Verint Mobile Work View Extends Employee Engagement Capabilities on Mobile Devices

MELVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verint® Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT) today announced the availability of its new Mobile Work View solution, an app that further extends common work activities across devices—from desktops to smartphones—enabling employees to access workplace information anytime, anywhere. These changes include integrating “bring your own device” (BYOD) and mobile apps in the workplace.

The Verint Mobile Work View app addresses specific user needs to help drive increased adoption of workforce optimization (WFO) capabilities by employees. In doing so, organizations can confidently extend mobile capabilities to their employees without compromising data security. The app also enables them to provide their workforce with additional avenues for engagement and empowerment. By delivering the consumer-like experience employees and others have come to expect, the app offers a view into vital schedule information and the ability to request time-off—irrespective of their locations and without having to access a computer or web browser.

The new Verint Mobile Work View app serves as an extension to Verint’s broad suite of Workforce Optimization solutions, including its other mobile applications. Creating a consistent experience for employees who already use Verint software helps drive user adoption and use of its mobile applications, furthering their organizations’ existing investments in Verint solutions.

Without having to access a computer or web browser, and from the convenience of their mobile devices, Verint Mobile Work View provides employees the flexibility to:

  • Access work schedules
  • Request time off
  • View availability of time-off allocations
  • Bid for shifts on auctions
  • Gain notification on schedule updates, time-off request approvals and other schedule-related changes

Further, in support of an organizations data security requirements, Verint’s mobile gateway provides enhanced security capabilities for the login into the mobile app to provide additional protection and help ensure no proprietary information is stored on devices.

“Verint Mobile Work View enables companies to confidently extend mobile capabilities to employees without compromising data security,” says Nancy Treaster, SVP and general manager, strategic operations, Verint. “With this mobile app addition, we are aggressively and proactively adding apps and other solutions that help address the evolving requirements of today’s changing workforce. This includes the growing popularity of BYOD policies in organizations around the world. Our Mobile Work View app not only helps frontline employees enjoy the benefits of Verint Workforce Optimization from the convenience of their own mobile devices, but also experience the benefits of further engagement and empowerment that comes with delivering on-demand, actionable information.”

For more information about Verint Mobile Work View and other Customer Engagement Optimization solutions, visit www.verint.com.

About Verint Systems Inc.
Verint® (Nasdaq: VRNT) is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence® solutions with a focus on customer engagement optimization, security intelligence, and fraud, risk and compliance. Today, more than 10,000 organizations in approximately 180 countries—including over 80 percent of the Fortune 100—count on intelligence from Verint solutions to make more informed, effective and timely decisions. Learn more about how we’re creating A Smarter World with Actionable Intelligence® at www.verint.com.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements regarding expectations, predictions, views, opportunities, plans, strategies, beliefs, and statements of similar effect relating to Verint Systems Inc. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and they are based on management’s expectations that involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. For a detailed discussion of these risk factors, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2016, and other filings we make with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, Verint assumes no obligation to update or revise them or to provide reasons why actual results may differ.

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Internet of Things Spending Forecast to Grow 17.9% in 2016 Led by Manufacturing, Transportation, and Utilities Investments, According to New IDC Spending Guide

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to reach $737 billion in 2016 as organizations invest in the hardware, software, services, and connectivity that enable the IoT. According to a new update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, global IoT spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6% over the 2015-2020 forecast period, reaching $1.29 trillion in 2020.

The industries forecast to make the largest IoT investments in 2016 are Manufacturing ($178 billion), Transportation ($78 billion), and Utilities ($69 billion). Consumer IoT purchases, the fourth largest market segment in 2016, will become the third largest segment by 2020. Meanwhile, Cross-Industry IoT investments, which represent use cases common to all industries, such as connected vehicles and smart buildings, will rank among the top segments throughout the five-year forecast. The industries that will see the fastest spending growth are Insurance, Consumer, Healthcare, and Retail.

Given Manufacturing’s position as the leading IoT industry, it’s no surprise that manufacturing operations is the IoT use case that will see the largest investment ($102.5 billion) in 2016. Other IoT use cases being deployed in Manufacturing include production asset management and maintenance and field service. The second largest use case, Freight Monitoring ($55.9 billion), will drive much of the IoT spending in the Transportation industry. In the Utilities industry, combined investments in Smart Grid for electricity and gas will total $57.8 billion in 2016. Smart Home investments by consumers will more than double over the forecast period, reaching more than $63 billion by 2020. In the Insurance industry, telematics will be the leading use case while remote health monitoring will see the greatest investment in the Healthcare industry. Retail firms are already investing in a variety of use cases, including omni-channel operations and digital signage.

