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Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Q3 Fiscal 2013 EPS of $0.43, Compared to EPS of $0.71 in Q3 Fiscal 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 27, 2012. 

Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Highlights

  • Consolidated revenues decreased 2% to $629 million; up 1% in constant dollars
  • Asian revenues increased 16%
  • North American Retail revenues decreased 1%; retail comp sales declined 6%
  • European revenues increased 2% in local currency; declined 8% in U.S. dollars  
  • Operating earnings decreased 40% and operating margin declined 590 basis points to 9.2%

This press release contains certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures, which exclude a settlement charge incurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables and discussed under the heading "Presentation of Non-GAAP Information" below.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

For the third quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company generated net earnings of $36.6 million, a 44.7% decrease compared to net earnings of $66.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  Diluted earnings per share decreased 39.4%, to $0.43, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.71 for the prior-year quarter.    

Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Third quarter earnings were consistent with our guidance but fell short of our operational goals, as economic pressures impacted consumer confidence in most of our markets.  Our European business was stronger at the beginning of the quarter, though business softened toward the end of the period.  We posted solid double digit growth in Asia.  In North America, our key strategies remain relevant as we focus on driving traffic to the stores through enhanced customer engagement initiatives and elevating the brand with quality."

Mr. Marciano continued, "We do expect that the current market conditions in the global economy will continue for some time and we are more cautious on near term customer demand trends.  Accessories performance, specifically handbags and watches, have been a top priority and I am very confident of these categories going forward.  Our goal is to retain our high-quality standards.  Meanwhile, our team is focused on shortening the development cycle of a large portion of our products to a fast track calendar to deliver current trends at the right time, in addition to our iconic denim lines for men and women that we have offered for the last 30 years."

Mr. Marciano concluded, "We have a strong financial position and will run our business proactively to adapt to the existing economic climate, manage our expenses and inventories tightly and reallocate capital in growth regions of the world, specifically Eastern and Northern Europe as well as Asia.  We plan to evaluate new strategies to drive growth and profitability and improve the performance of our stores in the U.S. and in Canada.  At the same time, with our strong financial position, our goal is to focus on delivering balanced returns to our shareholders, including through our dividend and share repurchase programs."   

Total net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 2.2% to $628.8 million, from $642.8 million in the prior-year quarter.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 1.2%. 

  • The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $262.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, a 1.3% decrease from $265.6 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 6.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to the same period a year ago.  The Company directly operated 513 retail stores in the United States and Canada at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2013 versus 495 stores a year earlier.
  • Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 8.3% to $202.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $221.0 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, net revenue increased 1.7%.
  • Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 15.5% to $74.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from $64.8 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 15.6%.
  • Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment increased 1.0% to $57.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $57.3 million in the prior-year period.
  • Licensing segment net revenue decreased 7.6% to $31.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from $34.0 million in the prior-year period.

Operating earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 40.1% to $58.1 million (including a $2.4 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from operating earnings of $97.0 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin in the third quarter declined 590 basis points to 9.2%, compared to operating margin of 15.1% in the prior-year quarter.  The lower operating margin primarily reflects the impact of higher occupancy and selling costs in Europe due to retail expansion, negative same store sales on the Company's fixed cost structure and increased investments in advertising.  In addition, product margins were lower, primarily driven by promotions in North America and the effect of pricing parity changes in Canada. 

Other net expense, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market losses on foreign currency contracts and balances, partially offset by net unrealized gains on non-operating assets, was $0.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013.  This compares to other net income of $1.9 million in the prior-year quarter.

The Company's reported effective tax rate increased to 34.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from 32.3% for the third quarter of the prior year. 

