Workstation sales fall

IBM PCSales of workstations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region fell by 3.4 percent in the first quarter of this year.

And market research company IDC said the fall will be as much as 5.2 percent for the whole year.

The reason appears to be twofold, according to Mohamed Hefny, a senior analyst for IDC system and infrastructure.

He said: “The decline in euro value is increasing the risk sentiments, putting weight on the channel business, especially when it comes to US based vendors. Very large businesses are also under corporate debt pressure, opting for extension of maintenance and support instead of refreshing with new boxes.”

But there appears to be light at the end of the workstation tunnel.

Hefny said sales will rebound in 2016 by as much as 10.7 percent, partly due to the launch of machines using Intel’s Skylake chips and the introduction of Windows 10.

He said vendors are planning water cooled systems for desktop workstations, and strengthening their channel plans with better support and incentives.