Analysis

Smartphone Growth Remains Positive as Shipments Will Grow to 1.7 Billion in 2021

Smartphone Growth Remains Positive as Shipments Will Grow to 1.7 Billion in 2021

30 Aug 2017 comment

According to a new forecast from IDC, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to maintain positive growth through 2021. IDC expects shipments to grow from 1.47 billion in 2016 to just over 1.7 billion in 2021.

49% of North American Insurers Operating Without a Digital Strategy

49% of North American Insurers Operating Without a Digital Strategy

29 Aug 2017 comment

A recent survey by Gartner and LOMA revealed that digital maturity among North American life insurers remains low, with 49 percent of the survey's respondents having no digital strategy in place and many without an understanding about how digitalization can help transform their business models.

55% of Respondents Will Not Ride in a Fully Autonomous Vehicle

55% of Respondents Will Not Ride in a Fully Autonomous Vehicle

28 Aug 2017 comment

Gartner expects to see multiple launches of autonomous vehicles around 2020. However, the full impact of autonomous vehicle technology on society and the economy will not begin to emerge until approximately 2025. Consumer and social acceptance is a key driver in autonomous vehicle adoption.

Bitcoin Analysts Are Competing for Highest Price Forecast

Bitcoin Analysts Are Competing for Highest Price Forecast

26 Aug 2017 comment

It seems like everyone is coming up with a bitcoin price forecast these days, with some of the biggest banks jumping into the action, while speculators to long-time investors are also making their bets, according to Bloomberg.

PCD Market Expected to Continue Decline with a 5-Year CAGR of -1.7%

PCD Market Expected to Continue Decline with a 5-Year CAGR of -1.7%

25 Aug 2017 comment

According to a new forecast from IDC, global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are expected to continue a slight decline through 2021.

Demand for 4G Smartphones in Emerging Markets Spurred Growth in 2Q17

Demand for 4G Smartphones in Emerging Markets Spurred Growth in 2Q17

25 Aug 2017 comment

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 6.7 percent increase over the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner. In the smartphone operating system market, Android extended its lead with 87.7 percent market share, while iOS accounted for 12.1 percent.

KakaoTalk Users Will Reach 31 Million in South Korea

KakaoTalk Users Will Reach 31 Million in South Korea

24 Aug 2017 comment

A new forecast from eMarketer projects KakaoTalk users in South Korea will reach 31.2 million this year, and grow to 34.1 million by 2021.

Worldwide Information Security Spending Will Grow 7% in 2017

Worldwide Information Security Spending Will Grow 7% in 2017

24 Aug 2017 comment

Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 7 percent over 2016, with spending expected to grow to $93 billion in 2018, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.

Digital Travel Sales in India Will Top $22.5 Billion This Year

Digital Travel Sales in India Will Top $22.5 Billion This Year

23 Aug 2017 comment

Digital travel sales in India will total $22.52 billion in 2017, up 33.0% over the previous year, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on worldwide digital travel sales.

Eight Critical Components of a Digital Workplace

Eight Critical Components of a Digital Workplace

23 Aug 2017 comment

Digital workplace programs often lose their way, or fail, due to a fragmented approach that prioritizes a few technology "fixes" over business strategy, said Gartner. To combat this, digital workplace leaders need to employ a framework to ensure their digital workplace initiatives address all of the eight critical components required for a successful implementation.

Digital Transformation and IoT Will Drive Investment in ITOM Through 2020

Digital Transformation and IoT Will Drive Investment in ITOM Through 2020

22 Aug 2017 comment

The growth of digital business and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive large investment in IT operations management (ITOM) through 2020, according to Gartner. A primary driver for organizations moving to ITOM open-source software (OSS) is lower cost of ownership.

New eMarketer Forecast Sees Mobile Driving Retail Ecommerce in China

New eMarketer Forecast Sees Mobile Driving Retail Ecommerce in China

21 Aug 2017 comment

China, the world’s largest ecommerce market, is set for continued growth in 2017, according to eMarketer’s latest worldwide retail forecast. Retail ecommerce sales in the country are expected to reach $1.13 trillion this year, a figure equal to 23.1% of total retail sales.

Worldwide Semiconductor Capital Spending Will Grow 10.2% in 2017

Worldwide Semiconductor Capital Spending Will Grow 10.2% in 2017

21 Aug 2017 comment

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2 percent in 2017, to $77.7 billion, according to Gartner. This growth rate is up from the previous quarter's forecast of 1.4 percent, due to continued aggressive investment in memory and leading-edge logic which is driving spending in wafer-level equipment.

The HCP Market is Growing in Western Europe

The HCP Market is Growing in Western Europe

21 Aug 2017 comment

According to research by IDC, the Western European printer and multifunction (MFP) market grew by 3.8% in unit terms in 2Q17 compared with the same period a year ago. There were positive sales performances in both inkjet and laser markets for units, but value for the laser market was actually down.

