Last week was an exciting one at Huddle as we announced the fact that we’d secured a $51 million Series D round of funding. This not only validates our leadership in the content collaboration market but brings our vision of the entire enterprise ecosystem securely collaborating, sharing and working on content together closer than ever. Some milestones from this year include sales to enterprise customers tripling in the first three quarters of 2014 over the same period last year and securing seven of our ten biggest contracts in the same time period. Huddle will use the capital to significantly grow our product team and continue expanding in the US and Europe. Bring on 2015!

As the end of the year fast-approaches, the media is awash with technology predictions for 2015. According to research done by member-based advisory group CEB, which surveyed 200 organizations globally, IT departments are set to increase their spending by 3.3% in 2015 – the highest increase for five years. The study also revealed that 70% of senior executives’ business priorities can only be achieved through technology investment, emphasising the central role that technology continues to play in organizations. The research also highlights a major change in how IT departments plan their IT investment as, with technology now constantly changing, companies don’t plan their IT investments more than a year and a half ahead. Cloud services undergo constant updates and innovations, so its unsurprising that planning years in advance is no longer possible. Such rapid innovation is good news for the workforce as new technologies will continue to evolve to meet its needs.

With the launch of Apple Watch on the horizon for 2015, wearables continue to gain prominence in the market and their invasion into businesses worldwide is now imminent. Samsung set out its own predictions this week, stating that wearables are set to liberate workers from the shackles of a traditional 9am – 5pm day. Lysa Clavenna, head of innovation at Samsung Europe, stated:

“In 2015 we predict that people’s work and personal lives will continue to blend, with technology continuing to drive the ‘always on’ culture. Technology should be used to make life easier for employees and employers while boosting productivity, and we expect to see forward thinking companies embracing the advancements the year will bring to re-evaluate their business processes and take their workplace into the future.”

There are certainly some compelling use cases for wearables in business. For example, with the right apps, security measures and market understanding, we may very well see Google Glass worn by people in hospitals, banks, airport lounges, hotels and more workplaces globally. However, as with the devices and services that have come before, there’s an education process to be done and wearables need to be enterprise-ready.

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