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Cybersecurity spending is on the rise. So are sales of 2-in-1 devices, especially to business users, while tablet shipments continue to slide.

These are the findings of two recent reports from leading industry watchers IDC and Gartner. Here’s your solution provider’s summary:

Cybersec: spending more

The solution provider’s takeaway: Security services, especially those based in the cloud, are a good business to be in, both now and for at least the next year.

IT managers are doing more than complaining about cybersecurity, according to new figures from Gartner. They’re actually spending more on IT security products and services.

Worldwide spending on cybersecurity will increase 7 percent this year, the research and advisory firm predicts. Assuming that’s correct, total global spending on these goods and services this year will reach $86.4 billion.

What’s more, this spending increase will continue for at least another year, Gartner believes. Next year, the company predicts, worldwide spending on IT security products and services will reach $93 billion. From Gartner’s predicted spending level for this year, that’s an increase of 7.6 percent.

Some sectors are expected to grow faster than others. Gartner says the fastest-growing sector will be security services. That includes outsourcing, consulting and implementation services.

But at least one sector will instead slow: hardware support services. Gartner says that’s due to the growing adoption of virtual appliances, public cloud and SaaS security solutions, all of which can replace solutions based on hardware.

Tablets: Euro recovery

The solution provider’s takeaway: Not much has changed here. Plain old tablets with no keyboard continue to lose appeal, while 2-in-1s continue to gain.

Tablet sales in Western Europe made an “almost complete recovery” in this year’s second quarter, according to a new report from IDC.
A total of 7 million tablet devices were shipped in the region during Q2, the market watcher estimates. That’s a mere 0.5 percent fewer than were shipped in the year-earlier quarter.
But there’s a catch: IDC includes 2-in-1s (which it calls “detachables”) in its tablet figures. These days, it more common to consider a 2-in-1 a kind of mobile PC.
Indeed, West Euro shipments of 2-in-1s actually improved in Q2, with 1 percent more devices shipped than a year ago. Slate tablet unit shipments, meanwhile, dropped in the region by 1 percent.
Looking only at business-sector shipments, the picture is brighter. There, IDC says, Q2 unit sales of tablets increased by nearly 3 percent.
By supplier, Europe’s tablet-market leaders were (in order of Q2 market share): Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Amazon and Huawei.
Some of their gains were impressive. Apple, for one, increased its market share in Western European tablets by 3 points, rising from 24 to 27 percent.


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