All-in-One PCs don’t get enough respect. Their design is clever, combining the compact footprint of a notebook with the large display size of a desktop.
That should make AiO systems ideal for your business customers who need a large, sharp display, but don’t want — or have room for — the clutter and cables of a desktop.
These customers could include a medical office that needs a PC in every examining room. A bike shop that wants to show customers more options in an online catalog. Or an administrative office where space is tight.
You probably know already that the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors can deliver high performance, security and versatility for your customers’ data centers.
But did you know that these high-end CPUs also support faster, better and easier data-center storage?
Good news: IDC just raised its estimate for IT spending by small and midsize businesses.
The market watcher now expects worldwide SMB spending on IT to reach $568 billion this year. The United States alone should account for $171.3 billion, IDC says, for about 30 percent of the total.
And by 2021, the market watcher predicts, worldwide SMB spending on IT will top $676 billion. If so, that would mark a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent.
Wondering how strong the cloud is? Plenty strong, if you go by Microsoft’s fourth-quarter financial results, released today after the markets closed.
Is your PC business weak? Join the club. Microsoft’s is flat, as well.
“I’m proud of the results, especially our commercial cloud results,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, during a conference call this evening with investors.
Overall financial results
More than half of email is now read on a mobile device. AI will soon be part of all new software. And spending on the public cloud shows no sign of slowing.
Those are the top-line forecasts from 3 new reports. Want to hear more? Here’s your solution provider’s summary:
Mobile email growing
Do you know how your customers are reading their email?
In what Intel calls its biggest data-center launch this decade, the company earlier this week introduced the Xeon processor Scalable family. Intel says these are its highest-performance, most secure and versatile processors for the data center.
Like the last day of a summer cold, the PC market is bad, but not as bad as it was.
According to a new report from market watcher IDC, worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of this year totaled 60.5 million units. That’s a year-on-year decline of 3.3 percent. Not good, but better than IDC’s earlier estimate of 3.9 percent.
“The global PC market has continued to trend toward stabilization,” said Jay Chou, a research manager at IDC.
If you’re a Microsoft channel partner, or would like to be, the company has a bunch of new offers for you.
This week Microsoft is holding its annual worldwide partner conference, now rebranded Microsoft Inspire, in Washington, D.C. More than 17,000 partners from around the world are expected to attend.
5G mobile networks are getting real, even if the official deployment standard isn’t yet.
Last week, for example, AT&T, Ericsson and Intel announced they’re teaming on a 5G trial in Austin, Texas. It’s actually their second. Last year, the partners provided fixed wireless 5G to select Austin businesses.
If you offer PCs to your customers, but haven’t yet added 2-in-1 devices to the mix, better get going.
Unit sales of traditional desktop and laptop PCs will decline through at least 2019, predicts a new report from research and advisory company Gartner.
At the same time, Gartner says, unit sales of what it calls “premium ultramobiles” will grow.