Last week on Research: hardware and design


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It’s been a big week at Gigaom, as we launched our refreshed logo and site design, and we’re in the final stages of preparing for Roadmap, our final conference of the year, which takes place in San Francisco on November 5-6. We still have a few tickets left, and plenty of great background reading to get you up to speed, including this recent post, where five our our favorite designers pick five of their favorite product designs. Speaking of design, over on Gigaom Research, our analysts are delving into design themselves, taking a look at the convergence of engineering and product design, and how it’s bound to impact the hardware industry in the near future.

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Cloud: Cloud and data third-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook
David Linthicum and Jo Maitland

Analysts David Linthicum and Jo Maitland take a look back at the big executive shakeups, news items, and technology and trends that emerged in the cloud and big data market over the past three months. While growth in this market sector slowed down over the summer, there’s still plenty to review, including continued repercussions from the NSA surveillance scandal, the rise of multicloud, and a renewed focus on Microsoft’s future, in the wake of Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he plans to vacate his position as CEO. Linthicum and Maitland summarize other important news from the market sector to create a series of key takeaways from the quarter, and what to expect for the rest of 2013.

Connected Consumer: Connected consumer third-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook
Paul Sweeting

In his latest quarterly wrap-up, analyst Paul Sweeting looks at how the past quarter may impact the digital living room, especially as digital and print media continue to battle with broadcasters, publishers, networks, and investors. The market is an especially turbulent one: conflicts between CBS and Time Warner about retransmission consent and legal battles between networks and services such as Aereo and Cablevision were just a few of the issues to come to a head over the past three months. And, of course, Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post and Twitter’s planned IPO also stand to inject the media landscape with new funding and new challenges.

Mobile: The rebirth of hardware demands new definition of design
Haydn Shaughnessy

“The nature of hardware is changing,” notes analyst Haydn Shaughnessy at the beginning of his latest report. “Products are becoming devices — new-generation products that combine the four elements of hardware, software, service, and connection.” Shaughnessy contends that design is at a critical turning point, as engineering and product design converge. Design must now incorporate four key elements of device design and functionality: hardware, service, software, and connection. He goes on to look at major trends and emerging technologies that today’s designers must now take into consideration, such as the open hardware/open engineering movement, the rise of wearables, and the need for system-wide design skills.

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