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Cloud services represent a growing opportunity for partners of all types in a wide array of activities across resale, services, and development. However, it’s of key importance that partners have an understanding of the what, where, how, and why of cloud services prior to embarking on wholesale business strategy change.
This IDC study, commissioned by Microsoft, examines the implications of becoming a successful cloud partner in 2013. Developed with insight garnered through in-depth conversations with leading Microsoft cloud partners and backed by supportive survey data (see methodology for further details), it provides a profile of the potential upside of integrating cloud to a partner’s mix of solution offerings.Finally, it concludes with guidance as a partner begins, or continues, their journey into the cloud.
The New York Times
Three companies are pulling away from the pack in the PC business.
Counts of second-quarter personal computer shipments released Wednesday by two major analysis companies showed a slower-than-expected decline in PC shipments worldwide, with wealthy markets like the United States showing decent growth. But in poorer countries, alternatives such as low-cost tablets continued to affect PC sales.
The real surprise in the numbers was the relative strength of the three biggest PC makers — Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Dell — compared to the loss of market share by almost everyone else. Lenovo appeared to have solidified its lead as the world’s biggest PC maker, a title for which it contested with H.P. for several quarters.
One of the analysis companies, International Data Corporation, said worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter, a drop of 1.7 percent from the same quarter of 2013. The important United States market grew 6.9 percent, to 16.7 million units. Gartner put worldwide shipments at 75.8 million units, an increase of 0.1 percent, and United States shipments at 15.9 million units, up 7.4 percent.
Among the top five vendors, which also included Acer and Asus, global shipments rose 9.8 percent year-on-year, IDC said, while the rest of the market, made up of about 15 other computer companies, declined 18.5 percent. Gartner said companies not in the top five had a net decline in shipments of 13.8 percent.
IDC said Lenovo had 19.6 million units shipped to the world market, a rise of 15.1 percent. H.P. was second, with 13.6 million units, up 10.3 percent, and Dell was third at 10.4 million units, up 13.2 percent. Acer’s shipments fell 2.5 percent, to 6.1 million units, and Asus managed a 3.3 percent gain, to 4.6 million units.
Gartner’s percentages were much the same, though it scored an even steeper fall for Acer and a better performance for Asus. Even last quarter, according to both research companies, the companies outside the top five had 40 percent of the global PC market; now they are closer to a third. And the analysts expect them to fall further.
The better-than-expected overall performance for PC shipments was attributed to a number of factors, including strong business demand after the discontinuation of support for an older version of Microsoft’s Windows PC operating system, and consumer interest in lower-priced laptops.
International Data Corporation (IDC) today released the latest results from the Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker. For 2013, the worldwide public cloud services reached a total market size of $45.7 billion and IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% until 2018.
“We are at a pivotal time in the battle for leadership and innovation in the cloud. IDC’s Public Cloud Services Tracker shows very rapid growth in customer cloud service spending across 19 product categories and within eight geographic regions. Not coincidentally, we see vendors introducing many new cloud offerings and slashing cloud pricing in order to capture market share. Market share leadership will certainly be up for grabs over the next 2-3 years,” said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC.
Three major product groups comprise the total public cloud services market in IDC’s software taxonomy: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
The SaaS market – accounting for 72% of the total public cloud services market and forecast to grow at a 20% CAGR over the forecast period – is dominated by Enterprise Applications cloud solutions such as enterprise resource management (ERM) and customer relationship management (CRM), followed by Collaborative applications. System Infrastructure Software cloud solutions – the other major part of the SaaS market, including Security, Systems Management, and Storage Management cloud services – drove 21% of the 2013 SaaS market. From a competitive perspective, the SaaS service provider ecosystem is largely led by Salesforce.com followed by ADP and Intuit. Traditional software vendors Oracle and Microsoft hold the 4th and 5th positions, respectively.
The PaaS market – accounting for 14% of the market in 2013 with a forecast CAGR of 27% – is composed of a wide variety of highly strategic cloud app development, deployment, and management services. In 2013 and 2014, PaaS spending has been largely driven by Integration and Process Automation solutions, Data Management solutions, and Application Server Middleware services. From a market share standpoint, the 2013 PaaS market was led by Amazon.com, followed by Salesforce.com and Microsoft (both share the number 2 position). GXS and Google hold the 4th and 5th positions, respectively.
