IDC Predicts 2014 Will Be a Year of Escalation, Consolidation, and Innovation as the Transition to IT’s “3rd Platform” Accelerates

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International Data Corporation (IDC) today offered the first of its annual predictions for the coming year in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. IDC’s predictions for 2014 were heavily influenced by the 3rd Platform, the industry’s emerging platform for growth and innovation built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.

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Recipe Kit Subscription Service Gousto Raises $2M To Keep HelloFresh Out Of Its Kitchen

TechCrunch

Gousto, the UK recipe kit subscription service that competes with Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh, and Housebites (post-pivot), has raised $2 million in new funding. The investment was led by London VC MMC Ventures, with participation from existing backers, including Angel CoFund.

Gousto says the additional capital will be used to further strengthen its product, and to “fast track” the business — a business that I would imagine is quite capital intensive. Subscribers are sent three recipes per-week along with the required fresh ingredients so that they can get busy in the kitchen. Scaling the delivery of perishable goods isn’t quite the same as moving around bits and bytes.

The startup first pitched for funding on the BBC show Dragons’ Den, only for the dragons to declare themselves out. Shortly afterwards, however, Gousto announced it had raised £500,000 from unnamed food industry folk and Angel CoFund. With today’s…

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9 tech trends that will make someone billions of dollars next year

Financial Post | Business

2014 is right around the corner.

Most of us can look into our crystal balls and see that a handful of tech trends which became big in 2013 will probably get bigger next year: cloud computing, big data, the rise of tablets, the Internet of Things.

But market research firm IDC has gone one better by predicting how these trends will unfold next year — and generate billions of dollars.

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People and companies will spend $2.1 trillion on technology.

People and companies will spend $2.1 trillion on technology.

 

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Worldwide IT spending will grow 5% next year to $2.1 trillion, IDC says.

People and companies will buy smartphones and tablets, a market expected to grow by 15% over 2013. Companies will also beef up their data centers with new hardware that works better with mobile devices. They’ll need servers, storage, networks, software, and services.

The only thing they won’t be buying more of is…

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