Latest Reports from GigaOM Research Highlight Growth and Emerging Opportunities in Technology Markets

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Research examines such companies as VMware, Embrane, Big Switch, Adara, Vyatta, Coursera, Pearson, WhosHere, Grinder and more

New reports published this month by GigaOM Research examine emerging opportunities in the social collaboration, cloud computing, digital learning and mobile markets. This research reflects the increased convergence of mobile and social across technology sectors.

The latest research includes:

  • Why social business tools matter for the future of the enterprise (podcast)

Social-business tools are everywhere in today’s enterprise, integrated into employee communication tools as well as HR, finance and other operational departments. In the latest GigaOM Research podcast, collaboration experts and analysts Stowe Boyd and David Coleman discuss the latest tools disrupting the enterprise and how to best integrate social tools into business.

  • Forecast: Sizing the software-defined networking market (subscription required)

The outlook for the software-defined networking (SDN) enterprise market continues to expand, and recent acquisitions such as VMware’s $1.2 billion deal with Nicira indicate major opportunities ahead. Analyst Lee Doyle analyzes the current and near-term prospects for SDN in the enterprise, focusing on the products, use cases and applications most relevant for business customers.

  • Are private clouds worth it? (subscription required)

Curator David Linthicum analyzes data from a recent Enterprise Management Associates survey. He also takes a look at what “private” clouds are and are not before weighing the benefits and disadvantages for a private or public cloud deployment in the enterprise.

  • Disrupting the university: Near-term opportunities in the digital-learning market (subscription required)

IT spending for U.S. universities is projected to reach $10 billion in 2013 alone, leaving a huge opportunity for education-technology startups to make real headway in the industry. Analyst Shannon Arvizu reveals which startups, technologies and qualities will be necessary to truly disrupt the ed-tech sector, including which types of learning and educational content may be most effective and influential.

  • Proximity-based mobile social networking: Outlook and analysis (subscription required)

Analyst Peter Crocker expects the proximity-based mobile social networking market will grow to $1.9 billion by 2016. In this report, he analyzes the types of social networking mechanics presently in use and the existing technology and market structure before providing his forecasts for the next four years.

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