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Cornerstone OnDemand Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

Learning and talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSOD) today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

“Through all of the consolidation that took place during 2012, our business continued to excel, and Cornerstone OnDemand is today the clear independent SaaS leader in learning and talent management,” said Adam Miller, the Company's President and CEO. “We are extremely proud of what our team was able to accomplish this past year. Our persistent drive to innovate has provided our clients with a best-of-breed, end-to-end talent management solution. With a truly global market opportunity, and our relentless focus on client success, we look forward to continued growth in the future.”

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $36.4 million, representing a 63% increase compared to the same period in 2011. Non-GAAP revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $36.7 million, representing a 64% increase compared to the same period in 2011.1 Revenue for the full fiscal year 2012 was $117.9 million, representing a 56% increase compared to gross revenue for the full fiscal year 2011.2 Non-GAAP revenue for the full fiscal year 2012 was $119.4 million, representing a 58% increase compared to the full fiscal year 2011.1

Bookings, which the Company defines as gross revenue plus the change in deferred revenue for the period, were $56.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, representing a 46% increase compared to the same period in 2011. 1 Bookings for the full fiscal year 2012 were $154.3 million, representing a 58% increase compared to the full fiscal year 2011.1 Deferred revenue at December 31, 2012 was $92.3 million, representing a 65% increase compared to the balance at December 31, 2011.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $25.7 million, representing a 61% year-over-year increase compared to the same period in 2011.

Gross profit for the full fiscal year 2012 was $83.3 million, representing a 54% increase compared to gross profit for the full fiscal year 2011, based on gross revenue.2 Gross margin for the full fiscal year 2012 was 70.7%. On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin for the full fiscal year 2012 was 73.2%.1

The Company’s net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $7.4 million, or $0.15 net loss per share. Non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.9 million, or $0.06 net loss per share. Net loss for the full fiscal year 2012 was $31.4 million, or $0.63 net loss per share. Non-GAAP net loss for the full fiscal year 2012 was $16.0 million, or $0.32 net loss per share. Non-GAAP net loss is based on non-GAAP revenue and excludes, for the periods in which they are present, stock-based compensation and employer-related payroll taxes, amortization of intangible assets, acquisition costs, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs, early debt retirement expense, change in the fair value of preferred stock warrant liabilities, adjustments to taxes related to acquisition adjustments, and accretion related to preferred stock.1

During the fourth quarter of 2012, net cash provided by operating activities was $14.1 million as compared to $4.9 million in the same period in 2011. For the full fiscal year 2012, net cash provided by operating activities was $10.3 million as compared to $1.8 million for the full fiscal year 2011. At December 31, 2012, the Company’s total cash and cash equivalents were $76.4 million and accounts receivable were $47.5 million, yielding a total of approximately $124.0 million.

The Company ended the quarter with over 1,200 clients and over 10.5 million users, representing 53% and 41% year-over-year growth of the Company’s client base and users, respectively.3

 
1 Non-GAAP revenue, bookings, non-GAAP net cash provided by operating activities, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, non-GAAP gross profit, and non-GAAP gross margin are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the discussion in the section “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the reconciliations at the end of this release. Due to purchase accounting rules applicable to the acquisition of Sonar Limited we completed during the second quarter of 2012, the Company recorded an adjustment of $1.6 million to reduce to fair value the balance of deferred revenue attributable to contracts assumed from Sonar Limited. This fair value adjustment has the impact of reducing the amount of revenue attributable to contracts assumed from Sonar Limited by $0.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and $1.4 million for the full fiscal year 2012. Our non-GAAP revenue calculation adds back these fair value adjustments.
 
2 Comparative year-over-year changes of revenue or gross profit uses gross revenue for the full fiscal year 2011. Gross revenue for the full fiscal year 2011 excludes the impact of a non-cash reduction of revenue related to a common stock warrant issued to ADP of $2.5 million. Net revenue and net loss for the full fiscal year 2011 was impacted by this non-cash reduction of revenue.
 
3 Includes contracted clients and active users of any combination of our cloud-based solutions, excluding Cornerstone Small Business Solution, or “CSB”.

Quarterly Conference Call

Cornerstone OnDemand will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 results at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. ET) today. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the company’s Investor Relations Web site at http://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com/events.cfm. The live call can be accessed by dialing (888) 357-3694 (U.S.) or (973) 890-8276 (outside the U.S.) and referencing passcode: 92587407. A replay of the call will also be available at http://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com/events.cfm or via telephone until 11:59 p.m. PST on February 16, 2013 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (outside the U.S.), and referencing passcode: 92587407.

About Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. is a leading global provider of comprehensive learning and talent management solutions. We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud, the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to source and recruit top talent, develop employees throughout their careers, engage employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. We currently empower more than 10.5 million users across 189 countries and in 38 languages. www.csod.com

Note: Cornerstone® and Cornerstone OnDemand® are registered trademarks of Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Cornerstone OnDemand’s future financial performance, market growth, the demand for and benefits from the use of Cornerstone OnDemand’s solutions, and general business conditions. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Cornerstone OnDemand’s historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Cornerstone OnDemand’s expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Cornerstone OnDemand disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from Cornerstone OnDemand’s current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to attract new clients; the extent to which clients renew their subscriptions for our solution; our ability to compete as the talent management provider for organizations of all sizes; changes in the proportion of our client base that is comprised of enterprise or mid-sized organizations; our ability to manage our growth, including additional headcount and entry into new geographies; the timing and success of solutions offered by our competitors; unpredictable macro-economic conditions; reductions in information technology spending; the success of our new product and service introductions; a disruption in our hosting network infrastructure; costs and reputational harm that could result from defects in our solution; the success of our strategic relationships with third parties; the loss of any of our key employees; increased demands on our infrastructure and costs associated with operating as a public company; failure to protect our intellectual property; acts of terrorism or other vandalism, war or natural disasters; changes in current tax or accounting rules; unanticipated costs or liabilities related to businesses that we acquire; and other risks and uncertainties. Further information on factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by our forward-looking statements is included in Cornerstone OnDemand’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 14, 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, Cornerstone OnDemand has provided in this release certain measures that have not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures include (i) non-GAAP revenue, which is defined as gross revenue plus revenue not recognized in the period due to the impact of purchase accounting rules on deferred revenue acquired through acquisitions, (ii) bookings, which are defined as gross revenue plus the change in deferred revenue for the period, (iii) non-GAAP net cash provided by operating activities, which excludes acquisition and acquisition-related costs and employer-related taxes from stock-based compensation, (iv) non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share, which are based on non-GAAP revenue and exclude, for the periods in which they are present, stock-based compensation and employer-related payroll taxes, amortization of intangible assets, acquisition costs, adjustments to taxes related to acquisition adjustments, amortization of debt discount and issuance costs, early debt retirement expense, change in the fair value of preferred stock warrant liabilities, and accretion related to preferred stock, and (v) non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin, which are calculated based on non-GAAP revenue and exclude stock-based compensation and amortization of certain intangible assets reflected in cost of revenue.

Cornerstone OnDemand’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to the corresponding GAAP measures, in evaluating Cornerstone OnDemand’s ongoing operational performance and trends and in comparing its financial measures with other companies in the same industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to help investors understand the operational performance of their businesses. However, it is important to note that the particular items Cornerstone excludes from, or includes in, its non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the items excluded from, or included in, similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies in the same industry.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to such GAAP measures has been provided in the tables included as part of this press release.

Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)
         
December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 76,442 $ 85,409
Accounts receivable, net 47,528 34,110
Deferred commissions 9,354 3,537
Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net   8,249     3,789  
Total current assets 141,573 126,845
 
Capitalized software development, net 7,007 4,106
Property and equipment, net 7,947 3,663
Intangible assets, net 6,887 609
Goodwill 8,193 -
Other assets, net   227     139  
Total Assets $ 171,834   $ 135,362  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Liabilities
Accounts payable $ 4,849 $ 3,834
Accrued expenses 14,986 8,039
Deferred revenue, current portion 87,759 52,338
Capital lease obligations, current portion 1,643 1,617
Debt, current portion 916 265
Other liabilities   3,885     996  
Total current liabilities

114,038

67,089
 
Other liabilities, non-current 3,592 806
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 4,493 3,542
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion 1,227 1,056
Long-term debt, net of current portion   1,836     409  
Total liabilities 125,186 72,902
 
Stockholders' Equity
Common stock 5 5
Additional paid-in capital 242,767 226,916
Accumulated deficit (196,041 ) (164,651 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income   (83 )   190  
Total stockholders’ equity   46,648     62,460  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 171,834   $ 135,362  
             
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Year Ended

December 31,

  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
Gross revenue $ 36,426 $ 22,386 $ 117,914 $ 75,522

Common stock warrant charge 1

  -     -     -     (2,500 )
Net revenue 36,426 22,386 117,914 73,022

Cost of revenue 2, 3

  10,722     6,382     34,591     21,285  
Gross profit 25,704 16,004 83,323 51,737
 
Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing 2

21,280 13,529 73,563 45,773
Research and development 2 4,261 2,541 14,886 10,149
General and administrative 2 7,566 4,545 25,912 15,122
Amortization of certain acquired intangible assets   251     -     739     -  
Total operating expenses   33,358     20,615     115,100     71,044  
Loss from operations (7,654 ) (4,611 ) (31,777 ) (19,307 )
Other income (expense):
Interest income - 5 - 20
Interest expense (84 ) (105 ) (442 ) (902 )
Change in fair value of preferred stock warrant liabilities - - - (42,559 )
Withdrawn secondary offering expense - - - (555 )
Other, net   82     (196 )   40     (416 )
Other income (expense), net   (2 )   (296 )   (402 )   (44,412 )
Loss before income tax benefit (provision) (7,656 ) (4,907 ) (32,179 ) (63,719 )
Income tax benefit (provision)   239     (49 )   789     (181 )
Net loss (7,417 ) (4,956 ) (31,390 ) (63,900 )
Accretion of redeemable preferred stock   -     -     -     (5,208 )
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (7,417 ) $ (4,956 ) $ (31,390 ) $ (69,108 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $ (0.15 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.63 ) $ (1.74 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   50,486     48,597     49,929     39,824  
 

1

During the second quarter of 2011, we recorded a $2.5 million reduction of revenue associated with a common stock warrant to ADP.
 

2

Includes stock-based compensation and employer-related taxes as follows:
 
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Year Ended

December 31,

  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
Cost of revenue $ 356 $ 421 $ 1,669 $ 597
Sales and marketing 1,800 597 4,101 1,422
Research and development 354 152 982 765
General and administrative   1,494     702     5,652     2,047  
Total $ 4,004   $ 1,872   $ 12,404   $ 4,831  
 

3

Cost of revenue includes amortization of intangible assets as follows:
 
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Year Ended

December 31,

  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
Cost of revenue $ 305 $ 32 $ 964 $ 128
     
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (7,417 ) $ (4,956 ) $ (31,390 ) $ (63,900 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 2,098 1,019 7,037 3,714
Non-cash interest expense 37 61 143 579
Change in fair value of preferred stock warrant liabilities - - - 42,559
Charges related to the issuance of common stock warrant - - - 2,500
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss (145 ) 202 (182 ) 460
Stock-based compensation expense 3,909 1,543 12,206 4,502
Deferred income taxes (398 ) - (1,050 ) -
Withdrawn secondary offering expense - - - 555
Non-cash charitable contribution of common stock - - - 193
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisition:
Accounts receivable (2,196 ) (11,111 ) (12,254 ) (13,308 )
Deferred commissions (5,119 ) (728 ) (5,691 ) (1,274 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (780 ) (272 ) (4,188 ) (1,804 )
Accounts payable (1,466 ) 566 190 915
Accrued expenses 5,201 1,535 6,325 3,314
Deferred revenue 19,584 16,076 35,327 22,161
Other liabilities   780     937     3,822     666  
Net cash provided by operating activities   14,088     4,872     10,295     1,832  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (1,776 ) - (2,123 ) (784 )
Capitalized software costs (1,368 ) (741 ) (5,030 ) (3,022 )
Purchase of available-for-sale securities - - - (34,079 )
Proceeds from maturities of available-for-sale securities - 17,000 - 34,000
Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired   -     -     (12,428 )   -  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   (3,144 )   16,259     (19,581 )   (3,885 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from initial public offering, net of underwriting discounts and commissions - - - 90,539
Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock upon warrant exercises - - - 3,163
Proceeds from issuance of debt 1,043 - 1,043 669
Payments of initial public offering costs - - - (3,436 )
Payments of withdrawn secondary offering costs - - - (555 )
Repayment of debt (260 ) (56 ) (1,510 ) (9,207 )
Principal payments under capital lease obligations (523 ) (818 ) (1,919 ) (1,977 )
Payments of withholding tax on net exercise of stock-based awards - - - (48 )
Proceeds from stock option and warrant exercises   714     876     2,697     1,491  
Net cash provided by financing activities   974     2     311     80,639  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   32     (99 )   8     (244 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 11,950 21,034 (8,967 ) 78,342
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   64,492     64,375     85,409     7,067  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 76,442   $ 85,409   $ 76,442   $ 85,409  
           
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.
RECONCILIATIONS OF REVENUE TO NON-GAAP REVENUE AND GROSS MARGIN TO NON-GAAP GROSS MARGIN
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
 
Gross revenue $ 36,426 $ 22,386 $ 117,914 $ 75,522
Common stock warrant charge 1   -     -     -     (2,500 )
Net revenue 36,426 22,386 117,914 73,022
Cost of revenue   10,722     6,382     34,591     21,285  
Gross profit $ 25,704   $ 16,004   $ 83,323   $ 51,737  
Gross margin 70.6 % 71.5 % 70.7 % 70.9 %
 
Net revenue $ 36,426 $ 22,386 $ 117,914 $ 73,022
Adjustments to net revenue
Common stock warrant charge 1 - - - 2,500
Adjustments to revenue 2   293     -     1,440     -  
Total adjustments to net revenue   293     -     1,440     2,500  
Non-GAAP revenue $ 36,719   $ 22,386   $ 119,354   $ 75,522  
 
