Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) Feb. 10 released its latest research report, “Information Technology (IT) Services: A Global Outlook”, predicting the growth of the global IT industry through 2015. The report indicates that though the IT services sector was significantly affected by the recession with IT investments being postponed or cancelled as businesses focused on core operations, it had little effect on demand for outsourcing and other cost saving services. As the economy begins to recover businesses are focusing more attention on those services which can maintain their core operations at lower cost. Services such as cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), green IT, system integration, and other IT consulting services will experience a resurgence and increased demand and will drive growth in the industry through 2015, according to the report. GIA expects cloud computing especially to experience robust growth propelled by widespread adoption with innovative applications. GIA also suggests that cloud computing will revolutionize enterprise computing and the use of hybrid cloud strategies such as PaaS and SaaS in conjunction with internal applications and that it will deliver solutions that are more flexible and feature enhanced functionality. The report states that cloud computing concepts such as multi-tenancy, pay-for-use, and external services, continue to gain strength largely due to macroeconomic factors. In the future, cloud computing’s adoption among enterprises would be driven by the need to eliminate IT management issues. However, the growing use of cloud computing and the Internet is expected to enhance focus on security and privacy. The report identifies the US as the leading market for cloud computing services, while adoption of cloud services continues to grow in Western European countries and Japan.
(Global Industry Analysts, Inc., 408-528-9966, www.StrategyR.com/.)
GBI Research Feb. 6 announced that it has added it’s new report, "Microcontroller Market to 2015 - Commissioning of Smart Grid Projects to Create Market Opportunities in Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Grid Equipment", which provides information and analysis on the market opportunities in the global microcontroller (MCU) industry, to the ResearchMoz Reports Database. The report covers the latest information on the revenue and volume of the microcontrollers market and provides product, region and end-use based forecasts up to 2015. The global MCU market currently constitutes around five percent of the overall semiconductor market, and around 24% of the micro Integrated Circuit (IC) market in revenues and are used in many products, ranging from televisions to computers, and telephones to automobiles. The sales revenue of MCUs reached around $16 billion in 2011, and is growing at a rate, which indicates that the market will reach a revenue of $18 billion by 2015, according to the report.
(GBI Research, 646-395-5477, http://www.gbiresearch.com/.)
In anticipation of the Gartner Business Process Management Summits being held this spring, Gartner Feb. 6 revealed some of its predictions for BPM including the revelation that organizational politics is the main obstacle to Business Process Management (BPM). A Gartner survey conducted in the fourth quarter of 2011 revealed in 53 percent of respondents that the main factor preventing further adoption of BPM was organizational politics. “BPM as a discipline requires an organization to change its culture and its work practices,” said Elise Olding, research director at Gartner. “However, very often, this change can lead to power struggles between functional units or an unwillingness to adopt new ways of working, sometimes from senior individuals. These organizational politics can kill a BPM initiative if they are not managed effectively. BPM is frequently successful when applied to one-off projects at a departmental level with significant benefits. However, when it comes to scaling this success up to cross-departmental programs that require collaboration and shared metrics, or that institutionalize BPM throughout the organization, efforts often stall. It's up to the business process champion, sponsor or business process director to talk to stakeholders in order to understand and document their thoughts and positions, and so determine the best way of adapting the program.” Although organizational politics look set to hamper some BPM efforts, Gartner predicts that gamification — the broad trend of applying game mechanics to non-game environments to motivate people and change behavior — will stimulate BPM adoption during the next few years. Gartner predicts that, by 2015, 25 percent of all redesigned processes will include one or more gamified engagement practices. Gartner also predicts that, by 2016, 20 percent of "shadow business processes" will be supported by BPM cloud platforms. Shadow business processes are hidden, informal work practices, often supported under the IT radar by secret spreadsheets, emails, phone calls and face-to-face collaboration. Shadow processes can involve unstructured processes — that is, nonroutine work. Gartner expects that, by 2015, 40 percent or more of enterprise work will be nonroutine, up from 25 percent in 2010. In particular, high-productivity BPM PaaS will provide shadow process owners with a more attractive and productive user experience, which will encourage them to share their shadow processes. During the next four years, process-related skills, particularly those related to tackling organizational challenges, will become an imperative for organizations as they move from individual projects to enterprisewide process transformation programs. Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Predicts 2012: Organizational Politics Hampers, Gamification Motivates BPM Adoption” and the report itself is available on Gartner’s website. The Gartner Business Process Management Summits will be taking place March 14-15 in London and April 25-27 in Baltimore.
(Gartner, Inc., 408-468-8312, www.gartner.com/.)
Frost & Sullivan Feb. 6 announced that their new study, “Global Triple Play and Next-generation Services Test and Monitoring Markets,” finds that the market earned revenues of $187.7 million in 2010 and estimates this to reach $487.4 million in 2015. The analysis indicates that these technologies are witnessing fast-paced evolution, and most of them are customer driven. As consumers become more knowledgeable and demanding, vendors are upping the ante to roll out newer, more sophisticated test equipment. Quality of experience (QoE) is also a major trend in the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) test equipment market today as the success of a test vendor depends on how effectively it is delivered to customers. “Triple play services are witnessing considerable demand from telecommunication service providers, private and government enterprises, cable companies, and private subscribers,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sujan Sami. “In this scenario, test vendors need to fine-tune their offerings and optimize quality of service (QOS) to boost market share and sustain growth.” Although the market is progressing steadily, the study indicates that there are still some challenges ahead. Telecommunication operators are facing stiff competition from multiple system operators (MSO) and cable operators. This reduces the demand for test equipment from the telecom industry. In addition, pricing pressure is high in this market and it is imperative for vendors to deploy cost effective and ‘value for money’ test equipment. Also despite rising awareness of triple play concepts and test equipment, there is still inadequate knowledge regarding the business models. This could restrain sales to some extent, as customers have to be certain that they are using the right type of test equipment. “Apart from helping customers make informed choices, vendors also need to ensure timeliness, superior quality, and mobility to stand out in the market,” said Sami. “They must also keep in mind that convergence of technology is critical, especially with the wireline and wireless trend increasing.” Vendors therefore need to keep abreast of the latest technologies and offer unique solutions to their customers. Integrated test equipment is an attractive option for customers, as they can work on multiple aspects including voice, video, and data. The study, “Global Triple Play and Next-generation Services Test and Monitoring Markets,” is part of the “Test & Measurement Growth Partnership Service” program, which also includes research in the fiber optic test equipment market and the world xDSL test equipment market.
(Frost & Sullivan, 877-463-7678, www.frost.com.)
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