Last week on Gigaom Research: top tech trends for 2014, smart cities and more

It’s January, which means one thing: all eyes are on Vegas, as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) open up this week. We’ll be posting regular dispatches and breaking news from the show throughout the week – you can also check out our preview podcast, featuring Janko Roettgers and Kevin Tofel and their predictions for what will be hot (and not) at CES this year. And over on Gigaom Research, our analysts have their own ideas about what will be big in Vegas and in the year ahead; this week, we’re highlighting our 2014 tech trends forecast, as well as a deep dive into how startups can get a foothold in the smart city market.

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General: Tech trends for 2014
Gigaom Research Directors and Staff

In their kickoff piece for the year, six top Gigaom Research analysts and curators take a quick look back on 2013 and issue their predictions and shortlists of what trends and technologies to watch in 2014. Adam Lesser issues his predictions for cleantech, Colin Gibbs tackles mobile, Stowe Boyd issues his take on the future of work and collaboration, Jo Maitland and David Linthicum issue a joint forecast for cloud computing and data, and Paul Sweeting covers the consumer space – an especially apt cheat sheet for anyone attending CES in Vegas later this month.

Cleantech: Smart cities: Opportunities for startups
Shaun Abrahamson

In his latest report, analyst Shaun Abrahamson addresses the global urban population; with 5 billion people expected to live in urban areas within the next two decades (compared to today’s population of 3.5 million), cities are struggling with new challenges “in areas such as energy use, mobility, security, and governance.” Long the provenance of government agencies and major corporations, new developments in policy and technology have opened up the smart city sector to startups, “enabled by a growing ecosystem of consumer technologies, open data, supportive city policies, urban startup-focused programs, open procurement, and organizations involved in everything from funding to research.” Abrahamson analyzes how startups can gain a foothold and succeed in this ecosystem, including case studies from starts like Waze and Nest, and immediately actionable strategies and other opportunities and ideas.

Cloud: Why 2014 will be the year of cloud assimilation and confusion
David Linthicum

Analyst David Linthicum draws on his two decades of expertise in the cloud computing sector to make some assumptions and predictions for the cloud in 2014. With broadband internet now a given throughout the enterprise, cloud computing is now a generally-understood term and technology. However, Linthicum notes that many companies still struggle with cloud assimilation, especially around “application migration best practices and approaches, what to do with PaaS, and security, compliance, and governance.” In his latest weekly update, Linthuicum provides his quick take on how to begin addressing the assimilation problem in the coming year.