In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news:
- Bronto’s CEO offers a 2014 review via YouTube
- IBM targets hybrid cloud
- Quintiles adds a new exec
- A VentureBeat editor criticizes new YouTube for Kids
- Comcast income rises
- Bronto’s Update
“2014 was a phenomenal year for Bronto!” So prcolaims Joe Colopy, CEO of Bronto Software, as he discusses record revenue growth of 40% year-over-year and other business highlights in a YouTube video.
Watch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhadW1kbPvA&feature=youtu.be
- IBM Targets Hybrid Cloud
At a big conference this week, IBM (NYSE: IBM) is rolling out a host of initiatives and products targeting the cloud. And a big focus is hybrid environments. Computer Business Review notes that IBM is designating more than half its cloud development to hybrid, adding that an IDC report predicts some 65 percent of enterprise IT groups are committing to hybrid before 2016.
Said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM:: “[W]e are launching a new class of cloud innovations that extend open standards capabilities for the enterprise. This will help break down the barriers between clouds and on premise IT systems, providing clients with control, visibility and security as they utilize the public and private clouds.”
Read more at: http://www.cbronline.com/news/cloud/cloud-saas/ibm-aiming-to-make-hybrid-cloud-a-reality-4518745
- Quintiles’ New Executive
Quintiles (NYSE: Q) has named Elgar Peerschke tas president of its Advisory Services group. He joins the world’s largest life science services firm from Bain & Company where he was a senior partner in the advisory firm’s Global Healthcare Practice Group.
“Throughout his career, Elgar has focused on the healthcare industry, providing cutting-edge insight and guidance in boardrooms of biopharmaceutical customers around the world,” said Tom Pike, chief executive officer, Quintiles. “His deep experience working on and developing innovative solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry combined with his extensive leadership expertise across a number of strategic and operational disciplines is a tremendous addition to an already strong Quintiles team.”
- YouTube for Kids Half-Baked?
Jason Wilson, an editor at VentureBeat, is not at all pleased with the new YouTube for Kids.
“Google has its mitts into everything these days. But most of its products are aimed at adults, not children,” he writes.
“That’s changed with YouTube Kids, an Android and iOS app that takes out the clunkiest and nastiest parts of the video site (like the cesspool that’s the comments) and streamlines them for children. It also creates a tyke-friendly zone of sorts where programming appropriate for teens and adults doesn’t intrude.
“But it doesn’t remove the one thing that I, as a parent, want to keep my kids from seeing: Ads.”
Read the full column at: http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/23/youtube-kids-is-half-baked-because-it-doesnt-protect-children-from-the-real-threat-ads/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Venturebeat+%28VentureBeat%29
- Comcast 4Q Profit Edges Up
Comcast Corp.’s fourth-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent as the company added more customers for its cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone services.
The nation’s largest cable provider also raised its dividend and said it would repurchase $10 billion in stock.
Its shares edged up in morning trading Tuesday.
Comcast is in the midst of a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable that is undergoing a regulatory review. The company said it hopes to have that deal approved early this year.
Cable providers have been consolidating as more viewers shift to watching video on mobile tablets, computers and smartphones rather than through traditional cable TV stations. Meanwhile, broadband providers are awaiting the decision of federal regulators expected Thursday over “net neutrality,” which will allow the government more regulatory control over Internet providers.