Analysis

PwC: Infrastructure drone market worth $45 bn

PwC: Infrastructure drone market worth $45 bn

13 Dec 2016 comment

The total addressable market for drone powered business operations is valued at over $127 bn, according to PwC estimates. The industry with the largest potential market for the commercial applications of drone technology is infrastructure, with an estimated addressable market value of $45.2 bn.

Overall Storage Market Declines but Flash Storage Remains Robust

Overall Storage Market Declines but Flash Storage Remains Robust

12 Dec 2016 comment

Total EMEA external storage systems revenue fell 5.1% year over year to $1.49 billion in the third quarter of 2016, according to the International Data Corporation EMEA Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker 3Q16. The flash market recorded huge growth, with all-flash systems growing 76.4% annually and hybrid flash arrays growing 3.5% YoY.

What is behind Fitbit's Interest in Pebble

What is behind Fitbit's Interest in Pebble

8 Dec 2016 comment

Fitbit, the market leader in wearables best-known for its fitness tracking armbands, is reportedly about to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble in a transaction valued between $34 and $40 million, VentureBeat reports. Pebble came to fame as the company behind the most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time in 2012.

How to rob banks and get away with it?

How to rob banks and get away with it?

8 Dec 2016 comment

For more than a decade I was questioning myself, why do people need a gun, sunglasses and hoodies to rob the bank. As an operational risk management expert, while assessing business process and IT operations security I keep finding same vulnerabilities. This time, I decided to exploit one and get some cash from the bank as evidence.

IDC: Professional Services and Retail Will Lead IT Spending Growth

IDC: Professional Services and Retail Will Lead IT Spending Growth

7 Dec 2016 comment

The IDC study, Western Europe Vertical Markets IT Spending Forecast, 2016–2020, shows that the IT market was off to a promising start at the beginning of 2016 after a relatively strong 2015, and most countries in the region seemed to be finally leaving the economic downturn behind.However, a sudden slowdown in economic activity and IT investments started to materialize in the second quarter, and this worsened during the rest of the year.

The Smartphone Market Is Not a Two-Horse Race

The Smartphone Market Is Not a Two-Horse Race

7 Dec 2016 comment

Contrary to popular belief and what the amount of media coverage might suggest, the smartphone market is about much more than just Apple and Samsung. While these two companies are still market leaders, their combined market share amounted to no more than 32.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016, the lowest it has been in more than five years.

More Than a Quarter of the World Will Use Mobile Messaging Apps by 2019.

More Than a Quarter of the World Will Use Mobile Messaging Apps by 2019.

6 Dec 2016 comment

By 2019, more than one-quarter of the world’s population will be using mobile messaging apps, according to eMarketer’s new forecast. Mobile phone messaging apps will be used by more than 1.4 billion people in 2016, an increase of almost 16%.

Media Time Will Tilt Digital in France in 2017.

Media Time Will Tilt Digital in France in 2017.

6 Dec 2016 comment

Next year will mark a major milestone for media consumption in France. According to eMarketer’s latest forecast of time spent with media, the average adult will spend more time with digital media per day than TV, a first for that country. Also next year, time spent with mobile devices will surpass desktop and laptop time.

Ethernet Switch Market Increased 2.0% in 3Q16, Router Market Up 2.6%

Ethernet Switch Market Increased 2.0% in 3Q16, Router Market Up 2.6%

5 Dec 2016 comment

The worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) recorded $6.29 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), an increase of 2.0% year over year. Meanwhile, the worldwide total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market finished at $3.56 billion in revenue in 3Q16, increasing 2.6% on a year over year basis. These growth rates are according to results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Router Tracker.

€ 83 billion and over 780,000 jobs lost in EU due to counterfeiting

€ 83 billion and over 780,000 jobs lost in EU due to counterfeiting

5 Dec 2016 comment

Nine studies from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that on average 7.4% of legitimate sales of corresponding sectors known to be vulnerable to IP infringers are lost each year in the 28 Member states due to counterfeiting as well as piracy also in the sector of recorded music. The damages amount to € 83 billion in total, out of which €48 billion are directly lost by these sectors.

Worldwide Enterprise WLAN Market Sees Strong Growth in 3Q16

Worldwide Enterprise WLAN Market Sees Strong Growth in 3Q16

5 Dec 2016 comment

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 1.8% year over year in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), and increased 6.7% on a sequential basis to finish at $2.47 billion. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment grew 8.4% year over year in 3Q16 to finish at $1.45 billion, the second consecutive quarter of strong growth. The sustained growth observed so far in 2016 can be attributed to refresh cycles and the funding of digital transformation initiatives in many enterprises.

