Tech market snapshot: 3D printers up, smart home 'unconvincing', Intel's 3D XPoint to shake up SSD market

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose 35 per cent year-to-date
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We roundup the latest news from IT analysts and firms to see which tech categories have been doing well, which haven’t, and what’s forecast to be big next year.

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose 35 per cent year-to-date (YTD) through the first three quarters of 2015 on the back of shipments of low priced personal/desktop 3D printers, according to Context.

Of the total 173,962 units shipped year-to-date, 95 per cent of these were personal/desktop printers, mostly priced below $5,000. This represents a 38 per cent year-on-year growth for this sub-category compared to a decline in shipments of three per cent YTD in the industrial/professional segment, which saw only 8,706 units shipped through the first three quarters of 2015.

Taiwan’s XYZprinting is the global leader in the desktop/personal 3D printer space so far in 2015, with a 17 per cent global share, taking the top spot from previous leader at the same time last year, MakerBot.

Context has also released a report on the smart home market, that shows only a fifth of European shoppers intend to buy any smart home products in 2016.

“The data suggests that we shouldn't believe the hype about to be drummed up by product announcements at CES,” said Context. “This is largely down to a lack of awareness caused by limited marketing/consumer education from leading retailers and manufacturers, as well as cyber security concerns.”

DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, expects that the launch of Intel’s 3D XPoint products next year will make the firm a strong threat to memory leader Samsung, especially in the high-end SSD market.

According to DRAMeXchange, the high-end SSD market will receive a lot of attention in the near future as the rivalry between Intel and Samsung heats up.

Based on DRAMeXchange’s analysis, the arrival of 3D XPoint will first impact the high-end Flash SSD market because the new class of memory will be between most DRAM and NAND Flash memory products in price per gigabyte.

IDC has launched a new vendor assessment report for the worldwide Microsoft enterprise applications implementation services market for 2015.

The analysis revealed that buyers believe the primary characteristic required for a Microsoft enterprise applications services project to be successful at a worldwide level was the ‘ability to achieve desired business outcomes’.

"This is IDC's first-ever evaluation of the Microsoft enterprise applications implementation services ecosystem, and it will help IT buyers evaluate which service providers to consider," said Ali Zaidi, research manager, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC.

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