The weekend review: identity management, data markets, and more

It was a big week for news, kicking off with Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest on Monday and Tuesday’s net neutrality ruling, which may have disastrous consequences for years ahead. Our colleagues over at Gigaom will be keeping tabs on these stories — especially as the implications around the net-neutrality decision begin to play out in appeals and across the tech industry. Meanwhile Gigaom Research readers have digging into a number of big issues themselves: research on the future of identity management solutions and data markets were some of the most popular pieces of content this week. And in a nod to last week’s CES conference, our latest quarterly wrap-up on the mobile industry was also a hit.

First, in “What new identity management solutions can offer today’s enterprise,” Salvatore D’Agostino addresses the complex issues that arise in enterprise identity and access management (IAM). Employees and IT departments increasingly rely on an array of cloud, social, mobile, and personal networks, platforms, and services that are not addressed by traditional enterprise IAM, giving rise to a “fractured user authentication and authorization across applications and resources.” D’Agostino’s report provides a guide for CIOs and IT managers who are responsible for crafting IAM deployments that now must account for multiple IAM solutions, account types, access levels, and procedural workflows. Specifically, D’Agostino looks at the rapid rise of cloud and mobile applications and what lies ahead for these technologies as well as for the types and technology of identity.

Next, Paul Miller looks at the future of business intelligence in “Data markets: a category in search of new business models.” The enterprise sector has seen the emergence and growth of new data markets: companies that gather data sets and aggregate, clean, and visualize the data to provide actionable information. Miller analyzes today’s data markets and outlines the types of data and services currently offered by major vendors. He also issues some guidance for the future of this nascent sector; as more enterprises envision data as a true commodity, there are some major improvements and changes that will impact the data markets in the near-term future.

Last, in “Mobile fourth-quarter analysis and outlook,” Colin Gibbs takes a look back at the tumultuous last quarter of 2013 from a mobile perspective. The last three months of the year saw a lot of activity from T-Mobile, which finally added the iPhone to its roster of supported devices and established itself as an “uncarrier” with transparent pricing plans: two major changes that attracted more than 1 million new users in the third quarter alone. Gibbs reviews other major changes to the mobile landscape, including the Dish Network’s role in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction, the iPhone’s standing in the global market (especially in light of the China mobile deal), and how the connected car, mobile payments, and wearables markets are heating up.

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