rssbigdata IDC RSS alerts DDN Eyes Enterprise Virtualization Storage Opportunities with Tintri Acquisition <P>Big Data storage vendor DataDirect Networks (DDN) has bid for all-flash array vendor Tintri, primarily to expand its portfolio to cater to mainstream enterprise virtualization storage needs. While DDN will maintain its core focus on Big Data at scale and HPC markets, it will run Tintri as a separate business unit within DDN and continue the Tintri product line and manage customer support. </P><P>IDC believes Tintri's technologies bring core enterprise storage features such as replication and snapshot into DDN's portfolio that are critical for enterprise storage environments. The acquisition propels DDN into the mainstream virtualization space and expands its market opportunities, but it needs to maintain its innovation momentum as the storage industry undergoes another major disruption with NVMe. </P> IDC Link Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Archana Venkatraman, Silvia Cosso IDC's Worldwide Digital Transformation Use Case Taxonomy, 2018: Asset-Oriented Value Chains in the Manufacturing Industry <P>This IDC study discusses how asset-oriented value chains (chemicals, metals, and pulp/paper) are on a mission to digitally transform to develop a model for collaborative innovation.</P><P>IDC's Group Vice President Bob Parker said, "Companies in these value chains understand what is involved in this digital journey, and that begins with a common definition of the mission, strategic priorities, and programs so that individual projects or use cases support the overall objectives."</P> Taxonomy Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT John Santagate, Heather Ashton, Simon Ellis, Shawn Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Hojlo, Kimberly Knickle, Robert Parker, Lorenzo Veronesi The State of Digital Transformation, 2018: Canadian Insurance <P>This IDC Perspective provides a state of the nation with respect to digital transformation (DX) initiatives in the Canadian insurance industry. The insurance industry in Canada is proceeding with digital transformation initiatives at varying paces driven mainly by a desire to reduce operating costs. While some have introduced direct to client sales and support channels, this must be done carefully to avoid antagonizing the insurance agent community that handles most sales today.</P><P>The most significant digital transformation initiatives today involve core systems enhancements and the automation of insurer and agent system channels and interfaces to increase process efficiencies. Because the brokers effectively own the client, there is little opportunity for insurance companies to establish direct client interfaces that would emulate the direct digital links banks have with their clients.</P><P>Fintechs are starting to become more prevalent in the insurance industry, but none are perceived as significant threats by the insurance establishment. The most successful insurance product vendors precede the fintech era and because of their formidable knowledge can outmaneuver fintechs trying to become vendors to the insurance companies.</P><P>Other than well-established direct to consumer insurance sales organizations, no disruptive fintech-driven competition has materialized. The insurance industry is ripe for the introduction of transformative DX process because of the inefficiencies that exist within the distribution channels. "The key question is will more efficient insurance business processes be introduced by incumbents via digital transformation or will some disruptive forces that are not clearly evident today totally change the insurance industry," says Robert Smythe, research associate, IDC Financial Insights.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Robert Smythe, Jason Bremner Being Born Digital, Services Start-Up Happiest Minds Achieves Rapid Growth <P>This IDC Market Note discusses Happiest Minds, an India-based start-up/scale-up with significant activity in Europe. Happiest Minds focuses on digital transformation and provides transformational services for both applications and infrastructure. This IDC Market Note is the second in a series of documents detailing new entrants (start-ups) in the services market.</P> Market Note Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Mette Ahorlu Hungary Enterprise Application Software Market 2018–2022 Forecast and 2017 Vendor Shares <P>This IDC study provides a detailed overview of the Hungarian market for integrated EAS suites. EAS vendors tracked in this study include SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Libra, Griffsoft, R&R Software, Infor/Corvex, Progen, Isys-On, and ISF.</P><P>This study provides detailed qualitative and quantitative information, analyses, and forecasts that help to answer the following key questions:</P><UL><LI>What are the defining characteristics of the Hungarian EAS market?</LI><LI>What is the current size of the EAS market in Hungary, and what is the forecast potential of the market?</LI><LI>What is the current level of spending on EAS software in Hungary in the various vertical markets and end-user segments?</LI><LI>What are the leading players in the EAS market in Hungary, and how are they positioning themselves to capitalize on the market's potential?</LI><LI>Which industries are investing in EAS solutions, and how will future spending patterns affect market development?</LI><LI>What are the defining characteristics of the EAS installed base in Hungary in terms of vertical markets and end-user segments? </LI><LI>How will the political and economic conditions specific to Hungary affect the market?