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MasTec Announces Second Quarter Results In-line with Guidance

- Q2 Revenue of $1.1 Billion

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ) today announced 2014 second quarter financial results in-line with guidance issued in June 2014.

Second quarter 2014 revenue increased 13% to $1.1 billion from $978 million for the prior year quarter.  The quarterly revenue increase was driven by a 23% increase in the Oil & Gas segment, a 49% increase in the Power Generation segment and a 6% increase in the Communications segment, reflecting lower wireless project revenue growth levels as indicated in the Company's June 2014 guidance. Net income from continuing operations was $32.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted share compared to $35.5 million, or $0.42 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2013.

Second quarter 2014 adjusted net income from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measure, was $34.7 million compared to $39.9 million in 2013. Second quarter 2014 continuing operations adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP measure, was $0.40, compared to $0.47 last year.  Second quarter 2014 continuing operations adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP measure, was $106 million compared to $110 million in 2013.

Adjusted net income from continuing operations, continuing operations adjusted diluted earnings per share and continuing operations adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP measures, exclude the impact of discontinued operations, loss on extinguishment of debt from the 2013 refinancing of our senior notes due 2017, the 2013 Sintel litigation charge and non-cash stock based compensation expense. Reconciliations of these and other non-GAAP measures to GAAP-reported measures are attached.

Jose R. Mas, MasTec's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We had a challenging second quarter, primarily because of slowdown in revenue growth of wireless projects.  Our guidance for the second half of 2014 reflects reduced levels of expected wireless project revenue, when compared to prior year, and we have taken and will continue to take steps to mitigate the impact of these reduced revenue levels. We anticipate a return to a more normalized level of wireless project revenue in 2015."

Mr. Mas continued, "We are very encouraged by the long term outlook in all our businesses. The recently completed acquisition of Pacer Construction will be an important part of MasTec's future expansion in the growing Canadian energy infrastructure market, including oil sands, oil and gas, high-voltage electrical infrastructure and LNG markets.

Mr. Mas concluded, "We see unprecedented bidding opportunity in multiple markets.  We continue to see excellent growth opportunities in oil & gas, electrical transmission, wireless, power generation and 1-gigabit fiber expansion. In fact, subsequent to quarter end, we were awarded a contract for approximately a quarter of a billion dollars of 1-gigabit fiber deployment work, which was not included in our second quarter backlog number. In short, we are well positioned for growth in numerous markets throughout North America and expect 2015 to be a strong year for both revenue growth and profit margin expansion." 

George Pita, MasTec's Executive Vice President and CFO, added, "We improved cash flow from operations during the second quarter, and expect strong cash flow from operations during the second half of the year. During the second quarter, we retired our $115 million principal amount of senior convertible notes that matured in June and expanded our senior credit facility to $1 billion, while adding the capability to borrow in Mexican pesos.  These transactions both lower our financing costs on a rate basis and further strengthen our financial flexibility to pursue strategic growth opportunities in the markets we serve across North America."  

The Company currently estimates fiscal year 2014 revenue of $4.4 to $4.5 billion. 2014 continuing operations adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is estimated at $420- $425 million, with continuing operations adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non–GAAP measure, at $1.55 to  $1.58.

For the third quarter of 2014, the Company expects revenue of approximately $1.30 - $1.35 billion.  Third quarter 2014 continuing operations adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is estimated at $132 million with continuing operations adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP measure, of approximately $0.56.

Reconciliations of these and other non-GAAP measures to GAAP-reported measures are attached.

Management will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The call-in number for the conference call is (913) 312-0687 and the replay number is (719) 457-0820, with a pass code of 6006689.  The replay will be available for 30 days.  Additionally, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed and replayed through the Investors section of the Company's website at www.mastec.com.

Summary financial statements for the quarters are as follows:


Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




For the Three Months Ended

June 30,



2014


2013






Revenue                                                                                  

$

1,104,556

$

977,624

Costs of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization


950,889


822,655

Depreciation and amortization


36,755


33,602

General and administrative expenses


54,237


51,900

Interest expense, net


12,949


11,838

Other (income) expense, net


(2,051)


322

   Income from continuing operations before income taxes

$

51,777

$

57,307

Provision for income taxes


(19,714)


(21,776)

   Net income from continuing operations

$

32,063

$

35,531

Discontinued operations:





   Net loss from discontinued operations

$

(149)

$

(484)

Net income

$

31,914

$

35,047

   Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests


(136)


106

            Net income attributable to MasTec, Inc.

