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Altera Announces Fourth Quarter Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced fourth quarter sales of $439.4 million, down 11 percent from the third quarter of 2012 and down 4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter net income was $120.8 million, $0.37 per diluted share, compared with net income of $157.5 million, $0.49 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012 and $146.6 million, $0.45 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Cash flow from operating activities in 2012 was $587.2 million. Altera repurchased 1.6 million shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $50.0 million. Altera ended the quarter with $3.7 billion in cash and investments.

Altera's board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share payable on March 1, 2013 to stockholders of record on February 11, 2013.

"While our new products had a double-digit sequential growth quarter, sales of our older products were soft—the result of a sluggish global economy," said John Daane, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. "Sales of 40 nm devices, our largest selling process node, and where we are the market leader, are likely to strengthen further as we progress through 2013. At the most advanced process node, 28 nm, Altera remains the design-win value leader, giving us a substantial growth opportunity as these customer designs transition into production."

Several recent accomplishments mark the company's continuing progress:

  • Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, has presented Altera with its 2012 Excellent Core Partner Award. In making this award, Huawei specifically recognized Altera for its excellence in terms of quality, delivery of leading-edge technologies and services. The Excellent Core Partner Award is the highest recognition Huawei gives to its suppliers. Altera is among an elite set of suppliers to earn this award for outstanding contribution toward Huawei's business success throughout 2012. In 2012, Huawei realized the performance advantage offered by Altera's 28 nm Stratix® V FPGAs and selected the high-end product family for use in the company's 400G high-capacity OTN system. By using the industry's first high-end 28 nm production FPGAs, Huawei enabled the evolution of communications infrastructure such as 400G systems and other high-performance systems in a variety of markets throughout the world.
  • Altera also received the 2012 Global Excellent Partnership Award from ZTE Corporation, a leading provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. The award recognizes Altera for overall performance in delivering best-in-class products and services to ZTE during the past year. According to ZTE, innovative programmable solutions and technical support from Altera played a critical role in supporting product development for the company's existing and next-generation communication products. ZTE presents its Global Excellent Partnership Award each year to suppliers meeting rigorous performance criteria. Winners are chosen based on partner satisfaction surveys among company staff, including development and material engineers and purchasing employees. Suppliers are evaluated on cost efficiencies, on-time delivery, quality standards and service records. Altera scored the highest marks in all categories.
  • Altera is now shipping the first of its 28 nm SoC devices, which combine a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor system with FPGA logic on a single device. The initial devices to ship are the low-power, low-cost Cyclone® V SoCs. Altera SoCs include several distinctive features that enable developers in the wireless communications, industrial, video surveillance, automotive and medical equipment markets to create custom SoC variants optimized for system power, board space, performance and cost requirements. In addition, Altera is the only FPGA vendor today shipping SoCs that offer 32-bit error correction code (ECC) support which helps ensure data integrity throughout the embedded system. ECC support is a requirement for customers who must have high-performance and reliable systems. With silicon now available, customers who used Altera's SoC Virtual Target to develop their application software can now quickly port their application software into the SoC, saving months of development time. Further strengthening the SoC device tools ecosystem support, Altera and ARM have jointly developed the ARM Development Studio 5™ Altera Edition (DS-5™) toolkit with FPGA-adaptive debugging, which exclusively supports Altera SoC devices. The DS-5 toolkit is designed to remove the debugging barrier between the integrated dual-core CPU subsystem and the FPGA fabric in Altera SoC devices, providing embedded software developers an unprecedented level of full-chip visibility and control.
  • Altera has developed the FPGA industry's first Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL™ (Open Computing Language) which combines the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA with the OpenCL parallel programming model. OpenCL is an open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of hardware accelerators, including CPUs, GPGPUs and FPGAs. The semiconductor industry's approach for boosting system performance has evolved from increasing frequency in single-core CPUs, to using multi-core CPUs, to using parallel processor arrays. Today, system designers are turning to FPGAs, which are fine-grained, massively parallel digital logic arrays architected to execute computations in parallel to create higher performance levels at a fraction of the power compared to other hardware alternatives. By allowing system developers and programmers familiar with C to quickly and easily develop high-performance, power-efficient FPGA-based applications in a high-level language, Altera's SDK for OpenCL enables customers to easily adopt FPGAs and leverage the performance and power benefits the devices provide. This unified, high-level design flow for hardware and software development automates the time-consuming tasks required in typical hardware-design language flows, and the resulting FPGA-based solution can deliver more than 5X performance/watt compared to alternative hardware implementations.

