Cisco buys Jasper Tech for $1.4 billion, because Jasper’s IoT cards are inside GM cars, vending machines and car charging stations.
The number of IoT developers is growing exponentially – “According to VisionMobile’s new IoT Megatrends 2016 report, 4.5 million developers are working on IoT applications.”
According to TechRepublic, these developers are buying into revenue, not hype. Well, I would beg to differ as noted by the shift away from Wearables. I think even programmers follow the hype, then when the money isn’t there move on. To me some of this feels like PowerBall lottery: play now, gamble some money (time and sweat) for a chance to be a millionaire.
Robert Scoble demos Speakeasy conferencing. It is an 18 minute demo, which is way too long. Well thought out features from a user perspective. Only iOS mobile app, but for folks like my brother who have replaced their laptop with a phablet, it will be great. Craig Walker and UberConf have some competition.
I shared this with my clients: West’s study on How Companies are Using Collaboration Solutions – An Infographic Examining the Status of Unified Communications in the Workplace.
For channel partners, I will mention this again: there IS $$ in conferencing. PGi was acquired by private equity firm, Sirus Capital, for $1 Billion! PGi is a pure play conferencing company.
I don’t know if it is the competition from other phone manufacturers – like Yealink, Grandstream, Mitel/Aastra, Sangoma, OBIhai, Panasonic and others – or if it is the fact that many desk phones are being replaced with headsets (winners here are Jabra, Sennheiser and Plantronics), but Polycom revenue is in decline.
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