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Sierra Wireless Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW):

Q4 highlights from continuing operations

  • Record revenue of $118.6 million, up 5.7% compared to Q3, 2013
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $6.2 million, compared to $5.9 million in Q3, 2013
  • Non-GAAP earnings from operations of $2.6 million, compared to $2.4 million in Q3, 2013

Full year highlights from continuing operations

  • Record revenue of $441.9 million, up 11.2% year-over-year
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $18.7 million, up 47.9% year-over-year
  • Non-GAAP earnings from operations of $5.0 million, compared to $0.9 million in 2012

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today reported results for its fourth quarter and full year, ending December 31, 2013. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), except as otherwise indicated below.

“We achieved record revenue in the fourth quarter, closing out a year in which we delivered solid operational results, sold our AirCard business, and began putting the proceeds to work on acquisitions that extend our leadership position in M2M,” said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are exceptionally well positioned to capture the long-term M2M growth opportunity, and we are focused on continuing to drive profitable organic revenue growth, while we pursue additional acquisitions.”

As a result of the sale of the AirCard business, as well as our recent acquisition of the AnyDATA M2M business and our contemplated acquisition of In Motion Technology, our segments have changed from those reported at December 31, 2012. We are now reporting two segments, OEM Solutions and Enterprise Solutions, and all prior periods have been retrospectively adjusted to reflect the two segments.

Q4 2013

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $118.6 million, an increase of 8.4% compared to $109.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, and an increase of 5.7% compared to $112.3 million in the third quarter of 2013. Revenue from OEM Solutions was $101.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 7.4% compared to $94.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $16.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 15.3% compared to $14.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

GAAP

  • Gross margin was $38.4 million, or 32.4% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $36.2 million, or 33.1% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Operating expenses were $42.0 million and loss from operations was $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to operating expenses of $37.7 million and a loss from operations of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $1.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net earnings from continuing operations of $15.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net earnings in Q4, 2012 included an income tax recovery that was the result of the recognition of certain tax assets that were realizable as a result of the sale of the AirCard business.
  • Net loss for continuing and discontinued operations(1) was $0.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to net earnings of $19.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

NON-GAAP

  • Gross margin was 32.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 33.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Operating expenses were $36.0 million and earnings from operations were $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to operating expenses of $32.6 million and earnings from operations of $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") were $6.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Net earnings from continuing operations were $3.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $4.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Full Year 2013

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $441.9 million, up 11.2% compared to $397.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Revenue from OEM Solutions was $382.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, up 10.2% compared to $346.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $59.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, up 17.8% compared to $50.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2012.

GAAP

  • Gross margin was $145.6 million, or 33.0% of revenue, for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to $125.3 million, or 31.5% of revenue, for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Operating expenses were $163.3 million and loss from operations was $17.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to operating expenses of $147.5 million and a loss from operations of $22.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $15.6 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to a net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012. Net earnings in 2012 included an income tax recovery that was the result of the recognition of certain tax assets that were realizable as a result of the sale of the AirCard business.
  • Net earnings from continuing and discontinued operations(1) was $55.0 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to net earnings of $27.2 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012.

NON-GAAP

  • Gross margin was 33.1% for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to 31.6% for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Operating expenses were $141.0 million and earnings from operations were $5.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to operating expenses of $124.7 million and earnings from operations of $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $18.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to $12.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Net earnings from continuing operations were $6.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense, acquisition costs, gain on sale of the AirCard business, restructuring costs, integration costs, disposition costs, acquisition amortization, impairment, foreign exchange gains or losses on foreign currency contracts and translation of balance sheet accounts, and certain tax adjustments. We disclose non-GAAP amounts as we believe that these measures provide our shareholders with better information about actual operating results and assist in comparisons from one period to another.

Adjusted EBITDA as defined equates to earnings (loss) from operations plus stock-based compensation expense, acquisition costs, restructuring costs, integration costs, impairment, and amortization. The reconciliation between our GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying schedules.

