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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: 10 cloud trends to watch in 2014, and smart homes at CES.

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With the chaos of CES behind us (missed anything? Check our our full CES coverage here), we can get back to focusing on everything else that’s happening in the wild world of technology. Meanwhile, over on Gigaom Research, our analysts have their own short takes on what they saw in Vegas, as well as forecasts for the year ahead – at least, when it comes to cloud computing.

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Cloud: Top 10 cloud trends for 2014
Janakiram MSV

In his first report of the new year, Janakiram MSV takes a quick look back at breakthroughs and disappointments in cloud computing in 2013 before diving in to the top 10 developments that Gigaom Research’s cloud analysts predict for the year ahead. With big shifts ahead for both public and hybrid clouds, Janakiram also takes a look at what’s in store for the cloud and the internet of things, as well as next steps for OpenStack, SDN, and more.

Consumer: Some observations on smart home from CES 2014
Michael Wolf

After spending the week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, analyst Mike Wolf offers some brief observations about smart home technologies, and what we can expect to see in 2014. He highlights the growing importance of sensors and low-energy Bluetooth, as well as the continued fragmentation between short-wave radio players, and offers his first thoughts on what to look for next.

Social: Why videoconferencing is critical to business collaboration
David Coleman

Analyst David Coleman looks at the role of collaboration between geographically distributed businesses and teams, and the role that video conferencing technology plays in these interactions. Coleman looks specifically at cloud-based video conferencing, which provides “high fidelity and the ability to connect seamlessly to any video end point,” as well as a more affordable alternative to single-vendor, hardware-based systems. Noting that “87% of remote users feel more connected to their team and process when using videoconferencing,” Coleman takes a look at use cases from the education, finance, health and construction sectors, and provides a list of minimum requirements (and added features) for IT managers and technology buyers to consider when selecting videoconferencing systems.

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