$

32,050

$

34,941











Earnings per share:





Basic earnings (loss) per share:





   Continuing operations

$

0.41

$

0.46

   Discontinued operations


(0.00)


(0.01)

          Total basic earnings per share

$

0.41

$

0.46

   Basic weighted average common shares outstanding


78,269


76,741






Diluted earnings (loss) per share:   





   Continuing operations

$

0.37

$

0.42

   Discontinued operations


(0.00)


(0.01)

          Total diluted earnings per share

$

0.37

$

0.41

   Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding


86,730


84,558

 

 

                                               

Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)




June 30,

2014


December 31,

2013

Assets





Current assets, including discontinued operations

$

1,489,652

$

1,307,026

Property and equipment, net


618,672


488,132

Goodwill and other intangibles, net


1,213,725


1,067,650

Long-term assets, including discontinued operations


73,821


60,390

        Total assets

$

3,395,870

$

2,923,198






Liabilities and Equity





Current liabilities, including discontinued operations

$

868,474

$

829,225

Acquisition-related contingent consideration, net of current portion


116,929


112,370

Long-term debt


1,088,666


765,425

Long-term deferred tax liabilities, net     


186,538


154,763

Other liabilities


43,949


40,357

Equity


1,091,314


1,021,058

        Total liabilities and equity

$

3,395,870

$

2,923,198

 

 


Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)




For the Six Months Ended

June 30,



2014


2013

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

55,319

$

22,857

Net cash used in investing activities


(221,142)


(168,017)

Net cash provided by financing activities


159,167


132,272

     Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(6,656)


(12,888)

Net effect of currency translation on cash


(347)


(274)

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period


22,927


26,767

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period


15,924


13,605

    Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations


-


310

    Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations

$

15,924

$

13,295






 

 

 

Supplemental Disclosures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Disclosures - Unaudited

(In millions, except for percentages and per share amounts)




For the Three Months Ended

June 30,


For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

Segment Information


2014


2013


2014


2013










Revenue by Reportable Segment









Communications

$

528.1

$             $

496.6

$

975.2

$

921.6

Oil and Gas


365.7


296.9


745.5


615.7

Electrical Transmission


114.5


118.6


194.6


203.1

Power Generation and Industrial


94.5


63.3


148.8


152.2

Other


2.7


3.4


5.4


5.7

Eliminations


(0.9)


(1.2)


(0.9)


(2.0)

Consolidated revenue

$

1,104.6

$

977.6

$

2,068.6

$

1,896.3





















For the Three Months Ended

June 30,


For the Six Months Ended

June 30,



2014


2013


2014


2013

EBITDA by Reportable Segment – Continuing Operations









Communications

$

57.9

$

63.4

$

101.4

$

109.8

Oil and Gas


35.7


51.2


70.6


93.6

Electrical Transmission


17.0


11.5


20.5


14.9

Power Generation and Industrial


4.0


(8.0)


4.5


(8.2)

Other


0.3


0.4


0.5


0.4

Corporate


(13.4)


(15.8)


(24.4)


(34.3)

   EBITDA – continuing operations

$

101.5

$

102.7

$

173.1

$

176.2










   Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


4.2


4.3


7.5


6.6

   Loss on debt extinguishment


-


-


-


5.6

   Sintel legal settlement


-


2.8


-


2.8

Adjusted EBITDA – continuing operations

$

105.7

$

109.8

$

180.6

$

191.2





















For the Three Months Ended

June 30,


For the Six Months Ended

June 30,



2014


2013


2014


2013

EBITDA Margin by Reportable Segment – Continuing Operations









Communications


11.0%


12.8%


10.4%


11.9%

Oil and Gas


9.8%


17.2%


9.5%


15.2%

Electrical Transmission


14.9%


9.7%


10.5%


7.3%

Power Generation and Industrial


4.2%


(12.6)%


3.0%


(5.4)%

Other


11.3%


10.5%


8.5%


7.8%

Corporate


NA


NA


NA


NA

EBITDA margin  – continuing operations


9.2%


10.5%


8.4%


9.3%










   Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


0.4%


0.4%


0.4%


0.3%

   Loss on debt extinguishment


-


-


-


0.3%

   Sintel legal settlement


-


0.3%


-


0.1%

Adjusted EBITDA margin – continuing operations


9.6%


11.2%


8.7%


10.1%

 

 


Supplemental Disclosures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Disclosures - Unaudited

(In millions, except for percentages and per share amounts)




For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months

Ended



March 31,

2014


June 30,

2014


June 30,

2014

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation – Continuing Operations