“A fairly close relationship exists between high growth IoT use cases in consumer product and service oriented verticals like retail, insurance, and healthcare,” said Marcus Torchia, research manager, IoT, with IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis team. “In some cases, these are green field opportunities with tremendous room to run. In other verticals, like manufacturing and transportation, large market size and more moderate growth rate use cases characterize these verticals. As a whole, the IoT opportunity is a diverse developing market place for vendors and end users alike.”

From a technology perspective, hardware will remain the largest spending category throughout the forecast, followed by services, software, and connectivity. And while hardware spending will nearly double over the five-year timeframe, it represents the slowest growing IoT technology group. Software and services spending will both grow faster than hardware and connectivity. Hardware spending will approach $400 billion by 2020. Modules and sensors, that connect end points to networks, will dominate hardware purchases, while application software will represent more than half of all IoT software investments.

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) is the geographic region that will see the greatest IoT spending throughout the forecast, followed by the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. Nearly a third of IoT purchases in APeJ will be made by the manufacturing industry, while Utilities and Transportation will change places as the second and third largest IoT industries by the end of the forecast. In the United States, Manufacturing will be the industry with the largest IoT investments throughout the forecast but with a lower share (roughly 15%) of total spending. In Western Europe, Consumer IoT spending will overtake Transportation and Utilities to become the second largest IoT industry in 2020.

“It is great to see that the Internet of Things will continue to fuel both business transformation and innovation acceleration markets such as robotics, cognitive computing, and virtual reality,” said IoT Research Fellow and Senior Vice President Vernon Turner. “The investments by China and the United States in IoT solutions is driving these two countries to account for double-digit annual growth rates and over half of the IoT spending.”

An IDC Web conference reviewing the Worldwide IoT Spending Guide will be held on January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am U.S. Eastern time. Details and registration for this complimentary event can be found at http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=IDC_P35508.

The Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide forecasts IoT spending for 12 technologies and 49 use cases across 20 vertical industries in eight regions and 52 countries. Unlike any other research in the industry, the comprehensive spending guide was designed to help vendors clearly understand the industry-specific opportunity for IoT technologies today.

About IDC Spending Guides
IDC’s Spending Guides provide a granular view of key technology markets from a regional, vertical industry, use case, buyer, and technology perspective. The spending guides are delivered via pivot table format or custom query tool, allowing the user to easily extract meaningful information about each market by viewing data trends and relationships.

For more information about IDC’s Spending Guides, please contact Monika Kumar at mkumar@idc.com.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, data, and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

Qlik Delivers Advanced GeoAnalytic Offerings with Acquisition of Idevio

RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qlik®, a leader in visual analytics, today announced it has acquired Idevio, a provider of geographical-related software and services and a Sweden-based Qlik partner. This acquisition not only extends Qlik’s current mapping capabilities, but also moves its offerings beyond visualization with support for a broad range of advanced geoanalytic use cases. Using patented technology that compresses and streams mapping data, both Qlik Sense® and QlikView® customers now have the ability to expose hidden geographic relationships, offering greater insight, better decisions, and higher ROI. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Location, Location, Location: See the Whole Story in Minutes
Today, businesses increasingly have a need for detailed, comprehensive geospatial information – much more than what free services can provide. Idevio enables both Qlik Sense and QlikView users to easily add maps to their apps with automatic geo-data lookup to reveal crucial spatial information and then overlay them with different visualizations in order to see the whole story in their data. Users can not only seamlessly drill down into information dense maps that contain millions of points, but also use Idevio’s GeoAnalytics cloud-based service to analyze geo-data in combination with non-geo data for use cases such as determining potential store locations, understanding customer distribution of sales by zip code, or calculating supply chain delivery times.

