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Vice President, Industry Research, CompTIA

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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Why Are We Still Talking About Security?

    Nov 14, 2013, 22:39 PM by Seth Robinson
    Security may not be as hyped as other tech trends like cloud computing, mobility or Big Data, but several CompTIA research studies have shown that it remains a top priority for businesses among a wide range of IT initiatives. However, that may not necessarily translate into businesses having a robust security posture or knowing which steps to take as they explore new technology models. CompTIA’s Eleventh Annual Information Security Trends study examines the areas that may need closer atten ...
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  • How the Future of Technology Will Determine the Future of Channel Services

    Oct 2, 2013, 20:01 PM by Seth Robinson
    As major trends like cloud computing, mobility and Big Data continue to dominate technology headlines and channel discussions; there are a number of interesting developments taking place at other levels of the technology universe. Improvements to the most basic building blocks of IT have enabled today’s trends, and tomorrow’s trends will be fueled by the pioneering improvements currently underway: Computing: The end of Moore’s Law has been predicted for at least a decade, but m ...
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  • Jury Still Out on New iPhone Fingerprint Sensors

    Sep 20, 2013, 17:08 PM by Seth Robinson
    Two new iPhones are being released today, triggering lines at Apple stores, a flurry of reviews on tech blogs, and fresh battle lines being drawn between the Apple faithful and the critics. The iPhone 5c is last year’s model with some slight improvements repackaged in colorful shells. While it was not the low-cost iPhone many expected, the fresh coat of paint serves marketing purposes and some are guessing that this is Apple’s way of capturing a demographic that is moving from iPods ...
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  • The Wonder Years: Businesses Transform as Cloud Adoption Matures

    Sep 5, 2013, 21:20 PM by Seth Robinson
    Just as channel firms are finding new models of operations within a cloud paradigm, end-user businesses are moving through a series of changes that lead from early experiments to a fully transformed approach to IT. With 90 percent of businesses claiming some form of cloud usage, adoption ranges from those late entrants just starting to test the waters to early adopters who have moved full-production systems or even business-critical applications into the cloud. Beyond born-in-the-cloud companies ...
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