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Public IT Cloud Services Spending Will Reach $127 billion in 2018 as the Market Enters a Critical Innovation Stage

IDC PMS4colorversion 1  Public IT Cloud Services Spending Will Reach $127 billion in 2018 as the Market Enters a Critical Innovation Stage

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.– Public IT cloud services spending will reach $56.6 billion in 2014 and grow to more than $127 billion in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%, which is about six times the rate of growth for the overall IT market. In 2018, public IT cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server, and storage spending growth.

Among the factors driving public IT cloud services growth is the adoption of “cloud first” strategies by both IT vendors expanding their offerings and IT buyers implementing new solutions. More importantly, IDC believes the cloud services market is now entering an “innovation stage” that will produce an explosion of new solutions and value creation on top of the cloud. Many of these new solutions will be in industry-focused platforms with their own innovation communities, which will reshape not only how companies operate their IT, but also how they compete in their own industry. As the number of applications and use cases explode, cloud services will reach into almost every B2B and consumer services marketplace.

“Over the next four to five years, IDC expects the community of developers to triple and to create a ten-fold increase in the number of new cloud-based solutions,” said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC. “Many of these solutions will become more strategic than traditional IT has ever been. At the same time, there will be unprecedented competition and consolidation among the leading cloud providers. This combination of explosive innovation and intense competition will make the next several years a pivotal period for current and aspiring IT market leaders.”

IDC expects software as a service (SaaS) will continue to dominate public IT cloud services spending, accounting for 70% of 2014 cloud services expenditures. This is largely because most customer demand is at the application level. The second largest public IT cloud services category will be infrastructure as a service (IaaS), boosted by cloud storage’s 31% CAGR over the forecast period. Platform as a service (PaaS) and cloud storage services will be the fastest growing categories, driven by major upticks in developer cloud services adoption and big data-driven solutions, respectively.

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Four New IDC MaturityScape Benchmarks to Assist CIOs, IT and Line of Business Executives to Achieve Industry Superiority

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New reports explore enterprise architecture, enterprise IT transformation, vendor and sourcing management, and service management

Framingham, MA – October 6, 2014 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced four new IDC MaturityScape Benchmark studies, providing organizations a unique opportunity to compare maturity against that of peers with the IDC MaturityScape system of dimensions and sub-dimensions. The four IDC MaturityScape Benchmark studies explore Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise IT Transformation (EIT), Vendor and Sourcing Management, and Service Management. These studies build on IDC MaturityScapes, unveiled earlier this year, which provide a structured way for organizations to identify their current level of capability or maturity, and the gap between where they are and where they should be to maintain competitive balance or achieve industry superiority.

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IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Enterprise Architecture in the United States

This IDC study presents the results of IDC’s 2014 MaturityScape Benchmark: Enterprise Architecture Survey, a companion to IDC MaturityScape: Enterprise Architecture (IDC # 247401, March 2014). This pair of studies provides an opportunity for enterprise-class organizations to benchmark themselves against other similarly sized organizations in terms of their enterprise architecture maturity, to uncover maturity gaps among different dimensions, and to plan for improvement. These studies enable CIOs, IT executives, and other senior leaders to optimize decision making from both a business and a technical perspective.

IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Enterprise IT Transformation (EIT)

This IDC study presents the results of IDC’s global 2014 Enterprise IT Transformation MaturityScape Benchmark Survey, and complements IDC MaturityScape: Enterprise IT Transformation (EIT) (IDC # 248141, April 2014). The new study enables organizations to assess their capabilities with regard to 3rd Platform strategy and innovation, to identify maturity gaps among different dimensions and areas of capability that need improvement, and to take actions to achieve the level of maturity that satisfies their business needs.

IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Vendor and Sourcing Management in the United States

This study presents the results of IDC’s 2014 Vendor and Sourcing Management MaturityScape Benchmark Survey and is a supplement to IDC MaturityScape: Vendor and Sourcing Management — A Framework to Maximize Value and Drive Innovation (IDC # 247458, March 2014). This IDC study provides an opportunity for organizations to benchmark their VSM maturity against the industry standard, assess IT vendor and sourcing management competency and maturity and, most important, prioritize their VSM-related investment decisions.

