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|August 12, 2014 07:31 PM EDT||
EXETER, NH -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/14 -- Performance Sports Group Ltd. (NYSE: PSG) (TSX: PSG) ("PSG" or the "Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance sports equipment and apparel, reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended May 31, 2014. All figures are in U.S. dollars.
On April 15, 2014, the Company completed the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition from BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell Sports). Unless otherwise specified, the Company's financial information outlined herein includes Easton Baseball/Softball's operating results from the acquisition date.
Fiscal Q4 2014 Financial Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter
- Revenues up 30% to $112.9 million (35% in constant currency)
- Hockey revenues up 9% (14% in constant currency)
- Lacrosse revenues up 29%
- Adjusted Gross Profit up 22% to $43.8 million
- Adjusted EBITDA up 52% to $21.3 million
- Adjusted Net Income up 12% to $10.8 million or $0.29 per diluted share
- Intellectual property litigation settled with BRG Sports for a gain of $6.0 million (a $0.09 benefit per diluted share, net of related expenses)
- Adjusted Net Income excluding the impact of the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition and the intellectual property litigation settlement of $0.23 per diluted share
"Fiscal 2014 was a year of significant transformation for our organization," said Kevin Davis, president and CEO of Performance Sports Group. "In addition to numerous successful product rollouts and strong growth in our hockey, lacrosse, and apparel businesses, we enhanced our leading performance sports platform with the acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball. With the acquisition complete, we now hold the No. 1 North American market share in diamond sports and No. 1 worldwide market share in hockey."
"We are meeting or exceeding all of our integration milestones for the EASTON operations and I am very happy with the way our entire organization is working to ensure a smooth integration process," continued Davis. "Global demand for our platform of brands continues to accelerate. Hockey sales remained strong, led by the launch of several new products and apparel, including the NEXUS line of sticks which drove 41% growth in the fourth quarter in our largest dollar market share opportunity in hockey. Our hockey team apparel and uniform business also grew an impressive 37% in the fourth quarter as we continue to build momentum with this significant growth opportunity. Our lacrosse business also continues to grow at healthy double-digit rates with strong sales of the new CASCADE "R" helmet and various new Maverik products.
"PSG's expansion into new sports and apparel is a perfect example of our ability to enhance our performance sports platform. As we've proven with our hockey business, we expect to raise the bar of innovation across all of our brands with world class R&D, strong intellectual property and, most importantly, a dedication to connecting with our core consumers. Despite continued currency headwinds, our goal is to deliver another record year of top and bottom-line performance in fiscal 2015."
Fiscal Q4 2014 Financial Results
Revenues in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2014 increased 30% to $112.9 million compared to $86.7 million in the same year-ago quarter. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 35%. The increase was due to strong growth in ice hockey equipment and lacrosse as well as the addition of the EASTON and COMBAT diamond sports businesses, partially offset by an unfavorable impact from foreign exchange.
Excluding the results of the Easton Baseball/Softball and Combat Sports acquisitions, as well as the impact from foreign exchange, revenues grew organically by 15%.
Adjusted Gross Profit (a non-IFRS measure) in the fourth quarter increased 22% to $43.8 million compared to $35.9 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted Gross Profit was 38.8% compared to 41.4% in the same year-ago period. The decrease in Adjusted Gross Profit margin was primarily driven by an unfavorable impact from foreign exchange and Easton Baseball/Softball's lower gross margin during the six week period since the acquisition date. The Company's period of ownership during the fourth quarter is a seasonally low revenue period for the Easton Baseball/Softball business. These factors more than offset improvements in ice hockey gross margin (see "Non-IFRS Measures" below for further discussion).
Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses in the fourth quarter increased 17% to $27.4 million compared to $23.4 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to the addition of Easton Baseball/Softball as well as higher marketing and acquisition-related costs, partially offset by the gain from the intellectual property litigation settlement with BRG Sports. As a percentage of revenues and excluding acquisition-related charges, costs related to share offerings, share-based payment expenses, and the litigation settlement, SG&A expenses were 24.0% compared to 21.8% in the year-ago quarter.
