Server hardware vendors are threatened by the growing importance of software within the data center market, as customers seek to mitigate complexity and ongoing management challenges. TBR reports that server, storage and networking hardware revenue increased by just 3.9% year-to-year in 1Q15.
Uber and other digital platforms are redefining the interaction among consumers, workers, and employers. They are also making the prior celebrated firm of the industrial age – an essential institution, which allowed for specialization and saved on transactions costs – redundant.
Last year, 13.0 million wearable devices were shipped in China. That was already a 150% increase over 2013. Wearable device shipments in China are forecast to increase by 169.2% and reach 35 million units in 2015.
Short-form content remains the most popular type of video viewed on mobile phones. In Q1 2015, videos under 3 minutes accounted for nearly half of time spent watching video via smartphones.
Infrastructure management software vendors experienced an average 48% growth in subscription revenues, but license and maintenance revenue averages declined. TBR believes these figures illustrate the ongoing business model shifts from software license and maintenance agreements to more flexible subscriptions.
The ongoing success of open source software subscriptions continues to take a heavy toll on traditional vendors. Application software revenue grew by just 2.7 percent year-to-year for the twenty-three vendors tracked in Technology Business Research (TBR) “Applications Software Vendor Benchmark” study.