Worldwide Server Market Revenue Declines 7.0% in Q3 2016

Worldwide Server Market Revenue Declines 7.0% in Q3 2016

3 Dec 2016 comment

Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 7.0% year over year to $12.5 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to new IDC report. Overall server market growth had recently slowed in part due to a slowdown in hyperscale datacenter growth and continued drag from declining high-end server sales. In addition, the robust enterprise refresh cycle of 2015 has created difficult comparisons in 2016 to the prior year's quarterly results.

Gartner: Mobile Device Adoption in the Workplace Not Yet Mature

Gartner: Mobile Device Adoption in the Workplace Not Yet Mature

2 Dec 2016 comment

Mobile device adoption in the workplace is not yet mature, found a recent survey from Gartner. Although 80 percent of workers surveyed received one or more corporate-issued devices, desktops are still the most popular corporate device among businesses, with more than half of workers receiving corporate-issued desktop PCs. The survey findings are based on the 2016 Gartner Personal Technologies Study, which was conducted from June to August 2016 among 9,592 respondents in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.

Worldwide Tablet Market Forecast to Rebound in 2018

Worldwide Tablet Market Forecast to Rebound in 2018

2 Dec 2016 comment

Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline by 12% in 2016, rounding out the year at 182.3 million shipments, according to a new forecast from the IDC. An analyst expects the market will rebound in 2018 though growth will remain in the low single digits as detachable tablets slowly gain traction.

A marginal fall in the Western European technical consumer goods market

A marginal fall in the Western European technical consumer goods market

1 Dec 2016 comment

In the third quarter of 2016, the Western European Technical Consumer Goods market contracted by 2.4 percent, compared to the same quarter in 2015., according to GfK. The market was heavily affected by the GBP/Euro exchange rate. There were sales value increases in the major domestic appliances, small domestic appliances and telecommunications sectors. All other sectors declined in value. The TCG market in Western Europe in Q3 2016 generated revenue of €49.7 billion.

PC Market Outlook Improves

PC Market Outlook Improves

1 Dec 2016 comment

Worldwide PC shipments are forecast to decline by 6.4% year over year in 2016, according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. This is an improvement over August's projection for a decline of 7.2% in 2016. While IDC's outlook for 2017 remains at -2.1% year-over-year growth, the absolute volumes are slightly higher based on stronger 2016 shipments.

The World of Digital Entertainment and Multi-tasking Generation Z

The World of Digital Entertainment and Multi-tasking Generation Z

30 Nov 2016 comment

Futuresource has recently published the latest findings from the 6th wave of Kids Tech. Its consumer research programme specifically focused on children aged 3 through to 16 across USA, UK, Germany & China, providing ongoing monitoring of their digital media consumption and its influence on their habits and interests.

Gartner: Server Revenue Declined 5.8%, Shipments Down 2.6% in 3Q16

Gartner: Server Revenue Declined 5.8%, Shipments Down 2.6% in 3Q16

30 Nov 2016 comment

In the third quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 5.8 percent year over year, and shipments declined 2.6 percent from the third quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. Among the top five vendors, only Cisco increased revenue in the third quarter, while Huawei and Inspur Electronics saw growth in shipments. HPE, Dell and Lenovo all experienced declines in both revenue and shipments.

IDC: 4G Smartphones to Surpass 1 Billion Mark in Shipments for 2016

IDC: 4G Smartphones to Surpass 1 Billion Mark in Shipments for 2016

30 Nov 2016 comment

Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.45 billion units with a year-over-year growth rate of 0.6% in 2016 according to the latest forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4% growth in 2015.

Cyber Monday Barely Hangs on as Biggest Online Spending Day

Cyber Monday Barely Hangs on as Biggest Online Spending Day

30 Nov 2016 comment

Cyber Monday barely retained its status as the biggest online spending day of the year after a surge of shoppers hit computers and phones instead of stores on Black Friday to chase deals earlier in the season, according to Bloomberg. Online spending rose 12 percent to a record $3.45 billion, according to Adobe. Black Friday almost caught up, with $3.34 billion spent online, a gain of 21.6 percent from a year ago and another record.