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Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Revenue Increased 33.8% Year Over Year to $2.4 Billion in the Second Quarter of 2014

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Revenue Increased 33.8% Year Over Year to $2.4 Billion in the Second Quarter of 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – According to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker, the worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenue 33.8% year over year to $2.4 billion during the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14). The market generated more than 833 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 63.4% compared to same period a year ago. First half results were comparable with the market value growing 35.9% compared to 1H2013, to $4.3 billion.

“It’s notable that sales of integrated systems have driven considerable and continued growth at a time when many portions of the enterprise infrastructure market have experienced lackluster results,” said Eric Sheppard, Research Director, Storage. “Integrated systems have clearly become a critical go-to market approach and an important source of growth for infrastructure suppliers looking to capitalize on a market need to reduce datacenter infrastructure inefficiencies.”

“IDC continues to find enterprise customers bullish in their adoption of integrated systems; a greater number of customers are considering these solutions in their IT procurement decisions,”said Jed Scaramella, Research Director, Enterprise Servers. “As a result the integrated systems market is shaping up to be a competitive battleground for IT vendors. A critical win in the market translates into increased footprint within the customer base, usually at the expense of a competitor.”

Integrated Platforms vs. Integrated Infrastructure

IDC distinguishes between two market segments: Integrated Platforms and Integrated Infrastructure. Integrated platforms are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customized system engineering optimized to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing, and integration tools. Integrated infrastructure systems are designed for general-purpose, distributed workloads that are likely to have differing performance profiles. While integrated infrastructure is similar to integrated platforms in that it will leverage the same infrastructure building blocks, it is not optimized for a specific workload.

During the second quarter of 2014, the Integrated Platforms market generated more than $1 billion in sales, which represented an 11.1% year-over-year growth rate and 43.7% of the total market value. Oracle was the largest supplier of Integrated Platform Systems with $577 million in sales, or 55.0% share of the market segment.

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New IDC Study Finds that Tech Marketing Budgets Will Rebound in 2014 with Average Increase of 3.5% for the Largest IT Vendors

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 New IDC Study Finds that Tech Marketing Budgets Will Rebound in 2014 with Average Increase of 3.5% for the Largest IT Vendors

This in spite of tech marketing turmoil and transformation, as half of tech companies replaced CMO in last 24 months

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The 12th Annual Tech Marketing Benchmark Study from the International Data Corporation (IDCCMO Advisory Service finds that marketing budgets among the 101 technology companies surveyed will increase by an average of 3.5% in 2014. Those same companies expect a revenue increase of 3.7% for the same period. Despite this momentum, the CMO role remains very fluid as marketing organizations attempt to reinvent their capabilities and effectiveness in a new era of marketing. In a related study, IDC finds that 51% of tech CMO’s have been in their position for fewer than two years.

Two-thirds of the companies surveyed by IDC will increase their marketing budgets in 2014 while only 20% of the companies will decrease their marketing budgets with the remainder indicating no change in budget levels. Notably, companies with a high percentage of 3rd Platform products (cloud, social, mobile and Big Data and analytics) will receive marketing budget increases upwards of five times that of the average tech company, increasing their budgets 10-20% year over year.

“For the first time in eight years, IDC is seeing that marketing budgets are increasing at about the same rate as revenues. This is positive news for tech marketers and also a clear indication that the C-suite is ready to put additional marketing investment up against more promising business prospects,” saidSam Melnick, Senior Research Analyst, IDC CMO Advisory Service. “However, both the CMO and CEO must understand that momentum is being driven by success in 3rd Platform solution areas. To continue this growth, executives must continue to invest to be competitive in these high-upside segments.”

“We examined 152 tech companies with a current CMO in place and found that 77, just over half, have replaced their CMO in the last 24 months – an astonishing rate of change. CMOs must own the digital disruption of buyer experience for their companies. Those CMOs able to rise to the challenge will be provided more resources and given more power. The unprepared will be replaced,” said Kathleen Schaub, Vice President, IDC CMO Advisory Service. “However, tech CEOs must also wake up to the impact marketing now wields over revenue and reputation. It’s their job to pick the right person for today’s challenges. To get CMO selection right means the CEO needs to understand and get closer to marketing.”

