451 Research - There was a big round of layoffs at 451 Research recently, with a reported 14 people (8 analysts and a handful of other staff) getting the axe. Those let go include Director, Network Research, Peter Christy who spent four years with the firm, running the Network Practice and is now “delightfully unemployed”. Also on the chopping block was Declan Lonergan, Vice President in charge of 451 Research's Mobile Telecom Channel. Declan joined 451 Research with the company's acquisition of Yankee Group in 2013.
Light Reading – An online community for the global communications sector, Light Reading has named Craig Matsumoto as Editor-in-Chief. Craig returns to Light Reading after previously serving as Managing Editor from 2002 to 2013. He’s spent the last three years as Managing Editor at SDxCentral, a news and resource site for Software-defined Everything. Craig is taking over for Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading’s EIC for the past four years.
Real World IoT Summit
April 5 -6, 2017
The Landmark, London
Mobile World Congress 2017
Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc
February 27 – March 2, 2017
February 7 - 10, 2017
Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chinese investors have agreed to buy International Data Group (IDG) – the 53-year-old tech research giant and publisher – for under $1 billion. The deal will split the company into two parts, China Oceanwide Holdings Group will become the controlling shareholder of IDG’s operating businesses, which includes its subsidiaries — analyst firm IDC and IDG Communications, which runs several publications, including PC World, Computerworld, Network World, MacWorld, InfoWorld, ChannelWorld and CIO.
The word “Evolution” has a special significance. Not only is the IoT industry evolving at a rapid pace, but the IoT Evolution Expo itself has evolved quite a bit. It all began in 2009 with the first-ever M2M Evolution, focusing on the machine-to-machine communications space when it was in its infancy. Later, the conference would expand its focus to the IoT industry and all its corresponding verticals. It has all lead up to next month’s 17th event – IoT Evolution Expo – featuring another key shift in focus.
January 5 - 8, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Media/Analysts: est. 6,500
“Alexa, what was big at CES 2017?” Alexa: “I was.”
Yes, indeed, Alexa was everywhere at the 50th anniversary edition of CES 2017.
Gartner - Akshay Sharma is leaving Gartner after more than a decade of service to the analyst firm. As a Research Director in Gartner’s Carrier Network Infrastructure group, Akshay’s areas of coverage included: mobile infrastructure, mobile broadband, cloud-based Telco 2.0, SDN and NFV, CDN, Wi-Fi, LTE-U, 5G, TV white spaces, small cells, VoIP, IMS, FMC, and trends in core network distributed softswitch architectures. It is not yet clear where he is headed or who will replace him.
Machina Research - IoT analyst firm, Machina Research has been acquired by Gartner as part of its strategy of expanding its IoT research offerings. Founded in 2011, Machina Research's analyst team will transition in its entirety to Gartner, including founders Jim Morrish and Matt Hatton. Gartner has more than 1,450 research analysts and consultants, with clients in 90 countries.