rsstelecom 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 Assisting Digital Transformation Through Services: Cisco Profile <P>This IDC Vendor Profile analyzes Cisco, a large, well-known networking company, and its security service offerings that are specific to managed security services and the technical support portfolio. This Vendor Profile reviews key success factors including company strategy, managed security services (MSS), and technical services.</P> Vendor Profile Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Martha Vazquez 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 IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Next-Generation Telcos: Telecom Services 2016–2017 Vendor Assessment <P>This IDC study is the seventh yearly assessment of next-generation telecom operators in Asia/Pacific. The primary focus of this study is to assess SPs' capabilities to meet the telecommunication and ICT needs of various customer segments and it leverages the IDC MarketScape framework to evaluate 11 leading regional and global telecommunications SPs in Asia/Pacific. The evaluation framework consists of a large variety of parameters such as comprehensiveness of service offerings, datacenter and cloud capabilities, go-to-market strategy, growth strategy, partner ecosystem, and innovation strategy. SPs are evaluated based on their current capabilities and the strategies they set in the next three to five years for the enterprise segment in Asia/Pacific.</P><P>"The telco landscape is being reshaped by enterprise transformation to digital platforms. The impact of key 3rd Platform technologies and accelerators, and the enterprise desire to leverage those technologies to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace, is clearly visible. In the short term, SD-WAN and enterprise cloud connect will be important, followed by 5G, software-defined networks, and virtual network services (VNS), with a distinct focus on customer experience throughout. Most of the SPs today have responded to these enterprise requirements by expanding into adjacent areas and providing not just the technology, but the business expertise along with it. However, they differentiate themselves based on their focus and key strategic capabilities. It's an interesting era for the telecom sector," according to Nikhil Batra, senior research manager, IDC AP Telecom.</P> IDC MarketScape Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Nikhil Batra, Sandra Ng, Hugh Ujhazy, Shiv Putcha Obstacles to UCC Usage <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight analyzes results from IDC's 2016 <I>U.S. Enterprise Communications Survey</I><I>, </I>an online survey of 1,204 U.S.-based businesses. The Survey Spotlight highlights and discusses the barriers to employee usage of deployed UCC capabilities. </P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Amy Lind 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 Guardtime: Making the World Auditable and More Secure with Private Blockchain <P>This IDC Vendor Profile focuses on Guardtime, detailing the company's products and services and reporting on its core markets. It also offers an assessment of the company's differentiation points, opportunities, and challenges as well as provides a brief overview of the use cases for its KSI blockchain technology. </P> Vendor Profile Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Giorgio Nebuloni, Dominic Trott IDC Research Reveals 41% of APeJ Healthcare Organizations Plan to Launch IoT Solutions in the Next Two Years SINGAPORE, March 28th, 2017 Results from the IDC 2016 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey highlights that 41% of healthcare organizations in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) plan to launch at least one IoT solution in the next two years, with over 63% of organizations believing it to be the central theme for driving digital transformation in health. Research Press Release Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Internet of Things Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Market — V2V and V2I <P>Connected cars are the subject of immense research and development effort, and the potential market is huge — 184 million connected cars are forecast to be produced by 2020. "As markets in Asia continue to manufacture vehicles to support local and global demand, the opportunities provided by V2X technologies will expand," says Hugh Ujhazy, vice president of IoT for APEJ. "Regulators globally are looking to reduce the economic and human loss caused by accidents involving vehicles, and both regulation and technology are converging to deliver in this space," he added. The vehicle enhancement market is crowded with large and small players. While several traditional players such as carriers and chipmakers are coexisting in this space, disruptors see opportunities as V2X moves toward standardization and regulation of V2X solutions. "Regulation provides comprehensive platform players with global compatibility and significant opportunities to succeed in this space," Ujhazy further said. With the market undergoing consolidation, adoption of V2X solutions will move beyond luxury brand implementations to the broader market of light passenger vehicles.</P> Market Perspective Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Hugh Ujhazy