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7 CES Announcements IT Pros Need to Know About

John Brandon | Jan. 23, 2013
Despite its name, the annual Consumer Electronics Show isn't wholly consumer tech. These seven announcements--covering data analytics, collaboration, RAM and more--may impact the systems and devices your employees use in 2013.

The Consumer Electronics Show is not only about consumer gadgets, as enterprise vendors such as Dell and Intel tend to announce major new technology advancements as well. CES 2013 was no different. Here are the top business tech announcements from Las Vegas.

Sysomos MAP

The Sysomos data analytics tool could be a boon for companies trying to understand their social networking engagement and track a brand worldwide. The tool analyzes two years of data and billions of online posts to determine who is influencing a brand and whether there is positive or negative sentiment. For example, Ford Motor Company could use the tool to find out whether social network posts are favorable to a new model, or American Express could track who is influencing opinions. Detailed charts let users compare an enterprise brand against a competitor and see trends over time.

Intel Personify Chat

There's a radical new enterprise-grade chat system that will debut this year, and Intel provided a sneak-peek at how it will work at CES 2013. Video overlays of meeting attendees (or whatever you are sharing on your screen) appear over the Web.

The idea is to include the "talking head" of attendees on top of the subject at hand to combine video interaction and collaboration. This promotes better engagement between those in the meeting, as they are always up on the screen.

Dell Project Ophelia

This thumb drive computer from Dell is packed with enterprise features. Employees can plug the device, which is about the size of your finger, into any computer or monitor with a USB port. The Android-powered OS allows employees to access the Web from any device-but, more importantly, the thumb drive provides secure VPN access over Wi-Fi. Admins can manage the thumb drive using the Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager.


This popular videoconference and virtual desktop Web application lets employees connect quickly in a multi-session chat. When one person speaks, the app automatically highlights that speaker. At CES, the company announced new iPhone and iPad apps, with more mobile offerings in the works. In the next few weeks, iMeet will announce a partnership with Plantronics that lets users press a button on a Plantronics headset to start an iMeet call.

Verizon Business Share Everything Plan

Verizon announced a new Share Everything data plan intended for companies with 25 lines and a second plan called Nationwide for Business. What's notable about the new business plans is that you can now choose one all-company plan, for about $225 per month, to share 30GB of data between employees. That flexibility means you can combat the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, which might violate company policies, and mix and match devices according to group needs.


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