The year in review has officially begun. While our colleagues over at GigaOM are looking at the big newsmakers of 2012 and what’s ahead for 2013, GigaOM Research analysts are doing their own retrospectives and forecasting. Kicking it all off is our podcast on the mobile sector. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled: Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing podcasts that focus on cloud, social, and other research verticals.
The most popular piece of research content this week broke out of our usual report mold. Our first Procast, “Mobile winners and losers in 2012 and what to expect in 2013,” features analysts Adam Lesser, Colin Gibbs, and Michael Wolf as they discuss the past year in mobile and their predictions for 2013. The hour-long program looks at both the consumer and enterprise markets: the rise of BYOD in the face of Blackberry’s continued decline, Apple’s increased relevance in the business market, how to monetize Instagram, what the consolidation of carriers may mean for customers, and more.
Next, “Sector RoadMap: health care and big data in 2012,” the latest installment of our signature research series, examines opportunities for big data in health care. As the health care industry struggles to reign in costs and integrate mobile-health and electronic-health systems, it also faces challenges around patient privacy and the noninteroperability of electronic medical records. Analyst Jody Ranck provides an overview of current challenges facing the sector, identifies the major companies that are currently influential in the a market, and then uses GigaOM Pro’s own disruption-vector methodology to identify five disruption vectors that are likely to shape the big data health care landscape in the near-term future.
Last, in “The converged-mobile-messaging market: analysis and forecast,” analyst Peter Crocker details the OTT messaging service market, which has been cutting into profits from mobile carriers’ SMS business. Crocker looks at the ongoing battle between carrier-backed SMS protocols and IP-based messaging services, which are largely powered by apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. With growth in messaging traffic projected to heavily favor IP-based services over the next three years, Crocker outlines what carriers must do in order to embrace (and profit from) this new technology.