Analysis

AR/VR Headsets Gain Momentum with Strong Growth Forecast

AR/VR Headsets Gain Momentum with Strong Growth Forecast

9 Jun 2017 comment

Worldwide shipments of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets continued to soar with a total of 2.3 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker.

54% of Companies Struggle to Align Innovation and Business Strategy

54% of Companies Struggle to Align Innovation and Business Strategy

9 Jun 2017 comment

Companies are making blind bets on innovation with billions of dollars potentially on the line, according to a new survey of over 1200 global executives and business leaders. The PwC Innovation Benchmark examines how top companies are meeting innovation challenges.

Ad Blocking Losing Steam in France, Germany and UK

Ad Blocking Losing Steam in France, Germany and UK

8 Jun 2017 comment

Internet users in France, Germany and the UK commonly express a desire to live without digital advertising. Studies show they’ve acted on it too, with ad blocking adoption in all three higher than the global average. But peak adoption appears to have passed, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast for ad blocking activity in those countries.

Entertainment and Media Segments Show the Importance of User Experience

Entertainment and Media Segments Show the Importance of User Experience

8 Jun 2017 comment

Burgeoning entertainment and media industry segments such as virtual reality (VR), e-sports and music streaming illustrate an intensifying focus on users and the vital role of “fans” as a source of competitive advantage.

Smart Farming and Food Production Must Accelerate Rapidly

Smart Farming and Food Production Must Accelerate Rapidly

7 Jun 2017 comment

Beecham Research has launched a new report highlighting the importance of harnessing new technologies to address the need for sustainable food production to support the current rate of population growth.

IDC: GDPR Means Increased Risk Exposure for Cloud Service Providers

IDC: GDPR Means Increased Risk Exposure for Cloud Service Providers

7 Jun 2017 comment

According to new research from IDC, cloud service providers are at risk of underestimating the impact of new data protection legislation on their business models. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies from May 25, 2018, and introduces substantial changes in the way that personal data must be protected.

Xiaomi and Apple Tie for the Top Position in Wearables Market

Xiaomi and Apple Tie for the Top Position in Wearables Market

6 Jun 2017 comment

The worldwide wearables market maintained its upward trajectory during the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) with Xiaomi and Apple leading all companies and multiple products experiencing double- and triple-digit growth.

Bright Future for Industrial Drones

Bright Future for Industrial Drones

3 Jun 2017 comment

Companies have only scratched the surface of what airborne drones can do. Over the next two decades, businesses will put industrial drones to work monitoring facilities, tracking shipments, and, perhaps even delivering groceries to your doorstep.

Four Vectors Are Transforming the Security Software Market

Four Vectors Are Transforming the Security Software Market

2 Jun 2017 comment

The security software market is undergoing a dramatic transformation due to four key developments, according to Gartner. The use of advanced analytics, expanded ecosystems, adoption of software as a service (SaaS) and managed services, and the prospect of punitive regulations are causing enterprises to rethink their security and risk management software requirements and investments.

Nearly 3 Billion Customer Data Records Expected to be Stolen in 2017

Nearly 3 Billion Customer Data Records Expected to be Stolen in 2017

1 Jun 2017 comment

Criminal data breaches will cost businesses a total of $8 trillion over the next 5 years, due to higher levels of Internet connectivity and inadequate enterprise wide security, according to a new  report by Juniper Research.

The Best Weekdays for Purchasing

The Best Weekdays for Purchasing

31 May 2017 comment

Shopping is no longer a weekend errand, as consumers today browse e-commerce websites more often throughout the weekdays and far less on the weekends.

Smartphone Shipments Will Recover in 2017 and Gain Momentum into 2018

Smartphone Shipments Will Recover in 2017 and Gain Momentum into 2018

31 May 2017 comment

According to a new forecast from the IDC, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to rebound slightly in 2017 with expected growth of 3.0% over the previous year.

Robots vs. Humans: Will AI Bring The Apocalypse of Advertising?

Robots vs. Humans: Will AI Bring The Apocalypse of Advertising?

29 May 2017 comment

There aren’t many industries left where robots don’t coexist with humans. We like to believe that we’re still somehow always ahead of robots. While they may be smarter and faster, human traits like creativity and empathy are features that machines have only had in sci-fi.

British Airways Looks to Resume Flights After Lost Day in London

British Airways Looks to Resume Flights After Lost Day in London

28 May 2017 comment

British Airways said it will try to operate most of its scheduled departures from London on Sunday, after a computer system failure paralyzed its operations at the start of a three-day holiday weekend in the U.K, according to Bloomberg.

More People Prefer Free Time Over Money

More People Prefer Free Time Over Money

26 May 2017 comment

In an online survey by GfK 31 percent would firmly prefer to have more time than more money, compared to only nine percent who firmly disagree with that. 44 percent firmly believe that experiences are more important than possession, compared to just three percent who firmly disagree with that.

