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IDC finally gives up Windows Phone, predicts ever falling sales

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The IDC has always been somewhat optimistic about the future of Windows Phone, but after repeatedly missing predictions by a wide margin the IDC has finally given up on the OS.

The analyst company predicted in December last year that Microsoft would sell 31.3 million Windows Phones in 2015, and 43.6 million by 2019.  Unfortunately Microsoft missed even this modest target, hitting only 27.3 million sales in 2015.

As recently as May 2015 IDC still predicted Microsoft would sell more than 100 million Windows Phones by 2019, but now the company has revised its predictions downwards sharply to what is seen above.

 

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Cisco-sponsored study reveals second wave of cloud adoption

It’s not over quite yet. Cloud is expected to continue to drive revenue for technology pros in a second wave of cloud adoption, according to findings from a Cisco-sponsored global study. 

Cisco released earlier this week “Don’t Get Left Behind: The Business Benefits of Achieving Greater Cloud Adoption,”an InfoBrief developed by IDC and based on primary market research with executives in 3,400 companies in 17 countries.

“As we talk with customers interested in moving to the second wave of cloud, they are far more focused on private and hybrid cloud—primarily because they realize that private and hybrid offer the security, performance, price, control and data protection organizations are looking for during their expanded efforts,” said Nick Earle, senior vice president, global cloud and managed services sales, Cisco. “This observation, which drove our strategy to build a portfolio of private and hybrid infrastructure and as-a-service solutions, is reflected in the new IDC study, which shows that 44 percent of organizations are either currently using or have plans to implement private cloud and 64 percent of cloud adopters are considering hybrid cloud.”

“Don’t Get Left Behind” includes information on cloud adoption by industry, economic and business outcomes of cloud, and cloud adoption in the countries included in the study.

Read and download the full InfoBrief here.

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Harry’s Pick: Addressing the Five (5) Pivot Challenges in a Cloud Practice Transformation Strategy (including Office 365)

idc studyGood morning – Harry here with out-of-band special edition article concerning an amazing IDC study I have just reviewed. As part of my daily activities as your Office 365 ombudsman and independent community advocate, I take my responsibilities very seriously. So when I read Marilyn Carr’s “Building a Cloud Practice: Challenges and Rewards” article, I hit the POST button to get it to you as soon as possible. This is a MUST READ! I’d offer it defines a generation of SMB IT Pros much like the classic book “In Search of Excellence” defined a generation of MBAs (present company included).

Essentially, Carr hits the topic head-on and doesn’t sugar coat the challenges of going from a server-side on-premises world too often defined by break-fix to an Office 365 or cloud consulting practice. Here conversation on the danger of the revenue trough is classic. As I’ve said before and we’ve validated with our Office 365 Nation workshop tour this spring, the business model surrounding Office 365 consulting is very different from my beloved Windows Small Business Server (LOL – RIP).  

You can download the white paper here: http://bit.ly/1IYrPkx

To give you a quick view into Carr’s landmark work, some of the change agent topics include:

  • The Shift to Recurring Revenue
  • The Changes in Sales Model
  • The Changes in Delivery Model

My bottom line. My job is to peruse the body of knowledge concerning Office 365 as an analyst and share with you the most relevant and interesting information and conversations. In a sense, I’m an analytical filter. This study has my endorsement for you to read. Agree with me or not – lemme know what you think: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can download the white paper here: http://bit.ly/1IYrPkx

 ANAYST DISCLAIMER: This white paper study by Marilyn Carr was prepared by IDC and funded by Ingram Micro and Microsoft. I do not own any stock in IDC, Ingram Micro or Microsoft.

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IDC Releases Government Mobility Predictions

IDC logoEarlier today, IDC released its latest Government Insight findings in a report titled: “Business Strategy: Government Mobility Forecast, 2014-2017.” In this report, IDC predicts that mobility will start to see growth in state and local govermnents, with the highest rate falling between 2013 and 2015. In addition, this growth is expected to come primarily from citizen demand, followed by employee requests for convenience.

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IDC Releases Q3 Security Appliance Tracker Report

IDC logoEarlier today, IDC released the report from its Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker for Q3 2013. The report showed that overall, factory revenue rose by 6.5% to $2.2 billion, while shipments increased by 0.3% to 490,323 units. This particular IDC tracker follows the growth and evolution of new security models in the worldwide marketplace.

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IDC Releases First Predictions for 2014 IT Environment

IDC logoEarlier today, International Data Corporation released the first round of predictions for 2014. Frank Gens, Chief Analyst, IDC, released his top ten predictions, chief among which was the growing presence of 3rd Platform technologies.