R&D expenses in the fourth quarter increased 17% to $5.3 million compared to $4.6 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to continued focus on product development and the addition of EASTON and COMBAT. As a percentage of revenues, R&D expenses decreased to 4.7% compared to 5.3% in the year-ago quarter.
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) increased 52% to $21.3 million compared to $14.0 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily due to higher Adjusted Gross Profit and a favorable realized gain on derivatives, as well as the favorable litigation settlement described above.
Adjusted Net Income (a non-IFRS measure) in the fourth quarter increased 12% to $10.8 million or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $9.7 million or $0.26 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted Net Income in the fourth quarter includes the benefit of the aforementioned litigation settlement of $0.09 per diluted share, net of related expenses, and a $0.03 loss related to the acquisition of the Easton Baseball/Softball business. Adjusted EPS of $0.26 in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2013 included a benefit of $0.05 per diluted share due to non-recurring tax-related items.
On May 31, 2014, working capital was $320.9 million compared to $200.9 million on May 31, 2013, primarily due to the acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball. Excluding the acquisition, working capital was $225.3 million as of May 31, 2014, an increase of 12%. Total debt was $523.1 million compared to $171.7 million at May 31, 2013. The Company's leverage ratio, defined as average net indebtedness divided by trailing twelve months EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure), stood at 4.78x as of May 31, 2014 compared to 2.70x one year ago. The increase reflects the Company's financing of the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition.
On June 25, 2014, the Company completed an underwritten public offering for total gross proceeds of approximately $126.5 million. PSG used the net proceeds of the offering to reduce leverage and repay approximately $119.5 million of the Company's term loan facility, which was used to finance the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition. Following the pay down, the Company's leverage ratio stood at 3.66x.
Full Year Fiscal 2014 Financial Results
Revenues in fiscal 2014 increased 12% to $446.2 million compared to $399.6 million in fiscal 2013. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 14%. Excluding the results of the EASTON, COMBAT, INARIA and CASCADE acquisitions, as well as the impact from foreign exchange and the Canadian tariff reduction, revenues grew organically by 6%.
Adjusted Gross Profit in fiscal 2014 increased 8% to $164.7 million compared to $153.0 million in fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted Gross Profit was 36.9% compared to 38.3% last year.
SG&A expenses increased 16% to $105.2 million compared to $90.4 million in fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues and excluding acquisition-related charges, costs related to share offerings, share-based payment expenses, and the impact of the litigation settlements, SG&A expenses remained flat at 19.8% compared to fiscal 2013.
R&D expenses increased 15% to $18.5 million compared to $16.1 million in fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues, R&D was 4.1% compared to 4.0% in the prior year.
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) in fiscal 2014 increased 11% to $69.0 million compared to $62.3 million in fiscal 2013.
Adjusted Net Income (a non-IFRS measure) in fiscal 2014 was $37.3 million or $1.00 per diluted share, compared to $35.7 million or $0.98 per diluted share in fiscal 2013. Adjusted EPS in 2014 includes an $0.08 benefit from the litigation settlement with BRG Sports as well as additional expenses related to litigation matters, and a $0.03 loss related to the acquisition of the Easton Baseball/Softball business. Adjusted EPS in 2013 included a benefit of approximately $0.05 due to non-recurring tax-related items.
PSG will hold a conference call tomorrow, August 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and full year results.
The Company's President and CEO Kevin Davis and CFO Amir Rosenthal will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-888-359-3624
International number: 1-719-325-2354
Conference ID: 6392037
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.
The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=110508 and via the investors section of the Company's website at www.performancesportsgroup.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 27, 2014.
Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay ID: 6392037
About Performance Sports Group Ltd.
Performance Sports Group Ltd. (NYSE: PSG) (TSX: PSG) is a leading developer and manufacturer of ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball sports equipment, as well as related apparel. The Company has the most recognized and strongest brands in ice hockey, roller hockey, baseball and softball, and holds top market share positions in these sports. Its products are marketed under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK, CASCADE, INARIA, COMBAT and EASTON brand names and are distributed by sales representatives and independent distributors throughout the world. The Company is focused on building its leadership position by growing market share in all product categories and pursuing strategic acquisitions. For more information, please visit www.performancesportsgroup.com.
Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss are non-IFRS measures. These non-IFRS measures are not recognized measures under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. When used, these measures are defined in such terms as to allow the reconciliation to the closest IFRS measure. These measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of the Company's results of operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analyses of the Company's financial information reported under IFRS. The Company uses non-IFRS measures, such as Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss, to provide investors with a supplemental measure of its operating performance and thus highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. The Company also believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers. The Company also uses non-IFRS measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, prepare annual operating budgets, and to assess its ability to meet future debt service, capital expenditure, and working capital requirements.
Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss are non-IFRS measures. Adjusted Gross Profit is defined as gross profit plus the following expenses which are part of cost of goods sold: (i) amortization and depreciation of intangible assets, (ii) non-cash charges to cost of goods sold resulting from fair market value adjustments to inventory as a result of business acquisitions, (iii) reserves established to dispose of obsolete inventory acquired from acquisitions and (iv) other one-time or non-cash items. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (net income adjusted for income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, losses related to amendments to the credit facility, gain or loss on disposal of fixed assets, net interest expense, deferred financing fees, unrealized gains/losses on derivative instruments, and realized and unrealized gains/losses related to foreign exchange revaluation) before restructuring and other one-time or non-cash charges associated with acquisitions, other one-time or non-cash items, pre-initial public offering sponsor fees, costs related to share offerings, as well as share-based payment expenses. Adjusted EPS is defined as Adjusted Net Income/Loss divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Adjusted Net Income/Loss is defined as net income adjusted for all unrealized gains/losses related to derivative instruments and unrealized gains/losses related to foreign exchange revaluation, non-cash or incremental charges associated with acquisitions, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets for acquisitions since the Company's initial public offering, costs related to share offerings, share-based compensation expense and other non-cash or one-time items.
Further discussion of these non-IFRS measures to the relevant reported results can be found in the tables at the end of this press release under "Non-IFRS Reconciliations" and in the Company's MD&A for the fourth quarter.
All references to "constant currency" reflect the impact of translating the current period results at the monthly foreign exchange rates from the prior year period. This translation impact does not include the impact of foreign exchange on the Company's direct material costs or gains/losses on derivatives. For more information, see "Factors Affecting our Performance - Impact of Foreign Exchange" in the Company's MD&A.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws including with respect to the integration of the Easton Baseball/Softball operations, the introduction of technical innovation, and the Company's financial performance goals for fiscal 2015. Forward-looking statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. The words "may," "will," "would," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "intends," "trends," "indications," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "likely" or "potential" or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions, including those described herein and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors: inability to maintain and enhance brands, inability to introduce new and innovative products, intense competition in the sporting equipment and apparel industries, inability to introduce technical innovation, inability to own, enforce, defend and protect intellectual property rights worldwide, inability to ensure third party suppliers will meet quality and regulatory standards, infringement of intellectual property rights of others, inability to translate booking orders into realized sales, change in the mix or timing of orders placed by customers, seasonal fluctuations in the demand for our products resulting from adverse weather or other conditions, decrease in ice hockey, baseball and softball, roller hockey or lacrosse participation rates, adverse publicity related to or reduced popularity of professional or amateur leagues in sports in which our products are used, reliance on third party suppliers and manufacturers, disruption of distribution chain or loss of significant customers or suppliers, consolidation of our customer base (and the resulting possibility of lower gross margin due to negotiated lower prices), change in the sales mix towards larger customers, cost of raw materials, shipping costs and other cost pressures, risks associated with doing business abroad, inability to accurately forecast demand for products, insufficient sell through of our products at retail, inventory shrinkage or excess inventory, product liability claims and product recalls, changes in compliance standards of testing and athletic governing bodies, departure of senior executives or other key personnel, litigation, including certain class action lawsuits, employment or union related disputes, restrictive covenants in the Credit Facilities, inability to generate sufficient cash to service all the Company's indebtedness, inability to successfully integrate new acquisitions, such as Easton Baseball/Softball, inability to realize growth opportunities or cost synergies that are anticipated to result from new acquisitions, inability to continue making strategic acquisitions, inability to grow market share, volatility in the market price for Common Shares, possibility that we may need additional capital in the future, fluctuations in the value of certain foreign currencies, including the Canadian dollar, Chinese renminbi, euro, Swedish krona, Taiwanese new dollar and Thai baht in relation to the U.S. dollar, inability to manage foreign exchange derivative instruments, general adverse economic and market conditions, changes in consumer preferences and the difficulty in anticipating or forecasting those changes, changes in government regulations, including tax laws and unanticipated tax liabilities, inability of counterparties and customers to meet their financial obligations and natural disasters, as well as the factors identified in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's MD&A for the fourth quarter which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.
Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and we have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED) (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars) As of As of May 31, May 31, 2014 2013 ------------- ------------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash $ 6,871 $ 4,467 Trade and other receivables 205,649 113,682 Inventories 157,429 109,747 Income taxes recoverable 5,580 1,966 Foreign currency forward contracts 3,193 4,513 Prepaid expenses and other assets 6,062 3,084 ------------- ------------- Total current assets 384,784 237,459 Property, plant and equipment 12,482 10,509 Goodwill and intangible assets 410,050 152,644 Foreign currency forward contracts - 1,119 Other non-current assets 475 721 Deferred income taxes 12,030 4,985 ------------- ------------- TOTAL ASSETS $ 819,821 $ 407,437 ============= ============= LIABILITIES Current liabilities: Debt $ 91,518 $ 10,774 Trade and other payables 42,116 22,548 Accrued liabilities 38,593 25,672 Provisions 5,564 2,041 Income taxes payable 3,788 989 Retirement benefit obligations 358 358 ------------- ------------- Total current liabilities 181,937 62,382 Debt 431,573 160,913 Provisions 257 383 Retirement benefit obligations 5,506 5,522 Other non-current liabilities 115 879 Deferred income taxes 2,606 918 ------------- ------------- TOTAL LIABILITIES 621,994 230,997 EQUITY Share capital 145,970 141,397 Contributed surplus 13,426 9,562 Retained earnings 47,124 27,037 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,693) (1,556) ------------- ------------- TOTAL EQUITY 197,827 176,440 ------------- ------------- TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY $ 819,821 $ 407,437 ============= ============= PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED) (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts) For the three months For the twelve ended months ended May 31, May 31, -------------------- -------------------- 2014 2013 2014 2013 --------- --------- --------- --------- Revenues $ 112,901 $ 86,740 $ 446,179 $ 399,593 Cost of goods sold 75,111 52,942 291,843 252,419 --------- --------- --------- --------- Gross profit 37,790 33,798 154,336 147,174 Selling, general and administrative expenses 27,401 23,375 105,212 90,435 Research and development expenses 5,313 4,562 18,454 16,056 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income before finance costs, finance income, gain on bargain purchase, other expenses and income tax expense (benefit) 5,076 5,861 30,670 40,683 Finance costs 10,054 1,818 13,983 8,566 Finance income (4,485) (1,250) (11,177) (2,000) Gain on bargain purchase - (1,190) - (1,190) Other expenses 206 25 353 158 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income before income tax expense (benefit) (699) 6,458 27,511 35,149 Income tax expense (benefit) (969) 311 7,424 9,817 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 270 $ 6,147 $ 20,087 $ 25,332 Other comprehensive income (loss): Items that may be reclassified to net income (loss): Foreign currency translation differences 1,106 (653) (6,917) (120) Items that will not be subsequently reclassified to net income (loss): Actuarial gains (losses) on defined benefit plans, net (260) (191) (220) (217) --------- --------- --------- --------- Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes 846 (844) (7,137) (337) --------- --------- --------- --------- Total comprehensive income $ 1,116 $ 5,303 $ 12,950 $ 24,995 ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic earnings per common share $ 0.01 $ 0.18 $ 0.57 $ 0.74 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.01 $ 0.17 $ 0.54 $ 0.70 ========= ========= ========= ========= PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD. RECONCILIATION OF GROSS PROFIT TO ADJUSTED GROSS PROFIT (UNAUDITED) (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended May 31, May 31, 2014 2013 2014 2013 --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- Gross profit $ 37.8 $ 33.8 $ 154.3 $ 147.2 --------- --------- --------- --------- Amortization & depreciation of intangible assets 2.2 0.9 4.8 3.6 Inventory step-up / step-down & reserves 3.6 0.7 4.6 1.7 Other 0.2 0.5 1.0 0.5 --------- --------- --------- --------- Adjusted Gross Profit $ 43.8 $ 35.9 $ 164.7 $ 153.0 --------- --------- --------- --------- PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD. RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND TO ADJUSTED EBITDA (UNAUDITED) (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended May 31, May 31, 2014 2013 2014 2013 --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 0.3 $ 6.1 $ 20.1 $ 25.3 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income tax expense (benefit) (1.0) 0.3 7.4 9.8 Depreciation & amortization 3.8 2.1 10.4 7.8 Loss on extinguishment of debt 2.6 - 2.6 0.3 Gain on bargain purchase - (1.2) - (1.2) Loss on disposal of fixed assets 0.2 - 0.2 - Interest expense, net 3.4 1.3 7.5 6.6 Deferred financing fees 0.5 0.4 1.6 1.5 Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivative instruments, net 3.5 (0.8) 2.0 (0.9) Foreign exchange (gain)/loss (2.1) 0.1 (4.8) (0.5) --------- --------- --------- --------- EBITDA $ 11.2 $ 8.3 $ 47.0 $ 48.7 Acquisition Related Charges: Inventory step-up / step-down & reserves 3.6 0.7 4.5 1.7 Rebranding / integration costs (adjustments) 2.2 1.1 4.1 3.2 Acquisition costs 2.4 0.5 7.3 2.6 --------- --------- --------- --------- Subtotal $ 8.2 $ 2.3 $ 15.9 $ 7.5 Costs related to share offerings 0.1 - 0.5 0.8 Share-based payment expense 1.6 1.7 4.5 3.6 Other 0.2 1.7 1.1 1.7 --------- --------- --------- --------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 21.3 $ 14.0 $ 69.0 $ 62.3 --------- --------- --------- --------- PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD. RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND TO ADJUSTED EPS (UNAUDITED) (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended May 31, May 31, 2014 2013 2014 2013 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Net income $ 0.3 $ 6.1 $ 20.1 $ 25.3 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Unrealized foreign exchange loss / (gain) 1.8 (0.5) (1.5) (1.1) Costs related to share offerings 0.1 - 0.5 0.8 Acquisition-related charges 10.1 2.8 19.6 9.5 Share-based payment expense 1.6 1.7 4.5 3.6 Other 3.0 0.5 3.9 0.8 Tax impact on above items (6.1) (0.9) (9.8) (3.2) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Adjusted Net Income $ 10.8 $ 9.7 $ 37.3 $ 35.7 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Average diluted shares outstanding 37,871,858 36,887,222 37,496,996 36,407,008 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Adjusted EPS $ 0.29 $ 0.26 $ 1.00 $ 0.98 ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
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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.
Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,041
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
Oct. 29, 2014 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,068
As a disruptive technology, Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC), which is an emerging standard of web communications, is redefining how brands and consumers communicate in real time. The on-going narrative around WebRTC has largely been around incorporating video, audio and chat functions to apps. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Alex Gouaillard, Founder and CTO of Temasys Communications, will look at a fourth element – data channels – and talk about its potential to move WebRTC beyond browsers and into the Internet of Things.
Oct. 29, 2014 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,617
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gigaom Research has been named "Media Sponsor" of 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. Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, will also lead a Power Panel on the topic "Choosing the Right Cloud Option." Gigaom Research provides timely, in-depth analysis of emerging technologies for individual and corporate subscribers. Gigaom Research's network of 200+ independent analysts provides new content daily that bridges the gap between break...
Oct. 28, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,644
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Oct. 28, 2014 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,592
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
Oct. 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,942