IDC expects the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market to surge to US$659 million in 2018, at a five-year CAGR of 89% as UCaaS Service Providers (SP) intensify their sales and marketing campaign around this service.
The market researcher believes Australia will be the largest market, followed by PRC, India and Korea respectively.
There has been an enormous interest from a wide range of businesses in adopting UCaaS because of the imminent cost benefits, flexibility and agility that the technology provides.
In fact, UCaaS has become a mainstream solution in APeJ with many global service providers (GSP) and regional service providers (RSP), offering full-fledged UCaaS as part of their core collaboration portfolio. Beside the big telco SPs, which controls a significant portion of the market, there are also large system integrators (SI), IT consulting firms and distributors offering UCaaS directly to businesses.
The growing attraction of an agile and opex-friendly collaboration tool model to support business expansion will continue to be compelling to many organizations.
On the other hand, many of the factors holding back adoption such as security, bandwidth demands, reliability, regulation compliance and consistency will be partially solved as the technology matures, SLAs develops, bandwidth cost drops, Internet speed increases and more local data centers start to offer UCaaS, which will help to enhance user experience.
Hence IDC believes that there will be very strong interest in UCaaS solutions among mid-large enterprises, as well as small businesses. In particular, IDC has observed strong adoption interest in markets such as in Australia/New Zealand (ANZ), India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.
Both enterprise customers and IT providers are rapidly looking to UCaaS as a way to transform their business and become more efficient, flexible and agile, explains Ryan Tay, senior research manager for Telecoms and Unified Communications, IDC Asia/Pacific.
“UCaaS can offer both providers and customers very different choices about resource dedication, tenancy, cost and control over their computing assets, giving them much greater confidence about deploying collaborative applications on the cloud. The result is a prospering APeJ market for UCaaS, growing to approximately US$659 million by 2018, at five-year CAGR of 89%”, says Tay.
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A total of 2.05 million mobile phones were shipped in Q1 2014, recording -22% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and -17% year-on-year (YoY) decline as the market rationalised following a peak Christmas season last quarter.
The general migration from feature phone to smartphone continued on into the first quarter of 2014 as expected, resulting in a -38% decline in feature phone shipments. Smartphone shipments, however, declined as well by -20% QoQ, caused by a seasonal lull resulting from the transition period between two major product launches in the market.
“The smartphone market in Q1 was subdued when the initial hype over Apple’s new iPhone 5s and 5c tapered off from last quarter. Consumers were also holding off their purchases in anticipation for the next wave of Galaxy S smartphones from Samsung, then rumoured to be in Q2,” says IDC’s Senior Market Analyst, Amy Cheah.
Android continue to hold the largest share of the overall market with Samsung leading the pack. The vendor took to reducing prices of older generation Galaxy S phones ahead of a highly anticipated Galaxy S5 launch, regaining share from Apple as demand for iPhone 5s and 5c normalises.
IDC expects 4G LTE adoption and migration from feature phones to remain key drivers of smartphone adoption, with a forecasted growth of 5% in smartphone shipments by 2014. Smartphone screen sizes are also expected to be larger as economies of scale drive cost of display panel downwards. “While still niche now given the high price points, phones with screens larger than 5 inches, or more commonly known as Phablets, will become mainstream as lower display cost opens up greater opportunities for affordable low-end Phablets in the long run,” says Cheah.
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With falling price and continuous push from the telecom carriers, smartphone shipments accounted for more than half of Thailand’s mobile phone market for the first time even though the economy shrank 0.6% year-on-year (YoY) amidst the political conundrums that led to major roads in Bangkok being blocked for weeks.
This places Thailand as the third country in Southeast Asia after Singapore and Malaysia to ship more smartphones than feature phones.
According to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the Thailand mobile phone market began the year with 5.7 million units, which represent a 7% year-on-year decline. Dragging down the total market was feature phones, which faced a 27% YoY decline. Meanwhile, smartphone showed a healthy growth of 27% YoY.
“These mirroring changes are a reminder of the way affordable smartphones have been successfully replacing feature phones in Thailand. Perhaps the most potent force now is the emergence of smartphones that cost less than THB2500 (US$80), a category which did not exist in Thailand a year ago, but now account for almost 20% of the total smartphone market,” says Satianporn Suvansupa, Associate Market Analyst for Client Devices Research at IDC Thailand.
