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SMAC News Weekly – Week of May 12, 2013

Welcome to SMAC News Weekly, featuring the latest news and numbers relating to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) that I come across each week.

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Amazon last week released its Cloud Drive Photos app, and corresponding five gigabytes worth of free cloud storage, in what is essentially a competitor to Apple's own iCloud-based Photo Stream service. Read Original Content

Security First Insurance, a homeowners insurance firm, is using “smarter content” software from IBM and partner Integritie to collect and analyze big data. This includes social media and email to begin the claims resolution process for customers who have been impacted by a storm. Read Original Content

Twitter Inc and Peoplebrowsr Inc, a social media analytics firm, reached a settlement that would allow Peoplebrowsr to continue to buy Twitter's data until the end of 2013, the two companies announced Thursday. Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Buyers of Multi-Process HRO services are looking to “SMAC” as one means of driving value-added services from their service providers, according to a new research study by Everest Group, an advisory and research firm on global services. Read Original Content

New figures from Microsoft show a slight increase in the number of businesses using cloud technology in the last twelve months. However, “the cloud” still faces somewhat of a perception problem with many users believing cloud storage is less secure than older methods that do not rely on an Internet connection. Read Original Content

SAP's plan to offer its HANA database platform as an enterprise cloud service has been heralded by analysts as a positive step forward for the firm. The HANA Enterprise Cloud will allow users to analyze data from SAP Business Suite applications in the cloud. Read Original Content
Microsoft's cloud storage platform has signed up 50 million more users since the launch of Windows 8 last October, bringing the total number up to 250 million. Read Original Content

Global Private Cloud Market is expected to grow from $5.6 billion in 2012 to $46.8 billion by 2013, at an estimated annual rate of 40.2 percent from 2013 to 2018. North America commanded the largest share with 60 percent of the overall Cloud Storage market in 2012 at $3.4 billion; and is expected to reach $21.8 billion by 2018.
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.