The 12th annual 2014 Tech Marketing Benchmark Study was recently completed by IDC’s CMO Advisory Service and seeks to capture the full marketing spend and marketing headcount allocations of global companies within the technology sector. The research effort surveyed 101 companies, with the average company’s revenue surpassing $7 billion. IDC’s 2015 Marketing Investment Planner containing study details will be published in November and will be available on IDC.com. In a parallel study, the CMO Advisory Service studied 152 tech companies ranging from $50 million to $100 billion in revenue to observe their CMO tenure.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. In 2014, IDC celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing strategic insights to help clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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InfoWorld.com Site Relaunch Leads to Enhanced Reader and Advertiser Experience

 InfoWorld.com Site Relaunch Leads to Enhanced Reader and Advertiser Experience

Usability and consistency across mobile devices ensured through responsive design

Framingham, Mass. – Sept. 17, 2014 – IDG Enterprise—the leading enterprise technology media company composed of Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, DEMO, CSO, ITworld and CITEworld—announces the enriched design and functionality of InfoWorld.com. The award-winning site, known for its early identification of essential tech trends, now incorporates responsive design technology to scale editorial and advertising content to the users’ screen size, whether they are accessing InfoWorld.com from a smartphone, tablet or desktop (Click to Tweet).

“As mobile continues to grow as a leading content access tool, technology decision-makers search for information on whatever device is presently available,” said Peter Longo, CEO, U.S. Media, IDG Communications.  “The innovation of the new design allows our audience to stay up-to-date on recent trends, be in the know on new developments and engage with expert tech contributors, as well as provide a platform for tech marketers to engage this audience anytime, anywhere.”

Website Enhancements Include:

  • The use of responsive design, including HTML5 and CSS3, to ensure usability and consistency for visitors using smartphones, tablets or desktops.
  • Bold design with more prominent graphics and less pagination for a smoother reading experience and deeper engagement.
  • Vastly improved navigation for InfoWorld’s trademark mix of enterprise tech analysis, product reviews and thought leadership presented through new site sections.
  • Increased exposure for InfoWorld’s expert authors to flag tech trends early.
  • New site-wide promos for important news and trends tailored to InfoWorld’s technically savvy audience.
  • Single, searchable “Resource Library” supporting all types of lead generation content.
  • Shared functionality across IDG Enterprise sites for seamless execution of banner ads, lead generation and native advertising, making promotions more effective.

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Emerging Markets Slowdown Continues to Inhibit IT Spending, According to IDC Worldwide Black Book

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Emerging Markets Slowdown Continues to Inhibit IT Spending, According to IDC Worldwide Black Book

Pent-up demand for infrastructure upgrades, capacity and bandwidth investments, and overdue replacement cycles drive IT spending priorities in 2014

Framingham, MA – February 5, 2014 – According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book (Doc #246614), IT spending will be inhibited by the economic slowdown in emerging markets in 2014, in addition to an inevitable deceleration in the growth of smartphones and tablets. IDC has lowered its forecasts for IT market growth in Asia Pacific (including China), Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, driving down its forecast for Worldwide IT spending growth to 4.6% this year in constant currency terms (down from the previous forecast of 5%). With currency devaluation and inflation likely to inhibit business confidence in many emerging economies in the first half of this year, and with the explosive growth of mobile devices having begun to inevitably cool from the breakneck pace of the past 2-3 years, overall industry growth will dip slightly from last year’s pace of 4.8%.

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Infrastructure, Software and IT Services are Hot Spots

While overall industry growth has cooled, some areas of tech spending are heating up as businesses in mature economies including the US and Western Europe, begin to invest in overdue infrastructure upgrades and replacements. Spending on servers will increase by 3%, after last year’s decline of 4%, and storage spending will also grow by 3% this year (following a 0.5% decline in 2013). The PC market is showing tentative signs of stabilization, with improving commercial shipments in mature markets. The increased pace of hardware investment will have a positive effect on IT services revenue, which is forecasted to post growth of 4% this year (up from 3% in 2013). Enterprise software spending remains broadly strong, with growth still expected in the range of 6-7%. Excluding mobile phones, IT spending growth will actually accelerate in 2014 from 2.9% last year (excluding phones) to 3.4% this year.

