The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2007-04-19T22:18:59Z The 2007 Asia/Pacific PC Market Is Off To A Good Start with 18% Year-on-Year Growth in the First Quarter, Reports IDC 2007-04-19T22:18:59Z the-2007-asia-pacific-pc-market-is-off-to-a-good-start-with-18-year-on-year-growth-in-the-first-quarter-reports-idc Singapore and Hong Kong, April 20, 2007 – IDC's preliminary results show that the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market totaled 12.7 million units in the first quarter of 2007, representing a 2% sequential decline and an 18% year-on-year growth. Total 1Q07 shipments for the region came in 3% higher than IDC’s initial forecasts. The seasonal decline was expected due to the Lunar New Year holidays across the region in February. "As expected, the launch of Windows Vista did not necessarily create any major inflection point in the growth of the PC market. But we’re still looking at a rather healthy momentum in the region, especially with notebooks fueling the fire,” said Bryan Ma, Director of Asia/Pacific Personal Systems Research at IDC. "Smaller emerging markets in the region represent pockets of opportunity too. The aggregate of the , , and Bangladesh PC markets is expected to grow about 20% this year off a 2006 base of just under one million units." There were no changes to the Top 3 PC vendor rankings in 1Q07. In first place, Lenovo's shipments fell quarter-on-quarter as demand fell seasonally in the market. However, on a year-on-year basis, its market share managed to expand slightly. In second place, HP's robust notebook shipments continued to support its strong year-on-year growth. Dell's market share remained steady in 1Q07 and it held onto the third position. Finally, Acer swapped places with Founder to come in fourth place in 1Q07. As Founder's PCs were sold only to the market, it was more affected by the Lunar New Year slowdown during the quarter. But Acer's slide in the market was offset by its strong growth in Southeast Asia. Country Highlights China’s PC market fell quarter-on-quarter as expected, given the slowdown that normally occurs during the Lunar New Year holidays. But year-on-year growth remained positive, thanks to the maturing retail market in the North and East China sub-regions. Government IT spending for the vocational schools also continued to support the market. In , the long-awaited central purchasing contract from the government helped drive PC spending for the quarter. Demand from SMBs also picked up in March, as the first quarter period also marked the financial year-end for most businesses there. Meanwhile, ’s PC market was supported by strong demand from the education segment. IT spending in was strongly driven by the new government purchases, thanks to the new budget for the year. However, businesses there still kept a tight rein on IT spending in 1Q07 as profit concerns arose from the stronger Won and higher costs of raw materials. ’s PC market met with seasonally weaker consumer demand due to the long holidays as well as a smaller IT show during the quarter. "In , the March IT Show proved successful as shoppers looked to spend their year-end bonuses. Competition was rife, and vendors slashed their prices earlier than usual to clear stock. Although consumers were open to the new Vista OS, commercial buyers were understandably reluctant to migrate as yet, and clamored for the remaining XP-based systems," said Reuben Tan, Research Manager of Asia/Pacific Personal Systems Research at IDC. "The polytechnic student purchasing schemes for the next quarter also started to roll out in March, which helped the overall market in 1Q07 to grow by 26% year-on-year, despite sales in February being slower than expected." Kathy Sin, Research Manager of Asia/Pacific Personal Systems Research at IDC, said, “In Hong Kong, government IT spending peaked late in the quarter due to the financial year-end period, but this was not enough to offset the usual holiday slowdown in the retail PC market. However, year-on-year growth for 1Q07 was positive at 1% backed by the territory's bright economic outlook during the quarter.” Table 1 Asia/Pacific (ex. ) PC Shipments by Vendor, 1Q07 (Preliminary) Rank Vendor 1Q 2007 Market Share 4Q 2006 Market Share 1Q 2006 Market Share Year-on-Year Unit Growth 1 Lenovo 17.8% 21.5% 16.8% 24.3% 2 HP 15.4% 13.2% 12.5% 44.9% 3 Dell 8.1% 8.4% 8.5% 12.8% 4 Acer 6.5% 6.1% 6.8% 12.0% 5 Founder 5.6% 6.5% 5.5% 19.3% Others 46.5% 44.3% 49.8% 9.9% Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 17.6% Source: IDC, April 2007 For more information about purchasing the research, please contact Selina Ang at +65-6829-7717 or sang@idc.com. For press enquiries, please contact Holly Fung at +852-2905-4225 or hfung@idc.com. -ENDS- About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 900 IDC analysts in 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 43 years IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com/. LCD Panel Shortages Boost Demand for Large Screen Monitors, Finds IDC 2007-02-05T06:00:00Z lcd-panel-shortages-boost-demand-for-large-screen-monitors-finds-idc IDC has recently released the results for the Australian total PC monitor market in Q3 2006. Findings revealed that the Australian PC monitor market grew 1.5% sequentially while expanding 23.3% over the same quarter in the previous year. The branded market provided the strongest contribution to monitor space, posting a robust growth of 3.4% from the previous quarter while the OEM market experienced a decline of 0.3% sequentially inline with the total PC markets seasonal trend.IDC has found the following areas are the key highlights of the Q3 2006 PC monitor market:1) LCD Panel Shortages Boosted Demand for Larger-sized and Widescreen Monitors – Panel shortages for the 17in. and 19in. sizes have