Top 10 Smart Home Technologies For Mature Homeowners

Top 10 Smart Home Technologies For Mature Homeowners

29 Nov 2016 comment

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, wireless doorbell cameras, and keyless entry are among the top 10 smart home technologies for homeowners age 50 and older, according to new research from The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab.

Worldwide TV Market Begins to Stabilise, Worth $86 Billion by Year End

Worldwide TV Market Begins to Stabilise, Worth $86 Billion by Year End

29 Nov 2016 comment

After a 2% decline in worldwide TV shipments last year, 2016 is showing signs of a turnaround, with the market flattening out to end the year on 225 million units, achieving a value of $86 billion according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting.

SMB IT Purchases Forecast to Reach $668 Billion in 2020.

SMB IT Purchases Forecast to Reach $668 Billion in 2020.

28 Nov 2016 comment

The first Worldwide Semiannual Small and Medium Business Spending Guide from IDCforecasts small and medium businesses (with less than 1,000 employees) will spend $564 billion on IT hardware, software, and services, including business services, in 2016. This amount is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 4.2%, reaching $668 billion in 2020. The new spending guide expands on IDC's previous small and medium business forecasts by offering greater detail on spending by technology, company size, and geography.

IDC: Premium Devices Drive Tablet Market Growth in 3Q16

IDC: Premium Devices Drive Tablet Market Growth in 3Q16

28 Nov 2016 comment

According to figures published by IDC, 8.2 million tablets were shipped into Western Europe in 3Q16, for a 6.7% decline YoY. The main trends in the quarter were the ongoing expansion of detachables and the penetration of tablets in the commercial segment.

Black Friday’s Slow Death Drags On as Shoppers Migrate Online

Black Friday’s Slow Death Drags On as Shoppers Migrate Online

27 Nov 2016 comment

The decades-old retail tradition known as Black Friday suffered another blow this week after early deals and online shopping robbed the event of many brick-and-mortar customers, according to Bloomberg. E-commerce orders surged on Thanksgiving, the day before Black Friday, eliminating the need for shoppers to wait in long lines and fight for deals at physical shops. For consumers who did want to visit shopping centers, many stores were offering deals on Thursday evening.

Mobile Payments in the US Growing Fast, but Still Far from Mass Adoption

Mobile Payments in the US Growing Fast, but Still Far from Mass Adoption

25 Nov 2016 comment

Despite double-digit growth this year and next, Americans’ use of mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, as well as branded apps that include mobile wallets like the Starbucks app, Walmart Pay and CVS Pay, will not reach mass adoption in the foreseeable future. This year, 38.4 million Americans 14 and over will have used their mobile phones to pay at the point of sale at least once in the preceding six months. That’s just 19.4% of US smartphone users. By 2020, that figure will grow to 33.1%.

Apple ahead of PC market

Apple ahead of PC market

25 Nov 2016 comment

Personal computer sales are going from bad to worse. Since 2012, sales of PC manufacturers have declined every year with one exception: Apple. The company behind the Mac has escaped much of the misery engulfing the global PC market.

How Banks Can Improve Engagement with Retail Customers Through Digital Channels

How Banks Can Improve Engagement with Retail Customers Through Digital Channels

25 Nov 2016 comment

A new IDC Financial Insights Perspective analyses the results of an online survey of U.K. consumers of retail banking services, high-street bank customers, and a smaller sample of building society customers and midtier players. The survey allows IDC to drill down into the attitudes towards the various aspects of the retail banking customer proposition and the different delivery channels.

IDC: 77% of Mining Companies are Just Embarking on Their Digital Transformation Journey

IDC: 77% of Mining Companies are Just Embarking on Their Digital Transformation Journey

24 Nov 2016 comment

IDC Energy Insights announced the release of a new report assessing maturity and progress of mining organizations’ worldwide with regards to their Digital Transformation (DX) initiatives. The report highlights that as a whole, the mining industry is at a nascent stage of digital transformation, with 77% of mining companies worldwide just at the initial stages of IDC’s five stage maturity journey. The report also shows that the other 21% of mining companies are already organized and consistent in their DX initiatives, bringing repeatable and managed success in being DX-enabled.

One-Fifth of UK Christmas Season Retail Sales Will Be Digital in 2016.

One-Fifth of UK Christmas Season Retail Sales Will Be Digital in 2016.

24 Nov 2016 comment

During the core holiday shopping period of November and December, UK retail ecommerce sales will reach an estimated £16.90 billion and 20.3% of all holiday season retail sales, up from £14.65 billion and 17.8% last year, according to eMarketer.