Notebooks and Detachables Will Drive the PC Market to Growth in 2019

Notebooks and Detachables Will Drive the PC Market to Growth in 2019

26 May 2017 comment

Worldwide shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs and tablets, are forecast to decline from a total of 435.0 million units in 2016 to 405.2 million units at the end of the forecast period in 2021, according to IDC.

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 9% in 1Q17

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 9% in 1Q17

24 May 2017 comment

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017, a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to Gartner.

Snapchat and Facebook Fuel AR Growth

Snapchat and Facebook Fuel AR Growth

23 May 2017 comment

In 2017, 40.0 million people in the US will engage with some form of augmented reality (AR) at least monthly, up 30.2% over last year, according to eMarketer’s first forecast on AR and virtual reality (VR).

Is Facebook being fined 110 mil eur first victim of GDPR fines?

Is Facebook being fined 110 mil eur first victim of GDPR fines?

22 May 2017 comment

European Commision fined Facebook with 110 million eur for providing misleading information about WhatsApp merger. Even grounded on EU merger regulation, this fine is a clear message to all those considering GDPR as just another privacy regulation nobody will comply with, as the real essence of the violation is in fact – privacy rights violation.

Tablet Market Resilient in Western Europe in 1Q17

Tablet Market Resilient in Western Europe in 1Q17

19 May 2017 comment

According to the latest figures published by IDC, the tablet market in Western Europe posted a slight 1.7% YoY contraction. In total, 7.1 million devices were shipped in the region, a performance above expectations that shows some resilience in the tablet market after many quarters of decline.

Offender EM Market in Europe and North America Reached € 648 Million in 2016

Offender EM Market in Europe and North America Reached € 648 Million in 2016

19 May 2017 comment

Market research provider Berg Insight released new findings about the market for Electronic Monitoring (EM) of offenders. The number of participants in Electronic Monitoring programmes on a daily basis in Europe and North America amounted to about 180,000 in 2016.

Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 2.6% in 2016

Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 2.6% in 2016

16 May 2017 comment

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6 percent increase from 2015 revenue of $334.9 billion, according to final results by Gartner.

Spending on Public Cloud Will Return to Double-Digit Growth in 2017

Spending on Public Cloud Will Return to Double-Digit Growth in 2017

15 May 2017 comment

Total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase 15.3% year over year in 2017 to $41.7 billion, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker forecast.

Government CIOs Spend 21% of Their IT Budget on Digital Initiatives

Government CIOs Spend 21% of Their IT Budget on Digital Initiatives

12 May 2017 comment

Top-performing organizations in the private and public sectors, on average, spend a greater proportion of their IT budgets on digital initiatives (33 percent) than government organizations (21 percent), according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner.

42% of CEOs Have Begun Digital Business Transformation

42% of CEOs Have Begun Digital Business Transformation

11 May 2017 comment

An unsettled global political environment has not shifted CEOs' focus on profits and growth in 2017. Growth is the No. 1 business priority for 58 percent of CEOs, according to a recent survey of 388 CEOs by Gartner.

Digital Banking More Widespread in France than US

Digital Banking More Widespread in France than US

11 May 2017 comment

The majority of France’s internet users will bank online in 2017, according to eMarketer’s first-ever forecast of digital banking in the country.

Gartner: Organizations Are Unprepared for the GDPR

Gartner: Organizations Are Unprepared for the GDPR

9 May 2017 comment

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a global impact when it goes into effect on May 25, 2018, according to Gartner. They predict that by the end of 2018, more than 50 percent of companies affected by the GDPR will not be in full compliance with its requirements.

Worldwide Tablet Shipments Decline 8.5% in the First Quarter

Worldwide Tablet Shipments Decline 8.5% in the First Quarter

8 May 2017 comment

The worldwide tablet market once again contracted in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) with total shipments of 36.2 million, a year-over-year decline of 8.5%, according to preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

Huawei Overtakes OPPO on Chinese Smartphone Market in 1Q17

Huawei Overtakes OPPO on Chinese Smartphone Market in 1Q17

5 May 2017 comment

104.1 million smartphones were shipped to China in 1Q17, according to IDC. This was a mere 1% year-on-year (YoY) growth, in part the result of high inventory from the previous quarter.

AIM Software Revenue Will Reach $27 Billion in 2017

AIM Software Revenue Will Reach $27 Billion in 2017

3 May 2017 comment

The worldwide application integration and middleware (AIM) software market continues to grow faster than the overall infrastructure software market, with revenue on pace to surpass $27 billion in 2017, an increase of 7 percent from 2016, according to Gartner.