hampered this segment of the monitor market. Prices for larger-sized LCD panels continues to fall leading to greater penetration of larger-sized and wide-screen LCD monitors during the quarter. Keen pricing has driven strong shipments of monitors larger than 20 inches in 3Q06, in both the commercial and consumer segments. Meanwhile, wide-screen LCD monitors continued to gain traction in 3Q06, as shipments grew 27.8% over 2Q06.2) LCD Panel Shortages and Price Hike – After months of declining prices, prices of mainstream LCD panels started to rise in early 3Q06 due to supply shortages of 17in. and 19in. panels. However, higher prices were only reflected late in the quarter in the month of September. A few vendors chose to absorb the higher panel prices and keeping their prices unchanged. It also helped that some had large inventory on hand, or were undergoing transitions in their product range. The strong Australian dollar in July and August also helped keep prices competitive.3) OEM Market Driven by Robust PC Sales – Healthy desktop shipments in 3Q06 boosted the total PC monitor market. Buoyed by sustained consumer spending and strong desktop shipments from both Acer and HP, the OEM monitor market came in considerably stronger than expected. Meanwhile, the commercial desktop market conformed to past seasonal trends and dropped sequentially. However, various desktop tenders and the slower-than-expected migration to notebooks resulted in the market coming in stronger than expected."Samsung finished the quarter in the top position with 21.0% share of the branded market while Viewsonic jumped to the second place with 19.2% share. Meanwhile, LG Electronics remained its third place accounting for 14.5% of all branded monitor shipments in the quarter. Rounding out the top 5 were BenQ and Chimei with 12.7% and 9.1% market share respectively," noted Lily Lin, Senior Analyst, PC Hardware, IDC Australia.Top five vendors (branded market):# Samsung 21.0%# Viewsonic 19.2%# LG Electronics 14.5%# Benq 12.7%# Chimei 9.1%# Others 23.5%If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.****************************************************************About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au.****************************************************************Click here to view the press release online:http://www.idc.com.au/press/release.asp?release_id=271Click here to subscribe to IDC press releases and newsletters online:http://www.idc.com.au/newsletters/register/ IDC Releases 2007 Top 10 Predictions for Australia's Telecoms Market 2007-01-15T22:00:00Z idc-releases-2007-top-10-predictions-for-australia-s-telecoms-market 2007 – With the path of 2006 already set, IDC's telecommunications and consumer research team expects that in 2007, the Australian telecoms and digital home markets will be characterised by significant technological advances and ever-changing business models in the name of convergence."The advent of convergence is an inevitability and its execution, delivery, and impact in the market will be a persistent priority for industry stakeholders hoping to make 2007 the 'Year of the End User'," predicts Jerson Yau, Research Analyst, IDC Australia.IDCs study, titled "Australia Telecommunications Market, 2007: Top 10 Predictions," IDC Australia's telecommunications and consumer analysts present their collective views of the top 10 developments and trends expected to dominate the headlines in the Australian telecommunications and digital home markets in 2007.IDCs 2007 telecoms and digital home predictions are:# Australian telecom operators will experiment with Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) technological trials, potentially resulting in early commercial launches.# Multimedia content, such as IPTV, and Video on Demand (VOD), will gain traction with consumers thanks to vast improvements in quality and delivery.# Multimedia networking will multiply, driven by online console gaming, the availability of online media, and the growing installed base of home WLANs.# Microsoft will continue its lead in the next generation videogaming race, but Sony will be hot on its heels, catching-up and regaining its leadership within two years.# High Definition DVD (HD DVD) will become the new Betamax, but next generation DVD adoption in Australia will not be as rapid as DVD adoption.# Off-the-shelf mobility management suites will become attractive propositions for organisations to launch, reign-in, and efficiently manage their mobility strategy.# Mobile marketing and advertising will make its presence felt, and will couple brand interests with mobile services in a bid to uplift the mobile channel.# Telemetrics will begin to gain considerable traction with smart metering deployments, initiatives in transit, advertising, and Location Based Services (LBS).# WAN Application Delivery (WAD) equipment will take off, driven by end users' network and application demands, and seeded into managed services' offerings.# Localised marketing campaigns, end-user education, and pre-packaged solutions of Unified Communications (UC) from vendors will drive end users' uptake.IDC research:http://www.idc.com.au/research/document.asp?document_id=AU#202116NIf you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.****************************************************************About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. $7 Billion up for Renewal in IT Outsourcing in 2007 - Will this be a "Happy New Year" for Everyone? 