Impressive 2014 Results for the EMEA Thin Client Market Will Be Tough to Match in 2015
03 Apr 2015
PRAGUE, April 3, 2015 – The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin client market is settling down after a brisk 2014, which witnessed 7.9% year-on-year unit growth and 1.97 million units shipped, according to the EMEA Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker published by global IT market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
"The EMEA thin-client market will return to its long-term one-digit growth trajectory by the end of 2015," says Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. "Global factors which gave a boost to thin-client shipments in 2014, such as end of support for Windows XP and postponed commercial PC upgrades, have basically died away, and the market is seeking out new drivers to sustain growth momentum."
In 2014, shipments in Western Europe (WE) exceeded prior expectations, growing dynamically at double-digit rates during the first three quarters. This pace will be a challenge for the major market players to match in 2015. As a result, the overall market is likely to contract marginally in the first half of the year and return to moderate growth in the following quarters.
In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the outlook is still uncertain. On one side, we have healthy economic growth in Central Europe, but on the other side, the current economic and political situation in Russia and Ukraine have created negative pressure on thin-client demand in the region. The Russian market’s volume share of the total EMEA market contracted from 9.0% in 2013 to 5.0% in 2014, and the decline continues. Overall, the Russian market is not expected to return to growth before 2016.
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About the Research- IDC's EMEA Quarterly Enterprise Client Devices Tracker provides market size data for thin client and terminal client technologies in an easy-to-use Excel Pivot Table format. The tracker covers three major regions (Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa) and includes 24 countries. The enterprise client devices tracker quantifies quarterly shipments and customer revenues segmented by vendor, country, category, form factor, channel, and operating system.
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