Last year, revenues in the business process management (BPM) and middleware market climbed to $18.8 billion, which translates into growth of 3.6%. However, failure on the part of large suppliers to meet growing demand for cloud solutions prevented the market from delivering stronger growth than in previous years, according to a report published yesterday by IDC.
While unfavourable macroeconomic conditions did have a part to play in holding back growth, a significant inhibitor was the inability of large vendors to satisfy the appetite for PaaS (platform-as-a-service) solutions. Maureen Fleming, BPM and Middleware practice VP at IDC, said that cloud proved the single biggest factor separating winners from losers in the battle for market share in 2012.
With difficult economic conditions persisting in 2012, IT budgets remained under scrutiny and decision-makers remained cautious. Nevertheless, supply chain management (SCM) software continued to be seen as a priority investment area, which pushed the market up 7.1% last year. As a result, global spending on SCM software reached $8.3 billion, the latest market report from Gartner shows.
The global market for sports and fitness monitors remains in good health despite the difficult economic environment, according to IHS unit IMS Research. Shipments this year are expected to reach 43.8 million units and rise to 56.2 million in 2017. Over that period, the combined number of units shipped is forecast to total 252 million.
The fitness monitor market covers a large variety of products, among them fitness and heart rate monitors; sports, running and outdoor pursuit computers; cycle computers; activity monitors; and pedometers. At present, the largest market segment by revenues is fitness and heart rate monitors including...
By 2017, the number of people watching TV and video on their mobile phones or tablets will surpass two billion. The anticipated growth is attributed in part to accelerating adoption of connected devices equipped with faster processors and better displays. Another reason is the rising popularity of short video clips and the ease of sharing provided by social networks.
The figure and the observations come from a report called "The Mobile/Tablet TV & Video: Content, Broadcast & OTT Strategies 2013-2017." It has been prepared by Juniper Research, which forecasts that Western Europe will have the largest number of mobile TV and video viewers. The region is expected to...
International Data Corporation (IDC) last week published its preliminary first-quarter estimates for smartphone shipments. While the dominance of Android and iOS will come as no surprise, the report does contain news of an important development: Windows Phone has made its most significant progress to date, landing at number three among smartphone operating systems.
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments during the first three months of 2013 reached 216.2 million. This amounts to a year-on-year increase of 41.6%. With Samsung firmly in the lead, Android handset vendors shipped 162.1 million devices compared to 90.3 million a year ago. This gave the OS a market share of 75%. Apple's iOS captured...
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