The weekend review: smart homes and a new Sector RoadMap

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This week on GigaOM Research our analysts took a close look at the the internet of things, the rise of connected devices, and an increasingly mobile workforce, some of the major themes explored at last week’s Mobilize conference. If you didn’t get a chance to join us in San Francisco for the show, be sure to check out the Mobilize recap from our colleagues over at GigaOM.

First, in “Battling for the home: new options for the connected consumer,” 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 U.S. and British Gas in the U.K.) before offering his forecast of the global smart home market potential over the next five years.

Next, Cormac Foster dives in to the world of BYOD with his latest report, “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 he 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 he closes with key takeaways to consider as the market evolves.

Last, “Five features Amazon Web Services must fix,” 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.

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