Professional services are increasing in importance, and vendors are investing in capabilities and resources to prepare for greater demand. IT services companies are getting ahead of trends — particularly digital transformation and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
Movie viewers in North America are frequenting the theater less often. According to research for the MPAA, box office revenues in the U.S. and Canada fell 5% in 2014 to $10.4 billion. Meanwhile, the number of tickets sold declined 6% to 1.27 billion.
Comparing internet usage trends across these four generations shows just how much ground the mobile web still has to cover among the older age groups. Currently, Teens (3.08 hours) typically spend twice as long per day using the mobile internet as Gen X (1.54 hours) and five times as long as Baby Boomers (0.61 hours).
Gartner says smart cities will lead IoT growth, using 1.1 billion connected things by the end of 2015, increasing to 9.7 billion in the next five years. They forecast that by 2020, 81 percent of all connected things will be found in smart cities.
When asked what percentage of their cloud computing services would be private by 2016, the expectation for 40% or more of operations increased from 38% to 63% of respondents. In 2012, 18% of ODCA members believed their organizations would house 60% of their operations in private clouds by 2016. Since then, that number has doubled.
American music streaming service revenues increased by 29% last year to reach $1.87 billion, accounting for more than one-quarter of total industry revenues. Growth was at the expense of both digital downloads and physical media revenues.
A total of 69.4 million mobile handsets were purchased in Brazil in 2014, with smartphones representing close to 75% of total sales. Brazil accounted for over 40% of smartphones sold in Latin America in 2014 — followed by Mexico and Argentina, which were responsible for 20% and 8% of all sales, respectively.
via Pyramid Research