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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Report Defines Cloud-based IT Service Interest among U.S. Small Business

Small businesses represent a significant opportunity for IT products and services. These companies appreciate the advanced IT products and services that large companies use to enhance their operations. At the same time, small businesses cannot usually afford the enterprise-class infrastructure, software, and solutions that are available to much larger businesses.

IT service and solutions vendors increasingly are supplying enterprise-level products and services to small businesses via new ...read more

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 Set to Be Landmark Year for Smart Watch Industry

The concept of a smart watch has captured the fancy of consumers ever since Dick Tracy sported a two-way wrist watch radio on his wrist in the 1940’s. There have been many attempts since at making a consumer smart watch product, but it has only been in recent years that the market has begun to take off.

However, despite increased interest and new players entering the game, the smart watch market is still in its infancy, and a vast majority of smart watch users are early adopters. ...read more

Friday, August 07, 2015

Parks Associates Announces Agenda + Topics for CONNECTIONS Summit at CES 2016

This week, Parks Associates announced the topics and official call for papers for the annual CONNECTIONS Summit conference, which takes place annually at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This year's event will be a two-day executive summit focused on the convergence of the Internet of Things, connected entertainment, and smart home devices, January 6-7, 2016.

The 2016 event topics include: 

  • Entertainment & Smart Home & Health: Accelerating Growth in
  • ...read more

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

PlumChoice’s New Executives Bolster Company’s Leadership Position in IoT, Cloud Services

PlumChoice, Inc., the leader in specialized technical services for the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud applications, today announced the appointments of two new executives, reflecting the company’s expansive leadership position in the dynamic technology and support services landscapes.

James E. Carr joins PlumChoice as the company’s chief financial officer, while Michael Prendergast will serve in a newly created role of vice president of business and partner development. Carr’s ...read more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Digital Health and Smart Home Crossover Opportunities

The connected health market represents several interesting use cases that cross the smart home industry. Consumers spend less than 1% of their time interacting with the healthcare system. Home, on the other hand, is where consumers spend most time with their family, care for themselves and others, and enjoy life—all experiences that impact health and wellbeing.

With broadband Internet connection to the home and an explosive number of IoT applications springing up, consumers now have ...read more

Monday, July 20, 2015

Why you’re not delivering on the promise of the Internet of Things…yet

Guest post by PlumChoice.

The Internet of Things has arrived.

Your customers’ personal tech space has expanded beyond PCs, tablets, and printers to include door locks, video cameras, thermostats, baby monitors and more. They need service to repair things that don’t work and they want to know how to use their things better.

The number of connected devices is expected to multiply from the three to four billion that exist today to more than 20 billion in the next few years. That ...read more

Friday, July 17, 2015

Consumer Trends Exploited by Piracy

Pirating video content spans a variety of use cases and attitudes regarding intellectual property. Several recent trends are contributing to the growth of content piracy among consumers.

Consumer frustration with DRM systems

While the intent of Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems is to prevent unauthorized copying, DRM may carry certain usage restrictions that consumers believe infringe on their right to fair use. Often, consumers do not understand that they are buying a license ...read more

Monday, July 13, 2015

PlumChoice Partners with AppDirect to Provide Comprehensive Cloud Application Services

PlumChoice, Inc., the leader in specialized technical services for the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud applications, today announced a partnership with AppDirect, the leader in cloud service commerce, at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)in Orlando, FL. PlumChoice will now provide cloud application services for AppDirect’s cloud channel partners. The end-to-end services from PlumChoice include pre-sales guidance, onboarding and activation, migration and 24/7 tier-one ...read more

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