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IDC: 2018 3D Printing Spending to Reach $12bn

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According to IDC global 3D printing spending (including hardware, materials, software and services) will reach $12 billion in 2018-- a 19.9% increase over 2017-- before growing to $20bn in 2020.

IDC 3D printing

Together 3D printers and materials will account for around 66% of global spending throughout the forecast period, reaching $6.9bn and $6.7bn respectively in 2021. Services spending trails slightly behind, reaching $5.5bn in 2021 as led by on-demand parts service and systems integration services. 3DP software purchases show less growth than the overall market, with a 5-year CAGR of 18.6%.

Longer Battery Life With New Z-Wave Chip

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Sigma Designs announces the 700-Series Z-Wave platform at CES 2018-- a chip the solution provider claims can squeeze 10 years of use from a single coin-cell battery.

Sigma Z-WaveAs well as being low power, the 700-Series chip offers a range of over 90m, meaning it can cover multi-stories in a house and the far end of the yard. It carries all the hardware required, including integrated software tools, large memory and many peripherals, making it both efficient and future proof.

Security is also covered thanks to the Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework, while Z-Wave SmartStart pre-configures to the network before reaching the home.

Control4 Buys Ihiji

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Control4 announces the acquisition of a remote management services provider-- Ihiji, providing Control4 with a one-stop shop for remote IP network and IoT ecosystem management when paired with the Pakedge BakBak portfolio.

Control4 IhijiThe deal covers certain Ihiji IP, development and support teams, and inventory. Financial details are not available.

“Connected home opportunities are emerging globally, and their individual performance, reliability, and resilience are foundational to all successful installations," Control4 says. "By combining Control4’s BakPak, with its strong network management capabilities, and Ihiji’s Invision, with its industry-leading device monitoring and management capabilities, Control4 can provide a set of unified cloud-based services to our dealers to securely and efficiently monitor end-customer systems."

The Top eSP Stories for 2017

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2017As 2017-- a most tumultuous of years, by any standard-- comes to a close, it is as good a time as any to reflect on the times that have been, be it with major acquisitions, giants getting fined and surprise returns...

Gartner: 2018 Security Spending to Reach $96bn

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According to Gartner global security spending will reach $96.3 billion in 2018-- an 8% increase over 2017, driven by regulations, shifting buyer mindset, emerging threats and the evolution to a digital business strategy.

"Overall, a large portion of security spending is driven by an organisation's reaction toward security breaches as more high profile cyberattacks and data breaches affect organisations worldwide," the analyst says. "Cyberattacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya, and most recently the Equifax breach, have a direct effect on security spend, because these types of attacks last up to 3 years."

Gartner 2018 security spending

A 2016 Gartner survey valadates current security buyer behaviour. Of the 53% of organisations citing security risks as the top driver for overall security spending, the highest percentage of respondents say security breaches are the main security risk influencing their security spending. As a result, security testing, outsourcing and security information and event management (SIEM) are the fastest growing security subsegments driving the infrastructure protection and security services segments.

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