How It Works: Answering the “Where” Question
With Qlik’s unique associative model, users can probe all of the possible associations that exist in all of their data, including geospatial context. In addition, customers can:

  • Make better location-related decisions. Many important organizational decisions such as site selection, resource allocations, or delivery times depend on location information. Maps provide visual context that help Qlik customers make correct, informed decisions involving location.
  • Improve understanding. With the ability to quickly show cartographic information, users can gain insight into patterns not easily interpreted through tables or charts. Qlik can now also increase data relatability as the map paradigm is a familiar environment to most users.
  • Increase productivity. With the ability to instantly supplement location data such as cities and countries with the necessary geo information, any Qlik user can now add rich, interactive geo visualizations to their Qlik apps.

“Emerging technology such as The Internet of Things is – and will – produce an enormous amount of location-referenced data. Even as it gains a stronger foothold within our customer base, there is still a challenge to extract and use all that location-based data,” said Anthony Deighton, Qlik CTO and SVP of Products. “We want to be that partner that helps them analyze their geospatial data, and Idevio fits perfectly within our product portfolio. We are acquiring complementary technology that will enhance the value we provide to our customers as we further develop and bring to market these solutions.”

Product Availability
IdevioMaps, which includes Idevio GeoAnalytics for QlikView and Qlik Sense, has been rebranded as Qlik GeoAnalytics and is available immediately with tight integration to Qlik Sense planned for the second half of 2017.

About Qlik
Qlik® is the leading visual analytics platform and the pioneer of user-driven business intelligence. Its portfolio of cloud-based and on-premise solutions meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics, regardless of where data is located. Customers using Qlik Sense®, QlikView® and Qlik® Cloud, gain meaning out of information from multiple sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik does business in more than 100 countries with over 40,000 customers globally.

© 2016 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. Qlik®, Qlik Sense®, QlikView®, QlikTech®, Qlik Cloud®, Qlik DataMarket®, Qlik Analytics Platform®, Qlik NPrinting™, Qlik Connectors™ and the QlikTech logos are trademarks of QlikTech International AB which have been registered in multiple countries. Other marks and logos mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Pitney Bowes Joins Hortonworks Partnerworks Program for Modern Data Solutions

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, announced today that it has joined Hortonworks Partnerworks in the Modern Data Solutions (MDS) partner program to enhance data management and analytics for clients so that they may be able to leverage the power of a Big Data platform. Clients will now have access to data quality, advanced geospatial foundation and geo-enrichment capabilities that will result in faster, more scalable business insight.

Through the partnership Pitney Bowes will deploy its data quality and geospatial capabilities, which recently achieved Hortonworks Certification. These data quality and geospatial capabilities are critical in driving business transformation and outcomes in a data-driven world. Location-based data, in particular, plays an important role in how businesses understand their customers because it is one of the most consistent ways to link people, places and things.

Data storage and analytics are both equally critical to how businesses interpret this data. Traditional infrastructures are designed to analyze large quantities of data, on premise, through hardware devices. However, these infrastructures cannot handle the tremendous amounts of structured and unstructured data that today’s consumers produce each day, both on and offline. Businesses that rely on traditional infrastructures are challenged to analyze data with speed and scale.

Hortonworks is a leading industry innovator, focused on creating, distributing and supporting enterprise-ready, open and connected data platforms, and modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data. Its connected data platforms, powered by open source technologies, are making it possible for clients to analyze mass amounts of structured and unstructured data, while Pitney Bowes adds the spatial and vertical market-specific data to allow customers to fully leverage the power of a Hortonworks Data Platform.

“Hortonworks is dedicated to expanding and empowering the modern data solution ecosystem, which ultimately accelerates adoption of connected data platforms,” says Chris Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Global Channels & Alliances, Hortonworks. “We are pleased to welcome Pitney Bowes to the Partnerworks community and look forward to working with them to strengthen the role of connected data platforms for the enterprise.”

Pitney Bowes’ spatial analytics solutions are utilized across many verticals including insurance, financial services, telecommunications and retail, with many applying these analytics across massive, global data sets. Insurance firms rely on Pitney Bowes’ spatial capabilities to better understand risk profiles by geography. Financial services firms leverage spatial analytics to optimize branch and ATM locations. Telecommunications providers and retailers use spatial data to better understand their subscribers and customers to present the most attractive offers to them. Additionally, analytics for the Internet of Things (IoT) require location attributes in order to fully address asset management use cases.

