This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. Highlights include:
- We have seen the State of the Internet - and it is…
- Girls who code
- Reaching the global consumer with Akamai
- Everybody’s working for the weekend
- Computerworld Talks Octoshape with Tom Leighton
Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2015
David Belson, Akamai’s senior director of industry and data intelligence, also cautions that the Medina calculations represent a significantly smaller sample than was available for the other cities. Most likely, he says, this is because Medina—population 2,969, according to the 2010 U.S. Census—has its connections routed through a facility in nearby Bellevue.
The speeds are based on content requests passed through Akamai’s cloud platform in the first quarter of 2015. The firm sees about 2 trillion such requests a day, Mr. Belson says, and for each it notes the size of the file, download time and the requesting IP address. From this, the company can determine download rates in specific geographies.
(See also The Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, VentureBeat, TVB Europe, Computer Business Review, The Inquirer, ZDNet, Firstpost, TrustedReviews, uSwitch.com, Mobile Choice, Streaming Media, Multichannel News, ITProPortal, TelecomPaper, V3.co.uk, Voice & Data, The Standard, The Register, ARNNet, Telecom Lead, Voice of America, The Hill, Chicago Sun Times, InternetWorld, Volkskrant, Silicon.fr, Swiss IT Magazine Online, com! professional Online, DailyNet, Computerworld,Networks Asia, Internet Watch, The Times of Korea, Computer World Hong Kong, Tech 2, China Byte, DigiTimes, Light Reading)
June 23, 2015
According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ predictions, IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of our country’s economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020. While a promising statistic, the dismal side to this trend is that women educated in the U.S. are on pace to fill just 3 percent of these positions.
Fortunately, an increasing number of organizations and tech companies are making concerted efforts to close that gender gap. And in line with that mission, Cambridge-based Akamai (AKAM) is now partnering with the national nonprofit Girls Who Code for a Summer Immersion Program that teaches young women in high school a range of tech topics, from mobile app development and Web design to robotics. The idea is to better prepare these high school girls for technology jobs by offering them the education, skills and resources required to pursue these opportunities.
"The imbalance in the numbers of women focused on careers in computer science, software development and Internet technologies is one of our industry's biggest challenges," said Akamai CEO Tom Leighton in a press statement. "Partnering with Girls Who Code is an important step towards better preparing young women for technology jobs – an investment, we believe, that is vital to the future of technology and innovation."
(See also Akamai Blog)
June 22, 2015
Online marketplace Fruugo plans fast expansion of the number of countries that it trades in – and has adopted new technology to enable it to do that…
“We want to make it easy for the shoppers of the world to shop through Fruugo,” said Richardson. “Not all retailers on Fruugo have the internal resources to market their products to all territories, so what we can now offer them is access to our traditional great service but further enhanced by our partnership with Akamai, which we believe will deliver speed, consistency of performance, drive increased conversions, improve customer satisfaction, and ultimately provide the power to increase sales and revenues.”
June 22, 2015
Some are small and nimble, barely out of startup phase. Others are large and well-established in their fields. Whatever their size, specialty or location, these 16 newcomers, presented in alphabetical order, are 2015 Best Places to Work in IT honorees thanks to a combination of competitive pay, generous bonuses, comprehensive benefits, challenging IT assignments and superior employee satisfaction. Welcome to the list, freshman class of 2015, and long may you run.
IT hiring practices at Akamai, a Cambridge, Mass., cloud computing services and content delivery network provider, favor candidates who want to work with the latest technologies and are willing to take risks. Bike racks, Ping-Pong tables, arcade games, on-site fitness centers, company-only screenings of pre-premier movies and unlimited vacation days up the happiness quotient. And an IT-specific awards program recognizes individuals and teams who have gone beyond the call of duty.
June 25, 2015
Bringing Danish technology to the billions of digital devices – so are the great ambitions of Akamai, which recently bought the Danish streaming company Octoshape for up to a billion kroner. Says the company's CEO and Co-Founder Tom Leighton to Computerworld, after he rounds out a major European tour with a quick trip to Copenhagen, "More and more media moves online, where we as viewers increasingly expect high quality. It puts enormous pressure on Internet hubs and cloud data centers.”