Monthly Archives: January 2015

2015 Trends to Watch: Higher Education #futureedtech

Ovum has recently announced: “2015 Trends to Watch: Higher
Education” highlighting:

  • The conversation about changing delivery models for teaching and learning will continue.
  • The student experience will take center stage.
  •  A more serious discussion on sustainable IT delivery models will begin.

Click here to view the full report.


  • Identifies the key business trends in higher education in 2015 for the benefit of vendors and  institutions.
  • Examines approaches that institutions might take to reduce the cost of services without impacting  quality.
  • Discusses the roles that online learning, analytics, CRM, and cloud delivery models will play in  higher education in the coming year.


  • What are the trends that will affect the higher education industry in 2015?
  •  How do institutions plan to reduce the cost of services without impacting quality?

Click here to view the full report.

Ovum is the Official Research Partner for the Future Edtech Conference, taking place in London between 2-3 June 2015.  

Informed by input from our expert Advisory Board and exclusive Analysts’ insight, this two-day conference will have the impact lacking from larger, less focused events.  You will be able to maximise the return on your time out of the office and tailor your conference itinerary around your most pressing knowledge gathering and networking needs.



A unique opportunity for:

  • Administration leaders to frame the technology debate within a wider strategic perspective of how to improve student success, enrich the student experience, and thrive in the new education economy
  • IT and learning technology leaders to contextualise technology innovations and their deployment within changing institutional models and align the IT agenda with institutional goals and strategy
  • Academia and pedagogy leaders to assess the value that new technology brings to the student experience, teaching innovation and technology enabled best in class teaching and learning
  • A cross-functional approach to address the issues at the core of transformational change in HE and find collaborative solutions to fulfil institutional goals

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Visit the website for more information about the event and to view  our fantastic lineup of speakers!


CES 2015: Ovum’s take on the major news and themes of the show

Upcoming webinar: CES 2015 – Ovum’s take on the major news and themes of the show on January 22 at 5pm (12pm EST)

Register now for January 22 at 5pm GMT (12pm EST)

Join Rob Gallagher, Director Research & Analysis; Jamie Moss, Senior Analyst; Paul Jackson, Practice Lead; Ronan DeRenesse, Lead Analyst; and Francesco Radicati, Senior Analyst in this 45-minute webinar where they will discuss the key trends that they uncovered at the North America’s largest event for the connected consumer electronics and technology sectors.

They will assess the implications for telecoms operators, media companies, technology companies, and device manufacturers as well as looking forward to how CES trends will shape 2015.

Key questions this webinar will answer:

  • What major trends emerged at CES 2015?
  • What connected car developments and embedded connectivity tech and business model developments are coming?
  • How will this affect our core client groups (telco, media, technology, CE)?
  • Which firms were the winners and losers (based purely on their showing at CES)?
  • What Ovum research will be informed and driven by emerging CES trends and announcements?
  • Followed by Q&A

Rob Gallagher, Director Research & Analysis, Ovum
Paul Jackson, Principal Analyst, Ovum
Ronan de Renesse, Lead Analyst, Ovum
Jamie Moss, Senior Analyst, Ovum
Francesco Radicati, Senior Analyst, Ovum
Richard Edwards, Principal Analyst, Ovum

Date: January 22 at 5pm GMT (12am EST) – Register here
Time: 5pm London | 6pm Berlin | 12pm New York | 9pm Dubai | 11am Chicago | 9am Los Angeles | 3pm Sao Paulo | 7pm Johannesburg | 1am Singapore | 9am San Francisco | 8pm Moscow | 7pm Helsinki | 10.30pm Mumbai | 2am Tokyo | 4am Sydney.


Urban IoT: what is it, and what does it mean for cities and citizens?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere. As recognised by its position at the very peak of inflated expectations on Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for emerging technologies, and the volume of Ovum research taking it into account, anyone working in or with the technological sector in 2015 will not be able to escape it.

A high-level definition of IoT is the ability of ‘things’ (whether that be beings or objects) to be set up to communicate with each other and transfer data without human prompting. IoT-esque technology is well-established in processes such as container tracking and fleet management, but it is increasingly moving into the mainstream in many forms. In this post we’ll be discussing the dawn of urban IoT.

While urban IoT may sound like a buzzword, it is garnering enough attention to pay serious consideration to it. It was mentioned several times during the research period of the Smart to Future Cities Summit 2015, and there has been a queue of volunteers to discuss it at the event. So in the context of a smart city, what does it signify?

Firstly, a bit of background: the world’s population is increasingly urban: 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, an increase of 58% since 1960 ; this figure is forecast to grow a further 72% by 2050. The world’s population is also increasingly connected: mobile access to the internet now exceeds fixed access, and there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people in the world . The scene for urban IoT has been set, with usage proposals on the increase.

