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ACI Worldwide, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2014

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced financial results for the period ended June 30, 2014. Management will host a conference call at 8:30 am ET to discuss these results as well as 2014 guidance. Interested persons may access a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference at www.aciworldwide.com/investors or use the following numbers for dial-in participation: US/Canada: (866) 914-7436, International/Local: +1 (817) 385-9117. Please provide your name, the conference name ACI Worldwide, Inc. and conference code 72317567. There will be a replay available for two weeks on (855) 859-2056 for US/Canada Dial-In and +1 (404) 537- 3406 for International/Local Dial-In participants.

“ACI had a strong second quarter, driven by continued market interest in our Universal Payments solutions and solid execution company wide,” commented Phil Heasley, President and CEO, ACI Worldwide. “We expect the addition of Retail Decisions to continue this momentum and we remain optimistic regarding the remainder of 2014 and beyond.”

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Financial Results for Q2

Non-GAAP revenue in Q2 was $255 million, an increase of $47 million, or 23%, above the prior year quarter. Excluding the Official Payments contribution of $39 million, organic revenue grew 4%.

New sales bookings, net of term extensions (SNET) increased 16% compared to the prior year quarter, or 14% excluding the contribution from Official Payments. Our 12-month backlog increased by $2 million from last quarter to $885 million, while our 60-month backlog increased by $14 million from last quarter to $3.92 billion.

Non-GAAP operating income was $31 million for the quarter, versus $17 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA of $56 million grew 46%, or $18 million above last year’s $38 million. Net EBITDA margin in Q2 2014 was 25% versus 19% margin last year, after adjusting for $34 million and $7 million of pass through interchange fees in Q2 2014 and Q2 2013, respectively.

Q2 GAAP net income was $11 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, versus net income of $2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share in Q2 2013. The variance was primarily driven by higher revenues and cost containment.

We ended the second quarter with $55 million in cash on hand. Operating free cash flow (OFCF) for the quarter was $28 million, up from $22 million in Q2 of last year. The quarter ended with a debt balance of $753 million, down from $779 million in Q1.

Reiterating Guidance

Excluding contribution from the pending acquisition of Retail Decisions (ReD), we continue to expect to generate non-GAAP revenue in a range of $1.06 to $1.08 billion for the full year. We expect non-GAAP revenue of $250 to $260 million in the third quarter. Adjusted EBITDA expectations remain in a range of $290 to $300 million. This guidance excludes approximately $15 million of significant integration-related expenses and includes $2 million for the deferred revenue adjustments. If closed in the middle of the third quarter, we expect the acquisition of ReD will generate approximately $18 million in revenue and $4 million in adjusted EBITDA for the remainder of 2014 and we will update our financial guidance upon closing. Lastly, our full year 2014 net new sales bookings growth is expected to be in the upper single digit range.

About ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide, the Universal Payments company, powers electronic payments and banking for more than 5,000 financial institutions, retailers, billers and processors around the world. ACI software processes $13 trillion in payments and securities transactions for more than 250 of the leading global retailers, and 21 of the world’s 25 largest banks. Through our comprehensive suite of software products and hosted services, we deliver a broad range of solutions for payment processing; card and merchant management; online banking; mobile, branch and voice banking; fraud detection; trade finance; and electronic bill presentment and payment. To learn more about ACI, please visit www.aciworldwide.com. You can also find us on Twitter @ACI_Worldwide.

To supplement our financial results presented on a GAAP basis, we use the non-GAAP measures indicated in the tables, which exclude certain business combination accounting entries related to the acquisitions of S1 Corporation and Online Resources Corporation and significant transaction-related expenses, as well as other significant non-cash expenses such as depreciation, amortization and share-based compensation, that we believe are helpful in understanding our past financial performance and our future results. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to our GAAP results and are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management generally compensates for limitations in the use of non-GAAP financial measures by relying on comparable GAAP financial measures and providing investors with a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures only in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business. Certain non-GAAP measures include:

  • Non-GAAP revenue: revenue plus deferred revenue that would have been recognized in the normal course of business by S1 and Online Resources if not for GAAP purchase accounting requirements. Non-GAAP revenue should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, revenue.
  • Non-GAAP operating income: operating income (loss) plus deferred revenue that would have been recognized in the normal course of business by S1 and Online Resources if not for GAAP purchase accounting requirements and significant transaction-related expenses. Non-GAAP operating income should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, operating income (loss).
  • Adjusted EBITDA: net income (loss) plus income tax expense (benefit), net interest income (expense), net other income (expense), depreciation, amortization and non-cash compensation, as well as deferred revenue that would have been recognized in the normal course of business by S1 and Online Resources if not for GAAP purchase accounting requirements and significant transaction related expenses. Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, operating income (loss).

ACI is also presenting operating free cash flow, which is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, plus net after-tax payments associated with employee-related actions and facility closures, net after-tax payments associated with significant transaction-related costs, net after-tax payments associated with IBM IT outsourcing transition and termination, and less capital expenditures. Operating free cash flow is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. We utilize this non-GAAP financial measure, and believe it is useful to investors, as an indicator of cash flow available for debt repayment and other investing activities, such as capital investments and acquisitions. We utilize operating free cash flow as a further indicator of operating performance and for planning investing activities. Operating free cash flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, net cash provided by operating activities. A limitation of operating free cash flow is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period. This measure also does not exclude mandatory debt service obligations and, therefore, does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. We believe that operating free cash flow is useful to investors to provide disclosures of our operating results on the same basis as that used by our management.

ACI also includes backlog estimates, which include all software license fees, maintenance fees and services specified in executed contracts, as well as revenues from assumed contract renewals to the extent that we believe recognition of the related revenue will occur within the corresponding backlog period. We have historically included assumed renewals in backlog estimates based upon automatic renewal provisions in the executed contract and our historic experience with customer renewal rates.

Backlog is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. Our 60-month backlog estimate represents expected revenues from existing customers using the following key assumptions:

  • Maintenance fees are assumed to exist for the duration of the license term for those contracts in which the committed maintenance term is less than the committed license term.
  • License, facilities management, and software hosting arrangements are assumed to renew at the end of their committed term at a rate consistent with our historical experiences.
  • Non-recurring license arrangements are assumed to renew as recurring revenue streams.
  • Foreign currency exchange rates are assumed to remain constant over the 60-month backlog period for those contracts stated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar.
  • Our pricing policies and practices are assumed to remain constant over the 60-month backlog period.

Estimates of future financial results are inherently unreliable. Our backlog estimates require substantial judgment and are based on a number of assumptions as described above. These assumptions may turn out to be inaccurate or wrong, including for reasons outside of management’s control. For example, our customers may attempt to renegotiate or terminate their contracts for a number of reasons, including mergers, changes in their financial condition, or general changes in economic conditions in the customer’s industry or geographic location, or we may experience delays in the development or delivery of products or services specified in customer contracts which may cause the actual renewal rates and amounts to differ from historical experiences. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates may also impact the amount of revenue actually recognized in future periods. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that contracts included in backlog estimates will actually generate the specified revenues or that the actual revenues will be generated within the corresponding 60-month period.

Backlog should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, reported revenue and deferred revenue.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Generally, forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may include words or phrases such as “believes,” “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” and words and phrases of similar impact. The forward-looking statements are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: (i) interest in our Universal Payments solutions; (ii) expectations regarding the acquisition of Retail Decisions; (iii) optimism regarding the remainder of 2014 and beyond; (iv) expectations regarding revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and sales, net of term guidance in 2014; (v) expectations regarding Q3 2014 revenue; and (vi) expectations relating to the timing of the close of Retail Decisions and the revenue and EBITDA contributions during the remainder of 2014.

