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5 Reasons Why Amazon Echo Is Ahead Of The Game

Amazon has the track record of incubating technologies that have the potential of becoming multi-million-dollar businesses. If AWS is one such technology, Amazon Echo is soon turning to be the next big thing for the company.

While Apple, Google, Microsoft, and IBM are making significant strides in cognitive computing, Amazon nailed it with Echo. Available in three different form-factors, Echo is already one of the best sellers on Amazon.com. Echo was one of the top-selling device priced over $100 on Black Friday and was one of the top 5 items ordered during the last holiday season.

Surprisingly, Echo is displacing the traditional players in the Hi-Fi Speakers category. According to 1010Data, Echo holds over 25% of market share, giving the competition a run for the money.

Source: 1010Data

Automobile leaders, Ford and BMW, are working with Amazon to bring Echo into the dashboard. These partnerships will open up many interesting scenarios for consumers.

Though Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are sophisticated personal assistant technologies, Amazon Echo powered by Alexa is way ahead of them.

Here is an analysis of what is working for Echo.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.