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Cisco 2014 Midyear Security Report

November 26, 2014 Comments off

Cisco 2014 Midyear Security Report
Source: Cisco

Adversaries spend 100 percent of their time finding weak links and using them to their advantage. And as the Internet of Things accelerates and our dependence on the connected environment continues to expand, so do opportunities for attackers.

Download the Cisco 2014 Midyear Security Report to learn about the different types of vulnerabilities that exist in the systems we rely upon, including the Internet itself, and what can be done to reduce their number and impact.

This report explains:

  • The significant drop in the number of exploit kits since February
  • The challenges with catching Java
  • Industry risks across verticals

Understand the tactics so you can thwart these industrious adversaries.

Free registration required.

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Booming: Industries benefiting from the aging population

November 26, 2014 Comments off

Booming: Industries benefiting from the aging population
Source: IBISWorld

The US population is aging, driven by steady declines in the birth rate and increases in the average life expectancy. Moreover, the largest age demographic in the United States, the baby-boomer generation, is driving growth in the number of adults over 50. This generation is composed of individuals born between 1946 and 1964, who represent close to one-quarter of the US population. Baby boomers are currently between 50 and 68 years old; however, as the youngest members of this cohort reach the age of 65 by 2029, the US Census Bureau estimates that this demographic will account for more than 20.0% of the US population. In comparison individuals aged 65 and older comprised just 13.0% of the US population in 2010, before the oldest baby boomers reached this age bracket. As the fastest-growing age demographic in the United States, baby boomers are impacting a number of specialized industries that are adapting to meet this generation’s particular financial, medical and general well-being needs.

Smart, connected products: Manufacturing’s next transformation

November 25, 2014 Comments off

Smart, connected products: Manufacturing’s next transformation
Source: Oxford Economics

Smart, connected products—the “Things” in the Internet of Things—are expected to power the next wave of manufacturing. However businesses must rethink their products, services, and processes, and most gains anticipated remain up for grabs.

​To better understand how manufacturers are navigating the opportunities and challenges surrounding smart, connected products (SCPs), Oxford Economics and PTC surveyed 300 manufacturing executives around the world. Only firms with strategies to develop these products were considered. The survey, along with a series of interviews with industry leaders, shows that the SCP revolution is well under way but remains in its early stages.

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Management: The next 50 years

November 25, 2014 Comments off

Management: The next 50 years
Source: McKinsey & Company

Our 50th anniversary edition examines the future of management, including long-term capitalism, leadership in an era of machine learning, next frontiers for strategists, and global productivity.

Innovative Industries That Have Thrived in a Sluggish Economy

November 21, 2014 Comments off

Innovative Industries That Have Thrived in a Sluggish Economy
Source: IBISWorld

The Great Recession crippled the US and Canadian economies, both of which have started to recover, albeit slowly, over the past five years. Nevertheless, several industries have boomed over the period, surpassing US GDP and Canadian GDP, which are expected to grow at annualized rates of 2.8% and 2.2%, respectively, over the five years to 2019. In particular, some niche markets in the healthcare, technology and power sectors are anticipated to thrive. Using its database of more than 1,200 US reports and 350 Canadian reports, IBISWorld has narrowed down several industries that have been characterized by strong revenue growth over the five years to 2014. The advent of new technologies is expected to further bolster performance over the next five years.

UK — Tecmark Survey Finds Average User Picks up their Smartphone 221 Times a Day!

November 20, 2014 Comments off

Tecmark Survey Finds Average User Picks up their Smartphone 221 Times a Day!
Source: Tecmark

Not only do we take to our phones to carry out more than 200 tasks a day, but we start early too! Our research found that the average user reaches for their phone before they’ve even gotten out of bed – checking the weather, picking up emails and seeing if we missed anything on our social channels before we even think about breakfast. And we’re on them late, with the average time at which we last check our phones in a day of 23:21. We amass 3 hours and 16 minutes of time on our phones over the course of the day in total.

Free registration required to download raw data, including gender and regional breakdowns.

PwC and Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) report: The New Revenue Recognition Standard: Are you Prepared for Change?

November 18, 2014 Comments off

PwC and Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) report: The New Revenue Recognition Standard: Are you Prepared for Change?
Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers

In this survey report, PwC and FERF teamed up to gain an understanding of where companies are relative to implementing new revenue recognition standard. While many companies do not know what the implementation journey fully looks like yet in terms of implementation processes, costs, timing, contract reviews, IT and systems, operations, quantification and reporting, they understand they should start preparing now.

The new standard, issued in May 2014, replaces nearly all existing US GAAP and IFRS guidance and will require significant management judgment – in addition to changing the way many US companies recognize revenue in their financial statements. The survey found that while a majority of companies are familiar with the new revenue recognition standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), they are still struggling with assessing the full impact of the change, particularly related to its implications for their financial reporting, processes and systems.


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