 

SELECTED FOURTH QUARTER REVENUE AND RELATED RESULTS


Key New Product Devices


Sequential  Comparisons

Stratix V


(9)%

Arria V


152%

Stratix IV


19%

Arria II


(6)%

Cyclone IV


21%

HardCopy IV


(15)%

 


 


Vertical Markets


Sequential Comparisons


Comments

Telecom & Wireless


(12)%


Both Telecom and Wireless down

Industrial Automation,

Military & Automotive


(9)%


Broadly down

Networking, Computer & Storage


(12)%


Networking down and Computer and Storage up

Other


(10)%


 


 

($ in thousands)
Key Ratios & Information      


December 31, 2012


September 30, 2012

Current Ratio


7:1 



6:1 


Liabilities/Equity


1:3 



1:2 


Quarterly Operating Cash Flows


$

126,709



$

285,203


TTM Return on Equity


18%



19%


Quarterly Depreciation Expense


$

9,170



$

9,677


Quarterly Capital Expenditures


$

7,201



$

17,749


Inventory MSOH (1): Altera


3.4



3.1


Inventory MSOH (1): Distribution


0.6



0.6


TTM Cash Conversion Cycle (Days)


117



140


Turns


40%



37%


Book to Bill


<1.0 



<1.0 







Note (1): MSOH: Months Supply On Hand





 

 

 



ALTERA CORPORATION

NET SALES SUMMARY

(Unaudited)













Three Months Ended



Quarterly Growth Rate



Years Ended





December 31, 2012


September 28, 2012


December 31, 2011


Sequential Change


Year-

Over-Year

Change


December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011


Annual Growth

Geography
















Americas

19

%


19

%


21

%


(8)

%


(12)

%


18

%


19

%


(18)

%

Asia Pacific

39

%


43

%


40

%


(21)

%


(7)

%


43

%


41

%


(9)

%

EMEA

28

%


25

%


22

%


(2)

%


20

%


25

%


25

%


(15)

%

Japan

14

%


13

%


17

%


(4)

%


(19)

%


14

%


15

%


(18)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

Product Category
























New

39

%


31

%


27

%


11

%


39

%


32

%


22

%


22

%

Mainstream

28

%


32

%


33

%


(20)

%


(18)

%


30

%


34

%


(22)

%

Mature and Other

33

%


37

%


40

%


(22)

%


(21)

%


38

%


44

%


(26)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

Vertical Market
























Telecom & Wireless

44

%


45

%


43

%


(12)

%


0

%


44

%


43

%


(12)

%

Industrial Automation, Military & Automotive

21

%


20

%


24

%


(9)

%


(17)

%


21

%


23

%


(22)

%

Networking, Computer & Storage

17

%


17

%


16

%


(12)

%


0

%


17

%


17

%


(11)

%

Other

18

%


18

%


17

%


(10)

%


1

%


18

%


17

%


(10)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

FPGAs and CPLDs
























FPGA

84

%


82

%


82

%


(9)

%


(2)

%


84

%


81

%


(11)

%

CPLD

9

%


9

%


9

%


(12)

%


(12)

%


9

%


10

%


(22)

%

Other Products

7

%


9

%


9

%


(29)

%


(19)

%


7

%


9

%


(27)

%

Net Sales

100

%


100

%


100

%


(11)

%


(4)

%


100

%


100

%


(14)

%

 

Product Category Description

  • New Products include the Stratix® V, Stratix IV, Arria® V, Arria II, Cyclone® V, Cyclone IV, MAX® V and HardCopy® IV devices.
  • Mainstream Products include the Stratix III, Cyclone III, MAX II and HardCopy III devices.
  • Mature and Other Products include the Stratix II, Stratix, Arria GX, Cyclone II, Cyclone, Classic™, MAX 3000A, MAX 7000, MAX 7000A, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX 9000, HardCopy II, HardCopy, FLEX® series, APEX™ series, Mercury™, Excalibur™ devices, configuration and other devices, intellectual property cores, and software and other tools.

