Featured Data: Q2 shows strongest IT spending outlook among US businesses since 2011

2017 04 19 COTW

The latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) corporate survey shows major improvements in US business IT spending for the second quarter of 2017. Spending is up a net nine points since the previous survey in November 2016, building on the four-point improvement we saw in that period. The latest findings represent the best IT spending growth rate in six years.

More than one-in-five (21%) survey respondents report that their company's IT spending will increase for the second quarter of 2017 – up five points from our previous survey. Meanwhile, just 14% of respondents say their IT spending will decrease (or there will be none at all) in Q2, which represents a four-point improvement – and the best level since 2007.

Of the 10 IT spending categories tracked in the survey, Software: Enterprise Applications (change in net score is +5) and Application Development Software/Tools (+5) are showing the biggest spending increases.

This survey encompassed 1,428 respondents from 451 Research's VoCUL leading indicator panel who are involved with IT spending in their organization. The February 2017 survey focused on overall IT spending, as well as corporate demand for smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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Featured Data: Average monthly cellular data usage to exceed 6.5GB by 2021

2017 04 12 COTW

Globally, the number of cellular connected devices will rise by a compound annual growth rate of 6% over the next five years, from 5.6 billion connections in 2016 to more than 7.5 billion by year-end 2021. Monthly data traffic from these devices, meanwhile, will rise eight times faster, from seven million terabytes per month to 48.9TB per month, at a CAGR of 47% over the forecast period.

Monthly cellular usage across connected devices – including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, PCs, connected CE devices and M2M – will grow from an average of 2.1GB per month, per device in 2016 to more than 6.5GB by year-end 2021. Smartphones will continue to carry the vast majority of cellular data traffic among connected devices, growing from 72% to 82% of all cellular traffic over the forecast period. Meanwhile, connected PCs and other consumer electronic devices will see the highest per-month usage rates, rising from 5.8GB in 2016 to more than 17GB per month, per device on average by 2021.

Updated quarterly, the Market Monitor and Forecast: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast provides an historical and projected market size for six different categories of cellular connected devices with associated total connections, and total and per device cellular traffic across seven geographic regions.

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Featured Data: Top three storage pain points for enterprise customers

2017 04 05 COTW

Voice of the Enterprise: Storage survey respondents indicate that handling data growth, meeting disaster-recovery requirements and high costs are the top three storage pain points. But other pain points, most notably growth from new applications, are up markedly YoY. Nearly one in five respondents cite managing data stored in third-party cloud environments as a top pain point.

The core challenges in storage are shifting; public cloud is beginning to assume the burden of inexorable data growth, and the emphasis is moving to other areas, such as effectively managing data and storage across both on- and off-premises locations. Organizations are increasingly moving to hybrid cloud environments, bringing new providers into the mix (chiefly public cloud providers). The core role of IT infrastructure managers is shifting away from adding capacity toward more effectively managing it. Some storage managers are now charged with handling an organization's cloud storage capabilities – which is often a steep learning curve, and one that incumbent vendors can help alleviate by adding more comprehensive cloud-based integration to their offerings.

The VotE: Storage, Budgets and Outlook study represents more than 1,000 completed surveys from pre-qualified IT decision-makers about adoption levels of various cloud storage technologies, and the impact of public cloud and SaaS strategies on enterprise storage.

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Featured Data: Application container market revenue expected to quadruple by 2021

451 Research Market Monitor CET Overview March 2017-2

According 451 Research's Cloud-Enabling Technologies (CET) Market Monitor & Forecast service, the application container market will explode over the next five years. Annual revenue is expected to increase by 4x, growing from $749m in 2016 to more than $3.4bn by 2021, representing a CAGR of 35%.

New vendors are emerging rapidly, while the largest players in the industry are prioritizing support of Docker and other container technologies, projects and customers. Vendors are aggressively competing to fill enterprise gaps such as management and orchestration, data services, security and networking – as the market grows and containerized applications increasingly move beyond evaluations, testing and development and into production.

Access more analysis of the application container space and related markets in the latest Market Monitor and Forecast for Cloud-Enabling Technologies, which identifies, sizes and segments revenue from 291 participating vendors with an estimate and forecast for the market based on a bottom-up analysis of each vendor. This Market Monitor CET report provides updated market and vendor estimates through Q4 2016.
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Featured Data: Enterprise mobility management revenue set for 25% CAGR through 2021

Fueled by increasing budgets for mobile applications and the proliferation of both company-issued and employee-owned BYOD devices in the workplace, the overall enterprise mobility management (EMM) market will nearly triple in revenue from $5.5bn in 2016 to $16.69bn by year-end 2021.


Among the individual markets under the EMM umbrella, the mobile-back-end-as-a-service (MBaaS) sector will experience the fastest growth, nearly doubling its share of the total EMM market from 4% in 2016 to 7% in 2021. With increasing demands on companies to engage with clients and employees through mobile applications, MBaaS growth will be driven by an increasing need for enterprises to move to more agile development methods that shorten the application development lifecycle, as well as a growing demand for back-end connectivity for IoT devices and applications.

The mobile application platform (MAP) market and mobile device management (MDM) market combined make up 70% of total EMM revenue in 2016. By 2021, mobile application management (MAM), is expected to overtake MDM as the second-largest segment of EMM in revenue terms.

451 Research's Market Monitor Enterprise Mobility Management database contains individual models on 156 vendors in six market segments, including intelligence and a forecast specific to each company (i.e., customers, pricing, deal sizes and trends) in each segment.
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