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Cloud, IoT, Big Data: The industry’s top predictions for 2015

A roundup of the top IT industry predictions for 2015

This year was all about growth in platform as a service, omnipresent encryption, the integration of analytics into everything, and the increasing popularity of hybrid cloud management solutions. Now all of the buzz now seems to be shifting towards the Internet of Things, open source cloud, and Linux containers, with enterprise IT departments scrambling to keep up. With this in mind, here is a roundup of what tech analysts, industry veterans and shameless prognosticators say is in store for us in 2015.

Verizon, GE link Internet of Things deal

GE and Verizon are partnering on IoT

General Electric and Verizon announced a partnership that will see both companies combine their machine-to-machine (M2M) know-how and create a secure, wireless connectivity system for industrial internet applications.

Salesforce ExactTarget reboots Journey Builder with Internet of Things capabilities

Salesforce is bringing ExactTarget's marketing cloud capabilities to Internet of Things devices

Salesforce announced that it has simplified its ExactTarget Marketing Cloud platform and added new capabilities that include the ability to market to Internet of Things devices. The move comes just one year after ExactTarget was acquired by Salesforce for $2.5bn, and barely a month after the company took the wraps off its wearables play.

Pratt & Whitney, IBM team on aircraft engine performance monitoring with big data

Pratt & Whitney amd IBM are partnering on aircraft engine performance monitoring using big data predictive analytics

American aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney announced a partnership with IBM in a bid to use big data time improve engine fleet management for civilian and military airlines. The companies said the predictive analytics capabilities will help increase performance monitoring of operational commercial engines and optimise fleet management.

Vendors develop open source framework for Internet of Things

Open source will be a big feature in IoT tech

A collaboration of industry vendors took form on Tuesday with the inauguration of a consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

IBM, BT, ARM among UK tech firms to deliver Internet of Things interoperability platform

HyperCat is an interoperability layer for the Internet of Things

A consortium of over 40 UK-based tech firms and research organisations have delivered on the first phase of an Internet of Things initiative, a platform specification that allows applications to discover and make sense of machine-generated data automatically. The move is a notable step towards the creation of technical standards for the fledging Internet of Things segment.

Philips and Salesforce partner on healthcare cloud services

Philips and Salesforce are partnering to develop a patient management platform that puts Salesforce's CRM at its core

Salesforce and medical technology provider Philips announced a partnership that will see the two companies combine their respective technologies to develop a patient management platform based on Salesforce’s cloud-based CRM service.

Nest developer programme connects to wider Internet of Things

Nest is getting connected

On the eve of the Google I/O conference, the company’s annual developer shindig, home automation pioneer Nest Labs launched a developer programme to connect its thermostat and smoke alarm devices to the wider Internet of Things.

Dropcam acquired by Google Nest

Nest is to acquire Dropcam for $555m in cash

Home security camera firm Dropcam said Monday that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by Google-owned Nest, the maker of connected home products like thermostats. The price tag is thought to run to $555m in cash.

As Barcelona embraces cloud and mobile, silos become a thing of the past

Manel Sanromà, chief information officer of Barcelona City Council

Manel Sanromà, the chief information officer of Barcelona City Council tells Business Cloud News that cloud computing, mobile technologies and the Internet of Things are front and centre for Barcelona as it moves to improve city management and break down silos across municipal government, the city, and ultimately Europe.