2007-01-08T06:15:00Z 7-billion-up-for-renewal-in-it-outsourcing-in-2007-will-this-be-a-happy-new-year-for-everyone (IDC's recent research finds cost savings the number 1 driver for outsourcing. Strategic IT direction was rated number 1 in 2005)IDC has released the results of its 2006 Australian Outsourcing End-User Survey. The report titled: An Inspection of Spending Priorties for IT Outsourcing in the Australian Market: Myth, Rumour and Reality, researches the user preferences and needs for IT outsourcing services and the expectations of organisations looking at procuring these services in the near future."As A$7 billion comes up for renewal within outsourcing in 2007, Service Providers (SPs) are revisiting and redefining their positioning strategies to address market opportunities. Some large contracts are expected to go the selective sourcing way as organisations look at un-bundling some of their whole IT contracts and consider best-of-breed providers," says Aprajita Sharma, IDC's Research Manager for Outsourcing and BPO."Tier 1 outsourcing providers IBM, EDS, CSC and HP will grapple with a dynamic and competitive environment, facing tough competition from the Tier 2 providers and the Indian offshore providers. Added to this mix for Tier 1 providers will be the dilemma of how to balance profitability and productivity imperatives with optimising performance to the customer for long-term growth and market advantage. With this in mind, it is increasingly important to maintain the customer base and focus on longer term account profitability," added Ms Sharma.IDC key findings:# Though Australia is the most mature geography in Asia/Pacific in terms of procuring outsourcing services, there is still a huge untapped potential in the country, especially in the SME segment, which constitute 98.8% of the total market.# The average contract size of most of the outsourcing contracts continues to range from 3–5 years with companies looking at a contract renegotiation after the tenure.# Network management has significant penetration rates but remains a priority for many organisations across all segments in 2007.# The largest demand for desktop management on the other hand, is most likely to arise from the banking/insurance/financial services vertical.If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Colour pushes out Black & White Printing, Reports IDC 2006-12-18T02:45:00Z colour-pushes-out-black-white-printing-reports-idc IDC has recently released the results for the Australia total laser Multi Functional Device (MFD) market in Q3 2006. IDC findings reveal that the Australian laser MFD market grew 10.8% sequentially and increased 36.7% from the same period in 2005. The printer-based MFD market was a strong contributor to this growth, posting a robust growth of 25.4% from the previous quarter while the copier-based MFD market shrank by 4.2% and the fax-based MFD market by 8.6% sequentially.In addition, IDC has found the following key highlights of the 3Q 2006 laser MFD market:1) Within the copier-based MFD market the transition from monochrome to colour devices continues. The total monochrome copier-based MFD market decreased by 9.6% compared with the same period last year and by 13.5% sequentially. Pretty much every speed segment but production (90 pages per minute and above) has been affected by the B2C (Black to Colour) transition.There is still some demand for black and white printing/copying – traditionally generated by government organisations (i.e. public education, public health sector, etc) and others with tight budgets. However rapidly falling prices (both cost of hardware and maintenance), colour printing control tools and printing in black & white from the same device encourage more and more organisation to adopt colour MFDs. That trend naturally reduces demand for monochrome printing and coping but also helps to boost the growing colour business – colour copier-based devices grew by 44.9% over a year and despite a quiet quarter in copier industry managed to expand by 13.3% sequentially.2) Printer-based laser MFDs keep gaining share in the total laser MFD market. In Q306 these devices increased their market share to 58.6% noting a 71% growth in shipments compared with the same period in 2005 and 25.4% sequentially. The majority (87%) of all laser multifunction printers shipped in the Australian market were monochrome devices.Increasing affordability and functionality of laser monochrome multifunction printers have boosted the demand and contributed to 26.7% of growth sequentially and 66.4% when compared with the same period last year.The purchase price and costs of consumables still cause the slower but healthy adoption of colour laser multifunction printers. Sequentially the colour laser multifunction printer market managed to grow by 17%."The introduction earlier in October of new colour models in the sub $1000 segment is expected to significantly draw average selling prices down and propel the growth in colour laser multifunction printer market. IDC also reveals that printer-based MFDs still concentrate in the low-end of the market; and 83.2% of monochrome shipments happened in a segment below 20 pages per minute. In the case of colour devices 92.1% of those were shipped in a segment below 10 pages per minute," said Katarzyna Czubak, Market Analyst Hardcopy Peripherals."In terms of vendor rankings for the printer-based laser MFD market, HP despite excellent results lost minimal market share but continued to be the dominant player accounting for 33.1% share of total shipments in the quarter. Samsung finished the quarter in second place increasing its market share to 25.6%. Brother had a lower quarter but kept its third spot. Canon finished in the fourth position with 10.3% share having a quiet quarter as well. Rounding out the Top 5 was Lexmark which increased its market share by 3 points up to 7.3% posting great results outside of the entry level monochrome market taking there the leading position," Added Katarzyna Czubak, Market Analyst Hardcopy Peripherals,Top 5 Printer-Based Laser MFD Vendor Market ShareOverall Share:HP 33.1%Samsung 25.6%Brother 12.7%Canon 10.3%Lexmark 