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SMAC News Weekly – Week of December 30, 2012

Welcome to SMAC News Weekly, featuring the latest news and numbers relating to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) that I come across each week. Each of us is impacted by SMAC.  We all use mobile devices and social networking solutions like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We use search engines, maps and weather apps, all of which use analytics and are in the cloud.  SMAC is the combination of all of these trends coming together on mobile devices.  This convergence is impacting businesses in many different ways.  We will do our best to capture these by reporting on the SMAC trends, numbers and forecasts in this weekly newsletter.

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Other than its well-publicized cloud computing push, Oracle has been buying more into vertical application niches for years. Recently the company announced it’s planned acquisition of DataRaker, which specializes in “cloud-based” analytics for the electric, gas and water utilities world. Read Original Content

In its report "Big data: The next big thing", Indian IT services industry group Nasscom expects the country's big data industry to grow from $200 million in 2012 to $1 billion in 2015. Read Original Content

A significant area where data scientists will have a big impact is the utility industry which, according to a new report from GTM Research, will see analytics ROI reaching $121.8 billion compounded between this year and 2020. Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

In a recent survey of Roambi a majority of respondents (67.7 percent) ranked big data and business intelligence as technology investment priorities for 2013, followed by mobile hardware (46.9 percent) and security (35.4 percent). Read Original Content

Analyst group IDC’s new Digital Universe study predicts there will be 40 Zettabytes of data on the planet by 2020, an amount that exceeds previous forecasts by 14 percent. Read Original Content
Data specialists can earn 20 percent more than other IT professionals and there has been an increase in data roles of 43 percent in the past year. Research from e-skills UK, sponsored by SAS, suggests demand for big data analysts will double over the next five years. Read Original Content

As the new regulatory framework is expected to roll out in 2013, impacting the financial markets worldwide, Sapient Global Markets - a part of Sapient Corporation - believes data analytics in tandem with Big Data will play a key role in meeting the mandatory guidelines. Read Original Content

InformationWeek reports that IDC predicts 7 million jobs will be created in the cloud computing industry in the next three years. In its study, IDC also states there are currently 1.7 million open cloud jobs worldwide which remain unfilled due to a lack of cloud-based training, experience, and certification among IT workers. Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.