IDC Predicts a Return to Growth in EMEA Thin Client Market
19 Jun 2015
PRAGUE, June 19, 2015 - The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin client market posted a severe contraction in Q1 2015, with shipments dropping by 10.2% year on year to 438,000 units, according to the EMEA Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker published by global IT market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
"Windows XP caused a misleading dynamic in the thin client market in Western Europe, with early renewals and new purchases heating up in 2014," says Oleg Sidorkin, senior research analyst at IDC. "Our analysis suggests that the market overshot its long-term growth trend by about 5-7 percentage points. As a result, in the beginning of 2015, the market faced a shortage of new projects and weak demand. Nevertheless, as the impact of the demand shock fades, the market will resume its long-term growth trajectory by the end of the year."
In Western Europe (WE) the thin client market declined by 13.3% year on year in Q1 2015. At the same time, the long-term market drivers such as the push to virtualization technology, a transition from PC to thin clients, and sustained economic expansion went on fueling demand. As a result, overall shipments went up by about 10% compared to Q1 2013. According to IDC’s latest forecast, the thin client market in Western Europe will return to upper-single-digit year-on-year growth in the last quarter of 2015.
In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the 16.3% year-on-year market decline in Q1 2015 was in line with the forecast, as the steady growth in Central Europe was not sufficient to offset the demand contraction in Russia and Ukraine. This trend will continue throughout 2015. Brisk shipments in South Africa and Morocco drove Africa’s overall market, while the Middle East post mixed performance across the region. The overall market in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMA) will remain volatile until the end of the year, influenced by political and economic disturbances across the region. Low oil prices, which typically accelerate economic development in Western Europe, will impede IT investments in oil-rich countries. Additionally, escalating military conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine will create mid-term restraints for economic development in the region.
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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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