Analysis

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.

IDC: Used Smartphones Market Will Grow to 222.6 Million Units in 2020

IDC: Used Smartphones Market Will Grow to 222.6 Million Units in 2020

23 Nov 2016 comment

The market for used and refurbished smartphones has witnessed rapid growth over the past several years, thanks to a wide variety of trade-in and buyback programs across multiple channels and platforms.

How Apple Lost China to Two Unknown Local Smartphone Makers

How Apple Lost China to Two Unknown Local Smartphone Makers

23 Nov 2016 comment

Two years ago, Oppo and Vivo couldn’t crack the top five in China’s smartphone market. Now they’re on top after elbowing Apple aside, thanks to people like Cheng Xiaoning, acorrding to Bloomberg. Samsung declined to comment for this story, while Apple didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Adults in Germany to Spend More Time with Digital than TV Next Year

Adults in Germany to Spend More Time with Digital than TV Next Year

22 Nov 2016 comment

Next year will mark a major milestone for media consumption in Germany as average time spent with digital media per day surpasses TV viewing time for the first time, according to eMarketer’s first estimates of time spent with media in the country. In 2017, eMarketer forecasts, adults in Germany will spend 3 hours and 44 minutes per day online on desktop or laptop PCs, or with nonvoice mobile activities.

Decline in the German Technical Consumer Goods Market in 3Q16

Decline in the German Technical Consumer Goods Market in 3Q16

21 Nov 2016 comment

The German technical consumer goods market declined in the third quarter of 2016 by 4 percent, compared to the same quarter in 2015. The total value of the market was € 13.3 billion. Four of the seven sectors declined, with the former presenting the largest fall by 16.7 percent.

Global tech IPOs gain momentum in third quarter

Global tech IPOs gain momentum in third quarter

19 Nov 2016 comment

Following a sluggish first half of 2016, global technology IPOs picked up steam in the third quarter, according to PwC’s Global Technology IPO Review. During the quarter, there were 20 tech IPOs globally, compared with 14 IPOs in the previous three months. Proceeds increased 264% in the third quarter reaching US$5.38 billion. The results also represent a significant change from a year earlier, when there were just 11 IPOs in the 2015 third quarter.

IDC: Western European HCP Market in 3Q16

IDC: Western European HCP Market in 3Q16

18 Nov 2016 comment

According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and multifunction (MFP) market declined by 1.5% in unit terms in 3Q16 compared with the same period a year ago, with a negative performance in the inkjet market but a positive trend for the laser market. For more than a year now, the market has declined quarter after quarter — this quarter with a 78,407 decrease in units with a shipment volume of 5.3 million devices, and a decline that is again largely due to the contraction in consumer printing but is relatively in line with forecasts.

Snap IPO to Test Unicorn Founder Fortunes Tallied at $31 Billion

Snap IPO to Test Unicorn Founder Fortunes Tallied at $31 Billion

18 Nov 2016 comment

Eight founders of the world’s leading unicorn startups are sitting on personal fortunes of $31 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The true value of those fortunes in the public market will be tested if Snapchat parent Snap completes the initial public offering it has filed confidentially for this month.

PwC Top 30 Emerging Markets Software Companies

PwC Top 30 Emerging Markets Software Companies

17 Nov 2016 comment

Established software companies in mature markets now face true competition, as well as partnership opportunities, in markets across the globe. PwC’s new ranking, Emerging Markets Top 30 Software Companies, identifies intriguing characteristics, common advantages and disadvantages, and signs for success among software companies based in emerging markets.

IDC:Sales for China's key devices surged 4-fold during the Singles' Day promotion

IDC:Sales for China's key devices surged 4-fold during the Singles' Day promotion

17 Nov 2016 comment

China sold more notebooks, monitors, desktops and printers online during the last week's Singles’ Day promotion than it normally does in 44 days. This year, the promotion period was extended to cover November 1 to 11.

The Internet Will Top TV in Germany for First Time in 2017

The Internet Will Top TV in Germany for First Time in 2017

16 Nov 2016 comment

EMarketer research shows that adults in Germany will spend more time online than watching TV for the first time next year as more content migrates to streaming platforms, according to Bloomberg. People 18 years or older will spend an average of 3 hours and 44 minutes a day online on desktop or laptop PCs, or on mobile devices without making calls, six minutes more than they’re forecast to spend watching TV.