7.3%Others 11.0%If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Smart Handheld Devices: A Treasure Trove of Gems, Finds IDC 2006-12-11T06:49:00Z smart-handheld-devices-a-treasure-trove-of-gems-finds-idc IDC's latest research into the Smart Handheld Device (SHD) market found that the market provides formidable growth opportunities for both mobile carriers and device vendors. The satisfactory prospects are being driven not only by an expanding range of devices but also evolving user needs and behaviour, to embrace a more comprehensive end-to-end mobile solution. IDC expects strong market opportunities in the corporate sector, while consumer sales should also see a boost following the proliferation of more consumer-type devices."Device vendors, mobile carriers and other service providers seeking to ride the next wave of growth should steer clear of "a one size fits all" approach. To compete in what is an increasingly aggressive market, it is imperative to cater to the rapidly morphing consumer and business needs, persistently and consistently targeting the correct user segments," said Mercie Clement, Senior Analyst for Wireless and Mobility.IDCs study, titled "Australia Smart Handheld Device 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis: All the Small Things," reviews the 2005 SHD market and provides a five-year forecast. It also explores the developments in the mobile data market, carrier strategies and offerings. The future outlook on hardware and wireless technologies driving the SHD and mobile data markets in Australia is presented. This study provides essential guidance for industry players looking to capitalise on SHD market opportunities.Key IDC findings include:# In 2005, almost 1.2 million SHDs were shipped in Australia, representing a 92% year-on-year growth. Converged devices accounted for about 91% of all shipments during the year.# IDC expects the Australian SHD market to experience robust growth over the next few years, with almost 2.7 million units shipped by 2010. Converged devices will account for the bulk of the growth, while PDAs will continue to contract in shipment terms throughout the entire forecast period.# The SHD market will experience heightened competition, and mobile carriers and device vendors will be scrambling for user mind-share, which hopefully also translates to stronger market share. More needs to be done in promoting and extolling the features and functionality of SHDs and the related hard and soft benefits accrued to the user. Multimodality, robust storage options, and fast processors are some of the winning features that will convince adopters that their purchase decision was the right choice.# Device vendors should focus on partnering with not only the mobile carriers but also explore opportunities to collaborate with a wider range of stakeholders that may include software developers and even content providers, to bring to market stronger end-to-end solutions.# Mobile carriers should set themselves up as the business solutions provider to harness the opportunities in the commercial space, whilst also offering well-crafted voice and data plans.If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Mobile Email is a Key Building Block in Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Says IDC 2006-12-04T20:04:37Z mobile-email-is-a-key-building-block-in-enterprise-mobility-solutions-says-idc IDC's latest study of the business mobile email market confirmed that mobile email is an integral factor in the enterprise mobility equation and continues to be the initial first step in most organisations' enterprise mobility plans and deployment. However, some key developments in the mobile email market and the overarching enterprise mobility space, will pose significant challenges to vendors."The current fragmented nature of the mobile email ecosystem does not always facilitate the simplest route to enterprise mobility deployment and poses a challenge to mobile email service providers. This issue will be exacerbated by organisations' growing demands for more complex applications and solutions," says Mercie Clement, Senior Analyst for Wireless and Mobility."Enterprise mobility vendors are reacting, by expanding their current offerings to meet these evolving business needs. However, they are also facing threats from pure play internet players such as Google who are exploring opportunities within the enterprise mobility realm," Ms Clement adds.IDC’s study, titled "Australia Business Mobile Email Market Developments - The Next Frontier!" examines business user behaviour from an enterprise mobility adoption and usage perspective and scrutinises the mobile email ecosystem that currently exists, with a spotlight on the current mobile email solutions being offered today. It also delves into the future, by examining the strategic direction that key players in the mobile email ecosystem should consider, in terms of the evolution of their services and offers an assessment of the growth opportunities for the future.Key findings include:# Business mobile email subscriptions are expected to experience strong growth, achieving a CAGR of about 21% between 2006-2010, with about 550,000 subscribers by 2010.# The growth of mobile email in the corporate market will continue to be driven by the expansion of the mobile workforce as well as the greater importance placed on being connected always and everywhere. Additionally, the expansion of 3G services should increase the effectiveness and range of mobile workers, and have a positive impact on the growth of mobile email in the business environment.# Vendors competing in the mobile email market and the overarching enterprise mobility ecosystem should devise new strategies to optimise their opportunities in this promising market and combat new forces of threat.