Net income from continuing operations

$

16.2

$

32.1

$

48.3

Interest expense, net


12.0


12.9


25.0

Provision for income taxes


9.9


19.7


29.6

Depreciation and amortization


33.5


36.8


70.2

EBITDA - continuing operations

$

71.6

$

101.5

$

173.1

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


3.3


4.2


7.5

Adjusted EBITDA - continuing operations

$

74.9

$

105.7

$

180.6















EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin Reconciliation – Continuing Operations







Net income from continuing operations


1.7%


2.9%


2.3%

Interest expense, net


1.2%


1.2%


1.2%

Provision for income taxes


1.0%


1.8%


1.4%

Depreciation and amortization


3.5%


3.3%


3.4%

EBITDA margin - continuing operations


7.4%


9.2%


8.4%

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


0.3%


0.4%


0.4%

Adjusted EBITDA margin - continuing operations


7.8%


9.6%


8.7%





For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months

Ended



March 31,

2013


June 30,

2013


June 30,

2013

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation – Continuing Operations







Net income from continuing operations

$

19.3

$

35.5

$

54.9

Interest expense, net


10.0


11.8


21.9

Provision for income taxes


12.3


21.8


34.1

Depreciation and amortization


31.8


33.6


65.4

EBITDA - continuing operations

$

73.5

$

102.7

$

176.2

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


2.4


4.3


6.6

Loss on debt extinguishment


5.6


-


5.6

Sintel legal settlement


-


2.8


2.8

Adjusted EBITDA - continuing operations

$

81.4

$

109.8

$

191.2








EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin Reconciliation – Continuing Operations







Net income from continuing operations


2.1%


3.6%


2.9%

Interest expense, net


1.1%


1.2%


1.2%

Provision for income taxes


1.3%


2.3%


1.8%

Depreciation and amortization


3.5%


3.4%


3.4%

EBITDA margin - continuing operations


8.0%


10.5%


9.3%

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


0.3%


0.4%


0.3%

Loss on extinguishment of debt


0.6%


-


0.3%

Sintel legal settlement


-


0.3%


0.1%

Adjusted EBITDA margin - continuing operations


8.9%


11.2%


10.1%

 

 

Supplemental Disclosures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Disclosures - Unaudited

(In millions, except for percentages and per share amounts)




For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months

Ended



March 31, 2014


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2014

Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation







Net income from continuing operations

$

16.2

$

32.1

$

48.3

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


2.0


2.6


4.6








Adjusted net income from continuing operations

$

18.2

$

34.7

$

52.9

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax


(0.1)


(0.1)


(0.3)

Adjusted net income

$

18.1

$

34.5

$

52.6

















For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months

Ended



March 31, 2014


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2014

Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation







Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations

$

0.19

$

0.37

$

0.56








Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


0.02


0.03


0.05








Adjusted diluted earnings per share - continuing operations

$

0.21

$

0.40

$

0.61

Diluted loss per share – discontinued operations


(0.00)


(0.00)


(0.00)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.21

$

0.40

$

0.61





For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months

Ended



March 31, 2013


June 30, 2013


June 30, 2013

Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation







Net income from continuing operations

$

19.3

$

35.5

$

54.9








Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


1.4


2.6


4.1

Loss on debt extinguishment, net of tax


3.4


-


3.5

Sintel legal settlement, net of tax


-


1.7


1.7








Adjusted net income from continuing operations

$

24.2

$

39.9

$

64.1

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax


(0.9)


(0.5)


(1.4)

Adjusted net income

$

23.2

$

39.4

$

62.7

















For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months

Ended



March 31, 2013


June 30, 2013


June 30, 2013

Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation







Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations

$

0.23

$

0.42

$

0.65








Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


0.02


0.03


0.05

Loss on debt extinguishment, net of tax


0.04


-


0.04

Sintel legal settlement, net of tax


-


0.02


0.02








Adjusted diluted earnings per share - continuing operations

$

0.29

$

0.47

$

0.76

Diluted loss per share – discontinued operations


(0.01)


(0.01)


(0.02)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.28

$

0.47

$

0.74

 

 

 

Supplemental Disclosures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Disclosures - Unaudited

(In millions, except for percentages and per share amounts)




Guidance for the

Three Months Ended

September 30,



For the

Three Months Ended

September 30,



2014 Est.



2013

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation – Continuing Operations












