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IDC: Mobile devices will drive IT spending in 2013

Mobile devices, led my emerging mini tablets, will account for 20 percent of all IT spending in 2013. More than half of next year's expected 5.7 percent increase in global IT spending will be driven by sales of smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, IDC said in a forecast published Friday. IDC projects that mobile device sales will make up "an incredible" 57 percent of overall IT spending growth expected in 2013.

Businesses to increase SaaS spending over next two years.

Nearly three quarters of enterprises in Europe are planning to increase spending on software-as-a-service (SaaS) over the next two years, as adoption of cloud-based solutions gathers pace across the globe.

According to an new survey by Gartner, investments in SaaS are expected to increase across all regions. Seventy-seven percent of respondents expected to increase spending on SaaS, while 17 percent plan to keep spending the same.

Platform as a service market to see sharp growth

The PaaS (platform as a service) market will grow to US$1.2 billion in 2012, up from last year's $900 million take, as vendors and customers seek easier ways to create new applications and customize existing ones, according analyst firm Gartner.

PaaS spending will rise to $1.5 billion in 2013, while reaching $2.9 billion by 2016, Gartner said Monday.

Telecom. 21st annual Global Forum (2012): Huawei aims for global domination

Chinese telecom giant details plans to become a player in cloud computing, networking, and handsets. Stockholm hosted the 21st annual Global Forum this week, highlighted by forecasts of a heated-up world market in telecommunications, innovative R&D policy, and burgeoning e-government services.

IBM: Companies facing social media conundrum

The company's study shows that many businesses are embracing social media tools, but to what end? IBM issued a report today that found while most companies are accelerating their social media plans, many are struggling to figure out what it all means.

IDC: In software market, CRM, virtualization, and collaboration show strongest growth

The global software market grew 4.7 percent in the first half of this year to $167 billion, with CRM (customer relationship management), virtualization and collaboration coming in as the fastest-growing segments, according to figures released Wednesday by analyst firm IDC.

Economic difficulties in Western Europe dragged down the market overall, but software sales in the U.S., Latin America, Russia, China, and other areas showed growth, according to IDC.

Gartner: Mobile Device Management Tech Set to Take Off

With the tsunami of mobile devices infiltrating the enterprise, companies will adopt Mobile Device Management technologies in record numbers over the next five year.

That was one of the major mobile trends Gartner analysts presented this week at the firm's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. Specifically in the next five years 65% of corporations will adopt MDM to address security concerns from smartphones and tablets.

Global cloud traffic will account for nearly two-thirds of total global data center traffic by 2016

Cisco study finds clouds moving in.

Global cloud traffic will grow sixfold between 2011 and 2016 while global data center traffic will quadruple in that time. That's just one of the findings in Cisco's second annual Global Cloud Index, an estimate of global data center and cloud-based IP traffic growth and trends.

Gartner's Top 10 tech trends for 2013

The rise of mobile devices becomes the No. 1 trend as Microsoft joins the fight and seeks to retain a strong share of client platforms. First came the heavy adoption of Apple's mobile platform by consumers whose heavy use of the devices for business tasks forced the IT operations at their companies to support them. Android was the next mobile platform pushed onto IT and now comes Windows 8, Microsoft's latest effort to keep its PC empire intact and gain market share in mobile devices.

Gartner: 10 critical IT trends for the next five years

The forces of cloud computing, social media/networking, mobility and information management are all evolving at a rapid pace. These evolutions are largely happening despite the controls that IT normally places on the use of technologies, Cappuccio stated. "IT was forced to support tablets, and end users forced them to support IM and wireless networks a few years ago. And more such technologies are on the horizon," he said.

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