The total market for standards-based wireless connectivity ICs is expected to exceed 3.5 billion units per annum in 2011, ABI Research revealed last week. The market will total more than $11 billion per annum by 2014.
Wireless connectivity technology is well established in many electronic device markets. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS are becoming ubiquitous in certain devices, such as smartphones, with attach rates approaching 100% in some cases. Rapid growth is forecast for newer technologies such as NFC, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, and 802.11n.
“Wireless connectivity has developed into a strong revenue stream for many leading global semiconductor suppliers,” says Peter Cooney, ABI’s practice director, semiconductors.
“Those that have focused on expanding their product portfolio and transitioning their businesses toward providing combo ICs have seen the most growth in market share.”
ABI Research’s “Wireless Connectivity Markets” and “Wireless Connectivity Market Data” provide a comprehensive review of the wireless connectivity market, providing forecasts up to 2016 for enabled devices and ICs in 27 individual end applications. (Contact: ABI Research, 516/624-2500, www.abiresearch.com).
Top performers in the tech, media, and telecom (TMT) industries have found ways to deliver value amid unprecedented disruption by focusing on innovation and growth and going back to the basics in their core businesses, a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says.
Tech, media, and telecom (TMT) firms are responsible for—and buffeted by—the rise of tablets and cloud computing, emergence of social media, and explosion of data. At the same time, they cannot escape the general global economic uncertainty. Running Forward, Walking Backward identifies the TMT companies that have generated the greatest shareholder value over the five-year period from 2006 through 2010. Several themes emerged from the research.
The best tech performers—F5 Networks, Apple, Salesforce.com, and HTC—made early bets on innovative products and services and cloud computing, giving them pole positions in the “post-PC era.” Large-cap tech companies such as IBM, Apple, and Oracle generally outperformed the small-cap companies as a result of strategic clarity and professional execution. Successful media companies like Tencent, Baidu, and Naspers prospered by generating consumer insight and creating appealing products—not simply from their strong presence in emerging markets, especially China. Other high-performance media companies are executing digital transformations of their businesses. Operators from emerging markets returned 16 percent annually, sharply outperforming those from developed markets.
In the past two years, the performance of the two sectors flipped, as mature telcos focused on getting back to basics, and younger telcos start to struggle with the same headwinds as their more established peers. (Contact: The Boston Consulting Group, 617/850-3783, www.bcgperspectives.com).
Worldwide security services spending is on pace to reach $35.1 billion in 2011, up from $31.1 billion in 2010, Gartner, Inc. announced last week. The company forecasts that the market will total $38.3 billion in 2012, and surpass $49.1 billion in 2015.
"The security services market has changed rapidly over the last several years with a growing number of security technology providers offering their technologies as services, and customers often preferring services to save on operational costs while they consolidate resources to more strategic security related initiatives," said Lawrence Pingree, research director at Gartner.
The IT management segment of security services is forecast to grow from $8 billion to $14.9 billion in 2015, almost doubling the size of the security services market for managed security using the outsourced management model. North America is the largest market for security services spending, with revenue forecast to surpass $14.6 billion in 2012, and grow to $19 billion in 2015.
In Western Europe, spending is expected to reach $11.9 billion in 2012 and total $14.4 billion in 2015. Security services spending in Japan is projected to grow from $5.1 billion in 2012 to $5.9 billion in 2015. In Asia/Pacific, spending will total $4.7 billion in 2012 and total $7 billion in 2015. (Contact: Gartner Inc., 408/468-8312, www.gartner.com).
While IT organizations are investing in ERP systems at a higher frequency than almost any other technology, the adoption rate has increased only slightly over the past three years. Consumer Economics’ study, “ERP Adoption and Customer Experience”, finds the market for new installations is relatively mature: 64 percent of IT organizations, across all industry sectors, had ERP systems in place in 2011, which is about the same as the 62 percent in 2009 and the 65 percent in 2010.
The percentage of organizations investing in ERP technology is more variable. Organizations are upgrading, expanding, or modifying the functionality in their existing ERP platforms at a relatively high rate compared to other technologies, but that rate dropped significantly year over year, from 49 percent in 2010 to 39 percent in 2011. The 2011 investment rate is a return to the 2009 rate. Still, investment in mission-critical ERP systems is one area that held up relatively well during the downturn.
Other strong areas of investment such as business analytics and mobile applications ultimately arrive back at the ERP platform, which has become a key piece of the software infrastructure that is enabling innovation and process re-engineering. In short, it is difficult to address ERP as a single, discrete business application. It is an area of ongoing investment and focus for every organization that intends to remain competitive. (Contact: Computer Economics, 949/ 831-8700, http://www.computereconomics.com)
MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of the new report “3Q.2011 Global Mobile Payment Market Forecast 2009 – 2015: Global mobile payments users to hit 893 million in 2015 with $945 billion in transaction value,” to their collection of E-Financial Services market reports.
This report covers annual forecasts of mobile payment users; mobile payment transactions by technology (such as NFC, SMS, WAP, USSD); and mobile payment transactions by type of purchase (such as merchandise, digital products, ticketing, mobile money transfers, bill payments, and pre-paid top-ups). It is based on a telecommunications survey — which covers 50,000 mobile users in 50 markets globally — and is among the most extensive country-specific forecasts of its kind. (Contact: Market Research, 240/747-3016, www.MarketResearch.com.)
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