Net income from continuing operations

$

45


$

49.9

Interest expense, net


13



12.7

Provision for income taxes


28



31.7

Depreciation and amortization


42



37.8

EBITDA - continuing operations

$

128


$

132.1

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


4



3.0

Adjusted EBITDA  - continuing operations

$

132


$

135.1













EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin Reconciliation –     Continuing Operations












Net income from continuing operations


3.3% - 3.5%



3.9%

Interest expense, net


0.9% - 1.0%



1.0%

Provision for income taxes


2.0% - 2.1%



2.5%

Depreciation and amortization


3.1% - 3.3%



3.0%

EBITDA margin  - continuing operations


9.5% - 9.8%



10.4%







Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


0.3%



0.2%

Adjusted EBITDA margin - continuing operations


9.8% - 10.2%



10.6%















Guidance for the

Three Months Ended

September 30,



For the

Three Months Ended

September 30,



2014 Est.



2013

Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations and Adjusted Diluted EPS – Continuing Operations Reconciliation






Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations Reconciliation






Net income from continuing operations

$

45


$

49.9

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


3



1.8

Adjusted net income from continuing operations

$

48


$

51.8















Guidance for the

Three Months Ended

September 30,



For the

Three Months Ended

September 30,



2014 Est.



2013

Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation -  Continuing Operations






Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations

$

0.52


$

0.59

Non-cash stock-based compensation                 expense, net of tax


0.03



0.02

Adjusted diluted earnings per share - continuing operations

$

0.56


$

0.61











 

 

 

Supplemental Disclosures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Disclosures - Unaudited

(In millions, except for percentages and per share amounts)




Guidance for

the Year Ended

December 31,


For the

Year Ended

December 31,


For the

Year Ended

December 31,



2014 Est.


2013


2012

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation– Continuing Operations














Net income from continuing operations

$

123 - 126

$

147.7

$

116.6

Interest expense, net


50


46.4


37.4

Provision for income taxes


76 - 77


92.5


76.1

Depreciation and amortization


156


140.9


92.0

EBITDA - continuing operations

$

404 - 409

$

427.6

$

322.1

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


16


12.9


4.4

Loss on debt extinguishment


-


5.6


-

Sintel legal settlement


-


2.8


9.6

Adjusted EBITDA - continuing operations

$

420 - 425

$

448.9

$

336.1








EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin Reconciliation – Continuing Operations














Net income from continuing operations


2.8%


3.4%


3.1%

Interest expense, net


1.1%


1.1%


1.0%

Provision for income taxes


1.7%


2.1%


2.0%

Depreciation and amortization


3.5%


3.3%


2.5%

EBITDA margin- continuing operations


9.1% - 9.2%


9.9%


8.6%

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


0.4%


0.3%


0.1%

Loss on debt extinguishment


-


0.1%


-

Sintel legal settlement


-


0.1%


0.3%

Adjusted EBITDA margin - continuing operations


9.5% - 9.6%


10.4%


9.0%

 



Guidance for

the Year Ended

  December 31,


For the

Year Ended

 December 31,


For the

Year Ended

December 31,



2014 Est.


2013


2012

Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations and Adjusted Diluted EPS – Continuing Operations Reconciliations














Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations Reconciliation







Net income from continuing operations

$

123 - 126

$

147.7

$

116.6

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


10


8.0


2.7

Loss on debt extinguishment, net of tax


-


3.5


-

Sintel legal settlement, net of tax


-


1.7


5.8

Adjusted net income from continuing operations

$

133 - 136

$

160.8

$

125.1

















Guidance for

the Year Ended

December 31,


For the

Year Ended

December 31,


For the
Year Ended
December 31,



2014 Est.


2013


2012

Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation – Continuing Operations







Diluted earnings per share – continuing operations

$

1.43 - 1.47

$

1.74

$

1.42








Non-cash stock-based compensation expense, net of tax


0.12


0.09


0.03

Loss on debt extinguishment, net of tax


-


0.04


-

Sintel legal settlement, net of tax


-


0.02


0.07

Adjusted diluted earnings per share - continuing operations

$

1.55 - 1.58

$

1.90

$

1.53










Tables may contain differences due to rounding.