# Some key considerations for vendors competing in this market include: working towards offering a more end-to-end solution to businesses, ensuring there is a central point of contact for customers and evolution beyond email.If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.****************************************************************About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Vendor Consolidation Leads to Fierce Competition in Identity and Access Management Market , Says IDC 2006-11-27T18:43:06Z vendor-consolidation-leads-to-fierce-competition-in-identity-and-access-management-market-says-idc 2005 was a year of vendor consolidation and product road maps, as a result, many strong suite vendors have emerged in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) Market. With so many large and capable suite vendors pushing their integrated suite offerings, IDC expects that competition will be fierce for all vendors. Overall, these developments are expected to create more fighting around tenders, better solutions for customers, and slightly moderated prices.IDC's latest study, "Australia Identity and Access Management Competitive Analysis, 2006" (Doc # AU321308N), provides a competitive analysis with comprehensive profiles of key suite vendors in the Australia IAM market: BMC, CA, HP, IBM, Novell, Microsoft, Oracle, RSA (the security division of EMC) and Sun Microsystems. The report further provides insight to developments, trends, and challenges in this increasingly competitive market and identifies the characteristics that vendors will need to be successful."IAM solutions help organisations manage risk, improve corporate oversight, protect assets, improve productivity, reduce cost and complexity and simplify the compliance process. However, organisations are tired of the complexity, cost and difficulty of implementing an IAM solution. As a result, customers will increasingly be looking for long-term solutions built on a common platform. Standardising and centralising existing systems may be costly upfront, but the long-term value of a modular platform is very compelling. Suite vendors that can provide end-to-end IAM solutions will therefore be in a good position to compete in the IAM market," says Patrik Bihammar, Senior Analyst, Security Solutions, IDC Australia.IDC research:http://www.idc.com.au/research/document.asp?document_id=AU321308NIf you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226.****************************************************************About IDCIDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Triple Play: Australian Telcos Standing Still, Says IDC 2006-10-12T14:35:00Z triple-play-australian-telcos-standing-still-says-idc IDCs latest digital home research finds that telcos around the globe are facing serious challenges in the broadband Internet access market, as price competition continues to intensify. In the past two years, the market has witnessed various triple play deployments in the United States, Europe and Asia telecommunications markets, with many telcos offering the bundling of data, video and voice over IP. However, this year, many of them are starting to evolve from triple-play to multi-play offerings as they realise the need to advance beyond triple-play to maximise average revenue per user. IDC's study, titled "From Triple Play to Multi Play: Comparison of Australian Telcos and Overseas Best Practices," finds that France Telecom is currently leading the evolution from triple-play to multi-play. The French incumbent is moving beyond the mere bundling of data, voice and video to include additional value added services such as multimedia streaming and home monitoring services. They are positioning the home gateway as the cornerstone of home communication and entertainment. Other country incumbents such as KT, AT&T and PCCW are fast followers, with a strong focus on innovation. Australian telcos are treading behind. Neither Telstra nor Optus have committed to offer triple play services whereas its overseas peers are already moving forward with multi-play. This study compares triple-play and multi-play services that are offered by telcos around the globe. The focus of this study is to benchmark Australian telcos against best practices around the world, highlighting the international trends that may apply to the Australian telecom market. IDC has found that broadband developments in the past four years in France point towards a sequence, where competition spikes off innovation, and the advances in service offerings lead to upgrades in network infrastructure. Australia is still in the early days of the "competition" phase, and should Australia follow the footsteps of France, Australians will see innovative services from local telcos in the next two years. "In France, Iliad, an alternative Internet Service Provider (ISP), was the first to market a home gateway service back in 2003, which seriously challenged the incumbent, France Telecom. The innovative services spurred by alternative ISPs urged France Telecom to pursue their own home gateway strategy," said Sophie Lo, IDC's Analyst for Consumer Digital Markets. "As both telcos are churning out innovative services, most of which are multimedia and entertainment oriented, there is an increasing need for more bandwidth, leading France Telecom to test Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) in mid 2006, and Iliad to announce the roll-out of a FTTH local loop," added Ms. Lo. IDC Definitions # Triple-Play Services: The bundling of data, voice and video over a broadband connection. # Multi-Play Services: The move by telcos around the globe to include other value added services such as multimedia streaming, home monitoring and fixed to mobile convergence services on top of triple-play services. IDC research: http://www.idc.com.au/research/document.asp?document_id=AU65C41040601 