Welcome to the Weekly Tech Forecast (WTF), helping you to spot key developments in the week ahead -- before they happen. Plus, it's the perfect excuse for me to use acronyms that few other tech journalists would dare to emulate.
The WTF list for February 9 through February 13, 2015, includes...
Monday, February 9
- Earnings: From Meru Networks, the enterprise wireless LAN company. Meru already pre-announced disappointing preliminary results back in January, which means the mood isn't all that great heading into today's earnings call.
Tuesday, February 10
- Small Biz Views: The small business optimism index readings for January 2015 are set to be released. Data from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) is expected to show upbeat views from entrepreneurs and small business owners. Still, I've downplayed index reports in the past, preferring to remain focused on our own day-to-day strategy and execution -- regardless of the views around us.
- Expert Insights: Join me as I co-anchor Tech News Today with Mike Elgan and several surprise guests. Catch the live netcast at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT or view the archived show here.
- Evening Guidance: I'll be back at 9:01 p.m. ET/6:01 p.m. PT with Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs -- our weekly podcast for tech CEOs. This week our guest will be... stay tuned.
- Earnings: CDW, the big online tech store, is expected to disclose Q4 2014 results before the market opens.
Wednesday, February 11
- Behind the Cisco Numbers: Cisco Systems (CSCO) is expected to announce Q2 2015 fiscal results. Among the four areas worth watching: (1) Sales trends for the Unified Compute System -- which converges server, network and storage horsepower in the data center. (2) Updates on the shift to software-defined networking (SDN) and, quite frankly, software-defined everything. (3) New milestones in the Cisco Intercloud strategy. (4) Any potential statements about the potential CEO transition from John Chambers to... name undisclosed so far.
- More Earnings: ARM's Q4 2014 results arrive -- giving tech pundits a feel for how the mobile chip market is performing. ARM is pushing beyond its hardware heritage, acquiring companies like Offspark, a security company focused on The Internet of Things (IoT). Also, CenturyLink -- which has a growing cloud data center business -- delivers earnings. FireEye, NetApp and Zendesk are also on my earnings calendar.
Thursday, February 12
- Job Hunt: The labor department will announce jobless benefit claims for the week ended Feb. 7, 2015...
- Secret Disruption?: LogMeIn delivers earnings. But here's the thing few people realize. The company's remote control business faces a potential small business disruption from a pending M&A deal that's yet to be announced. We've got the alleged details, and may share them sometime soon...
Friday, February 13
- Road Trip: I'm cutting out a little early for a family ski weekend.
Tip Me Off: Is something hot brewing at your company for the week of Feb. 16-20? Send me an email (joe@AfterNines.com) and let me know WTF is happening. We'll potentially list your tip in our next WTF column, which will debut Tuesday, February 17. (We're closed Monday, Feb. 16, for Presidents' Day.)
Disclaimer: Dates and potential news developments listed above are subject to changes beyond our control.
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