In the U.S., we're heading into the Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day began in the 1860s as a way to remember those who died in the Civil War. How good are you at remembering...anything?
Just one year ago, in May of 2014, Internet Analyst Mary Meeker published the following information on trends:
- Mobile data traffic saw 81% growth with video as a key driver.
- Tablets were growing faster than PCs ever did. (Marissa Mayer said that Yahoo had more traffic from mobile devices than from PCs for the first time in 2014.)
- 95% of networks had their security compromised in some way.
- sensor use (fingerprints, gestures, heart rates)
- healthcare (access to doctors, records and online tools)
- visual web (image and video sharing)
- grocery shopping
- cloud cost is up
- broadcasting to large groups via Facebook is being replaced by interaction with small groups such as Snapchat and Instagram
- processing cost is down
- storage cost is down
One year ago, this is what was predicted for this year:
- Apps will replace TV channels (HBO Go)
- Many more people will hail cabs online (Uber) and rent a room online (Airbnb)
- Young consumers will watch On Demand video in huge numbers
Cisco thinks that by 2018, 84% of all internet traffic will be video. By 2019, there will be 4 BILLION more mobile-ready devices and connections. Connection speed will increase from 1.7 Mbps to 4.0 Mbps.
Remember when everyone watched tv on a tv? Well, now only about 50% of viewers are using that old thing. The good news is that you're with a company whose growth has the potential to be enormous. The bad news is that in a couple of years, your beloved tv will be at the curb and you'll be staring a a piece of plastic adhered to your wall or adhered to your hand. And you won't remember reading this blog.