Nine-Month Period Results

Net earnings for the nine months ended October 27, 2012 were $106.2 million, a decrease of 43.3% compared to adjusted net earnings of $187.2 million for the nine months ended October 29, 2011.  The prior-year adjusted net earnings excluded a settlement charge of $19.5 million ($17.6 million net of the related tax impact) associated with the settlement of the Company's relationship with one of its former European service providers. Diluted earnings per share declined 39.8% to $1.21 per share in the first nine months of the 2013 fiscal year compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.01 in the comparable nine-month period last year.  On a GAAP basis, for the first nine months of fiscal 2013, net earnings decreased 37.4% and diluted earnings per share decreased 33.5%.

Total net revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased 3.6% to $1.84 billion from $1.91 billion in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 0.6%.

  • The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $766.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, a 0.9% decrease from $774.1 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 6.3% in local currency and 6.7% in U.S. dollars for the nine months ended October 27, 2012, compared to the nine months ended October 29, 2011.
  • Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 11.2% to $639.3 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared to $720.1 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, Europe segment revenues decreased 1.6%. 
  • Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 14.6% to $206.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared to $180.2 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars the increase was 16.5%.
  • Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment decreased 2.3% to $143.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, from $146.8 million in the prior-year period.
  • Licensing segment net revenue decreased 4.0% to $87.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, from $91.0 million in the prior-year period.

Operating earnings for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased 45.0% to $154.6 million (including an $8.5 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from adjusted operating earnings of $280.9 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 declined 630 basis points to 8.4% compared to adjusted operating margin of 14.7% in the prior-year period.  The decline in operating margin primarily reflects the impact of higher occupancy and selling costs in Europe, negative same store sales on the Company's fixed cost structure, and increased investments in advertising and marketing.  Product margins for the year-to-date period were lower compared to the prior-year period driven by lower margin in North American Retail and unfavorable currency impact in Europe.  GAAP operating earnings decreased 40.9% and GAAP operating margin declined 530 basis points.

Other net income, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market gains on foreign currency contracts and balances, and net unrealized gains on non-operating assets, was $5.8 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2013.  This compares to other net expense of $5.4 million in the prior-year period. 

The Company's effective tax rate was 33.0% for the first nine months of both fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012.

Outlook

The Company's expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 ending February 2, 2013, are as follows:

  • Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $780 million to $800 million.
  • Operating margin is expected to be between 14.5% and 15.5%.
  • Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.85 to $0.95.

The Company updated its outlook for the fiscal year ending February 2, 2013, which is now as follows:

  • Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $2.62 billion to $2.64 billion.
  • Operating margin is expected to be between 10.0% and 10.5%.
  • Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $2.05 to $2.15.

Dividends

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Company's common stock.  The Board of Directors has also approved a special cash dividend of $1.20 per share to be paid with the regular quarterly dividend.  The combined dividends will be payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 12, 2012.   

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

The financial information presented in this release includes both GAAP and non-GAAP measures.  The "non-GAAP" or "adjusted" financial measures exclude the impact of a settlement charge incurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. In July 2011, the Company experienced a temporary disruption in its European supply chain, related to one of its service providers.  The Company subsequently entered into an agreement to terminate the relationship with that provider, resulting in a $19.5 million settlement charge in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

The Company has excluded this settlement charge, and related tax impact, from its adjusted financial measures primarily because it does not believe such charge reflects the Company's ongoing operating results or future outlook.  The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures are useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the comparability of the Company's operating results when reviewed in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financial statements.  A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables. The non-GAAP measures are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company's reported GAAP results. 

This release also includes certain constant currency financial information.  Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amount reported from translating the Company's foreign revenues and expenses into U.S. dollars.  These rate fluctuations can have a significant effect on reported operating results under GAAP. The Company provides constant currency information to help investors assess how our businesses performed excluding the effects of changes in foreign currency translation rates. To calculate revenues and earnings from operations on a constant currency basis, operating results for the current year period for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparable period of the prior year. The constant currency calculations do not adjust for the impact of revaluing specific transactions denominated in a currency that is different to the functional currency of that entity when exchange rates fluctuate.  The constant currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. 

