The Australian PC market — desktops, notebooks and workstations — grew by 11.8% year-on-year in 2020 to reach a total of 4.87 million units, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that this trend will reverse in 2021 with a fall of 4.4%.
Global shipments of PC monitors grew to 39.2 million units in the final quarter of 2020, an increase of 16.9% year-on-year, and last exceeded in 2021, the technology analyst firm IDC says.
The Asia-Pacific market, including Japan, saw very little movement of the traditional PC market in 2020, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that there was only a 0.3% increase year-on-year to take the total units shipped to 103.8 million.
Security software and services firm Blackberry has announced a new critical event management (CEM) solution - BlackBerry Alert - designed to help commercial organisations prepare for, respond to and recover from major incidents.
Global smartphone shipments in 2021 are predicted to grow 13.9% year-on-year in the first quarter and 5.5% for the full year, the technology analyst firm IDC says.
IT leaders are increasingly concerned about security and scalability of remote work tools adopted early in the pandemic to address the sudden shift to remote work, according to a study by remote support software specialist LogMein.
Shipments of smartphones to India, the globe's second biggest market, in 2020 fell after a number of years of growth, with 150 million units being shipped, a drop of 1.7% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm IDC reports.
Chinese smartphone brands Vivo celebrates being listed in the top 5 smartphone brands of the 2020 calendar, alongside Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi, according to IDC.
Over the next three years, a third of hybrid workforce and business automation efforts will be delayed or else fail outright, the technology research firm IDC says in a 2021 report on digital trends for Australia.
The global semiconductor market grew by 5.4% in 2020 the pandemic notwithstanding, pulling in US$442 billion (A$581 billion), a better than expected showing, the technology research firm IDC says.
Global smartphone shipments have returned to positive growth in the final quarter of 2020, led by Apple, with its iPhone 12 helping the company to ship a record 395.9 million units and take top spot for the three-month period, according to technology research firm Counterpoint Research.
Company News: Jamf, the standard in Apple Enterprise Management, today announced that IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, has named Jamf a leader in its inaugural 'Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software for Apple Devices 2021 Vendor Assessment.'
Predicting technology trends is a challenging task—even more so coming out of a year where the world flipped in unforeseen ways. In 2020, circumstances accelerated years’ worth of digital transformation in mere months, bringing a profound and sustained impact to how we live and work. COVID-19 has expedited digital adoption in every business across every industry. It has also highlighted the critical role digital infrastructure and technology play in enabling business success. So, what can we anticipate in the coming year and beyond?
Many Australian businesses believe COVID-19 has presented them with an opportunity to innovate, according to new research by Microsoft which found that for the majority of organisation surveyed, the pandemic accelerated digital transformation and the digitisation of customer and supply chain interactions.
Global shipments of PCs have shown a big uptick in the final quarter of 2020, with three technology research outfits — Canalys, IDC and Gartner — all reporting positive trends which have been in evidence for most of the pandemic period.
Worldwide shipments of used smartphones — both officially refurbished and used models — are predicted to come in at 225.4 million units for the year that just passed, the technology analyst firm IDC Says, adding that this would be an increase of 9.2% over the 206.5 million units shipped in 2019.
The Australian and New Zealand IT and business services market grew 1.7% year-on-year in the first half of the year, the technology analyst company IDC says, adding that this was a major slowdown in annual growth.
Nearly 60 percent of developers cite the unity of business and DevOps as the biggest challenge they face in adopting low-code development platforms
GUEST RESEARCH: OutSystems, the global leader in modern application platforms - including low-code development - has shared results from an InfoBrief study by leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC.
The Asia/Pacific 2020 Software Survey: DevOps, DevSecOps, and the Future of Digital Innovation, sponsored by OutSystems, delves into how organisations in Asia-Pacific can turn into digital innovation factories to thrive in today’s business environment. According to the results obtained, 39 percent of Asia-Pacific IT leaders depend on visually-guided development tools. The top three reasons for adoption were the belief that visually-guided development tools are the future – the simplification of the developer experience, and the provision of a more intuitive developer experience. With more than half of Asia-Pacific decision-makers confident their organizations will rely on low-code platforms for at least a quarter of all planned projects, low-code tools are set to gain critical mass adoption in the upcoming year 2021.
With the Asia-Pacific region now in rapid growth, the region is set to further expand into an increasingly formidable data powerhouse by 2024,” said Mark Weaser, Vice President, Asia Pacific, OutSystems. “It’s only natural for enterprises in our region to gravitate towards the dramatic benefits of using visual development tools for building cloud-native applications. OutSystems is privileged to be able to support the needs of businesses in the provision of low-code and cloud technology to help the region reach its full potential as a digital data powerhouse in the near future.”
Catching up with early adopters
Organisations in Australia and New Zealand are relatively mature in their DevOps journeys, and are increasingly looking at customer experience (CX) as a major priority for digital transformation. 20 percent of companies in the region are focusing on the creation of evocative customer experiences, with slightly fewer (19 percent) suggesting that employee satisfaction is the primary goal of their software development.
Aligning DevOps with core business processes and thinking ranks as the top challenge for enterprise across ANZ, with 59 percent of organisations citing it as their main application development concern. This is closely followed by the challenge of ensuring security by design, at 53 percent, and the management of interdisciplinary DevOps teams closely behind that, at 52 percent.
“Having spoken to multiple developers in the region, OutSystems is aware of the mounting concern for integrated security, particularly with the rising scale and instances of data theft today,” stated Weaser. “OutSystems provides a range of security functions encompassing application security, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) infrastructure and an always-on incident response team. While OutSystems focuses on accelerating application development, we believe speed cannot come at the expense of security. We provide clients with nothing less than a secure runtime environment and the tools necessary for secure development.”
On security in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, IDC expects software development lifecycles to continue to shorten and gathers that enterprises should take care in integrating security into planning phases in order to stay ahead of the curve. Rising customer expectations can and should be met with innovative customer experiences to engender the creation of new markets and audiences; risk-taking, data analysis and continued incorporation of customer feedback does well in driving new ideas on new platforms.
With hiring freezes, labour crunches and tightening regulations, companies are encouraged to start recruitment planning before the need to fill the post arrives. 19 percent of organisations in the region consider training and hiring the right people to be a main IT priority, so building apps enables upskilling and continuous education, whereas letting business developers work side-by-side with IT helps address development shortfalls.
The global wearables market grew by 35.1% year-on-year in the third quarter to reach 125 million units, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that the surge was "driven by seasonality, new product launches, and the global pandemic".
Shipments of traditional PCs — notebooks, desktops and workstations — in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will come to 82.7 million units this year, a 12.7% increase year-on-year, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that with the effect of the pandemic not expected to lessen in any way, the demand for devices that could be used for working from home would be strong through 2020 and into the first half of 2021.
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