5 Technology Observations: 6 April 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, observations and plenty more to start your day for Monday, April 6, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves nine items...

9. It's Not Time...Yet: Preorders for Apple Watch begin April 10, and shipments start April 24. Apple Watch sales forecasts are all over the map. But some pundits think the smartwatch will essentially be antiquated the day it ships. The reason: "Even among mobile devices, smartwatches are a category that will evolve at a breathtaking pace over the next two to five years," according to WSJ Tech Columnist Christopher Mims. It sounds similar to the birth of the PC revolution -- when nobody really knew for sure which standards would emerge and which vendors would stand the test... of time.

8. Big Publicity: CompTIA's latest security study results, the Trends in Information Security Study, have gone viral -- spilling into mainstream IT media sites like Re/Code. Oh, and about the key finding: Human error was the "leading contributor" in more than half of all IT security breaches.

7. Entrepreneurs Transform Into Infrapreneurs: If you're an I.T. entrepreneur focused on software-defined infrastructure (compute, networking, storage, security, management) then perhaps your real title is Infrapreneur -- short for infrastructure entrepreneur. The term doesn't exactly roll off my tongue, but I understand the concept. And I sort of like it.

6. App Developer Costs: As more app developers stampede into the market, app development costs should be falling. But instead, app development prices have been soaring. The best developers in the U.S. charge $250 per hour, according to TechCrunch. But prices could come down as supply-side markets -- namely, Indonesia and India, among others -- continue to expand their app development talent base. In fact, The best Indonesia-based app developers only, charge $20 per hour, TechCrunch suggests.

5. Home of the The Best Developers: Speaking of software developers, where can you find the best developers in the world: Silicon Valley? Redmond, Wash.? Asia? Actually, the answer could be London -- based on analysis of Stack Overflow user data. In terms of per capita software development leadership, that honor goes to New Zealand and Sweden, VentureBeat finds.

4. NoSQL Market Forecast: The NoSQL market -- fueled by web applications, data storage and big data analysis -- will grow 35.1 percent annually to reach $4.2 billion by 2020, according to Allied Market Research. Key players to watch include Aerospike, Amazon, Basho Technologies, Cassandra, Couchbase, Hypertable, InfiniteGraph, MarkLogic, MongoDB and Neo4j.

3. Fresh Funding: ZenPayroll (San Francisco), a cloud-based payroll processing startup, has raised $60 million in a Series B found, led by Google Capital.

2. Pay Per Click Management: Need some help and guidance with your pay-per-click ad campaigns? TopSEOs.com has unveiled its list of the 100 best PPC Management Firms for April 2015. But don't expect the honorees to celebrate for too much time. TopSEOs updates the list monthly...

1. Busy Week Ahead: After Nines Inc. CEO Amy Katz and I this week are heads-down on several fun projects that will influence the IT market -- and shape our own future for years to come. Some of the projects involve milestones in our own platform development. (Decisions, decisions.) Others involve some next-generation research for third-parties. Thanks to all those assisting in the efforts. You know who you are.

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