Investor Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call at 4:30 pm (ET) on November 28, 2012 to discuss the news announced in this press release.  A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible at www.guess.com via the "Investor Relations" link.  The webcast will be archived on the website for 30 days.

About Guess?

Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, footwear and other related consumer products.  Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world.  As of October 27, 2012, the Company directly operated 513 retail stores in the United States and Canada and 312 retail stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  The Company's licensees and distributors operated an additional 837 retail stores outside of the United States and Canada. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, certain matters discussed in this press release, including statements concerning the Company's strategies, goals, expectations and future prospects, as well as guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2013, are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements, which are frequently indicated by terms such as "expect," "will," "goal," "strategy," "believe," "continue," "outlook," "plan" and similar terms, are only expectations, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from what is currently anticipated.  Factors which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from current expectations include, among others: our ability to maintain our brand image and reputation; domestic and international economic conditions, including economic and other events that could negatively impact consumer confidence and discretionary consumer spending; changes in the competitive marketplace and in our commercial relationships; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences, effectively operate our various retail concepts and effectively manage inventories; our ability to successfully implement our growth strategies and to continue to expand or grow our business; unexpected obligations arising from litigation, tax and other regulatory proceedings; risks associated with our foreign operations, such as violations of laws prohibiting improper payments and the burdens of complying with a variety of foreign laws and regulations; and changes in economic, political, social and other conditions affecting our foreign operations and sourcing, including currency fluctuations, global tax rates and the current European economic crisis.  In addition to these factors, the economic, technological, managerial, and other risks identified in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the risk factors discussed therein, could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Guess?, Inc.


Investor Relations


(213) 765-5578

 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)















Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


October 27,


October 29,


October 27,


October 29,


2012


2011 (2)


2012


2011 (2)


$

%


$

%


$

%


$

%

























Product sales

$ 597,374

95.0%


$ 608,777

94.7%


$ 1,756,123

95.3%


$ 1,821,198

95.2%

Net royalties

31,454

5.0%


34,026

5.3%


87,364

4.7%


91,008

4.8%

Net revenue

628,828

100.0%


642,803

100.0%


1,843,487

100.0%


1,912,206

100.0%













Cost of product sales

381,219

60.6%


367,202

57.1%


1,109,242

60.2%


1,091,119

57.1%













Gross profit 

247,609

39.4%


275,601

42.9%


734,245

39.8%


821,087

42.9%













Selling, general and administrative expenses

189,492

30.2%


178,632

27.8%


579,686

31.4%


540,193

28.3%

Settlement charge

-

0.0%


-

0.0%


-

0.0%


19,463

0.9%













Earnings from operations

58,117

9.2%


96,969

15.1%


154,559

8.4%


261,431

13.7%













Other income (expense):













Interest expense

(424)

(0.1%)


(775)

(0.1%)


(1,205)

(0.0%)


(1,539)

(0.1%)


Interest income

-

0.0%


661

0.1%


1,509

0.0%


2,433

0.1%


Other, net

(245)

(0.0%)


1,868

0.3%


5,765

0.3%


(5,437)

(0.3%)













Earnings before income taxes

57,448

9.1%


98,723

15.4%


160,628

8.7%


256,888

13.4%













Income taxes

19,989

3.1%


31,877

5.0%


53,007

2.9%


84,648

4.4%













Net earnings

37,459

6.0%


66,846

10.4%


107,621

5.8%


172,240

9.0%













Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

812

0.2%


551

0.1%


1,429

0.0%


2,606

0.1%













Net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$   36,647

5.8%


$   66,295

10.3%


$    106,192

5.8%


$    169,634

8.9%

























Net earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:
















Basic

$       0.43



$       0.71



$          1.21



$          1.83















Diluted

$       0.43



$       0.71



$          1.21



$          1.82














Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:
















Basic

84,408



92,011



86,857



91,835















Diluted

84,702



92,338



87,156



92,279



























Adjusted earnings from operations (1)







$    154,559

8.4%


$    280,894

14.7%














Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. (1)







$    106,192

5.8%


$    187,247

9.8%














Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders (1)







$          1.21



$          2.01





























Notes:


(1)

The adjusted results reflect the exclusion of the settlement charge (and related taxes where applicable) recorded during the nine month period ended October 29, 2011. No adjustments have been made to the current-year period.  A complete reconciliation of actual results to adjusted results is presented in the table entitled "Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results."





