For the first time in five years, CEOs of private companies are more confident of revenue growth in the next 12 months than their public counterparts, according to PwC. They are also more confident about recruiting a larger number people in the year ahead. At the same time, while private companies are more at risk of cyber threats, they seem less prepared to protect themselves against attacks.
The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), growing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 1.9 percent year over year, while shipments fell 0.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. In all of 2016, worldwide server shipments grew 0.1 percent, but server revenue declined 2.7 percent.
IDC EMEA Server Tracker shows that in the fourth quarter of 2016 the EMEA server market reported a year-on-year (YoY) decline in vendor revenues of 12.9% to $3.4 billion and a YoY decrease of 4.7% in units shipped to just under 600,000.
According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 4.6% year over year to $14.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16). Overall server market growth has recently slowed in part due to a slowdown in hyperscale datacenter growth and continued drag from declining high-end server sales.
Coming off the smartphone market's lowest year-over-year growth of 2.5% in 2016, a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows worldwide smartphone shipments rebounding in 2017 and beyond.
New IDC study shows that Western European revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market to reach $2.5 billion in 2017, showing a 131% increase over the $1.1 billion spent in 2016. AR/VR spending will further accelerate in the coming years, achieving a compound annual growth rate (2015-2020 CAGR) of 210% and totaling $25.7 billion in 2020.
Adoption of newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase, according to a recent survey by Gartner. The survey, of nearly 10,000 online respondents in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia during the second half of 2016, found that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions.
A new update to the Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide from IDC forecasts worldwide spending on digital transformation (DX) technologies to be more than $1.2 trillion in 2017, an increase of 17.8% over 2016.
Every day, millions of people make buying decisions based on search: products to buy, restaurants in the neighborhood, and tons of other choices. According to the Nielsen Report “Global Trust in Advertising” however, while consumers rely on online opinions or price comparisons, more often than not, it’s word-of-mouth recommendations that are the most effective.
Smart Glasses as the highest growth sector of the consumer wearables segment over the next five years, reaching 11% of the overall wearables market by 2021, according to the new study from Juniper Research. Revenues are forecast to grow from $327m this year, to $9bn in 2021 as the new generation of smart glasses emerges.
A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that smart home automation and monitoring devices will grow to over 770 million globally by 2021, representing an eleven-fold rise from just 68 million estimated in 2016.
Worldwide mobility revenues to reach $1.57 trillion in 2017, an increase of 2.6% over 2016, according to a new study from IDC. Purchases of mobile hardware, software, and services is expected to continue apace over the next several years, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.1% over the 2015-2020 forecast period and reaching $1.67 trillion in 2020.
Global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are forecast to decline from a total of 435.0 million units in 2016 to 418.2 million units at the end of the forecast period in 2021, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -0.8%.
Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure spending is making inroads into enterprise IT budgets across a diverse set of industry verticals. IDC released the results of a U.S. survey, IoT IT Infrastructure Survey, which finds that improved business offerings, IoT data management, and new networking elements are key to a successful IoT initiative within an enterprise.
Revenues for remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions reached € 7.5 billion in 2016, according to a new study released by Berg Insight. This includes revenues from medical monitoring devices, mHealth connectivity solutions, care delivery platforms and mHealth care programs.
App Annie and IDC unveiled a special joint report entitled, Gaming Spotlight, 2016 Review. The report analyzes the mobile video games market in 2016 from several vantage points and puts it in a broader, global gaming industry context.
In a report by PwC examining financial services business leaders’ confidence and outlook in the sector, the findings show the scale of the talent challenge they confront from technology’s acceleration.
A new Gartner mobile apps survey showed that the number of consumers using messaging apps and personal assistant apps is continuing to grow. The survey showed that 35 percent of respondents said they used virtual personal assistants (VPAs) in 2016, up 4 percentage points from 2015.
Confidence in the 12 month and three year outlook for revenue growth in asset and wealth management has grown again, with almost two thirds (64%) of the industry planning recruitment. In PwC’s annual survey of the sector’s CEO’s views on the outlook for the industry, 92% are confident or very confident about the growth outlook over the next 12 months.
According to research by IDC, the Western European printer and multifunction (MFP) market declined by 4.4% in unit terms in 4Q16 compared with the same period a year ago, with negative sales performances in both inkjet and laser markets for units, but values for both were actually up.
According to a new PwC report, Artificial intelligence (AI) is laying the foundation to massively accelerate innovation throughout and beyond the coming decade. This will create a significant boost for the global economy, but it will also impact jobs, skills and human resources strategies across virtually every industry.
By 2021, the prevalence of equity analysts valuing organizations' information portfolios in valuing businesses themselves will spark formal internal information valuation and auditing practices, according to Gartner.
It’s been 20 years since IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Gary Kasparov, in a historical first victory for artificial intelligence. What was once a futuristic concept in 1997, has slowly become part of everyday reality.
A new study from Juniper Research has found that revenues from the global digital games market are set to reach the $100 billion milestone by the end of this year. Juniper's annual report, Future Games Market: Emerging Opportunities & Pivotal Publisher Analysis 2017-2021, found that, contrary to previous concerns, the PC market has seen reinvigoration via F2P (Free to Play) games.
Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the No. 1 global smartphone vendor position.
Production of drones for personal and commercial use is growing rapidly, with global market revenue expected to increase 34 percent to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020, according to a new forecast from Gartner. Almost three million drones will be produced in 2017, 39 percent more than in 2016.
According to latest report IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Digital Transformation in Utilities in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan), distinguishing factor between utility companies that thrives and those simply who survive in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ) lie on their data management strategy.
Intel Security announced its second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky.” The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications, and the evolving impact of Shadow IT of the more than 2,000 IT professionals surveyed