Driven by consumer's desire to be connected anywhere and anytime and the ever-increasing access to any and every type of content, the electronics industry continues to change rapidly, according to the research firm InStat. This is further driving demand for System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Telecom Applications Mapping (TAM) capabilities on a growing array or devices.
A key dynamic of this change is the continued push for a rich visual experience on any size screen. This desired experience continues to push the limits of current mobile SoCs and makes the graphics processing unit (GPU) one of the most critical components in the design and differentiation of the SoC and consumer devices. New In-Stat research forecasts that these trends will push the mobile SoC TAM to over 3.1 billion devices in 2015, up from 2 billion in 2010. Devices that may require a mobile SoC include basic/feature cellphones, smartphones, notebook PCs, mini-note PCs (netbooks), tablets, digital still cameras, mp3 players, personal navigation devices, e-readers, handheld game consoles, digital camcorders, and portable media players. (Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist, InStat,480/609-4554, www.in-stat.com).
International Data Corporation (IDC) recently announced the latest results of its Worldwide Semiannual Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) Applications Tracker. SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft continued to be the only three ERM vendors with revenues of more than $1 billion in the first half of 2011 (1H11), solidifying their positions in the top 3 spots.
Despite their massive ERM revenue figures, SAP and Microsoft still managed to achieve above average market growth during 1H11. Outside of the top 3, market competition proved to be very intense. Five out of the eight functional markets featured more than 100 vendors (that the Tracker monitors). The most intense competition was found in the Financial Accounting, Human Capital Management, and Procurement functionals. 1H11 also saw an increase in the number of ERM vendors with revenues of more than $100 million. A year ago, there were 16, but this year the figure grew to 22. The newcomers include Deltek, SuccessFactors, Taleo, UFIDA, Ultimate Software, and Visma. Among them, UFIDA had the most impressive performance as it boosted its first half performance many times over the same period in previous years. Other major vendors with tremendous revenue growth when compared to previous years included ADP, DATEV, Fujitsu, Intuit, McKesson, Sage, and Unit4. The Tracker monitors nearly 370 ERM vendors in a total of 49 countries, providing biannual market size, vendor share, and forecast data for the eight functional markets that comprise the ERM market in IDC's software taxonomy.
(Contact: IDC, Scott Guinn,650/350-6491, email@example.com).
As companies in a range of industries seek to reduce costs, increase revenue opportunities, and improve customer service, they are increasingly turning to interactive kiosks as an additional channel to enable their customers with self-service options, ABI Research says. The number of interactive kiosks in operation will rise from approximately 1.6 million deployed in 2011 to nearly three million deployed globally by 2016.
“The self-service technology trend has been occurring for several years, with consumers increasingly seeking greater convenience in the channels that they choose to utilize,” says Sam Lucero, practice director, M2M connectivity. “At the center of this self-service technology trend are interactive kiosks. Kiosks are not a new channel by any means, but consumers worldwide have grown more accustomed to using them for everything from self- checkout in the supermarket to checking in for their flight at an airport.” Interactive kiosks are having a particular impact on the following seven market segments: entertainment, retail, travel, financial services, healthcare, municipal & government, information/other. While the interactive kiosk market is expected to grow strongly over the next five years, there remain challenges to address. “Interactive kiosks in various segments, such as healthcare, can face challenges regarding consumer acceptance, channel conflict with other means of interacting with the consumer, and with automated customer service not meeting a desired level of personalized support,” says Lucero. (Contact: ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com, 516-624-2500.)
The worldwide pay-TV market will continue to grow to generate service revenues of $236 billion by the end of next year, ABI Research forecasts. Cable TV operators continue to face increasing competition from IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) services. Increasing broadband penetration and the growing number of people using Internet-connected devices are supporting subscriber growth in IPTV and OTT services. “Cable TV services will still dominate the overall pay-TV market, although this segment’s market share is expected to slightly decrease from 2011. Cable TV service revenue will account for 48.6% of total pay TV revenue in 2012,” says Jason Blackwell, practice director, digital home. Pay-TV operators are finding different ways to improve customer growth. Multi-screen TV services, which allow consumers to receive TV content on Internet-connected devices such as iPhones and iPads, are one of the most recent innovations introduced in the pay-TV market. Pay-TV operators of different platforms have started to introduce multi-screen services, including French IPTV giant Orange, cable operator B.net in Belgium, and UK satellite TV operator BSkyB. The operators intend to build up better customer loyalty as well as raise average revenue per user (ARPU) by offering multi-screen TV services.
(ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com,516/624-2500.)
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