“Our partnership is extremely beneficial for Pitney Bowes and Hortonworks clients because it’s one that will enable our clients to get tremendous business value out of their Big Data investments through geospatial analytics,” says Roger Pilc, Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Pitney Bowes. “By making our solutions available through one of the market’s most respected big data providers, we’re making it easy for partners and clients to derive meaningful insight, quickly and at scale.”

Pitney Bowes Big Data solutions enable end users to quickly visualize patterns and relationships, inform interpretation and decision making, and generate richer insights and a faster return-of-investment. With data quality and geospatial analytics embedded directly into Big Data applications, it’s easy to keep pace with the extraordinary speed and scale required. Clients can expedite insights, bread down data silos, boost accuracy and precision with geospatial and geo-enrichment capabilities, and link information across and with datasets like never before.

Currently, the Pitney Bowes capabilities offered through Hortonworks include Spectrum Geocoding for Big Data, Spectrum Location Intelligence for Big Data, Spectrum Data Quality for Big Data and the Spectrum Technology Platform. These offerings enable clients to work with structured and unstructured data to extract insights that can be applied for better outcomes.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) is a global technology company offering innovative products and solutions that enable commerce in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce. More than 1.5 million clients in approximately 100 countries around the world rely on products, solutions and services from Pitney Bowes. For additional information, visit Pitney Bowes at www.pitneybowes.com.

MicroStrategy to Highlight Key Opportunities for 2017 in Analytics and Mobility at its January Symposium Series

TYSONS CORNER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced the locations for the next 22 MicroStrategy Symposium Series events. Each one-day event, taking place in January and February in cities across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, will highlight functionalities of MicroStrategy 10.6, which became generally available in December 2016.

“We’re looking forward to sharing compelling stories about how enterprises and organizations around the world are leveraging cutting-edge enterprise analytics and mobility solutions to stay ahead of the competition,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated, who will keynote many of the January events and speak alongside other MicroStrategy executives. “Our symposia provide extensive opportunities for our customers to connect and share best practices and bring home valuable insight about how they can use MicroStrategy 10 to get more from their existing technology investments. These events further our mission of helping organizations unleash intelligence everywhere.”

The primary focus of this month’s Symposium Series will be to identify key analytics and mobility opportunities in 2017 for enterprises to pursue. Each event will highlight opportunities to drive the adoption of intelligence across organizations, reduce costs through tool consolidation, and empower the workforce to be more productive – all of which can help attendees plan and achieve their analytics goals for 2017.

Each MicroStrategy Symposium offers IT and business users an opportunity to network, attend workshops, and learn about real-world MicroStrategy 10™ applications from customers, including BMC Software, Cegid, Co-op, CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA, DFW International Airport, Omega World Travel, Staples, and TWIN-SET SIMONA BARBIERI.

The executive keynote, followed by a day filled with more than a dozen breakout sessions and hands-on workshops, will cover new content spanning the following:

  • Industry Solutions – learn how MicroStrategy 10 helps organizations across a wide variety of industries, from technology to retail, banking, federal government, healthcare, manufacturing and CPG, energy and utilities, as well as transportation and logistics.
  • Functional Solutions – hear how MicroStrategy 10 delivers data-driven solutions to help improve the effectiveness of departmental functions, from IT to Marketing, Sales and more.
  • Analytics – learn how MicroStrategy 10 delivers enterprise-grade, self-service analytics on popular tools like Salesforce.com, SAP, AWS and big data systems—helping organizations maximize the value of these existing investments.
  • Mobility – gain insight into mobile analytics and productivity apps, and learn about custom mobile app development. See how MicroStrategy 10 enhances data visualization across interfaces.
  • Usher™ – learn how easy it is for organizations to deploy digital credentials to their employees and customers, obtain real-time data about enterprise access and authentication activity, and use telemetry data to help enhance workforce productivity.

The Symposium Series will offer several hands-on workshops where attendees will have the opportunity to get firsthand experience with MicroStrategy Desktop™, the company’s free enterprise data discovery product. Workshop attendees will be able to try new features for the first time before they are more widely available. They will also be able to spin up their own dedicated cloud environments with MicroStrategy on AWS, and learn how to deploy a secure, collaborative environment without any hardware or setup costs of their own.