Business Outlook for the First Quarter 2013

Sales and Income Statement



Sequential Sales Growth

Down 4% to 8%

Gross Margin

69% to 70%

Research and Development

$99 to 101 million

SG&A

$77 to 78 million

Tax Rate

4% to 5%

Diluted Share Count

Approximately 323 million

Turns

Mid-40's

Inventory MSOH

Approximately 4.0

                                                                              

Vertical Market



Telecom & Wireless

Wireless down

Industrial Automation, Military & Automotive

Up slightly

Networking, Computer & Storage

Down slightly

Other

Up slightly

Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

A conference call will be held today at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the quarter's results and management's current business outlook. The web cast and subsequent replay will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.altera.com. A telephonic replay of the call may be accessed later in the day by calling (719) 457-0820 and referencing confirmation code 258712. The telephonic replay will be available for two weeks following the live call.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical are "forward-looking statements" as the term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally written in the future tense and/or preceded by words such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," or other words that imply or predict a future state. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our competitive position at 40 nm, our expectation of stronger sales at 40 nm in 2013, our expectation of expansion in 28 nm FPGA opportunities, and our competitive position at 28 nm, as well as any projection of revenue, gross margin, expense or other financial items discussed in the Business Outlook section or elsewhere in this press release. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that can cause actual results to differ from those currently anticipated, due to a number of factors, including without limitation, current global economic conditions, customer business environment, customer inventory levels, vertical market mix, market acceptance of the company's products, product introduction schedules, the rate of growth of the company's new products including Cyclone® V, Cyclone IV, Arria® V, Arria II, Stratix® V, Stratix IV FPGAs, MAX® V CPLDs and HardCopy®  IV device families, as well as changes in economic conditions and other risk factors discussed in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time. Copies of Altera's SEC filings are posted on the company's website and are available from the company without charge. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and, except as required by law, the company does not undertake an obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

About Altera

Altera programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com. Follow Altera via Facebook, RSS and Twitter.

ALTERA, ARRIA, CYCLONE, HARDCOPY, MAX, MEGACORE, NIOS, QUARTUS and STRATIX words and logos are trademarks of Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other words and logos identified as trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective holders as described at www.altera.com/legal.

INVESTOR CONTACT


MEDIA CONTACT

Scott Wylie - Vice President


Sue Martenson - Senior Manager

Investor Relations


Public Relations

(408) 544-6996


(408) 544-8158

[email protected]


[email protected]

 

 

ALTERA CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended


Years Ended

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


December 31, 2012


September 28, 2012


December 31, 2011


December 31,
2012


December 31,
2011












Net sales


$

439,440



$

495,010



$

457,804



$

1,783,035



$

2,064,475


Cost of sales


133,367



152,007



136,764



541,523



610,329


Gross margin


306,073



343,003



321,040



1,241,512



1,454,146


Operating expense











Research and development expense


94,162



91,606



90,295



360,421



325,733


Selling, general, and administrative expense


74,030



74,243



70,667



289,854



279,217


Total operating expense


168,192



165,849



160,962



650,275



604,950


Operating margin (1)


137,881



177,154



160,078



591,237



849,196


Compensation expense (benefit) - deferred compensation plan


358



3,274



2,962



7,055



(1,964)


(Gain) loss on deferred compensation plan securities


(358)



(3,274)



(2,962)



(7,055)



1,964


Interest income and other


(2,390)



(2,775)



(1,039)



(8,388)



(3,544)


(Gain)/loss reclassified from other comprehensive income


(205)



108



18



(268)



18


Interest expense


2,589



2,333



1,013



7,976



3,730


Income before income taxes


137,887



177,488



160,086



591,917



848,992


Income tax expense


17,082



19,999



13,475



35,110



78,281


Net income


$

120,805



$

157,489



$

146,611



$

556,807



$

770,711













Other comprehensive (loss) income:











Unrealized (loss)/gain on investments:











Unrealized holding (loss)/gain on investments arising during period, net of tax of ($11), $43, $8, $114 and ($17)


(889)



3,620



41



5,839



(149)


Less: Reclassification adjustments for (gain)/loss on investments included in net income, net of tax of $24, $1, ($2), $25 and ($2)


(44)



(41)



16



(114)



16




(933)



3,579



57



5,725



(133)


Unrealized (loss)/gain on derivatives:











Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives arising during period, net of tax of $9, ($6) and $45


17



(10)





84




Less: Reclassification adjustments for (gain)/loss on derivatives included in net income, net of tax of $48, ($53) and $45


(89)



97





(84)






(72)



87








Other comprehensive (loss) income:


(1,005)



3,666



57



5,725



(133)


Comprehensive income


$

119,800



$

161,155



$

146,668



$

562,532



$

770,578













Net income per share:











Basic


$

0.38



$

0.49



$

0.46



$

1.74



$

2.39


Diluted


$

0.37



$

0.49



$

0.45



$

1.72



$

2.35













Shares used in computing per share amounts:











Basic


319,765



319,870



321,553



320,830



321,892


Diluted


322,209



323,560



325,653



324,497



327,606













Cash dividends per common share


$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.08



$

0.36



$

0.28













Tax rate


12.4

%


11.3

%


8.4

%


5.9

%


9.2

%

% of Net sales:











Gross margin


69.7

%


69.3

%


70.1

%


69.6

%


70.4

%

Research and development


21.4

%


18.5

%


19.7

%


20.2

%


15.8

%

Selling, general, and administrative


16.8

%


15.0

%


15.4

%


16.3

%


13.5

%

Operating margin(1)


31.4

%


35.8

%


35.0

%


33.2

%


41.1

%

Net income


27.5

%


31.8

%


32.0

%


31.2

%


37.3

%












Notes:











(1)We define operating margin as gross margin less research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses, as presented above. This presentation differs from income from operations as defined by U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), as it excludes the effect of compensation associated with the deferred compensation plan obligations. Since the effect of compensation associated with our deferred compensation plan obligations is offset by gains and losses from related securities, we believe this presentation provides a more meaningful representation of our ongoing operating performance. A reconciliation of operating margin to income from operations follows:



Three Months Ended


Years Ended

(In thousands)


December 31, 2012


September 30, 2012


December 31, 2011


December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011

Operating margin (non-GAAP)


$

137,881



$

177,154



$

160,078



$

591,237



$

849,196


Compensation expense (benefit) — deferred compensation plan


358



3,274



2,962



7,055



(1,964)


Income from operations (GAAP)


$

137,523



$

173,880



$

157,116



$

584,182



$

851,160


 

 

 

ALTERA CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)






(In thousands, except par value amount)


December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011






Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

2,876,627



$

3,371,933


Short-term investments


140,958



65,222


Total cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments


3,017,585



3,437,155


Accounts receivable, net


323,708



232,273


Inventories


152,721



122,279


Deferred income taxes - current


59,049



58,415


Deferred compensation plan - marketable securities


60,321



54,041


Deferred compensation plan - restricted cash equivalents


17,116



17,938


Other current assets


49,852



52,710


Total current assets


3,680,352



3,974,811


Property and equipment, net


206,148



171,721


Long-term investments


704,758



74,033


Deferred income taxes - non-current


17,082



26,629


Other assets, net


49,488



35,074


Total assets


$

4,657,828



$

4,282,268







Liabilities and stockholders' equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

50,036



$

52,154


Accrued liabilities


29,005



34,029


Accrued compensation and related liabilities


40,606



78,181


Deferred compensation plan obligations


77,437



71,979


Deferred income and allowances on sales to distributors


345,993



279,876


Credit facility




500,000


Total current liabilities


543,077



1,016,219


Income taxes payable - non-current


272,000



263,423


Long-term debt


500,000




Other non-current liabilities


9,304



8,730


Total liabilities


1,324,381



1,288,372


Commitments and contingencies





Stockholders' equity:





Common stock: $.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; outstanding - 319,564 at December 31, 2012 and 322,054 shares at December 31, 2011


320



322


Capital in excess of par value


1,122,555



1,050,752


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


5,592



(133)


Retained earnings


2,204,980



1,942,955


Total stockholders' equity


3,333,447



2,993,896


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

4,657,828



$

4,282,268







 

 

 

ALTERA CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)






YEARS ENDED

(In thousands)


December 31,

2012


December 31,

2011


December 31,

2010

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:







Net income


$

556,807



$

770,711



$

782,884


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization


36,862



31,927



27,535


Stock-based compensation


93,586



82,750



62,118


Deferred income tax expense


8,824



15,657



34,256


Tax effect of employee stock plans


9,811



16,162



27,444


Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans


(16,278)



(17,307)



(21,866)


Changes in assets and liabilities, net of the effects of acquisition:







Accounts receivable, net


(91,435)



131,341



(145,330)


Inventories


(30,442)



24,245



(76,819)


Other assets


(3,050)



54,661



(52,805)


Accounts payable and other liabilities


(50,566)



(32,534)



59,200


Deferred income and allowances on sales to distributors


66,117



(148,836)



146,826


Income taxes payable


8,576



31,116



15,746


Deferred compensation plan obligations


(1,598)