Rocking Out Black Friday and Cyber Monday Ads

Rocking Out Black Friday and Cyber Monday Ads

14 Nov 2016 comment

As the highly competitive shopping weekend approaches, online merchants look to stand out during the shopping rush. Black Friday traditions in the US have expanded internationally, creating huge opportunities for retailers to boost sales figures and engage customers before the Christmas season. RTB House analyzed hundreds of campaigns in almost 40 markets to determine what kind of conversion growth advertisers can expect during the consumer surge.

Smart City Objectives by 2020: Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability KPIs

Smart City Objectives by 2020: Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability KPIs

12 Nov 2016 comment

By 2020, half of all the smart city objectives will include climate change, resilience and sustainability key performance indicators (KPIs), according to Gartner. Cities are defining new objectives and placing them into tangible programs. This creates measurable outcomes that meet the targets agreed upon at the COP 21 in Paris to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Gartner: Building Blocks of a Confident and Resilient Digital Government

Gartner: Building Blocks of a Confident and Resilient Digital Government

11 Nov 2016 comment

CIOs must work constantly with their IT leadership teams and the agency leadership in four areas to keep their digital government program on track and aligned with expected organizational outcomes, according to Gartner. "Digital government failures or even minor setbacks may drive a risk-averse government to take a step back at the exact time it should be making bold digital investments," said Dean Lacheca, research director at Gartner.

Gartner: Marketing Budgets Increased for Third Consecutive Year

Gartner: Marketing Budgets Increased for Third Consecutive Year

10 Nov 2016 comment

Marketing budgets are continuing to rise, according to a survey of marketing executives by Gartner. The survey showed that marketing budgets increased to 12 percent of company revenue in 2016, from 11 percent in 2015. Fifty-seven percent of marketing leaders surveyed expect their budgets will increase further in 2017. However, 14 percent of marketers say they are bracing for budget cuts, up from 3 percent just two years ago.

IDC: Tablet Market Slump Persists in the Third Quarter

IDC: Tablet Market Slump Persists in the Third Quarter

10 Nov 2016 comment

The worldwide tablet market continued its slump as vendors shipped 43 million units in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), a year-over-year decline of 14.7%, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. In contrast to the annual decline, 3Q16 shipments were up 9.8% over the second quarter of 2016 as the larger vendors prepared for the holiday quarter.

IDC: What Will Drive European Investments in Security

IDC: What Will Drive European Investments in Security

9 Nov 2016 comment

The first Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) confirms strong growth in European companies' security-related spending across hardware, software, and services. The Western European market will grow from $19.5 billion in 2016 to $26.4 billion in 2020, generating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% over the five-year forecast period, more than twice as fast as the overall IT market in the region.

Intel’s Vision: Smart and Connected to the Cloud

Intel’s Vision: Smart and Connected to the Cloud

9 Nov 2016 comment

In 2020, more than 50 billion devices will be connected worldwide, enabling unparalleled access to real-time data and insights. This dramatic shift is fueling a smart and connected revolution, with the potential to disrupt industries and transform the world as we know it today.

Gartner: IT Spending in EMEA Will Grow 1.9 Percent in 2017

Gartner: IT Spending in EMEA Will Grow 1.9 Percent in 2017

8 Nov 2016 comment

Gartner forecasts that IT spending in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will total $1.25 trillion in 2017, a 1.9 percent increase from 2016. IT spending across all the constituent regions of EMEA will be almost flat in 2016, increasing 0.6 percent year on year. Across all the countries of EMEA, spending on devices is expected to decline and to be the main contributor to an overall slowdown in IT spending in 2016.

Worldwide Services Revenues Expected to Pass $1 Trillion for the First Time by 2018

Worldwide Services Revenues Expected to Pass $1 Trillion for the First Time by 2018

8 Nov 2016 comment

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Services Tracker, IT Services and Business Services revenues are poised to pass the $1 trillion mark for the first time in 2018. Worldwide services spending totals for 2016 are expected to stay within the $900 billion range and by 2020 expected to near $1.1 trillion.