All of the foregoing forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by the risk factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such factors include but are not limited to, increased competition, the performance of our strategic product, UP BASE24-eps, demand for our products, restrictions and other financial covenants in our credit facility, consolidations and failures in the financial services industry, customer reluctance to switch to a new vendor, the accuracy of management’s backlog estimates, the maturity of certain products, our strategy to migrate customers to our next generation products, ratable or deferred recognition of certain revenue associated with customer migrations and the maturity of certain of our products, failure to obtain renewals of customer contracts or to obtain such renewals on favorable terms, delay or cancellation of customer projects or inaccurate project completion estimates, volatility and disruption of the capital and credit markets and adverse changes in the global economy, our existing levels of debt, impairment of our goodwill or intangible assets, litigation, future acquisitions, strategic partnerships and investments, risks related to the expected benefits to be achieved in the transaction with Online Resources and Official Payments, the complexity of our products and services and the risk that they may contain hidden defects or be subjected to security breaches or viruses, compliance of our products with applicable legislation, governmental regulations and industry standards, our compliance with privacy regulations, the protection of our intellectual property in intellectual property litigation, the cyclical nature of our revenue and earnings and the accuracy of forecasts due to the concentration of revenue-generating activity during the final weeks of each quarter, business interruptions or failure of our information technology and communication systems, our offshore software development activities, risks from operating internationally, including fluctuations in currency exchange rates, exposure to unknown tax liabilities, and volatility in our stock price. For a detailed discussion of these risk factors, parties that are relying on the forward-looking statements should review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, Registration Statement on Form S-4, and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

       

ACI WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
June 30, December 31,
  2014     2013  
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 54,982 $ 95,059
Receivables, net of allowances of $4,722 and $4,459, respectively 206,901 203,575
Deferred income taxes, net 74,247 47,593
Recoverable income taxes 3,009 2,258
Prepaid expenses 21,580 22,549
Other current assets   29,884     65,328  
Total current assets   390,603     436,362  
 
Property and equipment, net 54,731 57,347
Software, net 191,465 191,468
Goodwill 668,566 669,217
Intangible assets, net 224,505 237,693
Deferred income taxes, net 41,740 48,852
Other noncurrent assets   42,594     40,912  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,614,204   $ 1,681,851  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 41,235 $ 43,658
Employee compensation 36,665 35,623
Current portion of long-term debt 59,141 47,313
Deferred revenue 141,388 122,045
Income taxes payable 2,625 1,192
Deferred income taxes, net 691 753
Other current liabilities   55,639     95,016  
Total current liabilities   337,384     345,600  
 
Noncurrent liabilities
Deferred revenue 48,229 45,656
Long-term debt 693,500 708,070
Deferred income taxes, net 10,078 11,000
Other noncurrent liabilities   22,347     27,831  
Total liabilities   1,111,538     1,138,157  
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued
and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 - -
Common stock; $0.005 par value; 280,000,000 shares authorized; 139,820,388
shares issued at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 698 698
Additional paid-in capital 547,201 542,697
Retained earnings 269,317 263,855
Treasury stock, at cost, 25,736,694 and 23,255,421 shares at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively (300,454 ) (240,241 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (14,096 )   (23,315 )
Total stockholders' equity   502,666     543,694  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 1,614,204   $ 1,681,851  
 

 

Note: All references to share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the July 10, 2014 three-for-one stock split for all periods presented.

 

ACI WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)

                   

For the Three Months Ended
June 30,

For the Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2014     2013     2014     2013  
 
Revenues
License $ 61,377 $ 53,714 $ 97,079 $ 95,070
Maintenance 62,309 57,830 124,808 116,464
Services 24,991 26,964 47,579 50,893
Hosting   106,131     67,322     206,815     105,400  
Total revenues   254,808     205,830     476,281     367,827  
 
Operating expenses
Cost of license (1) 6,897 6,169 12,633 12,087
Cost of maintenance, services and hosting (1) 112,595 82,573 220,482 144,444
Research and development 38,876 38,391 76,332 75,540
Selling and marketing 28,007 27,538 55,916 52,612
General and administrative 24,682 26,147 49,798 51,184
Depreciation and amortization   17,010     13,490     34,088     24,447  
Total operating expenses   228,067     194,308     449,249     360,314  
 