(2)

For the three and nine month periods ended October 29, 2011, the Company reclassified certain distribution costs from selling, general and administrative expenses to cost of product sales to conform to current period presentation.  The reclassification had no impact on previously reported earnings from operations, net earnings or net earnings per share.


 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)


The following table provides reconciliations of reported GAAP earnings from operations to adjusted earnings from operations and reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. to adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. for the nine months ended October 29, 2011.






Nine Months Ended


October 29,


2011



% of


$

Revenues




Reported GAAP earnings from operations

$   261,431

13.7%

  Add back settlement charge (1)

19,463





Adjusted earnings from operations

$   280,894

14.7%







Reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$   169,634

8.9%




  Add back settlement charge (1)

19,463


  Less income tax on settlement charge(2)

(1,850)


Total adjustments affecting net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.

17,613





Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$  187,247

9.8%




Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:

$        2.01








Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:







Basic

91,835






Diluted

92,279












Notes:



(1)

In July 2011, the Company experienced a temporary disruption in its European supply chain, related to one of its service providers.  The Company subsequently entered into an agreement to terminate the relationship with that provider, resulting in a settlement charge in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, impacting the nine months ended October 29, 2011.  No adjustments have been made to the current-year period.  





(2)

The income tax effect of the settlement charge is based on the Company's assessment of deductibility using the statutory tax rate of the tax jurisdiction in which the charge was incurred.





 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Segment Data

(dollars in thousands)













































Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



October 27,


October 29,


%


October 27,


October 29,


%



2012


2011


chg


2012


2011


chg














Net revenue:













Europe

$    202,594


$    221,041


-8%


$    639,326


$    720,068


-11%


North American Retail

262,064


265,637


-1%


766,874


774,147


-1%


Asia

74,838


64,782


16%


206,499


180,152


15%


North American Wholesale

57,878


57,317


1%


143,424


146,831


-2%


Licensing

31,454


34,026


-8%


87,364


91,008


-4%



$    628,828


$    642,803


-2%


$ 1,843,487


$ 1,912,206


-4%



























Earnings (loss) from operations:













Europe before settlement charge

$      14,572


$      34,152


-57%


$      51,675


$    131,014


-61%


Europe settlement charge, pre-tax

-


-




-


(19,463)




Europe including settlement charge

14,572


34,152


-57%


51,675


111,551


-54%















North American Retail

8,952


27,533


-67%


42,703


79,077


-46%


Asia

7,799


8,248


-5%


17,693


20,205


-12%


North American Wholesale

14,888


16,013


-7%


31,935


37,649


-15%


Licensing

27,103


30,698


-12%


74,558


81,188


-8%


Corporate Overhead

(15,197)


(19,675)


-23%


(64,005)


(68,239)


-6%



$      58,117


$      96,969


-40%


$    154,559


$    261,431


-41%



























Operating margins:













Europe before settlement charge

7.2%


15.5%




8.1%


18.2%




Europe including settlement charge

7.2%


15.5%




8.1%


15.5%

















North American Retail

3.4%


10.4%




5.6%


10.2%




Asia

10.4%


12.7%




8.6%


11.2%




North American Wholesale

25.7%


27.9%




22.3%


25.6%




Licensing 

86.2%


90.2%




85.3%


89.2%

















Total Company before settlement charge

9.2%


15.1%




8.4%


14.7%




Total Company including settlement charge

9.2%


15.1%




8.4%


13.7%



 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Selected Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)











