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For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on GigaOM, check out the latest in-depth analyses on GigaOM Research, our subscription-based research service. This week: the smart home goes mainstream, our latest Sector RoadMap, and gripes with AWS.

Consumers have long paid their utility bills with little inkling of how much each device in their home costs to run. Shwetak Patel has found a better way. The MacArthur Fellow recognized that every device has a unique digital signature that can be detected with simple wireless sensors. Patel’s smart algorithms, combined with a sensor plugged anywhere in a home, inexpensively provide visual feedback allowing consumers to see which devices are the biggest wasters and how to conserve. The family who lives in the Hayward, California, home pictured here, was surprised to learn that digital video recorders eat up 11 percent of their household power. Photo: Peter Menzel 2012/ The Human Face of Big Data

This week, we dove into the internet of things, an increasingly connected world, and the future of wearables at Mobilize, our two day conference in San Francisco. If you weren’t able to join us for the show, you can catch up with our Mobilize recap, which looks at some of the major themes that emerged on stage.  Unsurprisingly, our analysts over at GigaOM Research are focused on some of the very same issues, with reports that look at the future of smart, connected homes and a largely mobile workforce.

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Cleantech: Battling for the home: new options for the connected consumer
Craig Foster

Analyst Craig Foster looks at the rise of the smart home, which, with advances in connected device technology and the internet of things, has risen from a niche novelty to a more widespread phenomenon. Foster notes major trends currently impacting the smart home market, such as the need for affordable, simple useful and – most importantly – extensible devices. He also emphasizes that “The next stage of the smart home market is not just about connecting other “things” to a central platform; it is about building simplicity and convenience around this platform to better suit people’s lifestyles.” Foster goes on to provide brief case studies of major vendors in the current smart home market (including Lowes in the US and British Gas in the UK) before offering his forecast of the global smart home market potential over the next five years.

Cloud: Five features Amazon Web Services must fix
Janakiram MSV

Analyst Janakiram MSV outlines five weaknesses that AWS customers frequently report, according to feedback that Janakiram has compiled recently. These issues, which run the gamut from billing to analytics to gripes about file storage systems and server configurations. Janakiram highlights each issue, explains major pain points and makes recommendations for alternative services or potential solutions that AWS could implement.

Mobile: Sector RoadMap: Enterprise mobility management
Cormac Foster

In his latest report, Cormac Foster dives in to the world of BYOD with “Sector RoadMap: Enterprise mobility management.” Defining enterprise mobility management (EMM) as “the collection of tools necessary to allow businesses to deploy, secure, and manage policies, devices, and applications for a mobile workforce,” Foster uses the RoadMap methodology to identify five key trends that will disrupt the EMM marketplace in the next two years, and analyzes how each of these disruptors will create opportunities for existing vendors and impact major decision-making among vendors in the near-term future. He also takes a close look at five very different companies who represent a diverse array of approaches to the EMM sector, and closes with key takeaways to consider as the market evolves.

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