Additionally, Symposium attendees will be able to learn about the latest features in MicroStrategy 10.6, which delivers powerful new options to share interactive dashboards for offline analysis, a revamped PDF export engine, new map visualizations, and the platform’s latest drivers and gateways. The sessions and workshops will showcase these new features, which are available across MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Web™, MicroStrategy Mobile™ and Usher.

Learn more about MicroStrategy 10.6 at www.microstrategy.com, and register for an upcoming Symposium with the corresponding registration link below.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. The Company’s mission is to provide enterprise customers with a world-class software platform and expert services so they can deploy unique intelligence applications. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 10.6, MicroStrategy 10, MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Mobile and Usher are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Verint Mobile Work View Extends Employee Engagement Capabilities on Mobile Devices

MELVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verint® Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT) today announced the availability of its new Mobile Work View solution, an app that further extends common work activities across devices—from desktops to smartphones—enabling employees to access workplace information anytime, anywhere. These changes include integrating “bring your own device” (BYOD) and mobile apps in the workplace.

The Verint Mobile Work View app addresses specific user needs to help drive increased adoption of workforce optimization (WFO) capabilities by employees. In doing so, organizations can confidently extend mobile capabilities to their employees without compromising data security. The app also enables them to provide their workforce with additional avenues for engagement and empowerment. By delivering the consumer-like experience employees and others have come to expect, the app offers a view into vital schedule information and the ability to request time-off—irrespective of their locations and without having to access a computer or web browser.

The new Verint Mobile Work View app serves as an extension to Verint’s broad suite of Workforce Optimization solutions, including its other mobile applications. Creating a consistent experience for employees who already use Verint software helps drive user adoption and use of its mobile applications, furthering their organizations’ existing investments in Verint solutions.

Without having to access a computer or web browser, and from the convenience of their mobile devices, Verint Mobile Work View provides employees the flexibility to:

  • Access work schedules
  • Request time off
  • View availability of time-off allocations
  • Bid for shifts on auctions
  • Gain notification on schedule updates, time-off request approvals and other schedule-related changes

Further, in support of an organizations data security requirements, Verint’s mobile gateway provides enhanced security capabilities for the login into the mobile app to provide additional protection and help ensure no proprietary information is stored on devices.

“Verint Mobile Work View enables companies to confidently extend mobile capabilities to employees without compromising data security,” says Nancy Treaster, SVP and general manager, strategic operations, Verint. “With this mobile app addition, we are aggressively and proactively adding apps and other solutions that help address the evolving requirements of today’s changing workforce. This includes the growing popularity of BYOD policies in organizations around the world. Our Mobile Work View app not only helps frontline employees enjoy the benefits of Verint Workforce Optimization from the convenience of their own mobile devices, but also experience the benefits of further engagement and empowerment that comes with delivering on-demand, actionable information.”

For more information about Verint Mobile Work View and other Customer Engagement Optimization solutions, visit www.verint.com.

About Verint Systems Inc.
Verint® (Nasdaq: VRNT) is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence® solutions with a focus on customer engagement optimization, security intelligence, and fraud, risk and compliance. Today, more than 10,000 organizations in approximately 180 countries—including over 80 percent of the Fortune 100—count on intelligence from Verint solutions to make more informed, effective and timely decisions. Learn more about how we’re creating A Smarter World with Actionable Intelligence® at www.verint.com.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements regarding expectations, predictions, views, opportunities, plans, strategies, beliefs, and statements of similar effect relating to Verint Systems Inc. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and they are based on management’s expectations that involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. For a detailed discussion of these risk factors, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2016, and other filings we make with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, Verint assumes no obligation to update or revise them or to provide reasons why actual results may differ.

VERINT, ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE, MAKE BIG DATA ACTIONABLE, CUSTOMER-INSPIRED EXCELLENCE, INTELLIGENCE IN ACTION, IMPACT 360, WITNESS, VERINT VERIFIED, KANA, LAGAN, VOVICI, GMT, VICTRIO, AUDIOLOG, CONTACT SOLUTIONS, OPINIONLAB, CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, ENTERPRISE INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS, SECURITY INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS, VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER ANALYTICS, NEXTIVA, EDGEVR, RELIANT, VANTAGE, STAR-GATE, ENGAGE, CYBERVISION, FOCALINFO, SUNTECH, and VIGIA are trademarks or registered trademarks of Verint Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Internet of Things Spending Forecast to Grow 17.9% in 2016 Led by Manufacturing, Transportation, and Utilities Investments, According to New IDC Spending Guide

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to reach $737 billion in 2016 as organizations invest in the hardware, software, services, and connectivity that enable the IoT. According to a new update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, global IoT spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6% over the 2015-2020 forecast period, reaching $1.29 trillion in 2020.