If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Nokia a Serious Contender in Data-Centric Market, Finds IDC 2006-10-05T21:49:00Z nokia-a-serious-contender-in-data-centric-market-finds-idc IDC has recently released the final results for the Australian smart handheld device market for the second quarter of 2006. IDC findings reveal that the market posted strong growth in the second quarter of 2006, with overall shipments increasing almost 10% from the preceding quarter. The converged device category was the sole driver for the robust performance of the smart handheld device market in 2Q06. PDA or pen-based devices continued to decline from a unit shipments perspective by almost 30% compared to the previous quarter. This accounted for a mere 5% of the entire smart handheld device market. In addition, IDC has found the following key highlights of the 2Q 2006 smart handheld device market: 1) 7 in Ten Converged Devices were Voice-Centric in 2Q06: Voice-centric devices continued to dominate the converged device space driven by Nokia's launch of multiple devices including the n70, n71 and n80 models. It should be noted that most of these devices are sold into the volume-consumer market, positioned as high-end mobile handsets with a strong focus on multimedia features such as imaging and music. 2) Nokia Enters Data-Centric Market: Nokia entered the data-centric market in 2Q06, with the launch of its e61 model. The e61 powered by the Symbian S60 operating system, features a full QWERTY keyboard and is being referred to as Nokia's version of the Treo or Blackberry. It is clearly evident that the e61 is aimed at its competition and Nokia is now a huge contender in a domain traditionally owned by Microsoft-powered and Blackberry devices. 3) Price Primary Purchase Decision Criteria for PDAs: The waning demand for PDA devices continues to be restricted to the low-to-mid range devices, catering to the more price-sensitive end-users seeking basic and no-frills Personal Information Management (PIM) device. Price continues to be a critical factor in the PDA market and low-end devices continue to flourish, despite recent attempts by vendors to reinvigorate this market by introducing multimedia features and even GPS. "In terms of vendor rankings for the total smart handheld device market, Nokia maintained its supremacy with 77.8% share while RIM finished in second spot with 5.7%. Meanwhile, i -mate managed to expand its shipments by 18% sequentially compared to 1Q06, to occupy the third place with 5.3% share. Rounding out the Top 5 were HP and O2, with 4.6% and 2.9% market share respectively," noted Mercie Clement, Market Analyst, PC Hardware. Top five vendors (total smart handheld device market): # Nokia 77.9 % # RIM 5.7% # i-mate 5.3% # HP 4.6% # O2 2.9% # Others 3.6% If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Colour Laser Printers Put Pedal to the Metal in Q2 2006, Reports IDC 2006-10-03T21:00:00Z colour-laser-printers-put-pedal-to-the-metal-in-q2-2006-reports-idc Colour laser printers stood out as the key growth accelerator for the Australian laser printer market in Q2 2006, according to IDCs latest printer research. The trend gains significance from the fact that entry-level mono laser printers, especially those positioned below the A$200 price point, had been significantly outpacing the growth of colour laser printers since the beginning of 2006. However, Q2 2006 witnessed mono laser printer shipments remaining flat after reaching a peak in Q1. During the same period colour laser printer volumes grew by a robust 22% sequentially. "Interestingly, while the entry-level models constituted the bulk of colour laser printer shipments in Q1 2006, demand from the financial year-end in Q2 helped colour laser printers perform better in the midrange and high-end segments. This resulted in a relatively higher average selling value of colour laser printers in Q2 as compared with the previous quarter," said Rishi Ghai, analyst, hardcopy peripherals, at IDC Australia. "Currently, the total size of the colour laser printer market in Australia is governed largely by a handful of vendors, while mono laser printers continue to be the mainstream focus of the remaining vendors. A key reason for this bias in technology focus is that mono laser printers continue to promise an attractive value proposition to buyers. They will outstrip the shipments of colour laser printers by a significant margin in the foreseeable future. IDC expects this scenario to improve in the forthcoming quarters as the entry-level colour laser printer segment picks up momentum, expands the overall market size and, in turn, puts pressure on other vendors to step in with competitive offerings," added Mr. Ghai. The Top-7 vendors in Q2 2006 in the total laser market comprising of colour and mono laser printers were: # HP: 42.1% # Brother: 11.7% # Kyocera Mita: 8.6% # Lexmark: 8.3% # Canon: 7.7% # Fuji Xerox: 7.2% # Samsung: 6.8% # Others: 7.6% If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. SMB Market is the Next Battleground, Says IDC 2006-09-28T18:01:00Z smb-market-is-the-next-battleground-says-idc IDC's latest study of the competitive landscape in the SMB market reveals substantial changes in the Australian SMB market. The current stagnation of the hardware market combined with the saturation of the enterprise services market is forcing large ICT players to increasingly look at SMB services as the next space to conquer. This will happen possibly at the expense of smaller players who have been very active in filling the gap left by large companies, or on the contrary, smaller companies may benefit from this trend by partnering with large players and reselling their products and services instead. "Major IT companies are slowly progressing in providing