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  • PC market at lowest ebb in nine quarters

    Percentage growth in the local PC market plunged to its lowest level for nine consecutive quarters in the period ending December 2008. Growth declined 7 percent against the previous quarter, having fallen sharply throughout the year (see IDC graph below). Quarter on quarter growth declined throughout 2008, from about 13 percent to minus 7 percent.

  • Economy will push spending into the cloud: IDC

    IDC says the economic crisis will make more companies consider cloud computing services. Because of this, it has added US$8.4 billion to its global spending forecast for the technology, which it predicts will be a US$42 billion market by 2012.

  • Cloud computing here to stay: IDC Apac report

    Global cloud services spending will increase almost three-fold in the next three years and reach $US42 billion by 2012, according to IDC. The analyst group’s latest Asia-Pacific survey found 11 per cent of respondents already consumed cloud-based solutions. Forty-one per cent are either piloting or are considering incorporating cloud services into their businesses, and only 8 per cent of respondents believe cloud computing is mostly vendor hype. The analyst firm defines cloud computing as an emerging IT model that enables real-time delivery of consumer and business products, services and solutions. IDC associate director of research and consulting in Australia, Linus Lai, said that while a lot of people assume small and medium enterprises will be more likely to take up cloud computing, it is not necessarily the case. “We think it’s going to be the Internet-based businesses that are going to be more aggressive in adopting cloud computing,” Lai said. “By Internet-based businesses, I mean a business that generates a huge revenue or conducts most of its business operations through the Internet – so if you sell products or if you are a dotcom company, you will find the value propositions of cloud quickly become much more aggressively adopted.” Given the expected popularity of cloud services, it is paramount for IT vendors to take a leadership role in incorporating cloud computing in their mainstream offerings, partner ecosystem, and customer and market requirements, IDC lead analyst for cloud computing research in Asia-Pacific, Chris Morris, said in a statement. He also stressed the importance of competitive pricing as 50 per cent of survey respondents cited cost-cutting as the biggest reason for considering cloud computing. Lai expressed concern the failing global economy may inhibit the growth of cloud adoption. According to IDC’s survey, 37 per cent of respondents said it was difficult to consider investing in a new system during the economic downturn. However, this line of thought is only justified if there are other perceived low-risk solutions to drive down cost in their IT organisation, Lai claimed.

  • PC shipments to recover in 2010, IDC says

    Expecting the recession to worsen, IDC updated its PC shipment forecast on Thursday, saying shipments would decline further in 2009 before showing a gradual recovery in 2010.

  • All the good things about being a generalist

    The new country manager of IDC Research in New Zealand, Ullrich Loeffler, grew up and was educated in Hamburg, Germany, where adolescence ends at a quite different destination than it does for most Kiwi kids. “You have to do compulsory military service. I did one year in the army as a paratrooper in around 1995, which I didn’t really enjoy that much. It’s down to 10 months now, so it’s not so bad.”

  • Vendors need to prove immediate return: IDC

    In a market tipped to become rife with uncertainty and prone to delayed or cancelled IT expenditure , vendors will have to show their offerings provide return on investment nearly straight away, a new IDC report says. The study, titled Economic Crisis Response: The Impact on the New Zealand ICT Market, gives a perspective of the early impact of the current downturn in the local market, which comes after a period of extensive growth, IDC says. "Activity will slow down across most sectors of the New Zealand economy,” says country manager Amit Gupta. “Investment and expenditure of all kinds will be more heavily scrutinised and possibly delayed, scaled back, or even cancelled. Vendors will need to prove almost immediate ROI for their offerings." Australia/New Zealand software programme manager Ullrich Loeffler says technologies which reduce energy, travel and human resources costs will be in heavy demand. These include video conferencing instead of travel, managed services rather than infrastructure investment and software to improve efficiency.

  • IDC rings in changes as Gupta heads to Singapore

    The country manager of research firm IDC, Amit Gupta, has been promoted to an Asia Pacific sales director role, the company announced at its Christmas dinner in Auckland last night. He will be replaced by Auckland-based Ullrich Loeffler, programme manager for ANZ software and IT services.

  • Disk storage stayed strong in Q2

    The disk storage industry defied economic gloom in the second quarter with strong increases in both capacity sold and revenue, according to two research companies.

  • IDC spells out main UC drivers

    The adoption of unified communications will forge ahead this year and next, as the technology becomes more sophisticated and helps overcome business problems, says research firm IDC.