rsspricingandvaluation IDC RSS alerts Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Forecast, 2017–2020: Top 25 Countries <P>This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the worldwide IT leasing and financing market in the top 25 countries. It also updates Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Forecast Update, 2016–2020: Top 25 Countries, December 2016 (IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US42011616">US42011616</A></B>, December 2016), which is the previous forecast published for this market.</P><P>"The forecast for IT leasing and financing markets continues to trend positively, as customers still embrace the advantages that leasing offers like preservation of capital, protection from technology obsolescence, and life-cycle asset management. However, the source of demand for leasing will continue to evolve as service providers will become the main buyer of IT equipment throughout the forecast period. Diversification of financing and payment solutions is required to meet the changing needs of this buyer." — Susan G. Middleton, research director, IDC's Technology Financing Strategies</P> Market Forecast Mon, 22 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jennifer Cooke, Susan G. Middleton Point of sales techniques and word of mouth most important for smartphone purchase decision: IDC According to International Data Corporation (IDC)s Smartphone PULSE (Indian smartphone end consumer research study), Point of Sales techniques and Word of Mouth are the most prominent factors influencing the smartphone consumers purchase decision. Also, 2 out of every 3 smartphone buyers are male, every 2nd buyer is below the age of 25 years and more than 2/3rd of the consumers prefer touch and feel of the offline over convenience of the online. Research Press Release Mon, 08 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT New IDC MarketScape Evaluates Worldwide Manufacturing Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Applications Vendors IDC Manufacturing Insights today announced a new IDC MarketScape report to help end users assess current and anticipated performance of configure, price, quote (CPQ) applications vendors in the manufacturing marketplace. Research Press Release Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT How Quickly Will PC-as-a-Service Adopters Shift to the New PC Procurement Model? <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at the adoption plans of the U.S. respondents that have PCaaS already in place at their organizations. In August 2016, IDC conducted a survey about PC as a service to understand insights on PCaaS adoption rates, motivations, buyer trends, and satisfaction levels.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Susan G. Middleton IBM z Servers Residual Value Report, March 2017 <P>This IDC Market Perspective includes current fair market value, residual value, and specification charts for select IBMz13, EC12, zBC12, z196, z114, and z10 servers. It offers primary and secondary market analysis for the vendor and its products.</P><P>"The 2017 outlook for IBM's 3rd Platform is trending positively, but it remains to be seen whether IBM can transition its clients to the 3rd Platform and outpace the 2nd Platform declines. A challenge for all traditional IT infrastructure providers today is the race to shift to the new IT platforms before the revenue from the older technology options declines." — Susan G Middleton, research director, Technology Financing Strategies</P> Market Perspective Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Susan G. Middleton When Software “Eats the World,” Who’s Responsible for Fixing the Tractor? <P>Last weekend, several news outlets featured stories on a growing trend among U.S. farmers: hacking into the software of their John Deere tractors to fix broken farm equipment. With more and more software in traditionally nonsoftware products, complex software license agreements that limit customers' ability to repair their own equipment can be a problem for customers who just need their products to work. IDC recommends adopting best practices around software licensing, maintenance, and support for software embedded in any consumer or commercial product.</P> IDC Link Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Amy Konary, Elaina Stergiades, Vernon Turner A Framework for Pricing in the Worldwide Services Market <P>"This IDC Market Perspective looks at trends within variable pricing in the worldwide services industry," said Chad Huston, research manager in IDC's Worldwide Services program. "Key findings are interest in variable pricing is increasing, which is also resulting in more variable pricing contracts being sold; customers in the Americas are much more interested in variable pricing compared with EMEA and AP; and buyers in government/education were most hesitant of variable pricing with finance and manufacturing showing the most interest." In addition, buyers in the IT department are much more interested in variable pricing compared with the line of business. Last, company size was not an important factor in determining interest in variable pricing.</P> Market Perspective Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Chad Huston Kony Eyes Packaged Apps to Spur Mobile-First App Development Platform Market Growth <P>Kony announced a new mobile app offering that is designed to drive adoption of mobile-first apps in key segments of the business market, such as the SMB market and midmarket, that have resource and development skills gaps. Kony's AppVantage stands to spur mobile-first app deployments with this competitive offering aimed at challenging enterprise app vendors (e.g., Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP), boutique mobile app development agencies, and services-driven companies (e.g., IBM). It is responding to businesses' needs for mobile-first app vision with an aggressively priced, turnkey managed service — with an option for access to Kony's mobile app development platform and components for future projects.</P> IDC Link Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Denise Lund Server Price Changes <P>This IDC Perspective points out how IT buyers are reacting to the changing landscape in the server marketplace. Over the past several years, server prices have been steadily increasing. IDC explores how IT buyers are reacting to this phenomenon and how they are driving discipline and long-term price assurance.</P><P>"There has been a decent amount of churn in the x86 server market in the past couple of years, with Lenovo incorporating the xSeries and HP divesting its enterprise hardware group. While we have seen prices increase on a per-configuration basis, we have also seen vendors ramping up volume discounting." — Chris Murphy, vice president, IDC's Sourcing Advisory Service.</P><P>Teodora Tafrova, senior research analyst, IDC's Pricing Evaluation Services, stated the following when commenting on server price changes, "We have observed a constant and steady increase in server component pricing, contributing to an overall higher price point for x86 servers. The first quarter of 2017 observed a 25% price increase in server DRAM modules. Buyers will need to implement techniques to mitigate the effects of increasing server prices on their current contracts with suppliers."</P> IDC Perspective Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Michael Menechella, Chris Murphy, Teodora Tafrova 2017 Outlook for the IT Leasing and Financing Industry <P>This IDC Market Perspective provides an outlook of the top trends impacting the IT leasing and financing market in 2017.</P><P>"The pace of change in the IT leasing and financing area is accelerating because of the rapid adoption of as-a-service models and the new FASB compliance requirements. These two shifts are spurring most of the new investments in tools and back-office procedures that need to be updated to reflect customers new buying requirements and expectations." — Susan G. Middleton, research director, Technology Financing Strategies </P> Market Perspective Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Susan G. Middleton