rsssocialbusiness IDC RSS alerts IDC PlanScape: Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) Technologies in Smart Cities <P>This IDC study discusses how blockchain/distributed ledger technologies could be applied to securely validate public sector transactions and identities and to reduce bureaucracy via smart contracts. City and other public sector leaders need to better understand this emerging, complex technology. </P><P>In the sections that follow, we explore these issues in depth, highlighting which stakeholders need to be involved and the recommended steps to take so that Smart Cities can learn to leverage the technologies appropriately. Most importantly, we address why Smart Cities should be considering DLT.</P><P>"DLT/blockchain solutions are profoundly transformative solutions that offer the capacity to drastically reduce bureaucracy and streamline transactional and contract efficiencies, creating valuable cost saving for budget-constrained local governments." — Dr. Alison Brooks, research director, Smart Cities and Public Safety</P> IDC PlanScape Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Alison Brooks, Ph.D., Ruthbea Yesner Clarke Open Source Software: A Key Enabler of Digital Transformation <P>This IDC Presentation presents a brief discussion of the role of open source software in digital transformation. This presentation was delivered as part of a series of "lightning talks" at IBM InterConnect 2017 on March 19, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.</P><P>"The industry has made a clear shift to favor open source software, particularly among developers," said Al Gillen, GVP, IDC's Software Development and Open Source. "The evolution of open source software continues to move it to a more and more integral position in the larger software stack, particular so for cloud-as-a-service providers. This presentation takes a succinct look at this continuing and growing trend."</P> IDC Presentation Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Al Gillen Manufacturing Digital Transformation Strategies: Findings from the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, 2016 <P>This IDC Manufacturing Insights Presentation details Western European manufacturers' IT adoption strategies and investment plans for 2017. The data has been sourced from the annual <I>IDC European Vertical Markets Survey</I>, 2016, covering 261 manufacturers. </P><P>Key topics include business outlook and priorities, IT budgets, IT strategies, trends, and adoption levels. </P><P>This presentation addresses questions such as: </P><UL><LI>What are the business initiatives in terms of how much they are leading manufacturers' agenda for 2017?</LI><LI>What percentage of the IT budget will be allocated to:</LI><LI>Maintain/run existing systems</LI><LI>Upgrade existing systems</LI><LI>Innovation</LI><LI>Regulatory compliance</LI><LI>What is the status of cloud in manufacturing?</LI><LI>Do manufacturing companies already use or are they planning to adopt an Internet-of-Things (IoT) solution? How is IoT currently used?</LI><LI>How many manufacturers are using or are planning to use 3D printing, robotics, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), and cognitive/artificial intelligence (AI)?</LI></UL><P>For the full description of the survey methodology, please refer to IDC's <I>A Look Into 2017 Vertical Markets and SMBs: IDC European Vertical Markets Survey Methodology, 2016</I> (IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=EMEA40710516">EMEA40710516</A></B>, November 2016). </P> Insights Presentation Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Maggie Slowik, Lorenzo Veronesi Snap IPO + 1 Week: The End of Upside for Unidimensional Networks <P>Snap Inc. describes itself as a camera company. Snap's initial public stock offering has had a whiplash profile over its initial week of trading. Shares barreled out of the gate on March 2, rising by just over 20% to a $29.44 high on March 3 before settling down and then retreating dramatically in subsequent days. At the time of this writing, shares were trading at $23.44, slightly below the initial offering price of $24.48. Market capitalization stood at just over $27 billion.</P><P>What can be expected for Snap and for future such IPOs, and what does this mean for social and messaging services as value engines versus mere audience aggregation points?</P> IDC Link Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT John Jackson Japan 3rd Platform Market Forecast Update by Vertical and Company Size, 2016−2020 <P>This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ41771716">JPJ41771716</A></B>, which reports on 3rd Platform spending results (2015) and forecasts (2016–2020) separately using a total of 21 fields of categorization: companies in 17 Japanese industries; and four types of non-companies, government agencies, municipalities, education, and general consumers. IT spending is further segmented into five categories based on the number of employees, with 3rd Platform spending forecast data listed by industry and number of employees. The backgrounds to these figures are then analyzed.</P><P>Group Manager of the IDC Japan IT Spending Group, Yayoi Hirose, states that "IT vendors should help to link the departments (development and design, marketing, production lines, maintenance, and so on) that tend to become silos, thus separated from one another within the large enterprises that hold the keys to using the 3rd Platform; and should encourage more effective partnerships with the aim of delivering customer-centered business."</P> Market Forecast Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Yayoi Hirose, Hitoshi Ichimura, Naoko Iwamoto Does 3rd Platform Technology Pave the Way for Digital Transformation? Technology Adoption and Trends by Industry in Europe for 2017 <P>Based on IDC's latest <I>European Vertical Markets Survey</I><I>,</I> the journey to digital transformation is underway. The four pillars of the 3rd Platform — cloud, social, Big Data, and mobility — already form the basis for IT, but adoption and plans vary across industries as companies deploy IT and digital transformation technologies to pursue their specific business objectives.</P><P>In this complementary IDC webcast, Mike Glennon and Angela Vacca from the European Industry Solutions team discuss how each industry is embracing the technologies associated with these four pillars and touch on the following key topics:</P><UL><LI>Cloud: a path toward maturity</LI><LI>Social media tools: well-known tools often underutilized</LI><LI>Big Data: increasingly relevant but still not mainstream</LI><LI>Mobility: an area of continued focus</LI><LI>Digital transformation: myth or reality?</LI></UL> Web Conference Tue, 07 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Mike Glennon, Angela Vacca Microsoft Eases Collaboration with Yammer Integration to Office 365 Groups <P>Microsoft today made collaboration easier with the announcement of the integration of Yammer with Office 365 Groups. This is the latest of several rounds of integrations to improve collaboration and productivity using Yammer with Office 365 Groups. The result is a faster, tighter integration to benefit active community and project collaboration.</P> IDC Link Tue, 07 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Wayne Kurtzman Competing in and with Asia as the DX Economy Emerges <P>These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.</P> Conference Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Sandra Ng From MarTech to CX Tech: A Road Map for the Next Decade of Innovation <P>These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.</P> Conference Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Gerry Murray ONAP Unites CSP Open Source projects in Networking and Orchestration <P>The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project streamlines and focuses two key CSP community projects to improve the speed of innovation by CSPs. This combination of efforts improves the potential for successful transformation of CSP operations by CSPs and their partners. Enterprise and consumer customers are increasingly dependent upon CSPs as they shift to offsite cloud resources, but CSP operations today are ill-prepared for the complexities of highly agile digital relationships. CSPs and their suppliers will need to build trust with customers based on their business operations expertise — and responsiveness — rather than on technology assets alone.</P> IDC Link Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Elisabeth Rainge, Rohit Mehra