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IDG Strategic Marketing Services Brings Together Talent and Innovation to Elevate Tech Marketing

 IDG SMS Logo IDG Strategic Marketing Services Brings Together Talent and Innovation to Elevate Tech Marketing

Converged Marketing Expertise Aligns with Premium Media Brands, Data Targeting Technology and Program Scale 

Framingham, Mass. –Today IDG announces that it is growing its marketing services capabilities and resources by uniting the marketing services teams within IDG Consumer & SMB, IDG Enterprise, and IDG TechNetwork into one US-based IDG Strategic Marketing Services® group. This group, specializing in converged marketing solutions and services, originally launched in 2009 across multiple markets worldwide.  IDG Strategic Marketing Services now brings together more than 50 employees across IDG, integrating key areas of marketing services expertise in content, design, platforms, audience, engagement and data optimization under one roof serving both B2C and B2B technology markets.

IDG Strategic Marketing Services builds upon IDG’s established history in leading the industry with marketing services across multiple media channels for the past 25 years. In 2009 IDG invested in social media innovation through the launch of its social media marketing group and IDG Amplify® portfolio. Continuing to lead with a market-first approach, IDG launched Mobile@IDG and Native@IDG in 2013, offering tech marketers solutions that embrace emerging media trends. 

“The combination of marketing services experience and expertise with our  premium media brands, online network and global footprint positions IDG Strategic Marketing Services as the tech media market’s most comprehensive marketing services organization,” said Charles Lee, senior vice president and general manager of IDG Strategic Marketing Services.  “Our ability to innovate, build and execute fully converged marketing solutions that skillfully balance paid, earned and owned channels and provide scale in reach or targeting is simply unparalleled.”

The IDG Strategic Marketing Services organization is structured around six areas of expertise:

  • Studio SIX: Innovation R&D, exploring and cultivating next-generation marketing services.
  • Product and Process Management: Portfolio development and execution of process integration.
  • Program Architecture: Client marketing programs strategy and architecture development.
  • Content Works: Shaping and managing content strategy and production.
  • Creative Labs: Building engaging user experiences through highly innovative design.
  • Performance Marketing: Program data analysis that drives performance optimization.

We are committed to driving innovation through new products and services that grow with the changing market and client demands,” said Matthew Yorke, CEO, IDG Enterprise.  “IDG Strategic Marketing Services will continue to explore and invest in products, services and platforms marketers need to be the most effective and efficient in executing on increasingly complex marketing and sales objectives.  We firmly believe that IDG’s culture and expertise is uniquely positioned to accomplish this.”

SMS infographic IDG Strategic Marketing Services Brings Together Talent and Innovation to Elevate Tech Marketing

About IDG Strategic Marketing Services:
IDG Strategic Marketing Services is the industry’s largest and most comprehensive media tech converged marketing programs and services organization serving B2B and B2C focused clients   A key hallmark of our group is our focus on driving leading-edge marketing services  innovation with first-to-market acceleration and integration into and beyond our  existing services.  Our strength is integrating high quality content, leading edge design and utility, and user experience with the ability to drive maximum performance, reach, precise targeting and global scale across all relevant media and marketing platforms, including IDG’s premium owned and operated media sites, data targeting technology and ad networks. 

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events and research company. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, IDG products and services reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries.

 

IDG Communications’ global media brands include ChannelWorld®, CIO®, CITEworld, CSO®, Computerworld®, GamePro®, InfoWorld®, ITworld, Macworld®, Network World®, PCWorld®, TechHive and TechWorld®. IDG’s media network features 460 websites, 200 mobile sites and apps, and 200 print titles spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. The IDG TechNetwork represents more than 500 independent websites in an ad network and exchange complementary to IDG’s media brands.

 

With expertise in branding, lead generation and social media marketing, IDG marketing services programs are strategically designed and implemented to influence technology vendor prospects worldwide.

 

A recognized leader in conference and exhibition management, IDG produces more than 700 globally branded technology and entertainment conferences and events in 55 countries.

 

International Data Corporation (IDC), a subsidiary of IDG, has more than 1,000 analysts who provide global, regional and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in more than 110 countries.

 

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

 

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Contact

Lynn Holmlund
Senior Marketing & PR Manager
IDG Enterprise
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Office: 508.935.4526
Mobile: 508.254.8336

 

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Top One Billion Units for the First Time

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012. This aligns with IDC’s most recent forecast of 1,010.4 million units, making for a difference of less than 1%. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2% from the 229.0 million units shipped in 4Q12.