“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. Outside the IT industry, 3rd Platform technologies will play a leading role in the disruption (or “Amazoning”) of almost every other industry on the planet,” explained Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC.

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IDC: Server Market Revenues Decline in 2Q, Demand Remains Weak

IDC New Logo thumbnailAccording to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market decreased -6.2% year over year to $11.9 billion in the second quarter of 2013. This was the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue decline, as server market demand continued to soften in most geographic regions. Server unit shipments decreased -1.2% year over year in 2Q13 to 2.0 million units, the third consecutive quarter where year-over-year server shipments have declined.

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IDC: Lenovo Boots HP out of Top PC Vendor Spot; US Shipments Stabilize

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.6 million units in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), down -11.4% compared to the same quarter in 2012 but slightly better than expected, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total shipments were effectively right on forecasts of 75.4 million and growth of -11.7%, although Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) were a few points below expectations with the difference made up in the United States.

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IDC: Cisco, Aruba, HP, Ruckus all Experience WLAN Growth in Q1 2013

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN market segments experienced year-over-year growth of 12.5% in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13). According to the results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment continued to grow at a healthy rate of 19.3% over the same period last year. The first quarter of 2013 was the thirteenth consecutive quarter with annual growth greater than 15%. The consumer WLAN market also started the year 2013 on a relative high note, growing 6.2% year over year.

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IDC Releases Results of BPM and Middleware Market Study

IDC logoThis morning, IDC released the results of a four-year study on the middleware and business process management market. The study, titled Worldwide Business Management and Middleware Vendor Shares, includes stats from 2008 to 2012, and overall, shows a stunted growth rate for this area.

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IDC: Q1 2013 PC Shipments Post Steepest Decline Ever

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.

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IDC: February PC Shipments Reflect Slow First Quarter

New monthly PC tracking in top PC markets from IDC reveals slower-than-expected growth in China during the first quarter of 2013. Although the slowdown is partially due to the timing of Chinese New Year and other expected factors, new budget cuts from the government as well as anti-corruption measures are slowing purchases more than expected. March should recover somewhat in China, but not enough to offset the weak February results. 

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Play Fair Day 2013: Global Pirated Software Report Results

Microsoft LogoToday marks Microsoft’s Play Fair Day 2013, a part of the company’s “Play It Safe” campaign that is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of using counterfeit software. The company released a research study as part of this year’s event, which sheds light on the current amount of counterfeit software in the world.

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IDC: Poor Holiday Sales, Cold Reception to Windows 8 Contributing to PC Market Decline

Despite intense industry efforts to overcome market inertia, 2012 nonetheless ended on a sour note with global PC shipment volume shrinking 3.7% on the year. With limited initial traction from Windows 8 in the holiday season, and continued pressure from tablets, IDC now expects 2013 PC shipments to decline by 1.3% in 2013, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

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IDC Releases Worldwide WLAN Report Results for Q42012

IDC logoMore news from the IDC as yesterday the analyst firm released the results of their Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker for Q42012. This report, which tracks the total WLAN market size and vendor share, showed growth in both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

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IDC Releases Hosted Private Cloud Services Forecast

IDC logoToday, IDC released the results of their Worldwide Hosted Private Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast: New Models for Delivering Infrastructure Services report, which was conducted in late 2012. According to the report, the Hosted Private Cloud sector is expected to see 50% compound annual growth, resulting in a $24 billion market by 2016.

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IDC: Will 2013 be a Small Step toward Telepresence Market Rebound?

IDC today released the results from its Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Qview, which showed 4Q12 videoconferencing equipment revenue declined 8.6% year over year, but increased 14.9% quarter over quarter. Total worldwide enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment revenue was $739.8 million in 4Q12, with revenue for the full year 2012 reaching $2.64 billion. The $2.64 billion total in 2012 was down 2.6% from full-year 2011 total revenue ($2.71 billion), according to IDC.

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IDC: Tablet Shipments Soar to Record Levels During Holiday Quarter

Tablets are taking over the IT world it seems, both on the consumer and B2B sides, and IDC has the data to prove it. According to the research firm, worldwide tablet shipments outpaced predictions reaching a record total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to preliminary data from the firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

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Top 10 CMO Predictions from IDC Released

IDC logoYesterday, the IDC held a web conference titled “IDC – 2013 IDC - 2013 Chief Marketing Officer Predictions: Today's CMO Becomes Master of Data” which covered the company’s top 10 predictions for the CMO niche in 2013. The event was hosted by respected analysts, Kathleen Schaub and Rich Vancil.

The top 10 IDC predictions for the CMO role in 2013 are as follows:

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