A report from IDG said that spending on analytic services is worth $58.6 billion this year and will soar to £101.9 billion 2019.
That’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7 percent.
IDC said that business analytics is now a “backbone technology” in this cloud driven age.
But there’s a problem as well as opportunities – there’s a shortage of talent coupled with a high interest in enterprises transforming their business using it.
Business analytics spending will grow across all lines in the coming years.
The research shows that there’s high growth not only in enterprises themselves, but in the outsourcing sector too.
Market research company Gartner said today it thinks migration to Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be the fastest ever.
Gartner believes that 50 percent of enterprises will start Windows 10 deployments by January 2017.
The free upgrade to people with Windows 8 and Windows 7 means that tens of millions of people will be familiar with Windows 10 by the end of this year.
Enterprises will take the plunge because they’re aware that Windows 7 will end its days in 2020.
Steve Kleynhams, a research VP at Gartner, said that his company expects implementation will be “significantly more rapid” than that seen with Windows 7 six years ago.
Gartner also believes that by 2018 a third of all notebooks will have touchscreens, with prices dropping in the second half of 2017.
A report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) said that spending on mobile technologies will hit $1.2 trillion by 2019.
According to IDC, mobile use started with the idea to move employees from being bound to desktops to being mobile.
But that pattern has changed and now many enterprises use the technology to improve their efficiency.
IDC figures indicate that $901 billion was spent worldwide on mobile technologies last year, with wireless data and smartphones representing the bulk of the spend.
But by 2019 the sector will be worth as much as $1.2 trillion, with particular verticals using the technologies in different ways.
Jessica Goepert, a programme director at IDC, said: “It goes beyond providing a smartphone to the desktop worker. Instead, it’s about utilising mobile technology to increase sales, improve profitability and raise customer and employee satisfaction.”
Gartner said that it estimates that worldwide shipments of 3D printers in 2016 will reach close to half a million.
That’s up 103 percent from the quarter of a million units that will ship this year, the report said.
The reason for growth in the 3D printer market is because of quality and performance improvements which are driving demand from both enterprises and ordinary people.
Pete Basiliere, research VP at Gartner, said: “The 3D printer market is continuing its transformation from a niche market to a broad based global market of enteprises and consumers.”
He said that seven technologies make up the 3D market, with material extrusion being the leader of the pack. He forecasts these units will reach five and a half million units in 2019, representing 97 percent of the total, largely because of the sale of entry level machines.
Enterprises are interested in the technologies because they can prototype new products and make tools used to produce other items.
Gartner said that while security threats on the mobile landscape haven’t essentially changed, the severity of the consequences has changed.
Dionisio Zumerle, a research director at Gartner, said that smartphones now hold much more sensitive data than before.
Doctors are increasingly using tablets to process patient records and finance brokers exchange sensitive information.
“A device that falls in the wrong hands and does not have adequate protection can be the source of a major data breach,” he said.
Apps are also invasive and often ask permission to use peoples’ contact list and location while in enterprises many use file sharing apps with corporate data and don’t offer “enterprise grade security”.
He said that mobile devices are now subject to many malware attacks, including those that can spread across the enterprise.
IT chiefs need to implement enterprise security policies to the use of smartphones in an organisation.
Sandisk said it has introduced a solid state disk (SSD) specifically aimed at cloud service providers (CSPs) and software defined storage vendors.
The Cloudspeed Ultra Gen II SSD has up to 1.6TB of capacity and serves up to 32,000 4K write IOPS with 530MB/sec throughputs and also has 80 microseconds random read write latency.
John Scaramuzzo, senior VP of enterprise sales at Sandisk said that transaction based applications put strain on cloud service providers to make datacentre units with high performance.
CSPs have typically aggregated hard drives with caching to cope with I/O intensive use but that needs manual administration.
Sandisk’s SSD is designed to avoid so-called server sprawl. The company will make the units available this month and deliver it through its enterprise channel partner programme.
Sandisk gave no clue as to what units will cost, but said it estimated $0.04 per IOPS compared to a typical $3.50 per IOPS on traditional platforms.
IBM said it has introduced a new set of services to help its customers securely integrate Apple Macs into enterprise systems and give access to applications.
Its offering from its Mobility Services decision comes as Macs are becoming more popular. IBM said shipments of Apple machines are growing faster than the industry average with the MC outgrowing the PC every year for the last decade, whatever outgrowing means.
Certainly Mac has significantly grown its market share against Windows based machines.
IBM has already started rolling out Macs to employees across the world at speed and at some scale in what it claims is a highly secure enterprise.
Because Apple and IBM struck a deal earlier this year, IBM decided to commercialise its own experience in deploying Macs.
The integrated services come using the cloud to provide software-as-a-service (SaaS). Other services offered includes the Capser Suite from JAMF Software. Existing IBM offerings for Apple include services for IOS devices such as the iPad and the iPhone.
As our story today about a critical bug in Windows software demonstrates, it’s software that is really the Achilles’ Heel, or Hell for a computer system.
And people are beginning to realise that’s the case, because according to a report by US based market research company ABI Research, enterprises are moving to hardware as a much safer way of preserving their systems’ integrity.
ABI said that hardware based encryption bypasses many of the problems associated with software and doesn’t depend on any software or operating systems that enterprises use.
It estimates that in 2015 revenues from sales of hardware based encryption devices will reach $36.4 billion worldwide.
The major players in the game are Imation, WinMagic, Vormetric, SanDisk, Seagate, Rambus and Safenet.
Analyst at ABI believe that one of the more lucrative areas will be healthcare, but government, defence and other authorities are also considering adopting such devices, largely because of legislative requirements and protocols.
And other target customers for the vendors include comms, automotive, and transport.
Market research company IDC said that visualisation is seriously changing the way enterprise networks work.
IDC said that virtualised server infrastructure brings benefits to enterprises as well as a better “business experience”.
Elizabeth Rainge, VP at IDC, said: “Networking functions require a complex set of algorithms for sub-millisecond decisions and response times. However, the engine for making many of those decisions and executing them on the network is shifting from proprietary network processor hardware to the compute platforms that IT operations teams have been working on for many years.”
She said some of the benefits of this virtualisation shift is that networks can benefit from software as part of the infrastructure.
The use of network virtualisation helps enterprises to make new relationships between business, infrastructure and operations teams across the organisation.
And networking equipment has already started to migrate to commercial server platforms, she said.
No doubt, enterprises will also benefit because they won’t have to spend quite as much cash on their networks once they’re virtualised.
While we reported earlier this week that sales of tablets were declining for individuals, it’s not all doom and gloom in the sector.
IDC released a report saying that enterprises in the UK, France and Germany are increasingly deploying tablets for employees to use for business.
Marta Fiorenti, a senior research analyst at IDC, said that more and more tablets are being used by employees as their only work tool. Tablets are either replacing traditional devices or used for work not supported by other computing devices, she said.
“We can only expect and increase in the share of stand alone tablets, as confirmed by the purchase intentions of the study respondents,” she said.
The survey showed tablets are the only business device for 40 percent of employees but that percentage is greater if 2-in-1 convertibles are added to the mix. This latter category is displacing portable and desktop PCs, mainly because they support keyboard use.
Fiorenti gave some examples of their use in the restaurant sector, to take orders; by doctors and nurses; and by pilots. Their use varies depending on what a person does in her or his job.
White collar employees, executives, sales people, engineers and journalists generally use tablets as well as desktops or laptops.