One such use is in the energy market. Urban IoT is ready-made for the production and distribution of smart sustainable energy for the city. Energy efficiency and use of renewables is crucial for cities; what city administrations must do is evaluate different technologies and innovations for smart energy, and integrate smart grids into cities. This is where IoT comes into play – when grids ‘think’ for themselves, storing energy from renewable and traditional sources, and supplying it where appropriate and required, energy becomes more efficient, reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Another practical use for urban IoT is in Assisted Living, specifically by exploiting IoT and ICT software to enable patients to receive medical care and support at home. Integrating smart home, telecare and smart city technologies and services will meet the needs of aging populations within cities, developing services that enable elderly people to live independently, improving their standard of living.

Central to urban IoT (and IoT generally) is the sheer amount of data generated, and management of this Big Data. This can be done by adding an intelligence layer to existing city infrastructure, and/or by building IoT frameworks in to city platforms, allowing cities to manage real time data, and effectively analyse urban data. Moreover, there is a public safety requirement: effectively managing and processing large volumes of data gives public safety personnel the optimum tools and information to respond to critical situations, enhancing city resilience. If these personnel can access data to enhance situational awareness; integrate and visualise data from different sources to identify risk; link data to first responders smart phones, their job becomes easier and a city becomes safer. The automated nature of IoT is ready-made for this application.

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These are just a few examples of how urban IoT and Smart Cities go hand in hand. What national governments and supra-national organisations have uppermost in their mind is developing standards and protocols for future city governance and IoT management. This includes creating frameworks of best practice for smart city projects, collaboration on city services, managing risks and resilience in developing smarter cities and communities, and developing a city protocol as a practical way to effectively manage urban IoT.

Over and above all this, however, we must not overlook the human factor. As IoT and wearable technology becomes more a part of the daily life of the inhabitants of cities, technological development in the fabric of the city will feel more natural to them. Therefore if urban IoT enables smart citizens in the resilient, smart city, it has met its objectives. Watch this space.

Find out more about urban IoT at Smart to Future Cities Summit 2015, London, 28-29 April, where 50+ industry leaders, including 19 global smart city case studies, will present their view of the smart city market. City/government administrations can claim a complimentary pass.

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Ovum’s On the Radar Awards: 2015 entries open now!

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Ovum’s “On the Radar” brand is all about technology innovation, highlighting the innovative ideas, products, or business models that enable end-user organizations to create real value in their businesses. Entries for the 3rd annual “On the Radar” Awards are now open, to recognize outstanding companies for their innovative use of technology. They will be awarded after the first day of Ovum Industry Congress, on 12th May 2015.

The Awards are open to end-user enterprises, who can either nominate themselves, or can work with a project supplier to submit an entry in the following categories:

  • Reshaping the IT function: Transform IT capability
  • Infrastructure and applications: Modernize legacy systems
  • Mobility and collaboration: Build the modern workplace
  • Cybersecurity: Manage security, identity and privacy
  • Cloud services: Adopting Cloud services
  • Internet of things/M2M: Connect the physical world
  • Analytics and Big Data: Exploit information for business advantage
  • Customer experience technology: Enhance customer experience

If your organisation excels in any of the above areas, then that excellence deserves to be recognised by the IT industry. These awards are open to global organisations, not just those in the UK. If you would like the opportunity to be considered for the awards shortlist, click here to enter, with the following entry questions in mind:

  • Outline the vision behind your strategy in this market sector. What was it designed to achieve?
  • Strategy Details – How does the strategy operate?
  • Strategy Outcome and Results – How successful has the strategy been? How has it evolved? What plans have you to modify or expand it?

Each nomination will be judged on how the end-user has utilised technology to generate significant business value. Judges will pay particular attention to the measurement program, how the organization learned to adopt the technology and the business value it delivered.

The deadline for entries is Friday 13th March 2015. There is no fee to enter, and shortlisted organisations receive two passes to the awards ceremony.

Here are the 2014 categories and winners:

Big Data and Analytics

Sacramento Municipal Utility District, for data integration and geospatial analytics for a smart grid project, in association with Space-Time Insight

Customer Engagement

Groupama, for their in-house innovative social, mobile customer service platform: granvillage

Enterprise Mobility and Productivity

Cambia Health Solutions, for their collaboration platform to drive innovation strategy, in association with SpigitEngage

Cloud and Infrastructure Transformation

Turbid Stormwater Solutions, for their IoT solution for remote management of sediment basins, in association with Xively

Security and Risk Management

Dowling, Aaron & Keyler Inc, for Information security for mobile devices in the legal profession, in association with Airwatch

Best regards, and good luck!

The Ovum Live team

*in addition, shortlisted supplier entrants can register for the full Ovum Industry Congress at a reduced rate, and end user customers can register for free