rssmobility IDC RSS alerts VMware Acquires Mobile APM Company Apteligent <P>On May 15, VMware announced it had acquired Apteligent, a provider of mobile application performance management (APM) solutions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. VMware was one of the investors in Apteligent and participated in its $30.0 million Series C funding round in May 2014. In total, Apteligent raised more than $48 million. According to IDC's research, Apteligent generated $17.7 million in revenue in 2015, giving it a 0.6% share of the APM market that year.</P> IDC Link Tue, 30 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Dan Yachin U.S. Mobile Phone and Smartphone Installed Base Forecast, 2017–2021 <P>This IDC study analyzes the installed base of smartphone users in the United States by operating system (OS). It combines IDC's extensive knowledge of smartphones, smartphone users, subscribers, subscriber growth, and challenges and opportunities for different operating systems. Findings in this document are based on information gathered from primary and secondary sources during the past six months.</P><P>"Smartphones are continuing to grow, although that growth is impacted because of several factors, including market saturation and increased rates of smartphone penetration among the U.S. wireless subscriber base," says Brian Haven, senior research analyst with IDC's Consumer Mobility team. "However, the declining value of the feature phone has motivated most users to migrate toward smartphones, increasing their market share among the installed base."</P> Market Forecast Mon, 29 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Brian Haven, Anthony Scarsella Africa: Media and Telecom <P>This IDC Presentation looks at the key elements in the media and telecom landscape of Africa and the ways in which digital transformation may bring the two industries together. Set against demographic and economic information, it focuses on the role of mobile technologies in this development as 4G LTE networks spread their reach and tariff usage costs fall.</P> IDC Presentation Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Simon Baker Australian Businesses Slide in Mobility Maturity Stakes as Asian Economies Surge Ahead Australian Businesses Slide in Mobility Maturity Stakes as Asian Economies Surge Ahead. Research Press Release Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Google I/O 2017: Google Extends Intelligent Assistant and Smart Home Capabilities, but Falls Short on Visual Experiences <P>The battle for dominance in the intelligent assistant and smart home markets continues to tighten following several key announcements from Google at its developer conference on May 17, 2017. For some time, Google has been gaining an edge in both of these areas through its extensive cognitive systems and its conversational experiences – and could further this edge with the latest lineup of new features, such as the incorporation of Google Assistant's conversational abilities with Google Lens, and Google Home's hands-free calling and proactive assistance skills – but it has fallen short on matching Amazon's visual experience, which is something that affords Amazon a lead over Google for now.</P> IDC Link Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Adam Wright Worldwide Carrier Routing Equipment Forecast, 2017–2021 <P>This IDC study presents the worldwide market forecast for carrier routing network equipment for 2016– 2021. Carrier routing network equipment sales to service providers (SPs) are forecast to grow from $10.99 billion in 2016 to $11.94 billion by the end of 2021, for a CAGR of 1.7%.</P><P>"After two years of strong growth driven by mobile network buildouts in Asia/Pacific, we expect the core market to moderate in 2017 and expect it to pick up ahead of the 5G rollout in the 2019 and beyond time frame. On the other hand, the strategic imperative for greater service agility and network flexibility in a dynamic demand environment is pushing carriers to transform their network edge and could pause spending on traditional WAN connectivity use cases such as MPLS VPN. IDC expects this transformation to keep the edge segment sluggish in the near term but expects the segment to resume healthy growth in 2018 spurred by cloud gateway and broadband gateway use cases." — Rajesh Ghai, research director, Carrier Network Infrastructure</P> Market Forecast Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rajesh Ghai, Petr Jirovsky IDC Asia/Pacific 2017 Business and IT Services End-User Survey Results I: Acceleration of Digital Transformation Initiatives in the Region <P>This IDC Survey provides a comprehensive insight into the market dynamics currently shaping the business and IT services market in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) based on the findings of IDC's <I>2017 Annual </I><I>Business and IT Services Survey</I>. This study analyzes the spending intentions of IT and line-of-business buyers engaging with external SPs to build or implement innovation initiatives using digital transformation (DX). The study highlights an organization's digital transformation adoption patterns as well as its focus of digital transformation initiatives. </P><P>The survey was conducted between December 2016 and January 2017, and 1,302 business and IT services decision makers across industries were interviewed among 13 APEJ markets.</P><P>"Majority of the organizations in the region are in the early stages of DX adoption, are yet to set up DX functional teams, and are in the process of understanding and evaluating various digital solutions. Having stated that, organizations are desperate for innovation related to DX, requiring SPs to aggressively pursue co-innovation with their customers," says Sherrel Roche, senior market analyst, IDC's Asia/Pacific Business and IT Services Research.</P> IDC Survey Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Sherrel Roche IDC PeerScape: Enterprise Mobility Practices for Mobile Deployment <P>"Organizations should be sure that they identify and address their unique mobility challenges and needs, then determine whether the broad, 'vanilla' best practices and technologies need to be adjusted or augmented for their specific circumstances," says Galen Gruman, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP). "The key challenge is to avoid being too special, throwing out the broad best practices that do apply or overcomplicating your strategy with too many exceptions and variations that really don't help in the end."</P> IDC PeerScape Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Galen Gruman U.S. Mobile Game Mode Preference Shifts, 2Q13–3Q17 <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight examines medium-term trends in the United States as it relates to three fundamental modes of gameplay on iOS and Android mobile devices: single-player games, asynchronous or turn-based online multiplayer (OMP) games, and real-time or live OMP and player-versus-player (PVP) games. While it's not a perfect system, the most popular mobile titles in recent years can be placed into one of these modes, which fall along a spectrum of increasing social feature integration. More specifically, this survey pulls together the results of several recent annual U.S. gamer surveys (total mobile gamer n = 8,244) to assess the relative popularity of, and ARPU uplift/decrease associated with, these three modes of gameplay. It also offers an implied trend line for 3Q17, as well as some guidance.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Lewis Ward 2017 U.S. SD-WAN Enterprise Survey <P>This IDC Survey provides key analysis and findings from the 2017 <I>U.S. Enterprise Survey</I> related to the uptake, adoption, and deployment models of SD-WAN services by U.S. enterprises.</P> IDC Survey Wed, 24 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Ghassan Abdo