Weekly Tech Forecast: 16-20 March 2015

Welcome to our weekly technology forecast (WTF), where we help I.T. entrepreneurs to spot technology developments, business trends and events before they happen. Here's WTF is happening for the week of march 16-20, 2015.

Monday, March 16

  • HP's Road Ahead: HP will further explain its Aruba buyout, emerging market opportunities and perhaps even the company's forthcoming breakup during a major HP gathering in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Larry and Team: Oracle Corp. (ORCL) delivers quarterly earnings. Three key metrics to watch include Engineered Systems sales (which combine high-end hardware and software into data center solutions); new software licenses (rather than maintenance fees); and new recurring revenues from Oracle's cloud business. Adobe Systems also is expected to deliver earnings.
  • Elections: The world will be watching as Israel holds parliamentary elections. No doubt, business leaders will be watching, too. Israel-based companies attracted $1.7 billion in venture capital funding last year, up 26 percent from 2013. Investors are trying to determine if or how Israel's political leadership will impact the country's startup sector.
  • Tech News Today: Tune in Tech News Today at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT for the latest tech news and insights from Mike Elgan, me and surprise guests. 
  • Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs: Join me at 9:01 p.m. eastern as I interview the CEO of a storage startup emerging from stealth mode -- with millions in funding. Look for Episode 26 of our weekly podcast series.

Wednesday, March 18

  • Interest Rates: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to host a news conference, sharing thoughts on a Fed interest rate decision from earlier that day. Wall Street has been bracing for a potential rate hike, which could impact consumer and corporate lending.
  • Gigaom Structure: I was set to attend this data-centric event in New York, but Gigaom has shut down -- canceling this event. That has left some time on my schedule for more phone or Skype meetings...
  • UK Business: The United Kingdom's treasury leader, George Osborne, will deliver an annual budget statement. The Wall Street Journal speculates that Osborne will announce a small amount of tax cuts -- potentially giving consumers and businesses firmer financial ground upon which to stand.

Thursday, March 19

  • IT Market Health: Earnings from Tech Data could provide new clues about overall IT industry health -- especially as businesses continue to shift from on-premises hardware purchases to cloud infrastructure.

Friday, March 20

  • Quadruple Bypass?: It's a quadruple witching day -- which means stock futures, stock options, index futures and index options all expire on the same day. And sometimes, that triggers wild market swings...

Tip Me Off: Is something hot brewing at your company for the week of March 23-27, 2015? 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 Monday, March 23. 

Disclaimer: Dates and potential news developments listed above are subject to changes beyond our control -- including but not limited to my incompetence.

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