IDC: Industry-specific solutions to drive public cloud computing

“IDC predicts the cloud computing market to reach about $70 billion this year and the number of new cloud-based solutions to triple within the next four to five years….the biggest cloud computing verticals worldwide will be discrete manufacturing, banking, professional services, process manufacturing, and retail. IDC expects the five verticals to represent 45 percent of the market’s total spend.”

IDC: Industry-specific solutions to drive public cloud computing

Currency markets screwing up global IT spending

At first they was like:

The re-forecast indicates global expenditure will shrink 1.3 per cent on 2014 to $3.66tn, which is way off last year’s prediction of 3.9 per cent growth, later revised to a more modest rise of 2.4 per cent in January.

Then they was like:

Removing the currency effect [of the “strong dollar”] reveals a different story Lovelock said: the market would be growing closer to 3.1 per cent.

Yeah. Good luck figuring that out. So, people are still buying more IT globally, right?

Currency markets screwing up global IT spending

US SMB Spending

“Spending on information technology by the almost 6.5 million small and medium-sized businesses [1-999 employees] in the United States will approach $161.1 billion in 2015, accounting for over one-quarter of overall global SMB IT spending”

Details on spending totals are provided for key hardware, software, and services technology areas: PCs and peripherals, systems and storage, telecommunications equipment, packaged software, and IT services.

From IDC

Tech companies planning on M&A

According to 451 Research, more than half of corporate acquirers (58%) indicated that they expected their own company to pick up the pace of deal making in 2015. That was the highest forecast by strategic buyers in the tech M&A marketplace in a half-decade. Likewise, tech investment bankers are bullish for this year, with M&A pipelines fuller than they’ve been in years. More than three-quarters (77%) of investment banking survey respondents indicated that the aggregate value of tech transactions they are currently working on is higher than it was a year ago. That stood as the second-highest assessment in the past half-dozen years of the 451 Research Survey.

From the M&A team at 451.

Tech companies planning on M&A

The answer, Sacconaghi thinks, is a bunch of things: CEOs and their CIOs don’t believe in IT value as much today as they used to, even though they do still believe in it; factors such as commoditization have led to deflation in IT prices; customers are hesitant because various new ‘architectures” such as cloud computing, CIOs are stuck evaluating new stuff a lot; and spending has lagged the recovery in corporate profits post-recession.

New IT spend gobbled by cloud by 2016

From a 2013 Gartner press release:

The use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner, Inc. 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.

New IT spend gobbled by cloud by 2016