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PC market stability remains elusive, says IDC

Worldwide PC shipments are forecast to decline by 7.3% year over year in 2016 according to an updated forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The outlook continues to call for progressively smaller declines through 2017 followed by stable volume in 2018. However, growth in 2016 is now expected to be roughly 2% below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected. Growth in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) came in at -12.5%, just below IDC's forecast of -11.3%, and inhibitors such as weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects continue to constrain shipments. Although growth rates for devices such as phones and tablets continue to fall, potentially reducing the competitive pressure on PCs, IDC says it has not seen...

ARM And x86 Server-Class Microprocessor Revenue Will Increase 1.3%

Worldwide x86 and ARM server-class microprocessor revenue will increase 1.3% to $13.9 billion, while server microprocessor market unit shipments will increase 3.5% to 22.9 million units in 2016, according to a study by IDC. Among the report's cited growth drivers for server-class microprocessors in 2016 are substantial direct purchases by major cloud service providers, such as Google and Amazon, and the use of server microprocessors in system categories outside of servers, such as storage systems and networking systems. In the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), IDC estimated that 17.3% of x86 and ARM server-class processors—primarily Intel Xeon—were shipped for storage, networking, and embedded systems, compared to 8.8% in 1Q13. The report also cites a competitive shift coming. After many years of ecosystem development and processor designs that failed...

Worldwide Big Data & Business Analytics Revenues Forecast To Reach $187 Billion In 2019

According to the Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide from IDC, worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period. The services-related opportunity will account for more than half of all big data and business analytics revenue for most of the forecast period, with IT Services generating more than three times the annual revenues of Business Services. Software will be the second largest category, generating more than $55 billion in revenues in 2019. Nearly half of these revenues will come from purchases of End-User Query, Reporting, and Analysis Tools and Data Warehouse Management Tools. Hardware spending will grow...

Worldwide Wearables Market Increases 67.2%

A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market. According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total shipment volumes reached 19.7 million units in 1Q16, an increase of 67.2% from the 11.8 million units shipped in 1Q15. The first quarter saw its fair share of significant events to entice customers, says IDC, with multiple fitness trackers and smartwatches introduced at the major technology shows; post-holiday price reductions on multiple wearables, including Apple's Sport Watch; and greater participation within emerging wearables categories, particularly clothing and footwear. Conversely, several start-ups announced headcount reduction or shut down entirely, underscoring how competitive the wearables market has become. "The good news is that the...

72.1M Wearable Devices To Be Shipped In 2015, Estimates IDC

The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple, prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7 million units shipped in 2019. "The demand for basic wearables, those that do not run third party apps, has been absolutely astounding," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "Vendors like Fitbit and Xiaomi have helped propel the market with their sub-$100 bands, and IDC expects...

Civilian Agency IT Spending To Be More Than $49B Next Year

Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 will deliver a significant boost to federal civilian agency IT spending, says IDC. According to the report, the federal civilian agencies' IT budget for the coming fiscal year will be $49.0 billion, which is an increase of 1.9% over the recently updated FY2015 IT budget. But when compared to the original FY2015 budget, the increase is actually 12.4% higher than the initial plan. Shawn McCarthy, research director, IDC Government Insights notes, "When the federal information technology budget for FY2015 was first approved last year, spending for civilian agencies was set at just under $43.6 billion. Now it appears that spending will jump to nearly $48.1 billion by the end of this summer, which represents an increase of 10.3% for FY2015." Additional...

3.5M Smartphones Sold Every Day In 2014

Last year, on an average, 3.5 million smartphones were sold every day. According to IDC, over 148,000 smartphones were sold every hour; for a total of 1.3 billion handsets sold over the year.

Worldwide Personal Storage Market Finished Flat Last Year: IDC

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker. Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion. The entry-level portion of the market showed consistent growth throughout the year, but it remains too small to drive growth for the entire market, according to IDC. The largest market segment, personal storage, fell victim to continued price declines, increased competition from public cloud providers, and a shift in...

IDC Reveals Big Data And Analytics Predictions

IDC has published its predictions for big data and analytics for the coming year. According to the research giant: 1] Visual data discovery tools will be growing 2.5 times faster than rest of the business intelligence (BI) market. By 2018, investing in this enabler of end-user self service will become a requirement for all enterprises. 2] Over the next five years spending on cloud-based Big Data and analytics (BDA) solutions will grow three times faster than spending for on-premise solutions. Hybrid on/off premise deployments will become a requirement. 3] Shortage of skilled staff will persist. In the U.S. alone there will be 181,000 deep analytics roles in 2018 and five times that many positions requiring related skills in data management and interpretation. 4] By 2017 unified data platform...

Social Business Predictions For 2015: IDC

IDC revealed its predictions for social business in 2015. "The basic building blocks of social business, content, and community are still creating opportunity for change and disruption, but the picture of how and in what business areas is much clearer today," said Michael Fauscette, group vice president of IDC's Software Business Solutions, speaking about the predictions. According to IDC: Online communities will continue to grow in support of business innovation across all enterprise functions, increasing by $200 million in 2015, a 30% increase over 2014. Organizations will increase their internal product and service innovation efforts by 15% over the next 18 months. Integration, consolidation, and rationalization in marketing technology will make up an average of 35% of total Marketing Technology budgets by 2015. With the rise in spending shifts from...

Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow: IDC

According to a mobile phone forecast from the IDC worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013. Looking ahead, IDC expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 9.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2014–2018 forecast period. Smartphone revenues reflect a starker picture, as they will be hard hit by the increasingly cutthroat nature of pricing, resulting in a 4.2% CAGR over the same forecast period. The impact of upstart Chinese players in the global market will be...

IDC IT Executive Programs Launches Strategic Architecture Practice

IDC IT Executive Programs have launched the Strategic Architecture Practice under the leadership of Serge Findling, vice president, research, with the contribution of Mike Rosen, adjunct research advisor. The new service provides coverage of architecture topics including strategic enterprise architecture, business architecture, data/information management, and portfolio rationalization.

PC Shipments Declined For Seventh Consecutive Quarter

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a year-on-year contraction of -5.6%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. For the full year 2013, unit shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. While commercial purchases helped to prevent a larger decline, the consumer side remained weak, says IDC.  Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending. In the United States, market leader HP had a difficult quarter, contracting -12.3% year on year as the market slowed following an HP surge in the third quarter. Asian majors like Lenovo and...

How Will 2014 Be For The IT Industry? IDC Predicts..

IDC has released its annual predictions for the coming year in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. The predictions for 2014 are influenced by what IDC calls the Third Platform, made up of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking. Frank Gens (Senior vice president and Chief Analyst,  IDC): In 2014, we'll see every major player make big investments to scale up cloud, mobile, and big data capabilities, and fiercely battle for the hearts and minds of the developers who will create the solutions driving the next two decades of IT spending.   IDC 2014 predictions: 1. Worldwide IT spending will grow 5% year over year to $2.1 trillion in 2014. Spending will be driven by third platform technologies, which will grow 15%...

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments To Cross One Billion This Year

Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass one billion units in 2013, representing 39.3% growth over 2012, says IDC. Despite a number of mature markets nearing smartphone saturation, the demand for low-cost computing in emerging markets continues to drive the smartphone market forward, according to the research agency. By 2017, total smartphone shipments are expected to approach 1.7 billion units, resulting in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.4% from 2013 to 2017. A number of trends co-exist in the global smartphone market, but none have more of an affect on driving market growth than the steady decline in average selling prices (ASPs), says IDC. Android has enabled a number of new manufacturers to enter the smartphone market supported by a variety of turnkey...