In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 1,821.8 million units, up 4.8% from the 1,738.1 million units shipped 2012. In 4Q13 alone, vendors shipped a total of 488.4 million units worldwide, up 0.9% from the 484.0 million units shipped in 4Q12. This is 2.8% lower than the 502.4 million units that IDC had recently forecast.

“The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone’s continued popularity in 2013,” says Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC’s Mobile Phoneteam. “Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4 million units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones.”

“Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost,” said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “Of the two, I have to say that low cost is the key difference maker. Cheap devices are not the attractive segment that normally grabs headlines, but IDC data shows this is the portion of the market that is driving volume. Markets like China and India are quickly moving toward a point where sub-$150 smartphones are the majority of shipments, bringing a solid computing experience to the hands of many.

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Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services Forecast Shows Market Expected to Grow to $32.4 Billion in 2017

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services Forecast Shows Market Expected to Grow to $32.4 Billion in 2017

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., December 18, 2013 – In a newly released study, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that the Big Data technology and services market will grow at a 27% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $32.4 billion through 2017 – or about six times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology (ICT) market. Although there are multiple scenarios that could unfold and many demand and supply variables remain in flux, IDC expects the market to exhibit strong growth over the next five years.

“The Big Data technology and services market represents a fast-growing multibillion-dollar worldwide opportunity,” said Dan Vesset, Vice President for IDC’sBusiness Analytics and Big Data research. “The Big Data market is expanding rapidly as large IT companies and start-ups vie for customers and market share.”

Additional findings from IDC’s forecast include the following:

  • The growth of individual segments of the market varies with cloud infrastructure having the highest CAGR of 49% through 2017.
  • Decision automation solutions based on Big Data technology will increasingly begin to replace or significantly impact knowledge worker roles.
  • A significant amount of data that can be described as Big Data in the datacenters will either get disposed of or archived to the cloud, which will result in lower revenue for traditional storage in the datacenters.

“Because of the rapidly developing nature of this market, IDC continues to review the methodology and forecast assumptions on an ongoing basis,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, Storage Systems and Big Data research at IDC. “IDC made a number of changes to the Big Data market sizing and forecast presented in this document, including the addition of infrastructure software, such as security and datacenter management, and high performance data analysis (HPDA), which the company considers to be a portion of High Performance Computing (HPC) market that fits within IDC’s Big Data definition.”

The IDC study, Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services 2013-2017 Forecast (IDC #244979), examines the Big Data technology and services market for 2012–2017 and describes IDC’s definition of Big Data and the criteria and methodology for sizing the market. Further, the study segments the Big Data market into server, storage, networking, software, and services.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 100 countries. For more than 49 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

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IDC Predicts 2014 Will Be a Year of Escalation, Consolidation, and Innovation as the Transition to IT’s “3rd Platform” Accelerates

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 IDC Predicts 2014 Will Be a Year of Escalation, Consolidation, and Innovation as the Transition to ITs 3rd Platform Accelerates

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.– International Data Corporation (IDC) today offered the first of its annual predictions for the coming year in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. IDC’s predictions for 2014 were heavily influenced by the 3rd Platform, the industry’s emerging platform for growth and innovation built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.

“The 3rd Platform’s impact was felt throughout the ICT industry in 2013 as a high-profile CEO lost his job, a major IT player went private, numerous vendors endured cash cow stagnation, and billion-dollar bets were placed on 3rd Platform technologies,” said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at 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. 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.”

IDC’s predictions for 2014, presented by Gens in a Web conference today, include the following:

1. Worldwide IT spending will grow 5% year over year to $2.1 trillion in 2014. Spending will be driven by 3rd Platform technologies, which will grow 15% year over year and capture 89% of IT spending growth. Sales of smartphones and tablets will continue at a torrid pace while outlays for servers, storage, networks, software, and services will fare better than in 2013. The PC market will remain under stress, with worldwide revenues down -6% year over year.
2. Emerging markets will return to double-digit growth of 10%, driving nearly $740 billion or 35% of worldwide IT revenues and, for the first time, more than 60% of worldwide IT spending growth. In the BRIC countries, IT spending will grow by 13% year over year, led by an economic recovery in China. In dollar terms, China’s IT spending growth will match that of the United States, even though the Chinese market is only one third the size of the U.S. market. Elsewhere, emerging market growth will be uneven, ushering in the beginning of a new “Post-BRIC” era.

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