We roundup the latest news from IT analysts and firms to see which tech categories have been doing well, which haven’t, what’s forecast to be big in the near future, and what the latest trends are.
BIG DATA CONCERNS IN IOT MARKET
A new report from Argus Insights has revealed that IoT (internet of things) market conversations are heavily concentrated around Big Data concerns.
The research illustrates that as IoT grows, so does the volume of data collected, and the market discussion focuses on fears of what will happen to this pool of data and how will it remain secure.
The report shows that among IoT topics addressed in the social conversations, Big Data leads market mindshare, substantially ahead of general discussions of wearables, cloud, smart home, smart cities and more.
“Security concerns for consumers are definitely on the rise and this goes double for any enterprise deployments. Security issues continue to be a real roadblock for IoT product acceptance,” said John Feland, CEO of Argus Insights.
EMEA PC SHIPMENTS DECLINE 10%
PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) totalled 19.5 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 10 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2015, according to preliminary results by Gartner.
"While the decline in the EMEA PC market is similar to the 9.6 per cent decline seen worldwide, there are some differences in the region," said Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner.
"In EMEA we saw many distinct factors cause clear splits between the consumer and professional PC markets, but also regionally between Western Europe and the rest of EMEA. Some PC vendors struggled to manage inventory and profitability in these diverse and rapidly shifting conditions."
CEOs EXPECT THEIR INDUSTRIES TO BE UNRECOGNISABLE IN 5 YEARS
Gartner has also conducted a CEO and senior business executive survey, finding that more and more CEOs are choosing to head up digital change in the business.
The survey found that CEOs now understand that digital business is substantial enough to warrant them leading it personally. If they delegate primary responsibility, then the next most likely leader is the CIO.
“The rise in the number of CEOs heading up digital change is unsurprising given that half of the CEOs surveyed expect to see substantial digital transformation in their industries, or for their industries to be almost unrecognisable within five years,” said Gartner.
MOBILE TICKET PURCHASE TO MORE THAN DOUBLE TO 23BN BY 2020
Nearly 23 billion transport and events tickets will be purchased globally using mobile handsets by 2020, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
With a number of transport agencies enhancing app capabilities and integrating new payment services such as Apple Pay, the past 12 months have witnessed an increase in mobile ticketing users using apps for payments, as well as ticket delivery and validation.
“While app-based ticketing user adoption continues to be strong across a range of ticketing markets, sales volume growth will be driven by low-value metro and bus ticket purchases, most notably in the US market,” said research author Nitin Bhas.