Last week on Pro: smart buildings, Q1 in mobile, and more


This week, all eyes were on Texas, as Google announced that Austin will be its next Google Fiber-connected city. Next week, all eyes will be on New York, as we launch this year’s paidContent Live conference on April 17. We’ve still got a few tickets left, so register today to join our writers, over 40 digital content innovators, investors, and analysts for a full day of panels, workshops, and fireside chats about the future of media. Meanwhile, over on GigaOM Pro, our analysts have been looking back at the past quarter in tech. Read on to see what our analysts have to say about the current market and near term future for mobile, cleantech, and more.

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Cleantech: Building energy management systems: overview and forecast
Eric Bloom and Richard Martin

What does it take to build bigger, better, and more energy-efficient buildings? Analysts Eric Bloom and Richard Martin take a look at the rapidly-evolving building energy management system (BEMS) market, which leverages big data to monitor and control building energy use and efficiency. While the recent economic slowdown has hampered the BEMS sector, recent research projections still anticipate significant growth over the next decade. Bloom and Martin provide a competitive overview of the BEMS ecosystem, as well as a summary of current market opportunities, key players and recent acquisitions, and future strategies and growth opportunities.

Cloud: Security: Getting to the truth in the enterprise vs. public cloud debate
David Linthicum

What’s the safest way to store your data? Analyst David Linthicum revisits the hotly-contested cloud security debate, taking a look at the arguments for (and against) public cloud solutions versus more traditional enterprise systems. He draws on recent data from Alert Logic to weigh in on the vulnerability of each system, adding his own thoughts and expertise about achieving security in the cloud.

Mobile: Mobile first-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook
Colin Gibbs

It’s been a tumultuous quarter in mobile, for just about everyone except Apple. Analyst Colin Gibbs revisits the big news items and forecasts the potential impact on the mobile market. Highlights include RIM’s attempt at a fresh start as BlackBerry and the long-awaited launch of the BlackBerry10 OS and Z10 handset. Meanwhile, Samsung continued to exert its dominance on the Andoid market, and announced plans that could effectively create a third-party mobile ecosystem to rival Google’s control of the Android operating system. Gibbs also looks at how T-Mobile is shaking up the US carrier market by eliminating service contracts and handset subsidies, and the near-term outlook for the mobile market at large. Lastly, he outlines recent developments and disruptions in the wearable device market, and especially what it means for consumers.

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