If your clients include larger corporations, and you’re serving only their IT departments, you may want to rethink that.
That's because non-IT line of business (LoB) managers increasingly buy a lot of technology.
How much? Well, market watcher IDC now predicts that LoB purchases of corporate IT products and services worldwide this year will hit $609 billion, up 6% from last year.
Apple reshuffled its tablet lineup yesterday, and for solution providers, there are some important takeaways.
In case you missed it, Apple yesterday introduced an iPad tablet powered by a 64-bit Apple A9 processor, fitted with a 3.1-megapixel 9.7-inch display, and retailing for as little as $329. That price will get you a Wi-Fi tablet with 32GB of storage capacity. Shipments are set to start this Friday, Mar. 24.
Attention, solution providers: IT departments need your help with their hybrid cloud/non-cloud deployments. Especially with cloud assessments, training, migration, testing and transformation services.
So finds a new survey of 1,500 IT decision-makers in a range of industries worldwide. While the respondents worked at large organizations, the findings should have implications for solution providers serving SMBs, too.
The company yesterday introduced what it’s calling “the most responsive” data center solid state drive (SSD), the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X series.
Intel promises the new drives can help remove data bottlenecks, improve CPU utilization and let users do more work with the same number of servers.
Sure, Lenovo is the top PC supplier by market share worldwide. But have you checked out Lenovo’s activity in the data center lately?
Lenovo has big plans for both its data center group (DCG) and the channel. Sammy Kinlaw, channel chief for Lenovo North America, gave a presentation on this subject last week at the XChange Solution Provider 2017 conference held in National Harbor, Md.
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.