MasTec, Inc. is a leading infrastructure construction company operating mainly throughout North America across a range of industries. The Company's primary activities include the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of energy, utility and communications infrastructure, such as: electrical utility transmission and distribution; natural gas and petroleum pipeline infrastructure; wireless, wireline and satellite communications; power generation, including renewable energy infrastructure; and industrial infrastructure.  MasTec's customers are primarily in these industries.  The Company's corporate website is located at www.mastec.com.  The Company's website should be considered as a recognized channel of distribution, and the Company may periodically post important, or supplemental, information regarding contracts, awards or other related news on the Presentations/Webcasts page in the Investors section therein.  Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec, has led the Company since April of 2007.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including the effect of economic downturns on demand for our services, reduced capital expenditures by our customers, reduced financing availability, customer consolidation and technological and regulatory changes in the industries we serve; market conditions, technological developments and regulatory changes that affect us or our customers' industries; trends in electricity, oil, natural gas and other energy source prices; our ability to accurately estimate the costs associated with our fixed price and other contracts, including any material changes in estimates for completion of projects, and performance on such projects; customer disputes related to our performance of services; disputes with, or failures of, our subcontractors to deliver agreed-upon supplies or services in a timely fashion; any material changes in estimates for legal costs or case settlements or adverse determinations on any claim, lawsuit or proceeding; our ability to replace non-recurring projects with new projects; the timing and extent of fluctuations in geographic, weather, equipment and operational factors affecting the industries in which we operate; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, key management and skilled employees, including from acquired businesses, and our ability to enforce any noncompetition agreements, integrate acquired businesses within expected timeframes and achieve the revenue, cost savings and earnings levels from such acquisitions at or above the levels projected; any exposure related to divested businesses; any exposure resulting from system or information technology interruptions or data security breaches; the impact of U.S. federal, local or state tax legislation and other regulations affecting renewable energy, electricity prices, electrical transmission, oil and gas production, broadband and related projects and expenditures; the effect of state and federal regulatory initiatives, including costs of compliance with existing and future environmental requirements; increases in fuel, maintenance, materials, labor and other costs; fluctuations in foreign currencies; risks associated with operating in international markets, which could restrict our ability to expand globally and harm our business and prospects or any failure to comply with laws applicable to our foreign activities; the highly competitive nature of our industry; our dependence on a limited number of customers; the ability of our customers, including our largest customers, to terminate or reduce the amount of work, or in some cases, the prices paid for services on short or no notice under our contracts; the impact of any unionized workforce on our operations, including labor availability and relations; liabilities associated with multi-employer pension plans, including underfunding and withdrawal liabilities, for our operations that employ unionized workers; the adequacy of our insurance, legal and other reserves and allowances for doubtful accounts; the collectability of amounts owed us by our customers; restrictions imposed by our credit facility, senior notes, convertible notes and any future loans or securities; our ability to obtain performance and surety bonds; the outcome of our plans for future operations, growth and services, including business development efforts and cost reduction measures, backlog, acquisitions and dispositions; any dilution or stock price volatility that shareholders may experience in connection with shares we may issue as consideration for earn-out obligations or as purchase consideration in connection with past or future acquisitions, or as a result of conversions of convertible notes or other stock issuances; liabilities associated with our participation in joint ventures and other losses associated with non-consolidated investees; our ability to settle conversions of our convertible notes in cash due to contractual restrictions, including those contained in our credit facility, and the availability of cash; as well as other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ significantly from results expressed or implied in these statements.  We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements.

SOURCE MasTec, Inc.

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Both SaaS vendors and SaaS buyers are going “all-in” to hyperscale IaaS platforms such as AWS, which is disrupting the SaaS value proposition. Why should the enterprise SaaS consumer pay for the SaaS service if their data is resident in adjacent AWS S3 buckets? If both SaaS sellers and buyers are using the same cloud tools, automation and pay-per-transaction model offered by IaaS platforms, then why not host the “shrink-wrapped” software in the customers’ cloud? Further, serverless computing, cl...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), provided an overview of various initiatives to certify the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldwide re...
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
It is ironic, but perhaps not unexpected, that many organizations who want the benefits of using an Agile approach to deliver software use a waterfall approach to adopting Agile practices: they form plans, they set milestones, and they measure progress by how many teams they have engaged. Old habits die hard, but like most waterfall software projects, most waterfall-style Agile adoption efforts fail to produce the results desired. The problem is that to get the results they want, they have to ch...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Doug Vanderweide, an instructor at Linux Academy, discussed why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers wit...
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, posited that disruption is inevitable for comp...
While DevOps most critically and famously fosters collaboration, communication, and integration through cultural change, culture is more of an output than an input. In order to actively drive cultural evolution, organizations must make substantial organizational and process changes, and adopt new technologies, to encourage a DevOps culture. Moderated by Andi Mann, panelists discussed how to balance these three pillars of DevOps, where to focus attention (and resources), where organizations might...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...