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Allegion Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results; Updates Full-Year 2014 EPS Outlook

Allegion plc (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global provider of security products and solutions, today reported second quarter 2014 net revenues of $531.5 million, up 0.5 percent compared to the prior year, and net earnings of $51.6 million, or $0.53 per share from continuing operations. This compares with net earnings of $61.1 million, or $0.64 per share from continuing operations for the 2013 second quarter.

Second quarter net revenues increased 4.0 percent on an adjusted basis (up 2.9 percent on an organic basis). The increase in revenues is due to strong residential volume and modest commercial volume growth compensating for unfavorable timing of Asia Pacific system integration projects. Adjusted net earnings were $59.8 million, or $0.61 per share from continuing operations, down $0.03 from the prior year. Included in these results, the Asia Pacific region reflected a $2.5 million bad debt adjustment in the quarter, or unfavorable $0.02 per share. Removing this adjustment, operational improvements and a lower tax rate mostly offset higher interest expense and incremental investment.

Second quarter operating margin was 16.9 percent (19.1 percent on an adjusted basis). Operating margin in the second quarter of 2013 was 18.9 percent (19.6 percent on an adjusted basis). Adjusted operating margin was down year-over-year as increased investments, inflation and the one-time bad debt adjustment in Asia Pacific were partially offset by favorable price, currency exchange, and productivity.

“While our second quarter margins were down year-over-year, I am pleased with the results given modest commercial growth,” said David D. Petratis, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Residential volumes and the impact of our EMEIA recovery efforts are compensating for continued softness in non-residential institutional markets. We are now forecasting slower than expected recovery of the institutional markets in 2014.”

The Company also reported negative $8.1 million or negative $0.08 per share in the second quarter from discontinued operations. This compares with 2013 discontinued operations of negative $0.8 million, or negative $0.01 per share. The discontinued operations are inclusive of a $6.6 million impairment charge related to the announced divestiture of the United Kingdom (UK) Door businesses.

“This transaction enables us to simplify our offering and focus upon strategic products that can be leveraged across the EMEIA region,” said Petratis. “This is an important piece of our ongoing transformation of the portfolio to improve profitability and return on invested capital.”

*Adjustments to GAAP revenue, operating income, operating margin, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, earnings from continuing operations and diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations consist of items such as the impact of change in order flow through the Company's consolidated joint venture in Asia, restructuring charges, and one-time separation costs related to the spin-off from Ingersoll Rand to better illustrate year over year performance. Please see the disclosure below and the supplemental schedules attached to this earnings release for additional information regarding these adjustments.

Additional Items

Interest expense for the second quarter of 2014 was $12.0 million higher than the prior period due to the additional indebtedness incurred as a result of the spin-off from Ingersoll Rand. The Company's effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2014 was 29.5 percent. The comparable effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2013 was 36.9 percent.

EMEIA Restructuring

In the second quarter of 2014, management committed to a plan to restructure the EMEIA segment to improve efficiencies and regional cost structure. In conjunction with this plan, the Company incurred severance and other restructuring charges of $4.4 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 of which $1.0 million is recorded in Cost of goods sold and $3.4 million is recorded in Selling and administrative expenses.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

Year-to-date 2014 available cash flow was $39.4 million, down $12.9 million versus prior year. The year-over-year decrease in available cash flow reflects increased investment in capital projects. The Company ended second quarter 2014 with cash of $193.2 million and total debt of $1,287.6 million. The Company did not have any borrowings outstanding under its $500 million revolving credit facility at June 30, 2014.

Share Repurchase

During the second quarter of 2014, the Company repurchased approximately 0.6 million shares with an average price paid per share of $50.14 for approximately $30.3 million related to the $200 million share repurchase program approved by the Company's board of directors in February, 2014.

Outlook

Allegion continues to forecast full-year revenues to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent versus prior year on an adjusted basis. The Company is raising the lower end of adjusted EPS guidance, and holding the high-end with an updated range of $2.30 to $2.40. Restructuring and spin costs are expected to be in the range of $0.25 to $0.30 per share. Including these costs, EPS for 2014 continuing operations are expected to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.15. The forecast includes a full year tax assumption of approximately 30 percent for continuing operations. The updated forecast assumes the official exchange rate for the Venezuelan bolivar and does not take into consideration the impact of a potential currency devaluation in Venezuela. The Company continues to target available cash flow that approximates net earnings from continuing operations.

