While it would be an exaggeration to say that the last few years have been a golden age for technology companies, there’s no denying that things have been remarkably calm considering some of the seismic shifts taking place in the way that many organizations consume IT resources. That may be about to change, as a new market landscape begins to emerge at the same time as the global economy shows signs of losing steam. From the impact of a slowdown in China to the growing influence of service providers, here are 3 things you can expect to see in the IT market this year.
IDC has been tracking technology spending in the Worldwide Black Book since the 1980s, and you’d be forgiven for thinking there are fewer surprises and unexpected statistics today. The technology industry is now a much more mature sector of the global economy, even compared to as recently as the early 2000s.
Overall IT spending may be more predictable than in the past, as an increasing share of end-user tech spend moves from volatile Capex to relatively stable Opex thanks partly to the growth of cloud and mobile, but the key to gaining competitive advantage still lies in being first to recognise significant shifts, anomalies and surprising trends. Here are just five of them.
The enterprise infrastructure market is crowded and complex, with several market segments that organizations must take into account when evaluating their infrastructure needs. IDC’s definition of the enterprise infrastructure market shows the wide array of technology suppliers currently in the market, and how specialized needs have become.
Seeing the wide array of vendors inhabiting the enterprise infrastructure space can be overwhelming. However, through this exercise, IDC has been able to identify emerging market trends in the space:
Public Cloud Demands are Reshaping the Space
Rapidly increasing demand for public cloud services is shaping how enterprise infrastructure solutions and related services are packaged, sold, deployed and managed by enterprise IT or outsourced IT teams. Public cloud is becoming increasingly heterogeneous and developer-friendly, which enables enterprises to adopt a multi-cloud strategy for packaged, off-the-shelf products as well as custom applications.
While the demand for on-premises infrastructure remains strong, this request stems mainly from enterprises choosing to keep certain systems in-house, while they explore public cloud options for the rest.
The Edge Offers Growth Opportunities for both Suppliers and Users
Edge both as a deployment model and as a location is rising in prominence, with application continuity and performance at the enterprise/IoT edge becoming business critical. Edge Infrastructure, including computing, networking and storage, provides new growth opportunities to vendors and service providers alike.
The transition from hardware to software with network infrastructure is starting to gather momentum; now that as-a-service subscription models for network software are available from key network equipment providers, network infrastructure that can support this shift will continue to be important.
Want to learn more about the current state of the enterprise infrastructure market, and see where IDC predicts the market will grow? Then tune into IDC’s Worldwide Enterprise Infrastructure Predictions webcast, on-demand now:
Following the 2014 Summer Davos Forum, China’s State Council issued a series of formal opinions in 2015 that outlined detailed general principles and measurement guidelines meant to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, pursue innovation-driven development, and improve employment in China.