The industries forecast to make the largest IoT investments in 2016 are Manufacturing ($178 billion), Transportation ($78 billion), and Utilities ($69 billion). Consumer IoT purchases, the fourth largest market segment in 2016, will become the third largest segment by 2020. Meanwhile, Cross-Industry IoT investments, which represent use cases common to all industries, such as connected vehicles and smart buildings, will rank among the top segments throughout the five-year forecast. The industries that will see the fastest spending growth are Insurance, Consumer, Healthcare, and Retail.

Given Manufacturing’s position as the leading IoT industry, it’s no surprise that manufacturing operations is the IoT use case that will see the largest investment ($102.5 billion) in 2016. Other IoT use cases being deployed in Manufacturing include production asset management and maintenance and field service. The second largest use case, Freight Monitoring ($55.9 billion), will drive much of the IoT spending in the Transportation industry. In the Utilities industry, combined investments in Smart Grid for electricity and gas will total $57.8 billion in 2016. Smart Home investments by consumers will more than double over the forecast period, reaching more than $63 billion by 2020. In the Insurance industry, telematics will be the leading use case while remote health monitoring will see the greatest investment in the Healthcare industry. Retail firms are already investing in a variety of use cases, including omni-channel operations and digital signage.

“A fairly close relationship exists between high growth IoT use cases in consumer product and service oriented verticals like retail, insurance, and healthcare,” said Marcus Torchia, research manager, IoT, with IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis team. “In some cases, these are green field opportunities with tremendous room to run. In other verticals, like manufacturing and transportation, large market size and more moderate growth rate use cases characterize these verticals. As a whole, the IoT opportunity is a diverse developing market place for vendors and end users alike.”

From a technology perspective, hardware will remain the largest spending category throughout the forecast, followed by services, software, and connectivity. And while hardware spending will nearly double over the five-year timeframe, it represents the slowest growing IoT technology group. Software and services spending will both grow faster than hardware and connectivity. Hardware spending will approach $400 billion by 2020. Modules and sensors, that connect end points to networks, will dominate hardware purchases, while application software will represent more than half of all IoT software investments.

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) is the geographic region that will see the greatest IoT spending throughout the forecast, followed by the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. Nearly a third of IoT purchases in APeJ will be made by the manufacturing industry, while Utilities and Transportation will change places as the second and third largest IoT industries by the end of the forecast. In the United States, Manufacturing will be the industry with the largest IoT investments throughout the forecast but with a lower share (roughly 15%) of total spending. In Western Europe, Consumer IoT spending will overtake Transportation and Utilities to become the second largest IoT industry in 2020.

“It is great to see that the Internet of Things will continue to fuel both business transformation and innovation acceleration markets such as robotics, cognitive computing, and virtual reality,” said IoT Research Fellow and Senior Vice President Vernon Turner. “The investments by China and the United States in IoT solutions is driving these two countries to account for double-digit annual growth rates and over half of the IoT spending.”

An IDC Web conference reviewing the Worldwide IoT Spending Guide will be held on January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am U.S. Eastern time. Details and registration for this complimentary event can be found at http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=IDC_P35508.

The Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide forecasts IoT spending for 12 technologies and 49 use cases across 20 vertical industries in eight regions and 52 countries. Unlike any other research in the industry, the comprehensive spending guide was designed to help vendors clearly understand the industry-specific opportunity for IoT technologies today.

About IDC Spending Guides
IDC’s Spending Guides provide a granular view of key technology markets from a regional, vertical industry, use case, buyer, and technology perspective. The spending guides are delivered via pivot table format or custom query tool, allowing the user to easily extract meaningful information about each market by viewing data trends and relationships.