Operating income   26,741     11,522     27,032     7,513  
 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense (9,329 ) (6,053 ) (18,504 ) (9,950 )
Interest income 135 211 334 342
Other, net   (3,901 )   (1,519 )   (4,958 )   1,646  
Total other income (expense)   (13,095 )   (7,361 )   (23,128 )   (7,962 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 13,646 4,161 3,904 (449 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   2,409     2,280     (1,558 )   (164 )
Net income (loss) $ 11,237   $ 1,881   $ 5,462   $ (285 )
 
Income (loss) per common share
Basic $ 0.10 $ 0.02 $ 0.05 $ (0.00 )
Diluted $ 0.10 $ 0.02 $ 0.05 $ (0.00 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 113,907 119,505 114,663 118,781
Diluted 115,977 121,502 116,812 118,781
 

 

 

 

(1) The cost of software license fees excludes charges for depreciation but includes amortization of purchased and developed software for resale. The cost of maintenance, services and hosting fees excludes charges for depreciation.

Note: All references to share and per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the July 10, 2014 three-for-one stock split for all periods presented.

             

ACI WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited and in thousands)

 

For the Three Months Ended
June 30,

  2014     2013  
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 11,237 $ 1,881
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:
Depreciation 5,234 4,200
Amortization 15,309 12,720
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 1,332 1,556
Deferred income taxes (857 ) (680 )
Stock-based compensation expense 4,416 3,774
Excess tax benefit of stock options exercised (312 ) (373 )
Other 734 3,992
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:
Receivables (6,156 ) (8,643 )
Accounts payable (1,723 ) (1,516 )
Accrued employee compensation 4,239 4,269
Current income taxes (1,438 ) (498 )
Deferred revenue (6,559 ) 5,799
Other current and noncurrent assets and liabilities   7,610     (3,777 )
Net cash flows from operating activities   33,066     22,704  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (4,091 ) (2,809 )
Purchases of software and distribution rights (3,411 ) (1,814 )
Other   (1,500 )   -  
Net cash flows from investing activities   (9,002 )   (4,623 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 686 463
Proceeds from exercises of stock options 1,230 1,719
Excess tax benefit of stock options exercised 312 373
Repurchases of common stock - (12,068 )
Repurchase of restricted stock and performance shares for tax withholdings (30 ) (54 )
Proceeds from revolving credit facility 10,000 -
Repayment of revolving credit facility (27,000 ) -
Repayment of term portion of credit agreement (8,871 ) (9,375 )
Payments on other debt and capital leases (6,305 ) (3,379 )
Payment for debt issuance costs - (264 )
Distribution to noncontrolling interest   (1,391 )   -  
Net cash flows from financing activities   (31,369 )   (22,585 )
 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash   3,351     (239 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (3,954 ) (4,743 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   58,936     112,484  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 54,982   $ 107,741  
       

 

ACI WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited and in thousands)

 

For the Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2014     2013  
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 5,462 $ (285 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash flows from operating activities:
Depreciation 10,558 7,964
Amortization 30,591 23,142
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 2,680 2,516
Deferred income taxes (12,134 ) (6,776 )
Stock-based compensation expense 9,188 7,724
Excess tax benefit of stock options exercised (4,382 ) (1,681 )
Other 671 2,035
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:
Receivables (9,279 ) 22,028
Accounts payable (3,203 ) (10,731 )
Accrued employee compensation 659 (8,012 )
Current income taxes 4,728 3,780
Deferred revenue 20,337 21,737
Other current and noncurrent assets and liabilities   (7,553 )   (5,810 )
Net cash flows from operating activities   48,323     57,631  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (8,319 ) (9,050 )
Purchases of software and distribution rights (6,991 ) (4,578 )
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired - (264,202 )
Other   (1,500 )   -  
Net cash flows from investing activities   (16,810 )   (277,830 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 1,338 938
Proceeds from exercises of stock options 4,117 5,583
Excess tax benefit of stock options exercised 4,382 1,681
Repurchases of common stock (70,000 ) (12,068 )
Repurchase of restricted stock and performance shares for tax withholdings (4,533 ) (5,574 )
Proceeds from term portion of credit agreement - 300,000
Proceeds from revolving credit facility 50,000 -
Repayment of revolving credit facility (35,000 ) -
Repayment of term portion of credit agreement (17,742 ) (13,125 )
Payments on other debt and capital leases (6,687 ) (11,717 )
Payment for debt issuance costs (163 ) (9,536 )
Distribution to noncontrolling interest   (1,391 )   -  
Net cash flows from financing activities   (75,679 )   256,182  
 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash   4,089     (4,571 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (40,077 ) 31,412
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   95,059     76,329  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 54,982   $ 107,741  
                               