(1) On April 2, 2013, we completed the sale of substantially all of the assets and operations related to our AirCard business. The results of operations and the gain on sale of the AirCard business have been presented as discontinued operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012.

Financial Guidance

The Company provides the following guidance for continuing operations for the first quarter of 2014.

In the first quarter of 2014 we expect solid year-over-year revenue and earnings growth. We expect gross margin to decrease slightly from Q4, 2013 due to a shift in product mix and we expect operating expenses to increase as a result of higher new product certification costs, investment in sales and marketing capabilities, and a full quarter of expenses related to the AnyDATA acquired business.

Q1 2014 Guidance   Consolidated

Non-GAAP

 
Revenue $117.0 to $121.0 million
Earnings from operations $0.5 to $1.5 million
Net earnings $0.4 to $1.2 million
Earnings per share $0.01 to $0.04 per share

This non-GAAP guidance for the first quarter of 2014 reflects current business indicators and expectations. Inherent in this guidance are risk factors that are described in greater detail in our regulatory filings. Our actual results could differ materially from those presented above. All figures are approximations based on management's current beliefs and assumptions.

Conference call, webcast and instant replay details

Sierra Wireless President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, and CFO, David McLennan, will host a conference call and webcast with analysts and investors to review the results on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (2:30 PM PT). A live slide presentation will be available for viewing during the call from the link provided below.

To participate in this conference call, please dial the following number approximately ten minutes prior to the commencement of the call:

  • Toll-free (Canada and US): 1-877-201-0168
  • Alternate number: 1-647-788-4901
  • Conference ID: 18174338

For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay will be available until March 5, 2014. Dial 1-855-859-2056 or 1-800-585-8367 and enter the Conference ID number above to access the replay.

To access the webcast, please follow the link below:

Sierra Wireless Q4 and Year End 2013 Financial Results Webcast

If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

http://www.snwebcastcenter.com/webcast/sierrawireless/2013q4/

The webcast will remain available at the above link for one year following the call.

We look forward to having you participate in our call.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release are not based on historical facts and constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) including statements and information relating to our financial guidance for the first quarter of 2014 and our fiscal year 2014, our business outlook for the short and longer term and our strategy, plans and future operating performance. Forward-looking statements are provided to help you understand our views of our short and longer term prospects. We caution you that forward-looking statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. We will not update or revise our forward-looking statements unless we are required to do so by securities laws.

Forward-looking statements:

  • Typically include words and phrases about the future such as “outlook”, “may”, “estimates”, “intends”, “believes”, “plans”, “anticipates” and “expects”.
  • Are not promises or guarantees of future performance. They represent our current views and may change significantly.
  • Are based on a number of material assumptions, including those listed below, which could prove to be significantly incorrect:
  • Our ability to develop, manufacture and sell new products and services that meet the needs of our customers and gain commercial acceptance;
  • Our ability to continue to sell our products and services in the expected quantities at the expected prices and expected times;
  • Expected cost of goods sold;
  • Expected component supply constraints;
  • Our ability to “win” new business;
  • Expected deployment of next generation networks by wireless network operators;
  • Our operations are not adversely disrupted by component shortages or other development, operating or regulatory risks; and
  • Expected tax rates and foreign exchange rates.
  • Are subject to substantial known and unknown material risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results, achievements and developments in our business to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the following factors. These risk factors and others are discussed in our Annual Information Form and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, which may be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov and in our other regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States and the Provincial Securities Commissions in Canada.
  • Actual sales volumes or prices for our products and services may be lower than we expect for any reason including, without limitation, continuing uncertain economic conditions, price and product competition, different product mix, the loss of any of our significant customers, or competition from new or established wireless communication companies;
  • The cost of products sold may be higher than planned or necessary component supplies may not be available, are delayed or are not available on commercially reasonable terms;
  • We may be unable to enforce our intellectual property rights or may be subject to litigation that has an adverse outcome;
  • The development and timing of the introduction of our new products may be later than we expect or may be indefinitely delayed;
  • Transition periods associated with the migration to new technologies may be longer than we expect; and
  • We may experience higher than anticipated costs; disruption of, and demands on, our ongoing business; diversion of management's time and attention; adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers and employee issues in connection with the divestiture of the AirCard assets and operations.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is the global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services, delivering intelligent wireless solutions that simplify the connected world. We offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure M2M cloud services. Customers worldwide, including OEMs, enterprises, and mobile network operators, trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 850 employees globally and has R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