services to SMBs so midsize players are strengthening their positions in this space. Large players will have to present very convincing arguments, especially attractive pricing, to take business away from the more established midsize players. The wave of consolidations that occurred in the last two years (Telstra and KAZ, Optus and Alphawest) illustrates the convergence between IT and telecom and the opportunity for telecommunication companies to leverage their access to the SMB market and position their IT services offering," says Jean-Marc Annonier, IDC's Research Manager for SMB. IDCs study, titled "Australia SMB Competitive Landscape, 2006: David or Goliath? Who Will Win the SMB Race?" includes IDC opinion about a number of ICT companies and their offerings to the SMB market. The companies in the study were selected on the basis of their current and future focus on the SMB space. Six large global players were selected: Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, HP, Telstra/KAZ and Optus/Alphawest. Two smaller Australia players represent the local IT industry, Brennan IT and TechOnline. The Australia SMB Competitive Landscape, 2006: David or Goliath? study also found the following: # Hardware companies need to find new revenue sources. With the expected stagnation of the hardware market in the next three years, hardware companies are now looking at expending their service activities, including in the SMB space, notably in the managed service and support areas. # IBM is ramping up its SMB activity. IBM is building up its SMB arsenal by frequently announcing new products designed for SMBs. However it is yet to be seen if the services giant will be able to overcome the "great but too expensive" perception by highly price-sensitive SMB managers and present an attractive services offering. # Telstra is the strongest contender. The telecom company has unmatched access to the market, as potentially every single business in Australia is a Telstra customer. So offering IT services to SMBs would mean the perfect marriage between IT and telecom, as each product upsells another. IDC research: http://www.idc.com.au/research/document.asp?document_id=#AU381103N If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. PC Vendors Becoming a Huge Threat to Branded Monitor Vendors, Finds IDC 2006-09-27T20:22:00Z pc-vendors-becoming-a-huge-threat-to-branded-monitor-vendors-finds-idc IDC has recently released the results for the Australia total PC monitor market in Q2 2006. Findings revealed that the Australian PC monitor market grew 13% sequentially but decreased 9% from the same period in 2005. The OEM market was a strong contributor to this growth, posting a robust growth of 25% from the previous quarter while the branded market grew at a more subdued pace of 3% sequentially. IDC noted the following key highlights for the Q2 2006 PC monitor market: 1) Strong Corporate and Government Demand - PC vendors capitalised on the seasonal peak in demand from the corporate and government sectors by offering desktop and monitor bundles at more compelling prices in 2Q06. OEM vendors benefited from the heightened demand for commercial desktops, while branded vendors benefited from the surge in corporate and government demand. 2) OEM Vendors Pursuing Opportunities in Standalone Sales - There is an increasing trend for OEM monitor vendors to seek out standalone PC monitor business opportunities. This development further intensifies market competition and branded vendors will be forced to re-evaluate their business strategies. Smaller players in particular are feeling the strain from the added price-competition and these vendors' bundled offerings. Thus, these smaller players will focus their resources elsewhere and may potentially exit the PC monitor market altogether. 3) Rapid Expansion of Portable PCs - The Australian notebook market continued to make great strides in 2Q06, as shipments grew 19.0% sequentially and 21.3% year-on-year. The growing demand for notebooks in both the consumer and commercial segments hampered the desktop (and monitor) market. While some end-users will purchase standalone monitors to use via a docking station or for dual-monitor functions, the monitor attach rate with notebooks remains low and is not expected to improve significantly over the forecast period "Samsung finished the quarter in the top position with 20.0% share of the branded market while BenQ climbed up in ranks to occupy the second place with 15.7% share. Meanwhile, LG Electronics slipped to the third place accounting for 14.8% of all branded monitor shipments in the quarter. Rounding out the top 5 were Viewsonic and Acer with 12.4% and 11.9% share respectively," noted Mercie Clement, Market Analyst, PC Hardware. Top five vendors (branded market): Samsung 20.0% BenQ 15.7% LG Electronics 14.8% Viewsonic 12.4% Acer 11.9% Others 25.2% If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. Laser MFD Market Rises to the Challenge, Says IDC 2006-09-22T16:06:00Z laser-mfd-market-rises-to-the-challenge-says-idc IDC has recently released the results for the Australian total laser Multi-Function Device (MFD) market in Q2 2006. Findings revealed that the Australian laser MFD market grew by 20.7% sequentially and increased by 14.7% from the same period in 2005. As the end of financial year approached printer-based MFDs had continued to gain share in the overall market and by Q2 2006 they accounted for 51.8% of all MFD units shipped, with copier-based MFDs holding 40.3% share and fax-based MFDs 7.9%. As organisations looked to spend the last funds available in the budget, the printer-based MFDs managed 23.3% growth pushed mainly by growth in the monochrome device range. Copier based MFDs posted 16.5% growth. The main contributor to results posted an excellent increase in colour copier-based