Warnings all done - here comes 2012
2012 will be the year that technology giants go head to head to compete for leadership in the high growth areas of mobile and Cloud, according to analyst IDC.
By the end of next year, we should have a good idea which vendors will – and won't – be among the industry's leaders at the end of the decade, the analyst predicts in a new report.
Today, spending on mobile computing, Cloud services, social networking, and big data analytics technologies is growing at about 18% per year and is expected to account for at least 80% of IT spending growth between now and 2020.
But with future market revenues at stake, IDC predicts that 2012 will be marked by some of the first high-stakes battles as companies seek to position themselves for leadership in these critical and fast-growing technology areas.
Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at the market watcher, said the big players in the market - including Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM and Apple - would face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. "The industry's shift to the 'third platform' [mobile devices supported by the Cloud] will accelerate in 2012, forcing the industry's leaders to make bold investments and fateful decisions," Gens said.
"The urgency to act – and to make the right decisions – will dramatically increase. By the end of 2012, we should be able to see much more clearly which players have successfully positioned themselves in the 'lead pack' of the marathon-like race for industry leadership in the decade ahead," he added.
Overall, IDC predicts that worldwide ICT spending will grow 6.9% year over year to $1.8 trillion in 2012. As much as 20% of this total spending will be driven by the technologies that are reshaping the IT industry – smartphones, media tablets, mobile networks, social networking, and big data analytics.
IDC also predicts that in 2012 mobile data network spending will exceed fixed data network spending for the first time, that 80% of new commercial enterprise apps will be deployed on Cloud platforms - and that China will surpass Japan as the world's second largest IT market sometime in the course of the year.
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