</LI></UL> Technology Segment Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Jozsef Bakk Trends in the Thailand Automotive Industry <P>Thailand is considered Southeast Asia's regional powerhouse in terms of automobile production and is the 12<SUP>th</SUP> largest producer of consumer and commercial vehicles worldwide. Thailand's automobile sector contributes 12% to the country's GDP and accounts for over US$54 billion in revenue. In 2016, the country's motor vehicle exports stood as 1.19 million units with a contribution of more than US$18 billion to the Thailand economy. Despite the value-add that the automobile sector brings in, there are still infrastructural gaps that could improve overall industry productivity. The government of Thailand has realized the importance of emerging technologies in improving data visibility, which would ultimately lead to streamlined manufacturing operations. </P><P>This IDC presentation discusses in detail such initiatives along with the existing challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for the OEMs. "The growth of emerging technologies such as IoT, robotics, and analytics has enabled the Thailand automotive sector to bring in increased automation that has improved the associated manufacturing efficiencies and reduced challenges around manufacturing productivity," says Sampath Kumar Venkataswamy, research manager, IDC Manufacturing Insights, Asia/Pacific.</P> Tech Buyer Presentation Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Sampath Kumar Venkataswamy, Jees Jose Why are Storage Investment Priorities Different Across the U.K., Germany, and France? <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight discusses the findings of IDC's <I>European Datacenter and </I><I>Multicloud</I><I> Survey</I>, 2018, involving over 651 enterprise storage customers in Western Europe about their storage investment priorities for the next 12 months. IDC highlights the differences in storage priorities in the U.K., Germany, and France and their implications on each country's enterprise IT landscape and maturity across key trends such as data regulatory compliance, multicloud, and Big Data analytics.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Archana Venkatraman Japan 3rd Platform Forecast by Vertical Segment and Company Size, 2018−2022 <P>This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ42862118.">JPJ42862118.</A></B> In this report, IDC classifies the 21 industry segments into enterprise segment that consist of 17 industry segments in Japan and the nonenterprise segment that comprises four industry segments, which are government, local government, education, and consumers. This study provides a report on the 3rd Platform spending performance for the respective segments in 2017 and a forecast from 2018 to 2022. IDC further divides the market according to the five company sizes, and presents as well as analyzes the 3rd Platform market spending forecast data by industry segment and company size.</P><P>"More businesses will engage in digital transformation or DX as investments in the 3rd Platform continue to grow. It is critical for IT suppliers to strengthen their consulting services as IT professional businesses that are going to engage in DX or explore the next stage after trial implementation of DX require a different approach from the traditional way of proceeding with IT projects," says Naoko Iwamoto, senior market analyst, IT Spending Group, IDC Japan.</P> Market Forecast Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Naoko Iwamoto, Hitoshi Ichimura, Akira Muranishi China's Smart City Trends, 2Q18 Update <P>This IDC Market Presentation touches upon all favorable aspects of Smart City in China, including definition, mission and purpose, key programs, market size and forecast, subvertical breakdowns, pilot projects, and technology foundations. </P><P>It then explains in full details what are the uniqueness for Smart City in China, what are the drivers and inhibitors, what was seen in 2017, and what is happening in 2018. </P><P>It also provides a holistic view of the Smart City ecosystem and key players, market entry barriers in terms of subverticals, trending construction models, and market forecast to general contractors. </P><P>Towards the end, it shares the future trends of Smart Cities in China and illustrates a significant Smart City form factor — government-run smart business parks. Specifically, how city governments have been using smart business parks for industry transformation (new, existing), investment promotion, services and efficiency improvement, and innovation-driven growth; and how vendors are engaging them to help drive digital transformation and industry/ecosystem.</P> Market Presentation Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Chris Dong Indian Utility Industry: Delivering Operational Agility <P>This Tech Buyer Presentation presents key findings from IDC's <I>2018 Asia</I><I>/</I><I>Pacific Energy Decision</I><I>-</I><I>Maker Survey</I>. The report looks at what utilities companies in India need to focus on to create greater operational agility and, particularly, the ability to enable data within their operations. </P><P>"Indian utilities companies are challenged by responding to changing regulations, managing increasing costs, and seeking to drive innovation but struggling to realise the value from it. This is an environment with a lot of changes. Investments focused on building out digital grid investments and moving to environments and approaches that support the ability to enable data are critical to deliver efficiency through greater insight and real-time decision support operationally, integrated operational processes, and insight of customer requirements," states Emilie Ditton, associate VP, IDC Energy Insights.</P> Tech Buyer Presentation Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Emilie Ditton