“The transition has been driven largely by the carriers, which have been relentlessly persuading customers to adopt smartphones after the 3G licenses were granted. These trends are in line with IDC’s prediction that 2014 will be the first year smartphone outsells feature phone in Thailand.”
The relatively well-off performance of smartphone shipment also indicates its steady imperviousness to the sliding economy and political difficulties that have put a severe strain on other client devices such as PC and tablet. This is due to increased importance of constant communications, and also smartphone’s ability to partially serve other devices’ functions.
“Phone usage has become such an integrated part of our lives now to the point that it’ll be difficult mentally and practically to delay our phone purchase once the current one is lost or broken down. As such, consumers may at worse respond to their drop in income by choosing a reasonably priced smartphone instead of stopping the purchase altogether.”
Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled nearly 33.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a year-over-year decline of -0.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 106 million units for the full year 2018.
“Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units,” said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. “Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth.”
- LED backlight technology adoption continues to increase with a new high of 92% market share in 1Q14. This represents a year-over-year increase of 16.4%.
- Screen size of 21.x-inches wide has held the largest worldwide share for the last six quarters, with 20.5% share in 1Q14.
- Aspect ratio of 16:9 continues to dominate with 81.3% market share, which is 6.5 times the second most widely used Aspect ratio of 16:10.
- Touch screen monitors are still a small segment of the total PC monitor market at 0.4% share, with sales mostly in the U.S. at 32.8% of the total. HP holds a 35.1% share of the U.S. market.
- Dell – Dell maintained its number 1 position in 1Q14 with worldwide market share of 14.9% on shipments of 5.0 million units. Japan and Western Europe delivered the biggest gains for Dell with 32.4% and 14.7% quarter-over-quarter growth respectively, while the U.S. market remained essentially flat.
- Samsung –Samsung regained the number 2 position from last quarter in terms of total units shipped and maintained the top position in terms of total revenue with $1.11 billion in 1Q14. Its revenue represents 18.4% share in total market value.
- HP – Despite being ranked number 3 worldwide, HP holds the number 1 position in Canada and number 2 in the U.S. HP posted 8.9% year-over-year growth for the quarter.
- LG – LG maintained its number 4 position and continues to be the number 1 PC monitor vendor in Latin America with 33% share. It also achieved a new high in unit shipments of 3.5 million in 1Q14.
- Lenovo – Lenovo rounded out the Top 5 vendor ranking in 1Q14, buoyed by its number 1 position in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) with 2 million units. Lenovo’s biggest gains in the quarter were in Japan and Western Europe with 16.6% and 5.3%, respectively.
According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Europe, Middle East, and Africa Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, the EMEA security appliance market value reached $785.5 million in 1Q14 — a 1.4% decline year on year. Shipments fell 2.3% year on year, with 171,359 units shipped.
IDC expects the EMEA security appliance market to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% in the five years to 2018, to reach $4.4 billion in value.
EMEA Market Highlights
Cisco is the top overall security appliance vendor, with 19.0% market revenue share in 1Q14. Cisco increased its lead over closest rival Check Point to 1.8 percentage points (from 0.9% in 4Q13).
Unified threat management (UTM) was the largest security appliance product category in 1Q14 and the only category to see growth in the quarter. UTM appliances increased 16.1% year on year to represent 48.7% of the total market value.
“The security appliance market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa slowed down in 1Q14 despite a lively industrial production recovery both in Western and Eastern Europe,” said Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. “We expect overall demand for security appliances to recover in the next quarters, though the political instability in Ukraine and the economic recession in Russia, one of the most dynamic markets in the past, will have an impact on market development.”
Western Europe Market Highlights
The Western European market was also lethargic, with the security appliance sector valued at $607.37 million in 1Q14 — 0.5% growth over the same quarter in 2013.
IDC forecasts that the Western European security appliance market will reach $3.46 billion in value in 2018, growing at a 6.8% CAGR over the forecast period.
“Security threats are evolving fast, attacks are gaining in complexity, and the stakes are higher than ever before for organizations of all sizes,” said Romain Fouchereau, manager, security appliance research, IDC. “Unified solutions are the most simple and effective way to protect the network and were the only product segment with positive growth this quarter, and will represent over half of total security appliance revenue in Western Europe in the next five years.”