Analyst Insight - June 2011
Analyst Insight - June 2011
business spending on video-conferencing to hit $3.8 billion, says Ovum:
A new report from analyst Ovum forecasts that global spending on videoconferencing will reach $3.8 billion by 2016, driven primarily by a focus on cost cutting and productivity improvements. This represents a compound annual growth rate of nearly 6% over the next five years, making it one of the fastest growing markets in ICT. The telepresence market is growing even more quickly, with a CAGR of almost 20%, and will be worth $1.1 billion by 2016.
"Enterprises are seizing the huge opportunity that videoconferencing offers them to cut costs and improve productivity by reducing business travel," said Richard Thurston, Ovum analyst and author of the report. "They are starting to use videoconferencing much more frequently because of ongoing economic concerns, continued efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, enhancements in video technology and price reductions that are improving the business case. The next five years will see solid increases in expenditures from businesses in every region around the globe."
Gartner maps out the rapidly evolving market for cloud infrastructure as a service:
According to recent research from analyst Gartner, the cloud infrastructure-as-a- service (IaaS) market is set for strong growth. It predicts that worldwide spending on IaaS will grow from an estimated $3.7 billion in 2011 to $10.5 billion in 2014. However, the analyst points out that IaaS represents a spectrum of different services and that no provider yet successfully addresses all segments of the market.
"We are still at the beginning of the adoption cycle for cloud computing IaaS," said Lydia Leong, Research Vice President at Gartner. "This is a rapidly evolving market that represents the transformation of IT infrastructure over 10 to 20 years; however, the next five years represent a significant revenue opportunity - as well as a critical period for vendors who need to lay their foundations for the future."
retailers increasing mobile and social efforts according to Shop.org/Forrester Survey:
Retailers are increasingly turning to mobile technology and social media to reach their customer bases, according to a new report from analyst Forrester. It found that 91% of retailers have a mobile strategy in place or in development. And 72% of retailers will increase their spending on social networks this year over last year.
Companies are aiming to create mobile apps that make them seem exciting and cutting edge. Mobile initiatives include having mobile-optimized Web sites (48% of respondents), iPhone applications (35%), Android applications (15%) and iPad (15%). "After spending the last few years learning how to capitalize on social media and new mobile technologies, one of retailers' main focuses right now seems to be leveraging the tremendous popularity of tablet devices, such as the iPad," said Shop.org Head of Research Fiona Swerdlow.
four forces to shrink enterprise data centers during the next five years, says Gartner:
Data centers could shrink dramatically over the next five years, says a new report from Gartner, which has identified four forces that will have a major impact on enterprise data centers. These are smarter designs, green IT, high-density environments and cloud computing. It predicts that all of these factors will combine to reduce enterprise data center requirements to 40% of today's by 2018.
"In data centers, the traditional methods of design no longer work without understanding the outside forces that will have an impact on data center costs, size and longevity," said David Cappuccio, Managing Vice President and Chief of Research for Infrastructure at Gartner. "However, these very forces can actually work in your favor, providing the means to apply innovative designs, reduce capital costs and operating costs, increase long- term scale, and keep up with the business."