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PwC: Pervasive computing tops list of top 10 technology trends

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Pervasive computing, the ability to digitally engage and interact (via your mobile devices) with enabled objects around you, ranks among the top technology trend that will impact businesses this year, according to PwC’s just released “2013 Top 10 Technology Trends for Business” report.

"Our top trends report shows that a diverse and complex set of technologies are emerging, which CIOs and the C-suite need to embrace and incorporate into their business from strategy through execution," said Chris Curran, a PwC principal and chief technologist for the U.S. firm’s Advisory practice. "Collaboration within organizations will be crucial to business success as each of the technologies has the potential to be a key driver in an organization’s business agenda."

According to PwC, 10 significant trends will impact businesses this year:

1. Pervasive computing: The ability to digitally engage and interact (via your mobile devices) with enabled objects around you.

2. Cyber security: Continues to be a pressing issue, as technology enabled processes increasingly underpin and fuel the global economy.

3. Big data mining & analysis: More than managing dizzying amounts of data faster and cheaper; it is about making better business decisions.

4. Private cloud: Due to security and regulatory concerns, larger enterprises have been primarily operating in a trial mode of private/hybrid clouds and this will change in 2013. Consumers of IT are demanding greater value from IT services.

5. Enterprise social networking: Becoming a core tool for the new social workforce; the key insight for organizations succeeding in building value from this technology is social business processes redesign.

6. Digital delivery of products & services: Customers are driving companies of all shapes and sizes to develop new, technology-based ways of delivering value. Digital delivery of products and services can open tremendous new pathways for growth, but companies must shift their underlying business operations to support this new business model.

7. Public cloud infrastructure: Cloud adoption will continue to mature with hybrid cloud architecture becoming the mainstay as companies of all sizes leverage public cloud services.

8. Data visualization: Leading edge companies will explore dynamic virtualization techniques and advanced display devices to navigate through multiple dimensions of data.

9. Simulation & scenario modeling: Organizations are increasingly focusing on simulation models that enable executives to envision the potential impact of their choices before making investments.

10. Gamification: With its combination of game mechanics, social networking, interactive media and behavioral analytics, gamification can transform a business.

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Safeway rises on speculation of buyout interest

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New York — Shares of Safeway Inc. shares rose as much as 9% on Wednesday on rumors of increased buyout interest for its Canada operations by Canadian grocer Metro Inc. and Loblaw Companies Ltd.

On Tuesday, Metro announced it was selling off nearly half its stake in Couche-Tard Inc. for $482 million.

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Goya Foods recognizes achievement

BY CSA STAFF

Jorge A. Plasencia was the inaugural recipient of the Goya Hispanic Achievement Award presented this week in New York.

Goya, the largest Hispanic-owned food company, and the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the award to recognize a Hispanic leader or organization in the fields of business, arts, science and social responsibility.  The award was presented to Plasencia at an exclusive gala dinner at the New York City Public Library, attended by more than 250 people.

"We established The Goya Hispanic Achievement Award to celebrate our heritage and the success of the Latin community," said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. "We wanted to highlight and commend an individual like Jorge Plasencia, who symbolizes and embodies the characteristics and qualities of an outstanding leader."

Plasencia is considered one of the foremost experts in reaching the burgeoning multicultural majority in the United States, with a celebrated career that spans over two decades of pioneering success in media, marketing, entertainment and professional sports. Most recently, Plasencia was elected chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. In 1991, while still a teenager, he cofounded Amigos For Kids, a non-profit organization supporting underprivileged children and families that he has since nurtured into an institution of national prominence. His work with Amigos For Kids has earned him the March of Dimes’ Humanitarian of the Year award, among others. 

As a widely recognized Hispanic leader for its contributions to advancing the social, business and political objectives of the Hispanic community, Goya has impacted the food industry for more than 75 years.

"We are truly honored to host and organize this prestigious event for one of our founding members," said Xavier Ruiz, president of the Spain – U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Goya Foods was founded in 1936 and offer more than 2,200 products.

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