For more information about IDC’s Spending Guides, please contact Monika Kumar at mkumar@idc.com.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, data, and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

Qlik Delivers Advanced GeoAnalytic Offerings with Acquisition of Idevio

RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qlik®, a leader in visual analytics, today announced it has acquired Idevio, a provider of geographical-related software and services and a Sweden-based Qlik partner. This acquisition not only extends Qlik’s current mapping capabilities, but also moves its offerings beyond visualization with support for a broad range of advanced geoanalytic use cases. Using patented technology that compresses and streams mapping data, both Qlik Sense® and QlikView® customers now have the ability to expose hidden geographic relationships, offering greater insight, better decisions, and higher ROI. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Location, Location, Location: See the Whole Story in Minutes
Today, businesses increasingly have a need for detailed, comprehensive geospatial information – much more than what free services can provide. Idevio enables both Qlik Sense and QlikView users to easily add maps to their apps with automatic geo-data lookup to reveal crucial spatial information and then overlay them with different visualizations in order to see the whole story in their data. Users can not only seamlessly drill down into information dense maps that contain millions of points, but also use Idevio’s GeoAnalytics cloud-based service to analyze geo-data in combination with non-geo data for use cases such as determining potential store locations, understanding customer distribution of sales by zip code, or calculating supply chain delivery times.

How It Works: Answering the “Where” Question
With Qlik’s unique associative model, users can probe all of the possible associations that exist in all of their data, including geospatial context. In addition, customers can:

  • Make better location-related decisions. Many important organizational decisions such as site selection, resource allocations, or delivery times depend on location information. Maps provide visual context that help Qlik customers make correct, informed decisions involving location.
  • Improve understanding. With the ability to quickly show cartographic information, users can gain insight into patterns not easily interpreted through tables or charts. Qlik can now also increase data relatability as the map paradigm is a familiar environment to most users.
  • Increase productivity. With the ability to instantly supplement location data such as cities and countries with the necessary geo information, any Qlik user can now add rich, interactive geo visualizations to their Qlik apps.

“Emerging technology such as The Internet of Things is – and will – produce an enormous amount of location-referenced data. Even as it gains a stronger foothold within our customer base, there is still a challenge to extract and use all that location-based data,” said Anthony Deighton, Qlik CTO and SVP of Products. “We want to be that partner that helps them analyze their geospatial data, and Idevio fits perfectly within our product portfolio. We are acquiring complementary technology that will enhance the value we provide to our customers as we further develop and bring to market these solutions.”

Product Availability
IdevioMaps, which includes Idevio GeoAnalytics for QlikView and Qlik Sense, has been rebranded as Qlik GeoAnalytics and is available immediately with tight integration to Qlik Sense planned for the second half of 2017.

About Qlik
Qlik® is the leading visual analytics platform and the pioneer of user-driven business intelligence. Its portfolio of cloud-based and on-premise solutions meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics, regardless of where data is located. Customers using Qlik Sense®, QlikView® and Qlik® Cloud, gain meaning out of information from multiple sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik does business in more than 100 countries with over 40,000 customers globally.

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Vivint Smart Home Delivers on the Promise of Artificial Intelligence for the Home

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at CES 2017, Vivint Smart Home, the leading smart home services provider in North America, introduced a comprehensive intelligent home with Sky, the first true smart home assistant. Leveraging artificial intelligence, Sky can automatically manage the connected devices in your home, including your locks, lights, thermostat and security system.

“Consumers want more than an intelligent device – they want an intelligent home,” said Matt Eyring, chief strategy and innovation officer at Vivint Smart Home. “The real magic comes when multiple devices work together throughout the home in an intelligent way, creating a single, cohesive experience.”

Sky takes full advantage of the greater number of sensors and devices that are part of every Vivint smart home system, an average of 14 per home. Sky’s machine learning algorithms use data from these sensors, as well as from mobile devices and system usage, to provide intelligent recommendations and take action to streamline the home experience.

The benefits of an intelligent home with Sky include:

  • Worry-free security – With Sky, you can leave your home without worrying if you’ve locked your doors or armed your security system. Sky uses the data from your sensors and devices to understand whether your home is occupied or vacant. For example, if no one is home, Sky reaches out and asks if you want to lock the doors, close the garage or arm your system. Sky can also automatically do these things and let you know they’re done.
  • Intelligent energy management – Using its advanced occupancy detection and prediction engine, Sky automatically adjusts the temperature to be comfortable when you are home and to conserve energy when you are gone. Intelligent energy management can help save 10 to 15 percent on your monthly heating and cooling costs.
  • Sky adapts to your routine – Sky can take a wide range of actions based on an understanding of your daily routines such as waking up, leaving, returning and going to bed. For example, Sky can predict when you go to bed and automatically manage temperature and security settings. Sky learns not only your routines, but also your preferences, based on your interactions with it. As a result, Sky can automatically transition from making a suggestion to just taking an action once it has enough confidence in your preferences.

