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Special Articles2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize
Put your analytics skills to the test and win $5,000 in the 2017 “Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics” administered by INFORMS and sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS.Read More
Special ArticlesITIF: Expand computer science education to keep up with demand
Computer skills are in high demand among employers in a wide range of industries, not just tech-related fields, yet despite growing interest in the subject, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that too few U.S. students are taking quality computer science classes at the high school and university levels. ITIF makes the case for public action to support and maintain the groundswell of interest in computer science and capture the economic and social benefits that will come from fostering a more highly skilled workforce.Read More
Industry NewsFICO rolls out Decision Management Suite at Shell Chemical
Analytics software firm FICO recently announced the rollout of the FICO Decision Management Suite for plant-wide operational controls at Shell across its chemical plants around the globe. The advanced optimization capabilities of the FICO Xpress Optimization Suite, part of the Decision Management Suite, help plan asset utilization and maintenance requirements of the plants while improving plant stability and profitability.Read More
Corporate Mobile Software-as-a-Service Forecast
According to the latest Strategy Analytics Wireless Enterprise Strategies forecast, “Corporate Mobile SaaS Forecast, 2010-2016,” the Global Corporate Mobile SaaS Market will reach $1.2 billion in 2011 and grow to $3.7 billion by 2016, with a five-year compound growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8 percent. The ability to integrate powerful business applications on smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices will facilitate and accelerate SaaS adoption in the corporate business environment.
Corporations with employees who travel increasingly look to unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) hosted VoIP, Web and Video conferencing solutions as a cost-cutting mechanism. UCaaS is a key alternative to premise-based UC platforms for improving productivity, processes and workflow.
“The corporate UCaaS hosted VoIP market, already generating over $176 million, is set to undergo nearly 57 percent year-on-year growth in the next five years,” says Gina Luk, senior analyst of Wireless Enterprise Strategies. “Leading mobile operators, such as AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile) already offer a variety of smartphone and wireless devices which enable VoIP applications on 3G and WiFi networks. Consequently, corporate adoption of the technologies needed for an expanding anytime, anywhere workforce – from mobile devices to mobile VPNs – is on the rise.”
Andrew Brown, director of Wireless Enterprise Strategies (WES) at Strategy Analytics, add, “Smart corporations are taking advantage of the increased availability of both UCaaS and cloud-based business solutions at a significantly lower total cost of ownership.”