Gartner: Full Autonomy May Not be Possible or Desirable in Smart Machines

Gartner: Full Autonomy May Not be Possible or Desirable in Smart Machines

7 Nov 2016 comment

By 2020, smart machines will be a top five investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs, according to Gartner. With smart machines moving towards fully autonomous operation for the first time, balancing the need to exercise control versus the drive to realize benefits is crucial. Presenting Maverick research findings at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Australia, Brian Prentice, research vice president at Gartner, said Google’s self-driving car project is a perfect example of why pursuing full autonomy may be neither possible nor desirable in smart machines.

IDC: Innovators for Self-Service Data Preparation Software Recognized

IDC: Innovators for Self-Service Data Preparation Software Recognized

7 Nov 2016 comment

International Data Corporation (IDC) released the results of a 2016 IDC Innovators study assessing self-service data preparation software vendors. In this research, IDC highlighted three emerging self-service data preparation companies as IDC Innovators for 2016: Paxata, Trifacta, and Unifi Software.

Gartner Reveals Seven Myths for HCIS

Gartner Reveals Seven Myths for HCIS

5 Nov 2016 comment

As with many new technology trends, certain assumptions and hype emerge that can influence buyer behavior and lead to poor decisions. Gartner has identified seven of the most common flawed assumptions in the hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) market.

Gartner: Four Forces Driving a Data-Centric Future for Marketers

Gartner: Four Forces Driving a Data-Centric Future for Marketers

4 Nov 2016 comment

Gartner's "Hype Cycle for Digital Marketing and Advertising, 2016" study reveals the key forces that are driving the evolution of marketing and advertising technologies. The convergence of marketing technology (Martech) and advertising technology (Adtech), event-triggered and real-time marketing techniques, personalization, and the use of contextual clues are the four key forces that point to a data-centric future for marketers.

IDC Reveals Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions

IDC Reveals Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions

4 Nov 2016 comment

Today's IT organizations are divided into two camps: those that thrive by effectively leveraging digital technologies, new business models, and entrepreneurial cultures; and those that are saddled by technical debt, plodding business processes, and lack of a digitally-fueled vision for the future. To help CIOs and IT executives successfully lead their organizations through accelerating digital transformation, International Data Corporation unveiled IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions.

IDC: Vendors gear up for the Singles’ Day in China

IDC: Vendors gear up for the Singles’ Day in China

2 Nov 2016 comment

Singles’ Day is a highly anticipated sales event in China, equivalent to that of the Black Friday in the west. While the actual sale is supposed to take place on 11 November (11.11, hence the name Singles’ Day), key eTailers such as JD.com, Tmall and Suning actually start their promotions from 1 November onwards. Competition is so intense that most device vendors have formed a marketing team just for this sale, and will be camping in the offices of Tmall and JD.com on 10/11 November so that they can make quick changes to their strategies to compete with other vendors.

IDC: Samsung will not have huge damage from Note 7 disaster

IDC: Samsung will not have huge damage from Note 7 disaster

31 Oct 2016 comment

Results from a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey, U.S. Smartphone Owners' Reaction to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall, show that Samsung faces some short-term challenges but nothing that will darken its long-term prospects.

Cognitive Systems and AI Revenues to Surge Past $47 Billion in 2020

Cognitive Systems and AI Revenues to Surge Past $47 Billion in 2020

29 Oct 2016 comment

Widespread adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across a broad range of industries will drive worldwide revenues from nearly $8.0 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020. According to a new Worldwide Semiannual Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), the market for cognitive/AI solutions will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.1% over the 2016-2020 forecast period.

IDC: OPPO Tops the Chinese Smartphone Market

IDC: OPPO Tops the Chinese Smartphone Market

28 Oct 2016 comment

According to IDC’s latest Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the China smartphone market grew 5.8% YoY and 3.6% QoQ in the third quarter of 2016, with OPPO and vivo overtaking Huawei for the first time in the market. OPPO and vivo rose because the Chinese market has evolved beyond operator and online driven channels over to an offline structure that dovetails with OPPO and vivo’s strengths.

IDC: CEE Big Data and Business Analytics Market this year will be around $130,1 billion

IDC: CEE Big Data and Business Analytics Market this year will be around $130,1 billion

28 Oct 2016 comment

According to the latest Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow from $130.10 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020. IDC's Spending Guides offer greater insight into key technology markets by providing expanded revenue detail by technology, industry, and geography