Sky communicates with you via the Vivint Smart Home app and the Vivint SkyControl panel in your home. Sky also takes voice commands through Amazon’s Alexa. You control how Sky works for your home, including if and when to send notifications, ask permission or automatically take action.

To experience a Vivint intelligent home with Sky at CES, visit booth #41620 at the Sands Expo.

About Vivint Smart Home
Vivint Smart Home is the leading provider of smart home services in North America. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.vivint.com.

MicroStrategy to Highlight Key Opportunities for 2017 in Analytics and Mobility at its January Symposium Series

TYSONS CORNER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced the locations for the next 22 MicroStrategy Symposium Series events. Each one-day event, taking place in January and February in cities across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, will highlight functionalities of MicroStrategy 10.6, which became generally available in December 2016.

“We’re looking forward to sharing compelling stories about how enterprises and organizations around the world are leveraging cutting-edge enterprise analytics and mobility solutions to stay ahead of the competition,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated, who will keynote many of the January events and speak alongside other MicroStrategy executives. “Our symposia provide extensive opportunities for our customers to connect and share best practices and bring home valuable insight about how they can use MicroStrategy 10 to get more from their existing technology investments. These events further our mission of helping organizations unleash intelligence everywhere.”

The primary focus of this month’s Symposium Series will be to identify key analytics and mobility opportunities in 2017 for enterprises to pursue. Each event will highlight opportunities to drive the adoption of intelligence across organizations, reduce costs through tool consolidation, and empower the workforce to be more productive – all of which can help attendees plan and achieve their analytics goals for 2017.

Each MicroStrategy Symposium offers IT and business users an opportunity to network, attend workshops, and learn about real-world MicroStrategy 10™ applications from customers, including BMC Software, Cegid, Co-op, CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA, DFW International Airport, Omega World Travel, Staples, and TWIN-SET SIMONA BARBIERI.

The executive keynote, followed by a day filled with more than a dozen breakout sessions and hands-on workshops, will cover new content spanning the following:

  • Industry Solutions – learn how MicroStrategy 10 helps organizations across a wide variety of industries, from technology to retail, banking, federal government, healthcare, manufacturing and CPG, energy and utilities, as well as transportation and logistics.
  • Functional Solutions – hear how MicroStrategy 10 delivers data-driven solutions to help improve the effectiveness of departmental functions, from IT to Marketing, Sales and more.
  • Analytics – learn how MicroStrategy 10 delivers enterprise-grade, self-service analytics on popular tools like Salesforce.com, SAP, AWS and big data systems—helping organizations maximize the value of these existing investments.
  • Mobility – gain insight into mobile analytics and productivity apps, and learn about custom mobile app development. See how MicroStrategy 10 enhances data visualization across interfaces.
  • Usher™ – learn how easy it is for organizations to deploy digital credentials to their employees and customers, obtain real-time data about enterprise access and authentication activity, and use telemetry data to help enhance workforce productivity.

The Symposium Series will offer several hands-on workshops where attendees will have the opportunity to get firsthand experience with MicroStrategy Desktop™, the company’s free enterprise data discovery product. Workshop attendees will be able to try new features for the first time before they are more widely available. They will also be able to spin up their own dedicated cloud environments with MicroStrategy on AWS, and learn how to deploy a secure, collaborative environment without any hardware or setup costs of their own.

Additionally, Symposium attendees will be able to learn about the latest features in MicroStrategy 10.6, which delivers powerful new options to share interactive dashboards for offline analysis, a revamped PDF export engine, new map visualizations, and the platform’s latest drivers and gateways. The sessions and workshops will showcase these new features, which are available across MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Web™, MicroStrategy Mobile™ and Usher.

Learn more about MicroStrategy 10.6 at www.microstrategy.com, and register for an upcoming Symposium with the corresponding registration link below.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. The Company’s mission is to provide enterprise customers with a world-class software platform and expert services so they can deploy unique intelligence applications. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 10.6, MicroStrategy 10, MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Web, MicroStrategy Mobile and Usher are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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