There can be no question that 2012 was a bumper year for healthcare IT. The sheer volume and size of investments was enormous. Fast-forward a few months and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing. In February alone, there were over 30 deals closed for a total of $107.95 million invested. This represents twice the deal volume of the same time last year.
Examining information from InterWest Partners, there’s clearly one big driver for this spending and that’s Big Data/Analytics. As you may expect, the healthcare industry has enormous hopes for this area and is more than willing to invest. In fact, one of the hot startups of the moment is xG Health Solutions and this is backed by industry stalwart Geisinger Health System. Read the full post
March 18, 2013
Late last week, ComScore announced its annual US Digital Future in Focus report. While there were no major surprises here regarding digital use, there were a couple of figures that caught my attention. ComScore noted that web-based email usage among 12-17 year olds dropped in 2011 by 31%. This figure was even higher for 18-24 year olds with a decrease of 34%.
Think about that for a moment. Email usage among 18-24 year olds has dropped by over one third. I find this figure incredible. I’m sure these people aren’t communicating any less; in fact, I expect them to be communicating even more. They’re communicating through Twitter, Facebook, Path and the wealth of other social media tools designed purely to share and communicate. Read the full post
February 14, 2012
After a week of U.S. travel, I spent some time yesterday looking at how much data I’d consumed on my laptop, iPad and iPhone. I was amazed at the results. I shouldn’t be. Looking back I realise that I barely used my laptop. My iPad is rapidly becoming my mobile office. Emails, video conferencing, document sharing, Twitter. This is no longer a tool purely for mobile consumption but is now a device for mobile productivity. Looking again at my data usage, even my iPhone outstripped my laptop. Needless to say, I’m expecting a congratulatory note from my mobile service provider later this month. Read the full post
July 28, 2011
There can be few people in the tech industry who have not been drawn into discussions on the impact of Apple’s announcements at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The launch of the company’s iCloud service has once again raised debate as to network capacity, especially from a mobile perspective. This news comes less than a week after the release of Cisco’s VNI report that highlights mobile traffic is already anticipated to increase 26-fold by 2015. As Apple moves gradually into the cloud, there can be no question that this figure will only increase.
Looking at Apple’s history, it’s incredible to consider how the company has redefined the mobile market, opening new avenues of communication, education, entertainment, and just about every other area that impacts upon our daily lives. By 2015, analysts estimate that there will be over one billion smartphones generating 6.3 exabytes of data per month. Much of this data will be driven by video, whether it be video conferencing over Skype, watching a movie on Netflix or online gaming. Indeed, Cisco predicts that 90% of all IP traffic will be video by 2015. Mobile devices are set to account for 8% of this total. Read the full post
June 8, 2011
April’s proving to be an interesting month for those following the net-neutrality debate. Within the first week we’ve already seen the US Court of Appeals swing into action and dismiss Verizon and MetroPCS’ anti-net neutrality lawsuits filed against the FCC. Thrown out on a legal technicality, many expect these lawsuits to be re-filed shortly. However, while most eyes where following the legal wranglings on Capitol Hill, a new battleground in the neutrality debate has emerged and this time it’s focused on devices.
Since its launch, the iPad has been a disruptive tool. One need only look at publishing to see how the iPad has led an entire industry to question how it operates and, more importantly, how the public wants to consume books and magazines. The same can be said for other media too. In fact, it’s the very issue of consuming film and TV on the iPad that has raised a heated discussion on the topic of device neutrality and the rights consumers have to access video content on mobile devices.
April 14, 2011