Gartner Releases Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace, 2017

Gartner Releases Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace, 2017

18 Aug 2017 comment

Digital business execution is requiring more frequent and complex decision making, continuous problem solving and rapid pattern recognition, all of which require workforce digital dexterity, according to new Hype Cycle by Gartner.

Czech Security Solutions Market Driven by Rising Demand

Czech Security Solutions Market Driven by Rising Demand

18 Aug 2017 comment

The Czech security solutions market (comprising software, appliances, and services) grew by almost 14% year on year in 2016, according to the new study from IDC. Escalating security concerns are expected to drive further market expansion throughout the forecast period, with spending approaching $400 million by 2021.

Western European Tablet Market Almost Returning to Growth in 2Q17

Western European Tablet Market Almost Returning to Growth in 2Q17

17 Aug 2017 comment

According to the latest figures published by IDC, the tablet market in Western Europe posted just a 0.5% YoY contraction. In total, 7.0 million devices were shipped in the region, which shows an almost complete recovery of the market in the region.

Three Megatrends That Will Drive Digital Business Into the Next Decade

Three Megatrends That Will Drive Digital Business Into the Next Decade

17 Aug 2017 comment

The emerging technologies on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 reveal three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years.

eMarketer Forecasts Strong Growth in Facebook Users in India

eMarketer Forecasts Strong Growth in Facebook Users in India

16 Aug 2017 comment

India has experienced explosive growth in the number of Facebook users over the past few years, making the country home to the largest share (32.6%) of users in Asia-Pacific.

Work Visa Program Benefits the U.S. and India, New Study Says

Work Visa Program Benefits the U.S. and India, New Study Says

13 Aug 2017 comment

The controversial H-1B visa program, widely criticized for costing American workers their jobs, has actually provided economic benefits for both the U.S. and India, according to Bloomberg, citing a new study from the University of Michigan.

Detachables in the U.K. Expected to Return to Solid Growth in 2017H2

Detachables in the U.K. Expected to Return to Solid Growth in 2017H2

11 Aug 2017 comment

According to the latest personal computing device (PCD) figures published by IDC, the outlook for the overall PC and tablet market in the U.K. remained negative, with a 10.8% YoY decline expected for 2017Q2 and a 6.8% YoY decline for overall 2017.

75% of End-Users are Willing to Pay More for 5G

75% of End-Users are Willing to Pay More for 5G

11 Aug 2017 comment

A recent global Gartner survey revealed that 75 percent of end-user organizations would be willing to pay more for 5G mobile capabilities. Only 24 percent of the survey's respondents would be unwilling to spend more money than on 4G.

eMarketer Bumps Up Estimates for Social Media Usage in China

eMarketer Bumps Up Estimates for Social Media Usage in China

10 Aug 2017 comment

More than eight in 10 internet users in China, or 626 million people, will access social networks regularly in 2017, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast.

Spending on AR and VR Will Double or More Every Year Through 2021

Spending on AR and VR Will Double or More Every Year Through 2021

10 Aug 2017 comment

Worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market are forecast to increase by 100% or more over each of the next four years, according to the latest IDC study. Total spending on AR/VR products and services is expected to soar from $11.4 billion in 2017 to nearly $215 billion 2021, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 113.2% along the way.

eMarketer Estimates Show Twitter Leads Social Networks in Japan

eMarketer Estimates Show Twitter Leads Social Networks in Japan

9 Aug 2017 comment

Japan is home to one of the world’s largest Twitter audiences, which will total 25.1 million people this year, or 47.3% of the country’s social network user base, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast of worldwide social network users.

SD-WAN Market to Reach $8 Billion in 2021

SD-WAN Market to Reach $8 Billion in 2021

9 Aug 2017 comment

Software-defined wide area network solutions have only been commercially available for a few years, but the technology's ability to address pressing enterprise networking needs has led to remarkable growth.

Tablet Market Decline Slows in 2Q17

Tablet Market Decline Slows in 2Q17

7 Aug 2017 comment

The downward spiral of the tablet market continued during the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), according to preliminary data from IDC. Despite notable product launches like the new lower priced iPad and products from other top-tier vendors, worldwide shipments for tablets declined 3.4% year over year in 2Q17, reaching 37.9 million.

Smartphone Volumes Decline Slightly in 2Q17

Smartphone Volumes Decline Slightly in 2Q17

4 Aug 2017 comment

According to preliminary results from IDC, smartphone OEMs shipped a total of 341.6 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17).

Chatbot Conversations to Deliver $8 Billion in Cost Savings by 2022

Chatbot Conversations to Deliver $8 Billion in Cost Savings by 2022

3 Aug 2017 comment

Chatbots hold the potential one day to replace the tasks of many human workers with AI programs sophisticated enough to hold fluent conversations with human users.

57% Large Corporations Considering Blockchain Deployment

57% Large Corporations Considering Blockchain Deployment

2 Aug 2017 comment

A new study from Juniper Research has found that nearly 6 in 10 (57%) large corporations are either actively considering, or are in the process of, deploying blockchain technology.