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Gartner: Global IT Spending Up to $3.7 Trillion in 2018

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Gartner: Global IT Spending Up to $3.7 Trillion in 2018

Yes, global IT spending will be up in 2017 and again in 2018-- even reaching an estimated spending of $3.5 trillion according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. But the IT buying landscape is changing.

Enterprise software and IT services continue to exhibit strong growth, with communications services continuing to drive the majority of spending. Software spending is projected to grow 8.5% in 2017, and it will grow another 9.4% in 2018 to total $387 billion. IT services spending is on pace to grow 4% in 2017 to reach $931 billion, and increase Read more...

IDC: EMEA PC Shipments "Almost Flat" in Q3 2017

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IDC: EMEA PC Shipments

The EMEA traditional PC (desktops, notebooks and workstations) market is "almost flat" in Q3 2017, IDC reports-- shipments total 17.7 million units, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Commercial space sees slight (0.1% Y-o-Y) growth due to enterprise renewals and education deals, while holiday season promotions and gaming boost consumer growth. Notebooks show positive performance across EMEA (0.3%) and strong growth in CEE (5.6%), even if they are negative in both MEA (-4%) and W. Europe (-0.1%). On the other hand desktops are stronger in EMEA, eroding at a softer rate (-2.9%) with strong commercial demand in CEE (8%).

"The overall W. European traditional PC market showed clear signs of strength," the analyst says. "Although notebooks remained the primary growth driver, desktops emerged as a stronger category, declining at a softer rate. But results were varied within the region. While southern Europe witnessed solid results with Spain, Portugal, and Greece finally opening up their IT wallets for PCs, the Nordics slumped after several quarters of solid growth. Among the 3 big Western European economies, France outperformed Germany and the UK."

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

A Hong Kong summit sees Qualcomm further detail what it describes as "Cellular PCs"-- Windows 10 machines running on ARM-based processors promising a "hypermobile experience."

Such devices were first revealed last summer at Taipei's Computex 2017, where Qualcomm presented "Snapdragon PCs" combining PC functionality with the always-on convenience of mobile devices. The show featured Snapdragon 835-powered laptops running Windows 10 and popular applications, including Office and Photoshop, with the 64-bit ARM-based processor providing enough power for convincing x86 emulation.

As for the aforementioned Hong Kong summit, Trusted Reviews reports Microsoft was in attendance to confirm the existence of such machines. Set for a December 2017 launch, they are still based on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and promise nothing less than multi-day battery life Microsoft claims is a "game-changer.

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IDC: Traditional PC Market "Further Stabilises"

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IDC: Traditional PC Market

The traditional PC market (covering desktops, notebooks and workstations) shows further signs of stabilisation, IDC reports-- global shipments total 67.2 million units in Q3 2017, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Such results are better than previous forecasts of a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, and are the result of a boost coming from improvements in emerging markets and back-to-school promotions. Even EMEA sees "signs of progress towards stabilisation," with notebooks as chief driver while a growing gaming segment helps keep the desktop market going.

"The traditional PC market performed much as expected in Q3 2017," the analyst remarks. "Emerging markets rebounded slightly more than anticipated, but overall results reflect the stabilization we expected following component and inventory adjustments. The outlook for Q4 2017 remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year. The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years."

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The TEMIA Paper for Fixed Wireline, Mobile and IT Inventory

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The TEMIA Paper for Fixed Wireline, Mobile and IT Inventory

The Technology Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) publishes an industry standard for fixed wireline, mobile and IT inventory management, providing a critical foundation for all programs.

The paper promotes more precision in the discussion of what can be included in the scope of work for fixed, mobile and IT inventory, and the IT section in the standard reflects this new thinking. After all, IT may not be part of a current TEM or MMS engagement, but is included to help clients and solution providers define the scope of the work.

A result of 6 months of contributions from TEMIA thought leaders, the paper identifies a minimum requirement for what should be tracked, managed and reported. It also identifies a second categories of items that are not part of the required standard with items that are "nice to have."

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