Worldwide media tablet shipments into sales channels rose by 23.9% on a sequential basis in the third calendar quarter of 2011 (3Q11) to 18.1 million units, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker.
That represents an increase of 264.5% from the same quarter last year, but 5.8% below the original forecast of 19.2 million units. Despite these slightly lower-than-expected shipments in 3Q11, IDC sees strong demand in 4Q11 and has increased its worldwide shipment forecast for 2011 to 63.3 million units, up from a previous projection of 62.5 million units. Apple continued to drive worldwide media tablet shipments in 3Q11. The company shipped 11.1 million units in 3Q11, up from 9.3 million units in 2Q11. That represents a 61.5% worldwide market share (down from 63.3% in 2Q11). HP entered and left the market in 3Q11 with its TouchPad product. The company shipped 903,354 units to grab a 5% share of the worldwide market, number three behind Samsung's 5.6% market share. After IDC updated its taxonomy to move LCD-based devices such as Barnes & Noble's Nook Color into the media tablet category, Barnes & Noble shipped 805,458 units to achieve the number four spot with a 4.5% market share. ASUS rounded out the top five with a 4% share. After ceding share in 3Q11 (down to 32.4% from 33.2% the previous quarter), IDC expects Android to make dramatic share gains in 4Q11 growing to 40.3%. That increase is due mostly to the entrance of Amazon's Kindle Fire, and to a lesser extent the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, into the market. The share increase comes at the expense of Blackberry (slipping from 1.1% to 0.7%), iOS (slipping from 61.5% to 59.0%), and webOS (slipping from 5% to 0%). Despite HP's announcement last week that it would contribute webOS to the Open Source community, IDC does not believe the operating system will reappear in the media tablet market in any meaningful way going forward. "Amazon's introduction of the $79 entry-level Kindle and $99 touch-based Kindle (both with ads) led to a round of price cuts from competitors," Mainelli said. "That drops these products well into the range of impulse and gift buys for many, and we expect a very strong 4Q11 as a result." (Contact: IDC, www.idc.com).
PCI data security standards may be a hot topic, but a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. found that 18 percent of respondents admitted to not being PCI-compliant, even though the survey data suggested that they should be.
Gartner conducted a series of kiosk-based surveys between June and September of this year at Gartner's annual IT Security Summits and Catalyst events in North America and its Security & Risk Summit in EMEA. The surveys of 383 IT managers found trends in buying behaviors and permitted predictions of future security spending. "Given that many of the technology providers in the security market target their products and help with PCI-related compliance initiatives, it came as something of a surprise that such a high percentage of survey respondents said that they were not PCI-compliant," said Lawrence Pingree, research director at Gartner. "Technology and service providers should continue to market their ability to help solve customer issues with compliance for the PCI security standards. End-user organizations must also work to address the awareness of their PCI security standards compliance status, so that their employees know whether or not they are compliant with the PCI standards. This year, the IT security budget planners are expecting a fairly significant increase in their security budget allocations over last year. Last year's budget expectations were for a 6 percent share of the total IT budget expenditure to be allocated to the security function. In this year's survey, that allocation has increased to a mean of 10.5 percent, an increase of over 4 percent. This means that roughly 10 cents of every IT dollar allocated will be spent on IT security. "This new focus on data-loss prevention is critical when considering the dynamic nature of cloud environments and trends to virtualize application workloads," said Mr. Pingree. "This will be considerably important in order to support the attachment of business policy controls to data types as the dynamic nature of data movement within application workloads is sought."(Contact: Gartner, www.gartner.com, Christy Pettey,408/468-8312; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Service providers, retailers, banks, governments, and enterprises are increasingly working to counter the growing threat of hacking and identity fraud that has made headlines throughout 2011. As a result, vendors of hardware and software solutions aimed at boosting security for online transaction and access are set to commence battle, ABI Research says.
Cumulative shipments of hardware-based solutions, including one-time-password (OTP) generators, portable smart card readers, and secure USB tokens will reach 1.8 billion units by the end of 2016. However, greater development of more user-friendly software in browsers and on mobile devices will result in software solutions accounting for 60% of shipments in 2016. The market will see a boost in growth for USB tokens over the forecast period with OTP generators experiencing a decelerating growth pattern due to high profile hacks to companies such as RSA, reducing OTP credibility. Overall, the market remains positive, with hardware and software solutions shipping in excess of one billion units in 2016 alone. High profile hacks have gained extra media attention and coverage, heightening awareness of what a data compromise can mean,Research analyst Phil Sealy says.Hacks have not been limited to one particular market. RSA, Sony, Citigroup, L-3 Communications, and NASA have all fallen victim in 2011.ABI Researchs study, On-line ID & Authentication,provides regional forecasts for biometric sensors in mobile devices, enhanced browser-based software, mobile device software, OTP generators, portable smartcard readers, and USB tokens across several markets.(Contact: ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com, 516/624-2500).
Enterprises need to craft a holistic, “integrated communications” approach to their IT strategies, according to a recent research brief released by Aberdeen Group.
Aberdeen defines integrated communications as the integration of a comprehensive communications strategy with the wide variety of technologies that make employees more productive and responsive. In each of its recent communications and collaboration studies, top performing companies were more likely to have integrated enterprise communications with other enterprise applications, and with the most current approaches to technology delivery—including cloud computing, virtualization and mobility. The research brief, Business Optimization through Integrated Communications, shows that with this kind of “best-of-breed” approach to communications technologies, enterprises gain a swifter and more seamless integration of premise- and cloud-based communications solutions, speeding return on investment and accelerating adoption of unified communications across the organization. “Corporate IT is changing from a traditional on-premise environment to an integrated ecosystem where Social, Mobile, and Cloud are a single platform which Aberdeen calls SoMoClo,” states Hyoun Park, Research Analyst, Aberdeen Group. “As this shift occurs, companies seeking to optimize productivity and reduce the total cost of ownership associated with their communications environments are focused on integrating both mobility and cloud-based infrastructure. By doing so, they are better positioned to align technological functionality with business processes.” The brief highlights the value of a core capability offered by Esnatech, a leader in cloud-enabled unified communications solutions. Esnatech’s unmatched ability to integrate with any voice, mobile and PBX system, and seamlessly connect those systems with applications such as Google Apps, VMware Zimbra, Salesforce.com and Microsoft® Office365, gives enterprises the flexibility to build a solution that is ideally suited to their unique telecommunications environment. The report is available for free download for a limited time. (Contact: Aberdeen Group, 800/577-7891 or 617/723-7890 ; www.aberdeen.com).
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