October 27, 


January 28,


October 29,



2012


2012


2011








ASSETS










Cash and cash equivalents

$      287,288


$     491,805


$     426,725








Short-term investments

7,348


4,060


4,082








Receivables, net

332,440


340,602


376,502








Inventories

422,304


328,602


385,399








Other current assets

76,784


96,413


84,017








Property and equipment, net

356,396


348,885


352,514








Other assets

260,508


234,108


231,961









Total Assets

$   1,743,068


$  1,844,475


$  1,861,200















LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current portion of borrowings and capital lease obligations

$          1,776


$         2,030


$         2,131








Other current liabilities

395,044


418,006


425,596








Capital lease obligations

8,739


10,206


11,372








Other long-term liabilities

221,373


211,675


174,519








Redeemable and nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

15,892


26,928


25,588








Guess?, Inc. stockholders' equity

1,100,244


1,175,630


1,221,994









Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$   1,743,068


$  1,844,475


$  1,861,200








 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Data

(in thousands)











Nine Months Ended


October 27,


October 29, 


2012


2011









Net cash provided by operating activities

$       96,002


$      149,948





Net cash used in investing activities

(96,782)


(103,775)





Net cash used in financing activities

(200,150)


(52,510)





Effect of exchange rates on cash

(3,587)


6,025





Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(204,517)


(312)





Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

491,805


427,037





Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

$     287,288


$      426,725













Supplemental information:








Depreciation and amortization

$       66,280


$        59,153





Rent

$     198,997


$      184,798





 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Retail Store Data

International Store Count






















As of October 27, 2012


As of October 29, 2011



Total


Directly Operated


Total


Directly Operated

Region

Stores


Stores


Stores


Stores











United States and Canada

513


513


495


495











Europe and the Middle East

610


234


547


171











Asia

460


49


408


39











Central and South America

79


29


67


22












1,662


825


1,517


727



















 

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Retail Store Data

U.S. and Canada














Nine Months Ended



October 27,


October 29,



2012


2011











Number of stores at the beginning of the year

504


481







Store openings

24


25







Store closures

(15)


(11)






Number of stores at the end of the period

513


495











Total store square footage at the end of the period

2,370,000


2,270,000











 

SOURCE Guess?, Inc.

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Noted IoT expert and researcher Joseph di Paolantonio (pictured below) has joined the @ThingsExpo faculty. Joseph, who describes himself as an “Independent Thinker” from DataArchon, will speak on the topic of “Smart Grids & Managing Big Utilities.” Over his career, Joseph di Paolantonio has worked in the energy, renewables, aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries. His expertise is in data analysis, system engineering, Bayesian statistics, data warehouses, business intelligence, data mining, predictive methods, and very large databases (VLDB). Prior to DataArchon, he served as a VP and Principal Analyst with Constellation Group. He is a member of the Boulder (Colo.) Brain Trust, an organization with a mission “to benefit the Business Intelligence and data management industry by providing pro bono exchange of information between vendors and independent analysts on new trends and technologies and to provide vendors with constructive feedback on their of...
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation and integration; and visibility through intelligent business operations and big data.
There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how these devices generate enough data to learn our behaviors and simplify/improve our lives. What if we could connect everything to everything? I'm not only talking about connecting things to things but also systems, cloud services, and people. Add in a little machine learning and artificial intelligence and now we have something interesting...
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) irreversibly encoded. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, will look at how this identity problem can be solved and discuss ways to use existing web identities for real-time communication.
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn real-world benefits of WebRTC and explore future possibilities, as WebRTC and IoT intersect to improve customer service.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products and technologies, with a focus on the enterprise, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Innodisk is dedicated to serving their customers and business partners. Quality is vitally important when it comes to industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products. That’s why Innodisk manufactures all of their products in their own purpose-built memory production facility. In fact, they designed and built their production center to maximize manufacturing efficiency and guarantee the highest quality of our products.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital business.