Conference Call Information

On Thursday, July 31, David D. Petratis, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Patrick Shannon, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will conduct a conference call for analysts and investors, beginning at 8:00 a.m. E.T., to review the Company's results.

A real-time, listen-only webcast of the conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Individuals wishing to listen can access the call through the Company's website at http://investor.allegion.com.

About Allegion

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) creates peace of mind by pioneering safety and security. As a $2 billion provider of security solutions for homes and businesses, Allegion employs more than 8,000 people and sells products in more than 120 countries across the world. Allegion comprises 27 global brands, including strategic brands CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage® and Von Duprin®.

For more, visit http://www.allegion.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company has presented revenue, operating income, operating margin, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, earnings from continuing operations, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations on both a U.S. GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis because the Company's management believes it may assist investors in evaluating the Company's on-going operations as a standalone company. The Company believes these non-GAAP disclosures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. Investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures as alternatives to the related GAAP measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures used to their most directly comparable GAAP measure is presented as a supplemental schedule to this earnings release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's 2014 financial performance, the Company's growth strategy, the Company's capital allocation strategy, the Company's Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) strategy and the performance of the markets in which the Company operates. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that may cause results, performance or achievement to materially differ from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Further information on these factors and other risks that may affect the Company's business is included in filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. The Company assumes no obligations to update these forward looking statements.

   
ALLEGION PLC
Condensed and Consolidated Income Statements
(in millions, except per share data)
 

UNAUDITED

 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
Net revenues $ 531.5 $ 528.7 $ 998.1 $ 996.9
Cost of goods sold 305.2   310.2   580.0   592.4  
Gross profit 226.3 218.5 418.1 404.5
 
Selling and administrative expenses 136.6   118.5   261.0   235.0  
Operating income 89.7 100.0 157.1 169.5
 
Interest expense 12.5 0.5 25.6 0.9
Other, net (1.0 ) (0.8 ) (1.1 ) 6.7  
Earnings before income taxes 78.2 100.3 132.6 161.9
 
Provision for income taxes 23.1   37.0   39.4   56.9  
Earnings from continuing operations 55.1 63.3 93.2 105.0
 
Discontinued operations, net of tax (8.1 ) (0.8 ) (8.8 ) (1.5 )
 
Net earnings 47.0 62.5 84.4 103.5
 

Less: Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

3.5   2.2   5.3   3.8  
 
Net earnings attributable to Allegion plc $ 43.5   $ 60.3   $ 79.1   $ 99.7  
 
Amounts attributable to Allegion plc shareholders:
Continuing operations $ 51.6 $ 61.1 $ 87.9 $ 101.2
Discontinued operations (8.1 ) (0.8 ) (8.8 ) (1.5 )
Net earnings $ 43.5   $ 60.3   $ 79.1   $ 99.7  
 

Basic earnings (loss) per ordinary share attributable to Allegion plc shareholders:

Continuing operations $ 0.54 $ 0.64 $ 0.91 $ 1.05
Discontinued operations (0.09 ) (0.01 ) (0.09 ) (0.01 )
Net earnings $ 0.45   $ 0.63   $ 0.82   $ 1.04  
 

Diluted earnings (loss) per ordinary share attributable to Allegion plc shareholders:

Continuing operations $ 0.53 $ 0.64 $ 0.90 $ 1.05
Discontinued operations (0.08 ) (0.01 ) (0.09 ) (0.01 )
Net earnings $ 0.45   $ 0.63   $ 0.81   $ 1.04  
 
Shares outstanding - basic 96.3 96.0 96.3 96.0
Shares outstanding - diluted 97.3 96.0 97.4 96.0
 
   
ALLEGION PLC
Condensed and Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions)
 

UNAUDITED

 

June 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 193.2 $ 227.4
Restricted cash 40.2
Accounts and notes receivables, net 295.6 260.0

Costs in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

148.2 158.8
Inventory 174.1 153.6
Other current assets 76.5   86.0  
Total current assets 887.6 926.0
Property, plant and equipment, net 210.3 200.2
Goodwill 517.8 504.9
Intangible assets, net 144.9 146.1
Other noncurrent assets 207.5   202.7  
Total assets $ 1,968.1   $ 1,979.9  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 219.8 $ 211.3
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 186.9 207.3

Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt

30.7   71.9  
Total current liabilities 437.4 490.5
Long-term debt 1,256.9 1,272.0
Other noncurrent liabilities 285.0   273.1  
Equity (11.2 ) (55.7 )
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,968.1   $ 1,979.9  
 
 
ALLEGION PLC
Condensed and Consolidated Cash Flows
(in millions)
 

UNAUDITED

 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2014   2013
Operating Activities        
Earnings from continuing operations $ 93.2 $ 105.0
Depreciation and amortization 24.4 22.9
Changes in assets and liabilities and other non-cash items (52.2 ) (66.9 )
Net cash from (used in) operating activities of continuing operations 65.4 61.0
Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations (1.6 ) (1.8 )
Net cash from (used in) operating activities 63.8 59.2
 
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures (26.0 ) (8.7 )
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired (23.0 )
Other investing activities, net 40.8   1.8  
Net cash used in investing activities (8.2 ) (6.9 )
 
Financing Activities
Net debt proceeds (repayments) (55.2 ) 0.4
Dividends paid to ordinary shareholders (14.9 )
Net transfers to Ingersoll-Rand (33.5 )
Repurchase of ordinary shares (30.3 )
Other financing activities, net 14.6   (2.8 )
Net cash from (used in) financing activities (85.8 ) (35.9 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (4.0 ) (11.7 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (34.2 ) 4.7
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 227.4   317.5  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 193.2   $ 322.2  
 
   

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES

 

ALLEGION PLC

SCHEDULE 1

 

SELECTED OPERATING SEGMENT INFORMATION

(in millions)

 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2014   2013 2014   2013
Net revenues
Americas $ 400.7 $ 397.8 $ 746.1 $ 749.1
EMEIA 101.2 98.3 200.4 193.9
Asia Pacific 29.6   32.6   51.6   53.9  
Total net revenues $ 531.5   $ 528.7   $ 998.1   $ 996.9  
 
Operating income (loss)
Americas $ 111.3 $ 110.9 $ 197.3 $ 193.3
EMEIA (4.1 ) (1.3 ) (4.7 ) (6.0 )
Asia Pacific (3.5 ) (0.8 ) (6.5 ) (1.9 )
Corporate unallocated (14.0 ) (8.8 ) (29.0 ) (15.9 )
Total operating income $ 89.7   $ 100.0   $ 157.1   $ 169.5  
 

ALLEGION PLC

SCHEDULE 2

 

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share data)

 

The Company has presented revenue, operating income, operating margin, earnings from continuing operations, diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations, on both a U.S. GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis and presented adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin because the Company's management believes it may assist investors in evaluating the Company's on-going operations as a standalone public company. Adjustments to revenue, operating income, operating margin, earnings and diluted EPS from continuing operations and EBITDA include items that are considered to be unusual or infrequent in nature such as restructuring charges and one-time separation costs related to the spin-off from Ingersoll Rand.

 

The Company considers these items unrelated to its core, on-going operating performance, and believes the use of these non-GAAP measures allows comparison of operating results that are consistent over time. The Company believes these non-GAAP disclosures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. Management uses these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate the performance of the business. Investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures as alternatives to the related GAAP measures.

   
Three Months Ended June 30, 2014 Three Months Ended June 30, 2013
Reported  

Spin-off
related and
other
charges

 

Adjusted
(non-GAAP)

Reported  

Spin-off
related and
other
charges

 

Adjusted
(non-GAAP)

Net revenues $ 531.5   $ $ 531.5 $ 528.7   $ (17.4 )

(1)

$

511.3
 
Operating income 89.7 12.0 (2) 101.7 100.0 0.1 (2) 100.1
Operating margin 16.9 % 19.1 % 18.9 % 19.6 %
 
Earnings before income taxes 78.2 12.0 90.2 100.3 0.1 100.4
Provision for income taxes 23.1   3.8   (3) 26.9   37.0     37.0  
Earnings from continuing operations 55.1 8.2 63.3 63.3 0.1 63.4
 
Non-controlling interest 3.5     3.5   2.2     2.2  
 

Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Allegion plc

$ 51.6   $ 8.2   $ 59.8   $ 61.1   $ 0.1   $ 61.2  

 

                       

Diluted earnings per ordinary share attributable to Allegion plc shareholders:

$ 0.53   $ 0.08   $ 0.61   $ 0.64   $   $ 0.64  
 
  (1)   Adjustment to net revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2013 reflects the impact of a change in order flow through the Company's consolidated joint venture in Asia resulting from a revised joint venture operating agreement signed in late 2013. Previously, the joint venture acted as a pass-through to the end customer. Products are now shipped direct to the end customer with the joint venture receiving a royalty in an amount that approximates the lost margin. The consolidated joint venture no longer recognizes the revenue and cost of goods sold on these products. The change did not have a material impact on operating income or on cash flows for the three months ended June 30, 2014.
(2) Adjustments to operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 consist of $12.0 million of costs incurred as part of the spin-off from Ingersoll Rand and restructuring charges in 2014 and $0.1 million of restructuring charges in 2013.
(3) Adjustments to the provision for income taxes for the three months ended June 30, 2014 consist of $3.8 million of tax expense related to the items excluded from operating income discussed above.
   
Six months ended June 30, 2014 Six months ended June 30, 2013
Reported  

Spin-off
related and
other
charges

 

Adjusted
(non-GAAP)

Reported  

Spin-off
related and
other
charges

 

Adjusted
(non-GAAP)

Net revenues $ 998.1   $ $ 998.1 $ 996.9   $ (35.1 ) (1) $ 961.8
 
Operating income 157.1 21.3 (2) 178.4 169.5 4.6 (2) 174.1
Operating margin 15.7 % 17.9 % 17.0 % 18.1 %
 
Earnings before income taxes 132.6 21.3 153.9 161.9 4.6 166.5
Provision for income taxes 39.4   6.5   (3) 45.9   56.9   1.3   (3) 58.2  
Earnings from continuing operations 93.2 14.8 108.0 105.0 3.3 108.3
 
Non-controlling interest 5.3     5.3   3.8     3.8  
 

Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Allegion plc

$ 87.9   $ 14.8   $ 102.7   $ 101.2   $ 3.3   $ 104.5  

 

                       

Diluted earnings per ordinary share attributable to Allegion plc shareholders:

$ 0.90   $ 0.15   $ 1.05   $ 1.05   $ 0.03   $ 1.09  
 
  (1)   Adjustment to net revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2013 reflects the impact of a change in order flow through the Company's consolidated joint venture in Asia resulting from a revised joint venture operating agreement signed in late 2013. Previously, the joint venture acted as a pass-through to the end customer. Products are now shipped direct to the end customer with the joint venture receiving a royalty in an amount that approximates the lost margin. The consolidated joint venture no longer recognizes the revenue and cost of goods sold on these products. The change did not have a material impact on operating income or on cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2014.
(2) Adjustments to operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 consist of $21.3 million of costs incurred as part of the spin-off from Ingersoll Rand and restructuring charges in 2014 and $4.6 million of restructuring charges in 2013.
(3) Adjustments to the provision for income taxes for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 consist of $6.5 million and $1.3 million, respectively, of tax expense related to the items excluded from operating income discussed above.
 
   

ALLEGION PLC

SCHEDULE 3

 

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP REVENUE AND OPERATING INCOME BY REGION

 
(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2014

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2013
As Reported   Margin As Reported   Margin
Americas
Net revenues (GAAP) $ 400.7 $ 397.8
Impact of Asia JV order flow change   (17.4 )
Adjusted net revenues 400.7 380.4
 
Operating income (GAAP) 111.3 27.8 % 110.9 29.2 %
Restructuring charges % %
Spin-off related charges   %   %
Adjusted operating income 111.3 27.8 % 110.9 29.2 %
Depreciation and amortization 6.2   1.5 % 5.6   1.5 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 117.5   29.3 % $ 116.5   30.7 %
 
EMEIA
Net revenues (GAAP) $ 101.2 $ 98.3
 
Operating income (GAAP) (4.1 ) (4.1 )% (1.3 ) (1.3 )%
Restructuring charges 4.7 4.6 % 0.1 0.1 %
Spin-off related and other charges 1.5   1.5 %   %
Adjusted operating income 2.1 2.0 % (1.2 ) (1.2 )%
Depreciation and amortization 4.4   4.2 % 4.7   4.8 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6.5   6.2 % $ 3.5   3.6 %
 