Cost of revenue $ 10,722 $ 6,382 $ 34,591 $ 21,285
Adjustments to costs of revenue
Amortization of intangible assets (305 ) (32 ) (964 ) (128 )
Stock based compensation and employer-related taxes   (356 )   (421 )   (1,669 )   (597 )
Total adjustments to cost of revenue   (661 )   (453 )   (2,633 )   (725 )
Non-GAAP costs of revenue   10,061     5,929     31,958     20,560  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 26,658   $ 16,457   $ 87,396   $ 54,962  
Non-GAAP gross margin 72.6 % 73.5 % 73.2 % 72.8 %
 

1

During the second quarter of 2011, we recorded a $2.5 million reduction of revenue associated with a common stock warrant to ADP.
 

2

Due to purchase accounting rules, upon acquisition, Cornerstone recorded an adjustment of $1.6 million to reduce the balance of deferred revenue related to the assumed client contracts acquired from Sonar Limited. As a result of this adjustment, $0.3 million and $1.4 million of revenue was not recognized during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012, respectively. Therefore, revenue is adjusted by an increase of $0.3 million and $1.4 million to arrive at non-GAAP revenue for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012, respectively.
             
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NET LOSS TO NON-GAAP NET LOSS AND NON-GAAP NET LOSS PER SHARE
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Year Ended
December 31,

  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
 
Net loss $ (7,417 ) $ (4,956 ) $ (31,390 ) $ (63,900 )
Adjustments to net loss
Common stock warrant charge - - - 2,500
Stock-based compensation and employer-related payroll taxes 4,004 1,872 12,404 4,831
Acquisition related:
Adjustments to revenue 1 293 - 1,440 -
Amortization of intangible assets 492 - 1,446 -
Acquisition costs - - 747 -
Adjustments to benefit (provision) for income taxes 2 (302 ) - (964 ) -
Change in fair value of preferred stock warrant liabilities - - - 42,559
Withdrawn secondary offering expense - - - 555
Other amortization costs and other expenses   64     70     358     748  
Total adjustments to net loss   4,551     1,942     15,431     51,193  
Non-GAAP net loss $ (2,866 ) $ (3,014 ) $ (15,959 ) $ (12,707 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   50,486     48,597     49,929     39,824  
Non-GAAP net loss per share $ (0.06 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.32 ) $ (0.32 )
 
 

1

As of December 31, 2012, approximately $0.3 million and $1.4 million in estimated revenues were not recognized during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012, respectively, due to purchase accounting rules.
 

2

Income tax effects related to acquisition related adjustments.
     
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.
CALCULATIONS OF BOOKINGS (DEFINED AS GROSS REVENUE PLUS CHANGE IN DEFERRED REVENUE)
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 

Deferred Revenue
Balance

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2012

 
 
Gross revenue $ 36,426
 
Deferred revenue at September 30, 2012 $ 72,622
Deferred revenue at December 31, 2012   92,252
Change in deferred revenue 19,630   19,630  
 
Bookings $ 56,056  
 
 

Deferred Revenue
Balance

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2011

 

 
 
Gross revenue $ 22,386
 
Deferred revenue at September 30, 2011 $ 39,875
Deferred revenue at December 31, 2011   55,880
Change in deferred revenue 16,005   16,005  
 
Bookings $ 38,391  
 
Percentage period-over-period increase in bookings for the three months ended December 31, 2012

 

46

%

 

 
 

Deferred Revenue
Balance

Year Ended
December 31, 2012

 

 
 
Gross revenue $ 117,914
 
Deferred revenue at December 31, 2011 $ 55,880
Deferred revenue at December 31, 2012   92,252
Change in deferred revenue 36,372   36,372  
 
Bookings $ 154,286  
 
 

Deferred Revenue
Balance

Year Ended
December 31, 2011

 

 
 
Gross revenue $ 75,522
 
Deferred revenue at December 31, 2010 $ 33,818
Deferred revenue at December 31, 2011   55,880
Change in deferred revenue 22,062   22,062  
 
Bookings $ 97,584  
 
Percentage period-over-period increase in bookings for the year ended December 31, 2012

58

%

 

           
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO NON-GAAP NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING
ACTIVITIES
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

  2012     2011   2012     2011  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 14,088 $ 4,872 $ 10,295 $ 1,832
Payment of acquisition related costs - - 747 -
Payment of employer related taxes from stock-based compensation   95     329   198     329  
Non-GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $ 14,183   $ 5,201 $ 11,240   $ 2,161  
 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities 1 $ (3,144 ) $ 16,259 $ (19,581 ) $ (3,885 )
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 974 $ 2 $ 311 $ 80,639
 
 

1

Includes purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software development costs.

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While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...