet devices. They are:
1. Sales automation systems for customer collateral, sales presentations, and ordering systems.
2. Business intelligence: analytical and performance applications with management dashboards.
3. Containerized email to separate corporate messaging environments from personal email.
4. Collaboration applications for meetings.
5. File utilities for sharing and document distribution.
6. General corporate/government enterprise applications for CRM, ERP, SCM and messaging.
7. Medical support systems for doctors, nurses, and physical therapists.
8. Hosted virtual desktop agents to provide secure remote operations of traditional desktop applications and environments.
9. Social networking applications with intelligent business insight.
10. Board books for secure document and report distribution.
The top ten commercial business application categories for tablet devices are a part of Gartner’s latest forecast which projects that worldwide media tablet sales to end users will total 63.6 million units in 2011, a 261.4 percent increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units. Media tablet sales will continue to experience strong growth through to the end of 2015 when sales are forecast to reach 326.3 million units.
The forecast also anticipates that combined sales of tablets and smartphones will be 44 percent bigger than the PC market in 2011 and that by the end of 2014, the installed base of devices based on new lightweight mobile operating systems like Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8 will exceed the total installed base of all PC based systems, and that IT management systems for mobile device management will be a growing market. (Gartner, Inc., 203/964-0096, www.gartner.com.)
The high degree of interconnection in the modern world drives the use of authentication technologies, which should not only be secure but also fast. Governments and other stakeholders have increasingly adopted smart cards to manage a shift from security to convenience.
As the lifetime and quality are crucial, the dual interface solution comes as the most convenient and reliable technology enabling end-users to interact through both contact and contactless interfaces. Frost & Sullivan has published a white paper entitled "Are you looking for the world-class dual interface solution?"
Jean-Noel Georges, Global Program Director Smart Cards Group, discusses benefits of dual interface cards, as well as challenges surrounding their manufacturing process. The adoption of contactless technology opens up new business opportunities for market players across the value chain and for smart card manufacturers and chip vendors in particular. However, there are various challenges attached to the production of dual interface cards. The smart card is a strong authentication device, and it is inconceivable that it should malfunction due to technical or mechanical problems. For government applications, the standard expected lifetime is around 10 years.
The dual interface solution should work for a minimum of 10 years to avoid potential renewal and costly issuance. This technology is clearly the best way to deliver reliable and easy to use smart cards for identification and authorizing purposes. For payment use, card lifetime is less important, as bankcards are reissued every 2 or 3 years.
"However, a payment card will be used much more than a national ID card," explains Georges. "Payment cards are carried in wallets, bags or pockets, therefore subject to physical and mechanical damage, and also to corrosion and extreme temperatures." Using the card several times a day increases the risk of problems with the communication between the antenna and the chip. A lot of cards will be returned to the manufacturers due to lack of contactless features. This represents a huge cost to the card provider, a negative impact on the bank's image perception and a bad experience for the end-user. To avoid any communication problem between the chip and the embedded antenna, Smart Packaging Solution (SPS) provides an answer to overpass the hurdle of physical and mechanical problems.
The concept is not only linked to the communication side, but will also positively impact the complete manufacturing process. By employing SPS the card manufacturer would be able to reach a similar quality and production level as for contact chip cards. (Contact: Frost & Sullivan: +48 22 481 62 20, http://www.frost.com).
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