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CompTIA Senior Director, Technology Analysis

Seth Robinson analyzes technology trends in the IT industry and provides insight into trend drivers and future direction. He has led research studies on IT security, cloud computing, IoT and mobility, among other areas.

  • Industry Challenges Emerge Alongside Internet of Things

    Oct 22, 2014, 18:36 PM by Seth Robinson
    Multiple advances in technology have drastically changed the scope of the burgeoning Internet of Things—in fact, the number of connected “things” is projected to skyrocket to 50.1 billion in 2020. Read CompTIA researcher Seth Robinson’s breakdown of IoT and download our latest study, Sizing Up the Internet of Things.
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  • How to Measure Success in a New Era of IT

    Jul 16, 2014, 21:00 PM by Seth Robinson
    Cloud computing, mobility and Big Data analytics are not merely new options for a company to utilize as they build out their IT architecture. Instead, they create a new platform that drives a radically different technology strategy. CompTIA researcher Seth Robinson examines the paradigm shift in the industry’s approach to enterprise IT.
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  • Mobility Adoption Strong but Many Steps Remain for Full Integration

    Jun 10, 2014, 16:48 PM by Seth Robinson
    It is becoming apparent that the new trends in IT are leading to a completely new approach for businesses. In the case of mobility, having a wide range of options for front-end devices is changing the mindset around device management and workflow structure. Smartphones and tablets are transforming the device landscape and driving much of the initial discussion around enterprise mobility. Meanwhile, PCs remain viable options along with smartphones and tablets, and companies must decide how to handle all three.
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  • Begun, the Cloud War Has

    Apr 8, 2014, 18:52 PM by Seth Robinson
    Earlier this year, CompTIA’s 2014 Outlook predicted that cloud wars would intensify, with public cloud providers fighting on price and differentiation and private cloud systems fighting to get a foothold. After just one quarter, that prediction holds true; several companies have announced new ways they are pushing this model into new territory. Late March was a game changer, as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all held events to share updates to their cloud offerings. As expected, price was a ...
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  • The End-User: the New Center of the IT Universe

    Mar 19, 2014, 22:30 PM by Seth Robinson
    Recently, I have been focusing on the amount of disruption caused by technology trends such as cloud computing and mobility. This isn’t a unique idea — other organizations recognize this change as well and have introduced concepts such as the fifth era of business transformation or the shift from information technology to enterprise technology. My own thoughts line up closely with IDC’s notion of a third platform, where the first two platforms are represented by the mainframe a ...
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  • New Needs and Models Are Driving Changes to Communications

    Feb 19, 2014, 19:27 PM by Seth Robinson
    While communications is not a new topic for most companies, new trends in technology and changes in workforce dynamics are forcing many businesses to re-examine their strategies. Thirty-one percent of end-user firms cite communications as a high priority, and they are clearly driving demand here since 36 percent of channel firms believe their clients place a high priority on communications. Cloud computing and mobility are giving companies new options and possibilities for communications infras ...
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  • Business Process Automation Set to Become an Area of Opportunity

    Feb 18, 2014, 23:21 PM by Seth Robinson
    Business process automation (BPA) may be a second-tier IT topic behind trends like cloud computing, mobility and Big Data, but that may be set to change, as this comprehensive discipline combines those popular trends to produce tangible business value. CompTIA’s study on the state of business process automation sheds some light on practices and outlook for this area. Automation begins with technology-enabled business processes. While large firms (500 or more employees) are the most likely ...
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  • Three Lessons from Lenovo’s Big Buys

    Feb 10, 2014, 18:04 PM by Seth Robinson
    In the middle of a bitterly cold winter, Chinese tech giant Lenovo has become very hot news. In a single week, the company best known for its solid line of laptops spent $5.3 billion acquiring two new product lines. The first move was made on January 23, when Lenovo purchased IBM’s x86-based server business for $2.3 billion. Six days later, Lenovo extended its reach in the other direction, picking up Google’s Motorola Mobility unit for $2.91 billion. The deals drew attention from all ...
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  • A Look at the Big Trends at International CES 2014

    Jan 14, 2014, 00:50 AM by Seth Robinson
    The beginning of a new year always brings with it a ritual for everyone who keeps a close eye on technology: the International CES, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). First held in 1967, this year’s show featured 3,200 exhibitors and more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, making it a premier location for exhibiting new technology and innovation. With so much on display, there are obviously many different themes on the radar. The Internet of Things was pegged ...
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  • From Buzzword to Maturity: Too Late to Get Into the Cloud Game?

    Nov 26, 2013, 20:36 PM by Seth Robinson
    You can argue that some of the ideas behind cloud computing aren’t new. Different models such as client-server computing or time sharing have used some of the same concepts. But the cloud model is unique and disruptive, and we have recently witnessed a strong acceleration of this trend toward maturity. In our latest edition of “Trends in Cloud Computing,” we show that today’s cloud has quickly evolved from a hopelessly overused buzzword into a permanent new technology mod ...
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