rssconsumer IDC RSS alerts Streaming Rights for Select National Football League Games Up for Grabs: A Harbinger of Things to Come for OTT Video Services <P>Reports that leading Internet giants Facebook, Google/YouTube, Amazon and Twitter are bidding for streaming rights to Thursday night National Football League (NFL) games serve as an indicator of things to come in the over-the-top (OTT) video services market as traditional pay TV comes under increased threat from emerging competition. </P> IDC Link Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Greg Ireland US House of Representatives Votes to Repeal FCC Privacy Rules <P>The US House of Representatives has voted to repeal privacy rules that would have prohibited Internet service providers from selling or sharing consumer data with consent. The rules had not yet been enacted, but the repeal illustrates the current administration's policy stance and indicates that further changes may be coming soon.</P> IDC Link Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jason Blackwell Augmented/Virtual Reality Opportunities and Challenges: Adoption Cases, Government Initiatives Analysis, and Essential Guidance for Six Countries in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) <P>This IDC Presentation presents overview, opportunities, and challenges for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies as well as provides essential guidance for technology buyers and vendors. </P><P>Many enterprises are beginning to view AR/VR technologies as a computing platform and are developing applications for a variety of use cases, such as engaging customers at stores, for customer service and engagement, training and collaboration, product demos, project planning, and design applications as well as for data visualization and productivity tools. Adoption across sectors is growing rapidly. With a number of low-priced AR/VR headsets slated for launch in 2017 and an expanding ecosystem of enterprise applications, vendors will further propel adoption. As per IDCs' latest AR/VR Spending (includes hardware, software, and services) Guide, the worldwide market for AR/VR is forecast to reach US$143.3 billion in 2020 compared with US$6.1 billion in 2016. </P><P>In this document, we also analyze the key market developments, government initiatives, and adoption cases for six Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) markets: Australia, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.</P> IDC Presentation Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Avinav Trigunait Beyond Millennials: Thoughts on Consumer Segmentation <P>This IDC Market Perspective reviews how characteristics of engagement with consumer technology and services among millennials are increasingly shared by older age segments. </P><P>"Millennials may be considered digital natives but that does not mean older age segments are not increasingly exhibiting similar characteristics with respect to engagement with consumer technology and services," says Greg Ireland, research director, Consumer Digital Transformation at IDC. "We consider the tipping point of the technology engagement divide to be 45 years of age, well above the cut-off for the millennial generation."</P> Market Perspective Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Greg Ireland Bosch ConnectedWorld, 2017: Bosch is Expanding Its IoT Capabilities <P>This IDC Market Note provides insights from Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017, held in Berlin on March 15 and 16. More than 2,700 Bosch executives, partners, and customers listened to Bosch's IoT vision and strategy, and discussions of major industry trends, innovations, and use cases across industries.</P> Market Note Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Sylvia Wünsche Canadian Retail ICT Landscape, 2017 <P>This IDC Presentation provides an analysis on the drivers and priorities for ICT spending in the retail sector in Canada. This Presentation draws on IDC's surveys of CIOs and line-of-business executives across the Canadian market as well as discussions across both IT users and the supply side of the market to provide a map of where short- and long-term opportunities can be found. It highlights the imperatives for spending that exist across the market at present. After examining the business pressures that are determining corporate investments and decisions, the Presentation looks at how this is affecting technology decision making.</P><P>"The Canadian retail sector is an attractive target for ICT vendors of all stripes. IDC Canada estimates that the ICT opportunity will expand to $3.78 billion in 2020 from $3.4 billion in 2016 — at a compound annual growth rate of 2.6%." — Nigel Wallis, vice president at IDC Canada</P><P>This Presentation is part of a series of documents focusing on specific vertical markets. It includes the Canadian ICT market size for 2015 along with forecasts for 2016–2020, including five-year compound annual growth rates for hardware, software, services, and telecommunications.</P> IDC Presentation Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Nigel Wallis, Vladyslav Mukherjee Indian wearable market clocks 2.5 million units in 2016, Low cost fitness trackers being key driver: IDC India According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the wearable market in India observed the total shipments of 2.5 million units in 2016 as per IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Tracker Press Release Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Natural Language Processing Technology in Healthcare <P>This IDC Health Insights Perspective provides an overview of the global healthcare natural language processing (NLP) market. NLP technologies assist machines in understanding the language used by humans to communicate both reading and writing. Therefore, NLP is crucial for advancing healthcare as it is needed to transform relevant information locked in text into structured data that can be used by computer processes to improve patient care and medicine. </P><P>"Despite its promises, the development of NLP-based solutions for healthcare is still slow," said Adriana Allocato, senior research analyst, IDC Health Insights EMEA. "This happens because NLP is a highly complex undertaking that hides several challenges restraining its growth."</P> IDC Perspective Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Adriana Allocato, Silvia Piai Telcos Are Pursuing Innovation Eagerly in Western Europe <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight outlines where telecommunication providers are on the adoption curve for two of IDC's Innovation Accelerators: cognitive systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). The results are based on the responses from IDC's <I>European Software Survey</I> and highlight the progress made so far in exploiting the opportunities emanating from these nascent technology areas.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Andy Hicks, Helena Schwenk U.S. and Worldwide Networked Video Entertainment Devices Forecast, 2017–2021 <P>This IDC study provides our forecast of U.S. and worldwide networked video entertainment devices for the 2017–2021 period.</P><P>"Increasingly, the value of digital activities has migrated away from devices as they have largely become transmission vehicles for software and services. Devices are like tortilla chips at a party: We need them, but only as a means to eat guacamole. The proliferation of networked video devices, however, remains a critical link in the evolution of the digital consumer and an integral part of the home Internet of Things," said Jonathan Gaw, research manager for IDC's Internet of Things: Consumer practice.</P> Market Forecast Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jonathan Gaw