ACI Worldwide, Inc.
Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures (1)
(unaudited and in thousands, except per share data)
 
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED June 30,
2014 2014 2013 2013
Selected Non-GAAP Financial Data GAAP     Adj     Non-GAAP     GAAP     Adj     Non-GAAP     $ Diff     % Diff
 
Total revenues (2) $ 254,808 $ 459 $ 255,267 $ 205,830 $ 2,001 $ 207,831 $ 47,436 23 %
Total expenses (3) 228,067 (3,502 ) 224,565 194,308 (3,922 ) 190,386 34,179 18 %
Operating income (loss) 26,741 3,961 30,702 11,522 5,923 17,445 13,257 76 %
Income (Loss) before income taxes 13,646 3,961 17,607 4,161 5,923 10,084 7,523 75 %
Income tax expense (benefit) (4)   2,409       1,386         3,795       2,280       2,073         4,353       (558 )     -13 %
Net income (loss) $ 11,237     $ 2,575       $ 13,812     $ 1,881     $ 3,850       $ 5,731     $ 8,081       141 %
 
Depreciation 5,234 - 5,234 4,200 - 4,200 1,034 25 %
Amortization - acquisition related intangibles 5,803 - 5,803 4,803 - 4,803 1,000 21 %
Amortization - acquisition related software 5,125 - 5,125 4,507 - 4,507 618 14 %
Amortization - other 4,381 - 4,381 3,410 - 3,410 971 29 %
Stock-based compensation (5) 4,416 - 4,416 3,774 - 3,774 642 17 %
                                           
Adjusted EBITDA $ 51,700     $ 3,961       $ 55,661     $ 32,216     $ 5,923       $ 38,139     $ 17,522       46 %
 
Earnings per share information
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic (5) 113,907 113,907 113,907 119,505 119,505 119,505
Diluted (5) 115,977 115,977 115,977 121,502 121,502 121,502
 
Earnings per share
Basic (5) $ 0.10 $ 0.02 $ 0.12 $ 0.02 $ 0.03 $ 0.05 $ 0.07 153 %
Diluted (5) $ 0.10 $ 0.02 $ 0.12 $ 0.02 $ 0.03 $ 0.05 $ 0.07 152 %

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

(2) Adjustment for ORCC deferred revenue that would have been recognized in the normal course of business but was not recognized due to GAAP purchase accounting requirements.

(3) Expense for significant transaction related transactions, including, $1.4 million for employee related actions, $0.6 million for data center moves and $1.5 million for professional and other fees in 2014 and $2.4 million for employee related actions and $1.5 million for other professional fees in 2013.

(4) Adjustments tax effected at 35%.

(5) All references to share and per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the July 10, 2014 three-for-one stock split for all periods presented.

       

Quarter Ended
June 30,

Reconciliation of Operating Free Cash Flow (millions)   2014     2013  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 33.1 $ 22.7
Payments associated with acquired opening balance sheet liabilities 0.3 -
Net after-tax payments associated with employee-related actions (4) 0.9 2.1
Net after-tax payments associated with lease terminations (4) 0.2 0.2
Net after-tax payments associated with significant transaction related expenses (4) 1.2 1.4
Less capital expenditures   (7.5 )   (4.6 )
Operating Free Cash Flow $ 28.2   $ 21.8  

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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...
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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.
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