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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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Lynn Holmlund
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Office: 508.935.4526
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Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Top One Billion Units for the First Time

IDC PMS4colorversion 1  Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Top One Billion Units for the First Time

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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Computerworld’s 2014 Premier 100 Awards Acknowledges Reinvention & IT Leadership

IDGE Computerworld’s 2014 Premier 100 Awards Acknowledges Reinvention & IT Leadership

100 IT Leaders will be recognized at annual Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference

Framingham, Mass—IDG’s Computerworld—the leading IT media brand dedicated to providing insight into enterprise innovation from core to edge technologies—reveals the 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders honorees, who will be recognized during the 15th annual Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference, co-produced by the CIO Executive Council. Honorees were selected for their demonstration of positive management strategies, innovation despite business challenges and effective use of information technology.

The Premier 100 honorees, along with their successes, will be featured in the February 27, 2014 issue of Computerworld, on Computerworld.com and during the Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference held March 2-4, 2014, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

“The Premier 100 awards program, now in its 15th year, shines a well-deserved spotlight on a group of talented, creative and hard-working men and women. These IT executives are driving technology innovation in business, education and government across the country and around the world,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Technology advances quickly, and these leaders excel at keeping pace with the changing needs of customers and employees, and making fast technology decisions that map to their organizations’ top priorities. They have developed a deep bench of talented IT staffers at their organizations and managed to keep their own skills fresh by constantly mastering new technologies and processes. We are privileged to recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2014 Premier 100 honorees.”

IT and business decision-makers find themselves exploring innovative ways to incorporate technology to drive business results. Expertise from the honorees will be weaved into the 2014 agenda, providing attendees the opportunity to gain awareness on the best techniques to manage social media security, big data, enterprise risk management and much more. The full agenda can be viewed at www.premier100.com/agenda.

“The Premier 100 recognizes the business value that technology can bring to an organization and the individuals who execute projects from concept to reality,” said Adam Dennison, VP and publisher of Computerworld. “I am excited to have these honorees and a robust group of IT solution providers—including Cisco, Information Builders, NTT Data and OutSystems—come together to share how integrating edge technologies and concepts into technology strategy can build competitive advantage and accelerate organizational growth.”

Click here for the list of the 2014 Premier 100 Honorees…

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments on Pace to Grow Nearly 40% in 2013 While Average Selling Prices Decline More Than 12%

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Worldwide Smartphone Shipments on Pace to Grow Nearly 40% in 2013 While Average Selling Prices Decline More Than 12%

IDC Press Release

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. November 26, 2013 – According to a recently published mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1.0 billion units in 2013, representing 39.3% growth over 2012. 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. 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). Android has enabled a number of new manufacturers to enter the smartphone market supported by a variety of turnkey processing solutions. Many of these handset vendors have focused on low-cost devices as a way to build brand awareness. In 2013, IDC expects smartphone ASPs to be $337, down -12.8% from $387 in 2012. This trend will continue in the years to come and IDC expects smartphone ASPs to gradually drop to $265 by 2017.

“The game has changed quite drastically due to the decline in smartphone ASPs,” said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “Just a few years back the industry was talking about the next billion people to connect, and it was assumed the majority of these people would do so by way of the feature phone. Given the trajectory of ASPs, smartphones are now a very realistic option to connect those billion users.”

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IDG Communications Announces Key Executive Promotions

idg logo IDG Communications Announces Key Executive Promotions


Four executives take on new responsibilities in global tech media company

Framingham, MA – November 18, 2013 – Michael Friedenberg, CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide, today announced the following promotions to the IDG Communications executive team.  They are effective immediately.

 

  • Matthew Yorke has been promoted to CEO of IDG Enterprise.  Previously, CEO of IDG Global Solutions, he now has responsibility for the IDG Enterprise media brands, U.S. Corporate accounts, and IDG Research Services.  As CEO of IDG Enterprise, Yorke will oversee award-winning technology media brands such as CIO, CFOworld, CITEworld, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld, and Network World.

 

Under Yorke’s leadership, IDG Global Solutions, which serves the company’s largest multinational customers and has led the transformation to industry leading marketing services solutions, has become one of the largest revenue generating groups in IDG Communications.

 

  • Bob Melk has been promoted to president of IDG Consumer & SMB.  He has served as senior vice president, group publisher and CMO of IDG Enterprise.  Melk leads IDG Communications’ award-winning consumer and small business brands PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive.  IDG Enterprise media brands have become the top resource for IT and business decision makers during Melk’s tenure and with his leadership has launched programs such as CITE and Data+.

 

  • Kumaran (Ram) Ramanathan, managing director of IDG Global Solutions, has been promoted to president of IDG Global Solutions.  Based in London, he now oversees the international sales and marketing division of IDG Communications.  Ramanathan has been instrumental in fueling substantial growth in marketing services in recent years across Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

 

  • Pam Stenson, senior vice president and general manager of the CIO Executive Council, has been named president of the CIO Executive Council.  In the past five years, the Council, a peer group of IT executives, has grown to more than 1,000 members with an annual growth rate of more than15%.

 

“Matt, Bob, Ram, and Pam are exceptional leaders who will take their respective businesses and teams to new heights,” said Friedenberg. “As they focus their efforts on growth, customer engagement, and business value, their leadership will enable us to pursue opportunities that bring outstanding benefits to our customers.”

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.

 

Contact: Howard Sholkin, howard_sholkin@idg.com, 508 766-5610

Android Pushes Past 80% Market Share While Windows Phone Shipments Leap 156.0% Year Over Year in the Third Quarter

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Android Pushes Past 80% Market Share While Windows Phone Shipments Leap 156.0% Year Over Year in the Third Quarter

IDC Press Release

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Google’s Android operating system reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. With a total base of 211.6 million smartphone units shipped during the quarter, Android accounted for 81.0% of all smartphone shipments, marking the first time that Android topped 80% in its short history. Despite high saturation rates in a number of mature markets, the overall smartphone space grew 39.9% year-over-year in the third quarter.

Also reaching a milestone was Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which grew an amazing 156.0% year over year. Granted, volumes started from a small base of 3.7 million units a year ago and overall market share is still less than five percent. But Microsoft’s efforts, with Nokia’s support behind it, helped drive the platform into multiple tiers and price points.

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IDC Survey Reveals More than 60% of Enterprise Technology Projects Funded by Business Rather Than IT

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 IDC Survey Reveals More than 60% of Enterprise Technology Projects Funded by Business Rather Than IT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)—   Today at the International Data Corporation (IDC) Global Regional Advisory Council event, Meredith Whalen, IDC Senior Vice President, presented The Implication of Shifting Technology Buying Centers on Your Business, based on a new survey of 1,200 line of business executives. According to the survey, 61% of enterprise technology projects are now funded by the business rather than the IT department, and IT spending driven by the functional business areas will continue to outpace IT spending by the IT organization in the future. Marketing takes the top position with a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 9%.

“Technology has long been central to improving business processes, enabling greater speed, efficiency, and reliability,” said Meredith Whalen. “As businesses embrace the 3rd Platform, built on cloud services, big data analytics, mobile computing, and social networking technologies, they are taking the critical first steps toward business process transformation and, in some cases, business model transformation. With such high stakes, the business is increasingly taking a front seat in technology initiatives.”

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