(293)



(2,494)


Net cash provided by operating activities


587,214



959,600



856,695


Cash Flows from Investing Activities:







Purchases of property and equipment


(60,913)



(31,812)



(12,442)


Proceeds from sales of deferred compensation plan securities, net


1,598



293



2,494


Purchases of available-for-sale securities


(921,430)



(164,408)




Proceeds from sale and maturity of available-for-sale securities


220,784



25,003




Acquisition related payments, net of cash acquired






(8,004)


Purchases of intangible assets


(2,280)





(5,000)


Purchase of other investments


(4,935)






Net cash used in investing activities


(767,176)



(170,924)



(22,952)


Cash Flows from Financing Activities:







Proceeds from issuance of common stock through various stock plans


49,665



119,989



453,719


Shares withheld for employee taxes


(31,472)



(32,152)



(20,164)


Payment of dividends to stockholders


(115,514)



(90,060)



(67,774)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt


500,000






Repayment of credit facility


(500,000)






Long-term debt and credit facility issuance costs


(5,244)






Repurchases of common stock


(229,057)



(197,023)




Excess tax benefit from employee stock plans


16,278



17,307



21,866


Principal payments on capital lease obligation






(2,866)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


(315,344)



(181,939)



384,781


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(495,306)



606,737



1,218,524


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


3,371,933



2,765,196



1,546,672


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

2,876,627



$

3,371,933



$

2,765,196


Supplemental cash flow information:







Income taxes paid, net


$

9,797



$

9,856



$

29,887


Interest paid


$

6,898



$

3,704



$

3,395


 

SOURCE Altera Corporation

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P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
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 Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo, June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...
Container frameworks, such as Docker, provide a variety of benefits, including density of deployment across infrastructure, convenience for application developers to push updates with low operational hand-holding, and a fairly well-defined deployment workflow that can be orchestrated. Container frameworks also enable a DevOps approach to application development by cleanly separating concerns between operations and development teams. But running multi-container, multi-server apps with containers is very hard. You have to learn five new and different technologies and best practices (libswarm, sy...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DragonGlass, an enterprise search platform, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. After eleven years of designing and building custom applications, OpenCrowd has launched DragonGlass, a cloud-based platform that enables the development of search-based applications. These are a new breed of applications that utilize a search index as their backbone for data retrieval. They can easily adapt to new data sets and provide access to both structured and unstruc...
There's Big Data, then there's really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, discussed how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines...
Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise and president of Intellyx, panelists will peel away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem fil...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MetraTech, now part of Ericsson, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society- a world leader in communications infrastructure, software and services. Some 40% of the world’s mobile traffic runs through networks Ericsson has supplied, serving more than 2.5 billion subscribers.
The worldwide cellular network will be the backbone of the future IoT, and the telecom industry is clamoring to get on board as more than just a data pipe. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Evan McGee, CTO of Ring Plus, Inc., discussed what service operators can offer that would benefit IoT entrepreneurs, inventors, and consumers. Evan McGee is the CTO of RingPlus, a leading innovative U.S. MVNO and wireless enabler. His focus is on combining web technologies with traditional telecom to create a new breed of unified communication that is easily accessible to the general consumer. With over a de...
Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informatics can now move beyond point solutions that merely monitor the past and implement integrated enterprise fabrics that enable end-to-end supply chain visibility to improve customer service delivery and optimize supplier management. Learn about enterprise architecture strategies for designing connected systems tha...
Cloud is not a commodity. And no matter what you call it, computing doesn’t come out of the sky. It comes from physical hardware inside brick and mortar facilities connected by hundreds of miles of networking cable. And no two clouds are built the same way. SoftLayer gives you the highest performing cloud infrastructure available. One platform that takes data centers around the world that are full of the widest range of cloud computing options, and then integrates and automates everything. Join SoftLayer on June 9 at 16th Cloud Expo to learn about IBM Cloud's SoftLayer platform, explore se...
SYS-CON Media announced today that 9 out of 10 " most read" DevOps articles are published by @DevOpsSummit Blog. Launched in October 2014, @DevOpsSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce softw...
15th Cloud Expo, which took place Nov. 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, expanded the conference content of @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit to include two developer events. IBM held a Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held a Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionality and provide short-term introductory projects that developers can complete between sessions.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, shared some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, a...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. He discussed opportunities and challenges ahead for the IoT from a market and technical point of vie...