Channel managers — the people you deal with at your suppliers — are frustrated and unable to track which activities lead to increased revenue, a new survey finds.
On the other side of the table, several solution providers attending last week’s XChange Solution Provider 2017 conference predicted their companies will enjoy double-digit sales growth this year.
Here’s your solution provider’s update on both.
Channel managers survey
Intel this morning agreed to buy Mobileye, a Jerusalem-based developer of systems for autonomous vehicles, for $15.3 billion.
The question is why?
Mobileye develops a range of autonomous-vehicle systems, including computer vision, machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping. These systems can be used for both assisted and autonomous driving vehicles. Mobileye, founded in 1999, today has some 660 employees.
Looking to expand into connected-home technology? You might want take it slow. Only about 10 percent of households in the U.S., U.K. and Australia currently use connected-home solutions, finds a new survey from Gartner.
The numbers are likely reliable. To get its findings, research and advisory firm Gartner conducted an online survey late last year. And it reached nearly 10,000 people in those 3 countries.
Windows rules the operating system world, right? Don’t be so sure.
To be sure, Windows is still the top OS on desktop and laptop PCs. But for the first time, Android is challenging Windows as the world’s most popular operating system on the internet across all form factors, according to new figures from web analytics company StatCounter.
What if your smartphone and PC — and those of your clients — were not two devices, but one?
That’s the idea behind an emerging new trend. As smartphones get more powerful (and more expensive), why not let the devices attach to a keyboard, mouse and display, so they can run office applications like a regular PCs?
Whether this concept will truly take off is anybody’s guess. But it’s an idea smart solution providers need to watch. The potential benefits are impressive, including major cost savings, flexibility and mobility.
What’s going on with wearables and servers? Two new reports have the details. Here’s your solution provider’s update.
To misquote Mark Twain, reports of the wearables market’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
When it comes to cybersecurity, chances are your clients talk the talk a whole lot better than they walk the walk.
So finds a new report, entitled Tilting the Playing Field: How Misaligned Incentives Work Against Cybersecurity, from Intel Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Does it make sense to develop new products for a shrinking market?
Lenovo and Samsung think so. Both companies at this week’s big Mobile World Congress in Barcelona introduced new slate (that is, no keyboard) tablets.
Yet the excitement and growth in tablets belongs not to slate tablets, but to 2-in-1 devices. As we reported yesterday, this week’s MWC has also seen the introductions of new 2-in-1s from Lenovo, HP and Panasonic.
At this week’s Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, three suppliers — Lenovo, HP Inc. and Panasonic — introduced nice 2-in-1 devices.
These new devices are worth your attention because 2-in-1s stand out in an otherwise lackluster PC market. For good reason, too. Today’s 2-in-1s combine the power of a PC with the touchscreen convenience of a tablet and the portability of a smartphone. Plus, they can switch among these varied roles in mere seconds.