Performance and Portability Shine in an Otherwise Declining Market for Personal Computing Devices

Posted on: August 31st, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Performance and Portability Shine in an Otherwise Declining Market for Personal Computing Devices

Despite the decline in overall shipment volume, the market is expected to grow 3.6% in terms of dollar value to $237.3 billion in 2018, fueled by 2-in-1s (detachable tablets and convertible notebooks), ultraslim notebooks, and even desktops, particularly ones used for gaming.

Smartphone Sales Slacken in EMEA, But Vendors Take a Wider Aspect View, says IDC

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Smartphone Sales Slacken in EMEA, But Vendors Take a Wider Aspect View, says IDC

The new Samsung Note 9, for instance, is 18.5:9 ratio. Phablets have not found a wide following in EMEA because the width of the device has made it difficult for many people to hold it easily in one hand. The newer big widescreen phones are narrower and for this reason may find a bigger user base than the old style phablets.

Smartphone Volumes Poised to Return to Growth

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Smartphone Volumes Poised to Return to Growth

While the worldwide smartphone market is expected to decline again in 2018, IDC believes the market will experience low single-digit growth from 2019 through the end of its forecast in 2022. The International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker forecasts worldwide smartphone shipments to decline 0.7% in 2018 to 1.455 billion units, down from 1.465

Augmented Reality is Taking Off, but Dedicated AR Headsets Remain Grounded

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Augmented Reality is Taking Off, but Dedicated AR Headsets Remain Grounded

Key consumer use cases including gaming, marketing, and search require a device capable of delivering rich 3D graphics. The successful devices in the consumer market should be lower cost than, yet similar in functionality to, current cutting edge technology. To drive the price down to a consumer-friendly price point for an AR device with a stereoscopic 3D view, it is likely that some of the functionality (and therefore component cost) will be shifted to a smartphone.

Global Connected TV Device Installed Base Breaks Through the One Billion Unit Milestone

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Global Connected TV Device Installed Base Breaks Through the One Billion Unit Milestone

According to the latest quarterly research from Strategy Analytics, more than one billion Connected TV devices are now in use worldwide. Connected TV devices allow users to stream over the top video content to the television screen and include the sub-categories of Smart TVs, Smart Blu-ray Players, Game Consoles and Digital Media Streamers. Smart TVs

Organizations Must Replace Their Prerelational Database Management Systems as Part of IT Modernization Efforts

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Organizations Must Replace Their Prerelational Database Management Systems as Part of IT Modernization Efforts

Managing today’s big data systems is too much to ask from software that is decades old. In addition, the tools for managing and accessing these large systems don’t support prerelational databases.

To be used, the data must be moved to a modern DBMS platform, adding additional latency.

In contrast, today’s relational database management systems (RDBMSs) support operations such as multiterabyte online transaction processing applications with thousands of concurrent users.

The modern engines can do everything the prerelational DBMS can but with added scalability, flexibility and functionality.

Customer Experience Pyramid Drives Loyalty, Satisfaction and Advocacy

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Customer Experience Pyramid Drives Loyalty, Satisfaction and Advocacy

Eighty one percent of customer experience (CX) leaders report they will compete mostly or entirely on CX, but less than half have established the rationale for why CX drives business outcomes, according to Gartner, Inc. The goal of CX is to meet and exceed customer expectations, but while 48 percent say their CX efforts exceed management’s

B2B Buyers Want More Simplicity in Accessing the Right Information, With or Without a Sales Rep

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
B2B Buyers Want More Simplicity in Accessing the Right Information, With or Without a Sales Rep

In today’s increasingly complex B2B sales environment, what customers truly value are suppliers that provide them with the right information, through the right channels, to make the purchase process easier.

2018 Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa Classifies Five Technologies as Having High Business Impact Within Two Years

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
2018 Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa Classifies Five Technologies as Having High Business Impact Within Two Years

Businesses are making the move to cloud office because of the desire to reduce costs, redeploy IT staff, drive simplicity and provide more functionality to users

Apple, Huawei, Microsoft Take 40% Share of Ultra-Competitive Tablet Market

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 by Axel Bührmann No Comments
Apple, Huawei, Microsoft Take 40% Share of Ultra-Competitive Tablet Market

Apple is using its market size and brand power to put pressure on its Windows and Android competitors. By lowering prices and adding more functionality during every product cycle for the last year, Apple has regained several points of market share and still maintaining a strong ASP due to its Pro and standard iPad mix. Android vendors, in particular, should be very concerned with how much revenue they are losing to Apple in 2018.