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May 23, 2012


IBM to host special session at CONNECTIONS™ at TIA next month presenting  delivery strategies for cloud-based services

Parks Associates today announced that IBM, Platinum Sponsor at CONNECTIONS™ at TIA, will host the special session “Industry Convergence and the Smarter Home Cloud” on Wednesday, June 6, 2:30 p.m. The session features leading IBM executives discussing the convergence in CE and mobile devices and cloud-based delivery for services in media & entertainment, healthcare, telecom, and energy.

CONNECTIONS™ at TIA, June 5-7, Dallas, Tex., is the leading event for service providers, device manufacturers, and advanced technology companies working on solutions for the connected consumer. Conference sessions will address strategies to leverage consumer interest in cloud-based services. Parks Associates reports almost one-third of U.S. broadband households find remote control of lighting, thermostats, and appliances via computers or mobile phones to be highly appealing.

"Our research shows multiple opportunities reside in the cloud, which could boost adoption in multiple industries," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "While the U.S. market for monitored security services currently stands at 18% of homes, 28% are interested in a security monitoring service with web cameras. IBM covers multiple services areas, and we are pleased to have them at CONNECTIONS™, which provides a holistic view of the connected home ecosystem."

The IBM-hosted session will discuss how devices are connecting people to services allowing for safety and security, energy management, health, and overall convenience. As companies tap into new service-based business models to enhance the customer experience, a cloud-based service delivery approach is emerging to allow quick development and delivery of services and capabilities. Session participants:

  • Jerry Bruce, Consulting IT Specialist, IBM
  • Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM Electronics Industry, IBM
  • Ted Connell, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Global Business Services
  • Eric Riddleberger, VP, Partner, IBM Global Business Services

More information about CONNECTIONS™ at TIA can be found at www.connectionsconference.com.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will feature multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021. The CONNECTIONS™ Community includes more than 1,300 senior executives from the smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation industries.

CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions focused on technology innovations, consumer research on adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis of industry trends in the smart home markets.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during virtual networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2021 features sessions on March 24, May 12, May 25-26, July 14, August 18, September 22, and November 9-10. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.

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