Asia Pacific
Net revenues (GAAP) $ 29.6 $ 32.6
 
Operating income (GAAP) (3.5 ) (11.8 )% (0.8 ) (2.5 )%
Spin-off related charges 0.2   0.7 %    
Adjusted operating income (3.3 ) (11.1 )% (0.8 ) (2.5 )%
Depreciation and amortization 0.2   0.7 % 0.2   0.6 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ (3.1 ) (10.4 )% $ (0.6 ) (1.9 )%
 
Corporate
Operating income (GAAP) (14.0 ) (8.8 )
Spin-off related charges 5.6    
Adjusted operating income (8.4 ) (8.8 )
Depreciation and amortization 1.4   0.7  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (7.0 ) $ (8.1 )
 
Total
Adjusted net revenues $ 531.5 $ 511.3
 
Adjusted operating income 101.7 19.1 % 100.1 19.6 %
Depreciation and amortization 12.2   2.3 % 11.2     2.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 113.9   21.4 % $ 111.3     21.8 %
 

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2014

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2013

As Reported Margin As Reported Margin
Americas
Net revenues $ 746.1 $ 749.1
Impact of Asia JV order
flow change   (35.1 )
Adjusted net revenues 746.1 714.0
 
Operating income (GAAP) 197.3 26.4 % 193.3 27.1 %
Restructuring charges % 0.1 %
Spin-off related charges 0.3   %   %
Adjusted operating income 197.6 26.4 % 193.4 27.1 %
Depreciation and amortization 12.4   1.7 % 13.0   1.8 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 210.0   28.1 % $ 206.4   28.9 %
 
EMEIA
Net revenues $ 200.4 $ 193.9
 
Operating income (GAAP) (4.7 ) (2.3 )% (6.0 ) (3.1 )%
Restructuring charges 5.2 2.6 % 4.5 2.3 %
Spin-off related and other
charges 2.8   1.4 %   %
Adjusted operating income 3.3 1.7 % (1.5 ) (0.8 )%
Depreciation and amortization 8.8   4.4 % 9.4   4.8 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 12.1   6.1 % $ 7.9   4.0 %
 
Asia Pacific
Net revenues $ 51.6 $ 53.9
 
Operating income (GAAP) (6.5 ) (12.6 )% (1.9 ) (3.5 )%
Spin-off related charges 0.3   0.6 %    
Adjusted operating income (6.2 ) (12.0 )% (1.9 ) (3.5 )%
Depreciation and amortization 0.4   0.8 % 0.5   0.9 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ (5.8 ) (11.2 )% $ (1.4 ) (2.6 )%
 
Corporate
Operating income (GAAP) $ (29.0 ) $ (15.9 )
Spin-off related charges 12.7    
Adjusted operating income (16.3 ) (15.9 )
Depreciation and amortization 2.8    
Adjusted EBITDA $ (13.5 ) $ (15.9 )
 
Total
Adjusted net revenues $ 998.1 $ 961.8
 
Adjusted operating income 178.4 17.9 % 174.1 18.1 %
Depreciation and amortization 24.4   2.4 % 22.9   2.3 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 202.8   20.3 % $ 197.0   20.4 %
 

ALLEGION PLC

 

SCHEDULE 4

 

RECONCILIATION OF CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO AVAILABLE CASH FLOW AND NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(in millions)

 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2014   2013

 

       

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations

$ 65.4 $ 61.0
Capital expenditures (26.0 ) (8.7 )
Available cash flow $ 39.4   $ 52.3  
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2014 2013
Net earnings (GAAP) $ 84.4 $ 103.5
Provision for income taxes 39.4 56.9
Interest expense 25.6 0.9
Depreciation and amortization 24.4   22.9  
EBITDA 173.8 184.2
 
Discontinued operations 8.8 1.5
Other, net (1.1 ) 6.7

Restructuring charges, spin-off related costs and other expenses

21.3   4.6  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 202.8   $ 197.0  
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
2014 2013
Net earnings $ 47.0 $ 62.5
Provision for income taxes 23.1 37.0
Interest expense 12.5 0.5
Depreciation and amortization 12.2   11.2  
EBITDA 94.8 111.2
 
Discontinued operations 8.1 0.8
Other, net (1.0 ) (0.8 )

Restructuring charges, spin-off related costs and other expenses

12.0   0.1  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 113.9   $ 111.3  

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Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Once customers get a year into their IoT deployments, they start to realize that they may have been shortsighted in the ways they built out their deployment and the key thing I see a lot of people looking at is - how can I take equipment data, pull it back in an IoT solution and show it in a dashboard," stated Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of Soli...