MFD shipments 26.3%. "The printer and copier based markets are converging, competing for the same opportunities but offering rather different solutions. End-users are aware of these differences and the benefits they bring. From a vendors viewpoint competition is much tougher. This is causing a reduction in average selling prices and requiring additional effort from vendors in terms of adding value and augmented product. IDC believes the market will soon witness many more marketing initiatives focused on vendors positioning in end-users minds. As a result vendors will try to establish higher levels of brand recognition and awareness. The differentiation will be the key to success in this crowded market," said Katarzyna Czubak, Associate Analyst, Peripherals, IDC Australia. "HP had a solid quarter, increasing its market share and maintaining the first position in printer-based MFD market with 36.2% market share. Despite an increase in shipments, Samsung had a decline of 1.2% in market share sequentially, which was caused by HP and particularly Canons excellent increase in shipments. Brother has finished in third position managing to keep almost the same market share. Canon kept its fourth position after posting fantastic growth as a result of a wider channel penetration. Rounding out the top 5 was Lexmark, who declined by over 2% in market share," noted Ms Czubak. Top 5 Printer-Based Laser MFD Vendor Market Share Overall Share: HP 36.2% Samsung 17.6% Brother 16.9% Canon 14.8% Lexmark 4.4% Others 10.1% If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au. IP Video Kills the TV Star, Warns IDC 2006-09-18T17:42:00Z ip-video-kills-the-tv-star-warns-idc IDCs latest research into the overall Australian digital TV landscape finds that in light of the ever changing media landscape, competitive pressures will extend beyond traditional Free-to-Air (FTA) TV networks and pay-TV operators. This is due to IPTV entrants as well as Internet video services, given that consumers are turning to the Internet for video sources. Initially this is occurring from Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing networks such as BitTorrent for premium studio content, to personal blogs on MySpace or Google Video and YouTube for user-generated content. Other sources are legitimate online video services such as ReelTime and possibly the Australian iTunes store in the future. "Today, quite a significant portion of Internet video users watch full movies and TV shows, and almost 30% obtain sports content over the Internet, which is one of the major drivers to pay-TV service adoption. Those who do not watch Internet videos have indicated that they do not want to watch videos on the PC screen and this immediate advantage FTA TV and pay-TV operators have over current online offerings will soon diminish. This is due to broadband service providers (BSPs) introducing IP set-top boxes to deliver online video content directly to the TV, along with the adoption of multimedia networks that stream content from the PC to the TV," said Sophie Lo, IDC's Analyst for Consumer Digital Markets. However, local BSPs should watch innovative players like Apple, who are addressing the barriers that are currently inhibiting digital home adoption. For example, Apple will launch iTV (still a codename), early next year in the U.S. iTV is a media adaptor / set-top box-like product that will access content from computers on the network for display on a TV. "By adding connectivity to their current service-device integration model, Apple is providing consumers with a complete end-to-end solution. Going forward, the iTV could possibly disrupt BSPs' strategy in establishing the home gateway as the media hub," cautioned Ms Lo. This study, titled "Australia Digital Terrestrial, Cable, Satellite and IPTV 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis: Videos from the Pipe, is IDC's annual five-year forecast of the Australian digital TV market and presents the 2006-2010 forecast for digital-TV households and consumer spending on digital pay-TV services in Australia. A breakdown of digital terrestrial, digital cable, digital satellite, and IPTV is included. The IDC study finds that: # Digital cable and satellite revenue growth rates will be higher than that of subscriber growth as the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) will increase, thanks to the take-up of advanced services such as on-demand programming and digital-video recording. # IDC does not envisage another IPTV entrant until late 2007 or early 2008, as Telstra remains reluctant to enter the IPTV arena due to its equity in FOXTEL. Tier 2 and tier 3 BSPs lack a large broadband subscriber base, financial resources as well as experience in content acquisition and distribution. # Although local telcos have not yet entered the IPTV market, their global counterparts - such as France Telecom and PCCW - have already established IPTV business models. Thus IDC expects local telcos' initial IPTV offerings to be relatively advanced and reliable, as the solutions have already been implemented by telcos overseas, and business models are in place. # Current pay-TV operators are growing their subscriber bases by launching aggressive marketing campaigns that are targeted towards the mass market. A divide between high- and low-end users will emerge. Thus, IDC recommends that a two-pronged approach be used to satisfy the different demands of these users. IDC research: http://www.idc.com.au/research/document.asp?document_id=AU#654109N If you would like further information or to purchase IDC research, please contact Gary Clarke, IDC Associate VP of Sales via email gclarke@idc.com or phone 02 9925 2226. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 42 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com and http://www.idc.com.au.