"AirPrime," "AirLink," and "AirVantage" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except where otherwise stated)

   

Three months ended December 31,

Twelve months ended December 31,
  2013   2012 2013   2012
Revenue $ 118,608 $ 109,405 $ 441,860 $ 397,321
Cost of goods sold   80,165   73,172   296,219   272,047
Gross margin   38,443   36,233   145,641   125,274
 
Expenses
Sales and marketing 10,693 10,176 42,182 37,067
Research and development 19,074 16,294 73,112 61,785
Administration 8,841 7,743 35,164 32,777
Acquisition 369 387 508 3,182
Restructuring 14 42 171 2,251
Integration 27
Amortization   2,999   3,107   12,141   10,418
    41,990   37,749   163,305   147,480
Loss from operations (3,547) (1,516) (17,664) (22,206)
Foreign exchange gain 1,921 1,608 3,823 3,326
Other income (expense)   26   35   (98)   (196)
Earnings (loss) before income taxes (1,600) 127 (13,939) (19,076)
Income tax expense (recovery)   345   (15,369)   1,611   (14,874)
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations (1,945) 15,523 (15,550) (4,202)
Net earnings from discontinued operations   1,078   4,083   70,588   31,401

Net earnings (loss)

$ (867) $ 19,606 $ 55,038 $ 27,199
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of taxes of $nil   179 676   604   538
Comprehensive income (loss) $ (688) $ 20,282 $ 55,642 $ 27,737
Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share attributable to the Company’s common shareholders (in dollars)
Continuing operations $ (0.06 $ 0.50 $ (0.50) $ (0.14)
Discontinued operations   0.03   0.14   2.29   1.02
$ (0.03) $ 0.64 $ 1.79 $ 0.88
Weighted average number of shares outstanding (in thousands)
Basic 30,804 30,591 30,771 30,788
Diluted   30,804   30,774   30,771   30,788


SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

    December 31, 2013   December 31, 2012
Assets  
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 177,416 $ 63,646
Short-term investments 2,470
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,279 (December 31, 2012 - $2,435) 112,490 108,624
Inventories 8,253 12,675
Deferred income taxes 2,391 22,199
Prepaids and other 28,741 24,252
Assets held for sale     54,340
331,761 285,736
Property and equipment 21,982 20,039
Intangible assets 43,631 56,357
Goodwill 102,718 97,961
Deferred income taxes 7,176 3,880
Other assets   4,732   790
  $ 512,000 $ 464,763
 
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 124,846 $ 128,216
Deferred revenue and credits 2,481 1,312
Liabilities held for sale     10,353
127,327 139,881
Long-term obligations 21,550 26,526
Deferred income taxes   127   300
    149,004   166,707
Equity
Shareholders’ equity

Common stock: no par value; unlimited shares authorized; issued and outstanding 31,097,844 shares
(December 31, 2012 - 30,592,423 shares)

329,628 322,770

Preferred stock: no par value; unlimited shares authorized; issued and outstanding: nil shares

Treasury stock: at cost 507,147 shares (December 31, 2012 – 716,313 shares) (5,137) (5,172)
Additional paid-in capital 25,996 23,203
Retained earnings (deficit) 19,367 (35,283)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (6,858)   (7,462)
    362,996   298,056
  $ 512,000 $ 464,763



SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

    Three months ended December 31,   Twelve months ended December 31,
  2013   2012 2013   2012
Cash flows provided by (used in):
Operating activities
Net earnings $ (867) $ 19,606 55,038 $ 27,199
Items not requiring (providing) cash
Amortization 7,146 7,795 28,296 28,590
Stock-based compensation 2,177 1,703 9,347 6,713
Gain on sale of AirCard business (94,078)
Deferred income taxes (855) (9,701) 16,339 (13,606)
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, equipment, and intangibles (76) (10) 107
Impairment of assets related to discontinued operations 1,012
Tax benefit from equity awards 1,458 71 1,458 71
Other (1,288) (1,188) (2,687) (2,414)
Taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards (66) (408) (4)
Changes in non-cash working capital
Accounts receivable (17,965) 10,768 10,897 (616)
Inventories (696) 1,108 11,908 (4,019)
Prepaid expenses and other 4,616 6,014 (7,254) (14,543)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 1,940 (26,540) (13,139) 10,997
Deferred revenue and credits   662   (277) 1,147   (422)
Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities   (3,738)   9,283 17,866   38,053
Investing activities
Purchase of M2M business of Sagemcom (55,218)
Purchase of M2M business of AnyDATA (5,196) (5,196)
Additions to property and equipment (1,649) (3,995) (11,359) (15,845)
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment, and intangibles 83 32 139
Increase in intangible assets (542) (673) (2,211) (2,607)
Net proceeds from sale of AirCard business 119,958
Net change in short-term investments   2,751   (2,470)   9,347
Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities   (4,636)   (4,585) 98,754   (64,184)
Financing activities
Issuance of common shares 3,159 9 8,106 436
Repurchase of common shares for cancellation (5,772) (6,312)
Purchase of treasury shares for RSU distribution (3,433) (2,489)
Decrease in other long-term obligations   (49)   (169) (876)   (1,000)

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities

  3,110   (160) (1,975)   (9,365)
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (540)   (420) (875)   (2,233)
Cash and cash equivalents, increase (decrease) in the period (5,804) 4,118 113,770 (37,729)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   183,220   59,528   63,646 101,375
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 177,416 $ 63,646 $ 177,416 $ 63,646

SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS 

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except where otherwise stated)
  2013  

2012

Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1   Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1
 
Gross margin - GAAP $ 38,443 $ 37,346 $ 36,474 $ 33,378 $ 36,233 $ 31,086 $ 30,081 $ 27,874
Stock-based compensation   119     117     95     75     61     82     78     83
Gross margin - Non-GAAP $ 38,562   $ 37,463   $ 36,569   $ 33,453   $ 36,294   $ 31,168   $ 30,159   $ 27,957
 
Loss from operations - GAAP $ (3,547) $ (3,301) $ (3,932) $ (6,884) $ (1,516) $ (6,728) $ (6,558) $ (7,404)
Stock-based compensation 2,177 2,145 2,013 1,655 1,470 1,462 1,403 1,446
Acquisition 369 139 387 2,196 599
Restructuring 14 14 26 117 42 498 1,531 180
Integration 27
Impairment of intangible asset 280
Acquisition related amortization   3,580     3,405     3,363     3,393     3,338     2,906     2,665     2,981
Earnings (loss) from operations - Non-GAAP $ 2,593 $ 2,402 $ 1,470 $ (1,412) $ 3,721 $ 334 $ (360) $ (2,797)
Amortization (excluding acquisition related amortization)   3,566     3,468     3,403     3,212     3,293     2,904     2,717     2,833
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,159   $ 5,870   $ 4,873   $ 1,800   $ 7,014   $ 3,238   $ 2,357   $ 36
 
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations - GAAP $ (1,945) $ 1,075 $ (6,742) $ (7,938) $ 15,523 $ (3,612) $ (8,868) $ (7,245)
Stock-based compensation, restructuring and other, integration, and acquisition related amortization, net of tax 6,112 5,760 5,393 5,355 5,162 6,885 5,658 4,536
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) (1,970) (2,457) (1,359) 1,874 (1,655) (1,218) (165) (101)
Income tax adjustments   925     (895)     3,754         (14,540)     (804)        
Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations - Non-GAAP $ 3,122   $ 3,483   $ 1,046   $ (709)   $ 4,490   $ 1,251   $ (3,375)   $ (2,810)
 
Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations - GAAP $ 1,078 $ (505) $ 68,152 $ 1,863 $ 4,083 $ 7,279 $ 12,449 $ 7,590
Stock-based compensation and disposition costs 3 1,402 876 1,733 1,696 233 233 233
Gain on sale of AirCard business   (1,056)     (49)     (69,077)                    
Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations - Non-GAAP $ 25   $ 848   $ (49)   $ 3,596   $ 5,779   $ 7,512   $ 12,682   $ 7,823
 
Net earnings (loss) - GAAP $ (867) $ 570 $ 61,410 $ (6,075) $ 19,606 $ 3,667 $ 3,581 $ 345
Net earnings (loss) - Non-GAAP 3,147 4,331 997 2,887 10,269 8,763 9,307 5,013
 
Diluted earnings (loss) from continuing operations per share
GAAP - (in dollars) $ (0.06) $ 0.03 $ (0.22) $ (0.26) $ 0.50 $ (0.12) $ (0.29) $ (0.23)
Non-GAAP - (in dollars) $ 0.10 $ 0.11 $ 0.03 $ (0.02) $ 0.15 $ 0.04 $ (0.11) $ (0.09)
 
Net earnings (loss) per share - diluted
GAAP - (in dollars) $ (0.03) $ 0.02 $ 2.00 $ (0.20) $ 0.64 $ 0.12 $ 0.12 $ 0.01
Non-GAAP - (in dollars) $ 0.10   $ 0.14   $ 0.03   $ 0.09   $ 0.33   $ 0.29   $ 0.30   $ 0.16



SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.

SEGMENTED RESULTS

  (In thousands of U.S. dollars)
  2013   2012 (1)
Total   Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1     Total   Q4   Q3   Q2   Q1
OEM Solutions
Revenue $ 382,016 $ 101,858 $ 95,850 $ 95,076 $ 89,232 $ 346,543 $ 94,874 $ 88,270   $ 83,299 $ 80,100  
Cost of goods sold 266,867     72,336     66,395     65,514     62,622       246,284   66,024     63,172       58,844     58,244    
Gross margin $ 115,149     $ 29,522     $ 29,455     $ 29,562     $ 26,610       $ 100,259   $ 28,850     $ 25,098       $ 24,455     $ 21,856    
Gross margin % 30.1 % 29.0 % 30.7 % 31.1 % 29.8 % 28.9 % 30.4 % 28.4 % 29.4 % 27.3 %
 
Enterprise Solutions
Revenue $ 59,844 $ 16,750 $ 16,412 $ 14,513 $ 12,169 $ 50,778 $ 14,531 $ 11,913 $ 12,099 $ 12,235
Cost of goods sold 29,352     7,829     8,521     7,601     5,401       25,763   7,148     5,925       6,473     6,217  
Gross margin $ 30,492     $ 8,921     $ 7,891     $ 6,912     $ 6,768       $ 25,015   $ 7,383     $ 5,988       $ 5,626     $ 6,018  
Gross margin % 51.0 % 53.3 % 48.1 % 47.6 % 55.6 % 49.3 % 50.8 % 50.3 % 46.5 % 49.2 %

(1) Comparative information has been reclassified to conform to current period presentation.

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While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer,...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Treloar, President and COO of Bebaio, will explore examples of brands transforming their businesses by t...
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and analyzed? As an area of investment, how might a retail company move towards an innovation methodolo...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about the digitization of physical assets including sensors, devices, machines, gateways, and the network. It creates possibilities for significant value creation and new revenue generating business models via data democratization and ubiquitous analytics across IoT networks. The explosion of data in all forms in IoT requires a more robust and broader lens in order to enable smarter timely actions and better outcomes. Business operations become the key driver of IoT applications and projects. Business operations, IT, and data scientists need advanced analytics t...
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.