rsspricingandvaluation IDC RSS alerts Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Forecast Update, 2017–2021: Top 25 Countries, December 2017 <P>This IDC study presents an updated five-year forecast for the worldwide IT leasing and financing market in the top 25 countries. It updates the previous forecast published in <I>Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Forecast, 2017–2020: Top 25 Countries </I>(IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US40887317">US40887317</A></B>, May 2017).</P><P>"The need for agility, flexibility, and transparency is increasing the shift to "as-a-service models," which will accelerate through 2021. Customers will look to their trusted financial partners to help them through this IT transformation with a mix of traditional and new procurement programs." — Susan G. Middleton, research director, IDC's Technology Financing Strategies</P> Market Forecast Thu, 04 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Jennifer Cooke, Susan G. Middleton Microsoft FY 1Q18: Steady Growth Continues with Cloud Uplift Proving Strong <P>This IDC Market Perspective considers the FY 1Q18 results of Microsoft. The company's financial performance has been growing in most quarters for the past several years, as Microsoft continues on a dramatic shift in the mix of products being sold and monetized.</P><P>"Microsoft continues to be in the midst of a long-term transition from a traditional on-premises software license business to an online and/or subscription business," said Al Gillen, group VP, Software Development and Open Source Software, IDC. "With the analysis presented in this document, we see clear evidence that Microsoft continues to successfully negotiate this transition while growing its overall software revenue in the process, which is no simple task given the sheer magnitude of Microsoft's traditional software business."</P> Market Perspective Thu, 21 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Al Gillen Nordic Consulting Prices — 2017 Tracker and 2018–2019 Expectations <P>This Market Presentation is based on a Nordic survey carried out in October and November 2017. The survey asked 353 respondents from vendor and end-user organizations about consultant prices in 2017, as well as past and future developments in four categories of consultants.</P><P>The presentation delivers insights on:</P><P>2017 consulting prices in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden</P><P>Expected price developments between 2017 and 2019 in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden</P><P>The price tracking includes:</P><UL><LI>Basic skills consultants </LI><LI>Technical specialists</LI><LI>System architects</LI><LI>Senior IT/business consultants</LI></UL><P>The presentation gives an overview of general survey observations and analysis and IDC's essential guidance based on the findings.</P> Market Presentation Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Jesper Sorensen, Jan Horsager HPE Pointnext and Rackspace Join Forces to Offer Pay-as-You-Go Private Cloud <P>HPE Pointnext and Rackspace have partnered to provide enterprise clients with a competitively priced private cloud option that can be hosted on-premise, in a colocation facility, or with Rackspace. This new offer embraces the agility, flexibility, and ease of use long associated with public cloud options but applying them to dedicated private cloud with clear capacity and pricing metrics. This solution addresses a growing requirement for large IT datacenters: how to handle IT capacity growth without increasing IT infrastructure ownership.</P> IDC Link Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Richard L. Villars, Susan G. Middleton, Rob Brothers IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Subscription Relationship Management 2017 Vendor Assessment <P>This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape model to provide an assessment of vendors participating in the subscription relationship management market.</P><P>"For many companies, the shift from physical products to digital services is 'make or break.' The subscription relationship management market includes software that automates aspects of billing, revenue management, customer life-cycle management, pricing and packaging, sales, and support. This technology is essential for companies that are monetizing digital products and services and is a key component of their broader digital commerce platforms." — Jordan Jewell, research analyst, Digital Commerce and Enterprise Applications</P> IDC MarketScape Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jordan Jewell, Eric Newmark U.S. IT Leasing and Financing Survey, 2017: Understanding Customers Behaviors and Impact of New IT Consumption Models on Leasing Trends <P>This IDC Survey examines the results of IDC's 2017 <I>U.S. IT Leasing and Financing Survey </I>to understand customers' motivations for leasing and the expected impact of new IT consumption models on future leasing behaviors.</P><P>In September 2017, IDC's Technology Financing Strategies team conducted a survey of U.S. enterprise customers that lease and finance IT equipment. All respondents understood flexible consumption models.</P><P>The 300 survey respondents were IT and finance decision makers in medium-sized to large enterprises in the United States. All participants were involved in decisions about leasing, financing, and IT consumption models.</P><P>The goal of the survey was to assess customers satisfaction with IT leasing and financing offerings and partners and to understand customers' preparedness for new procurement models:</P><UL><LI>Discussion of FASB preparedness</LI><LI>Shifts to new consumption models</LI><LI>Key decision makers</LI></UL> IDC Survey Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT Susan G. Middleton Robotic Process Automation: New Contractual Risks to the Enterprise <P>This IDC Perspective highlights some potential risks related to the "indirect use" of software that many enterprises are not aware of and offers advice on key actions that may be taken to assess and mitigate such risks. The document explores how digital transformation (DX) and its associated technology platforms are changing how enterprises leverage and use legacy technology. Enterprises must integrate legacy with DX to make efficient use of these new innovations. However, most legacy technologies were licensed by enterprises at a time when DX and its associated technology platforms did not exist. Accordingly, the industry is struggling on how to interpret legacy license terms and apply them to new information technology architectures.</P><P>"How many other areas of potential financial exposure are there that you aren't aware of?" asks Aaron Polikaitis, VP for IDC's Executive Programs Vendor Sourcing and Management practice. "Electronic music distribution turned the music licensing industry on its head. Similarly, digital transformation is creating turmoil and forcing change in how enterprises license technology from their vendors."</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT Aaron Polikaitis Which IT Equipment Categories Will Shift to New Flexible IT Consumption Models? <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight offers insights into one key area of this new procurement trend and reveals the IT equipment categories that enterprises are currently reviewing as possible options to transition to new flexible consumption models. IT leasing and financing companies need to prepare for disruption to traditional behaviors.</P><P>In September 2017, IDC surveyed 300 U.S. enterprises to understand the reasons that they lease and finance IT equipment. Specifically, we asked about current offerings and their satisfaction levels with these offers. In addition, we explored how they anticipate the new flexible IT consumption offerings will impact their future leasing behaviors.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Susan G. Middleton Cisco UCS Residual Value Forecast, September 2017 <P>This IDC Market Perspective includes residual value forecasts and specifications for Cisco's UCS platform. It provides primary and secondary market analysis for the vendor and its products. </P><P>"The inherently interconnected nature of Cisco UCS systems generally lengthens the amount of time they are installed in a datacenter, making them a solid investment for IT leasing and financing providers." — Jennifer Cooke, research director, Datacenter Management</P> Market Perspective Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jennifer Cooke Microsoft Surface Plus for Business: Focus on Flexibility <P>This IDC Market Note examines Microsoft's recently announced update and rebranding of the company's "Surface Plus for Business."</P><P>"The solution now leverages the PC-as-a-service (PCaaS) model to enable business customers to have the flexibility and robust cloud-based services they need in today's market." — Linn Huang, research director, IDC's Devices and Displays</P> Market Note Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rob Brothers, Linn Huang, Tom Mainelli, Susan G. Middleton, Kelly Quinn