Last week on Gigaom Research: Q4 in mobile, data markets and more

We’re (gratefully) wrapping up one of our busiest news weeks in recent memory – between Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest on Monday, Tuesday’s controversial net neutrality ruling, and Om’s very personal take on Google’s new smart contact lens, our newsroom has certainly been an exciting place recently. Meanwhile, our colleagues at Gigaom Research are looking beyond the news cycle and analyzing the big picture. This week, reports on the future of enterprise identity management and the emerging data markets landscape were some of our most popular reports, as well as a wrap-up of the past quarter in the mobile sector.

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Buyers Lens: What new identity management solutions can offer today’s enterprise
Salvatore D’Agostino

In his latest report, analyst Salvatore D’Agostino addresses the complex issues that arise in enterprise identity and access management (IAM). Employees and IT departments increasingly rely on an array of cloud, social, mobile and personal networks, platforms and services that are not addressed by traditional enterprise IAM, giving rise to a “fractured user authentication and authorization across applications and resources.” D’Agostino’s report provides a guide for CIOs and IT managers who are responsible for crafting IAM deployments that now must account for multiple IAM solutions, account types, access levels, and procedural workflows. Specifically, D’Agostino looks at the rapid rise of cloud and mobile applications, and what lies ahead for these technologies as well as for the types and technology of identity.

Cloud: Data Markets: a category in search of new business models
Paul Miller

Are data markets the new business intelligence? The enterprise sector has seen the emergence and growth of new data markets: companies that gather data sets and aggregate, clean, and visualize the data to provide actionable information. Paul Miller analyzes today’s data markets and outlines the types of data and services currently offered by major vendors. He also issues some guidance for the future of this nascent sector; as more enterprises envision data as a true commodity, there are some major improvements and changes that will impact the data markets in the near-term future.

Mobile: Mobile fourth-quarter analysis and outlook
Colin Gibbs

Analyst Colin Gibbs takes a look back at the tumultuous past quarter in the mobile sector. The last three months of 2013 saw a lot of activity from T-Mobile, which finally added the iPhone to its roster of supported devices and established itself as an “uncarrier” with transparent pricing plans – two major changes that attracted more than a million new users in the third quarter alone. Gibbs reviews other major changes to the mobile landscape, including the Dish Network’s role in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction, the iPhone’s standing in the global market (especially in light of the China mobile deal), and how the connected car, mobile payments, and wearables markets are heating up