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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.

  • Cloud Seen as Supporting Other IT Solutions, yet Still Maturing, on Day One of Cloud Connect

    Apr 3, 2013, 19:06 PM by Seth Robinson
    The theme for Cloud Connect in Santa Clara this week is the growth of cloud as a platform for building IT solutions. In some ways, this means that cloud becomes a secondary consideration behind the specific solutions being built. John O’Farrell, general partner with Andreessen Horowitz, said the venture capital firm frequently takes cloud for granted as it evaluates investment options, a sentiment that was also shared by CompTIA in our 2013 IT Industry Outlook. As a platform, cloud computi ...
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  • IT Security Still a Critical Area After a Decade of Study

    Nov 14, 2012, 00:23 AM by Seth Robinson
    CompTIA’s 10th Annual Information Security Trends study comes at a time of dramatic change in the IT industry. Cloud computing, mobility and Big Data are altering the landscape and ingraining technology in business operations like never before. Yet security remains a high priority, even among these more trendy topics. Four out of five companies place a higher priority on security today than they did two years ago, and PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that global cybersecurity spending hit $60 bi ...
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  • Working on the Pipes: New Frontiers in Networking

    Sep 12, 2012, 19:44 PM by Seth Robinson
    With buzzwords like cloud, mobility and Big Data dominating IT discussions, it might seem that a topic like networking doesn’t have much to offer. Yet time and time again, CompTIA research highlights the importance of networking to success in other initiatives: According to the 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computingstudy, 50 percent of cloud users who found its cost savings to be lower than original estimates attributed the disparity to unplanned network upgrades. Forty-two percent of resp ...
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  • End-User Cloud Behavior Points to Disruptive Times Ahead

    Jul 25, 2012, 17:02 PM by Seth Robinson
    We’ve studied the cloud computing market for three years. Our inaugural study focused on gauging the marketplace and defining cloud concepts, and the second study explored early adoption trends among end-users and channel firms. With the 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study, CompTIA examines a maturing market and the changes that are taking place not only for IT but also for business in general.The cloud market is expected to continue its rapid growth path. Gartner projects that total clou ...
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  • Three Days in June

    Jun 29, 2012, 22:07 PM by Seth Robinson
    In the past month, three of the world’s largest technology companies held major events. Apple and Google both held developers conferences with keynotes full of announcements and surprises. Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference takes place in early July, but rather than waiting for that event they held a special presentation in Los Angeles that had the industry buzzing. A look back at the three events reveals some interesting insight into the future of technology.First, a quick recap of the in ...
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  • Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

    Jun 19, 2012, 14:20 PM by Seth Robinson
    Last night, Microsoft held an event that had the tech world buzzing through the weekend. Most industry watchers knew a tablet was in the works, but beyond that there wasn’t much firm data. Since Apple, Google and Facebook have been the companies making the most waves in tech recently, there was a sense of surprise that Microsoft had been able to generate so much interest.There was indeed a tablet at the center of all this interest: the new Microsoft Surface. Steve Ballmer said that the Surface “ ...
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  • Finding Opportunities in the Challenges of UC Adoption

    May 17, 2012, 21:01 PM by Seth Robinson
    The promise of unified communications (UC) to create a holistic platform for the end user has been in place for some time now. Ever since VoIP became a viable option to replace traditional analog phone systems, the technology for connecting various forms of IP communications has improved and grown in adoption. Data from CompTIA’s 2nd Annual Unified Communications Market Trends study sheds some light on the current state of the UC market and the ways in which providers can best position products ...
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  • Corporate Technology, Take 3

    May 8, 2012, 15:01 PM by Seth Robinson
    A recent article on Computerworld led with the less-than-sunny line “IT as we know it is over.” From there, one might expect a discussion on offshoring, consumerization of IT, or the appropriation of IT by business units for their needs. All of these things are part of the equation, but the main focus of the article is that we are entering a third wave for corporate technology.The first wave, management of information services (MIS), started when businesses began using mainframe computers to aut ...
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  • The Rise of the Machines

    May 1, 2012, 20:48 PM by Seth Robinson
    The “Internet of Things” is rapidly becoming a very real phenomenon. IBM has one of the most aggressive outlooks for connected devices, predicting one trillion by the year 2015. These devices, which will take advantage of advances in miniaturization, processing power, and networking capability, will be able to collect vast amounts of data for analysis. From smart cities to smart homes, from applications in weather to applications in healthcare, these networks of sensors and devices are poised to ...
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  • Google’s Glasses: Are People Ready to Change?

    Apr 5, 2012, 15:04 PM by Seth Robinson
    Google’s new Project Glass is the stuff that futuristic dreams are made of. Designed by Google[x], Google’s secretive think tank that pushes the boundaries of technical innovation, these augmented reality “glasses” are designed to make interactions with technology nearly seamless. The concept video is fairly impressive (as concept videos tend to be), and many are already imagining possible applications for the new gadget.Photo credit: GoogleThe project announcement was greeted with a fair share ...
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