IDC issued recently its top 10 predictions for 2014. IDC’s Frank Gens predicted that 2014 “will be about pitched battles” and a coming IT industry consolidation around a small number of big “winners.” The industry landscape will change as “incumbents will no longer be foolish enough to say we don’t compete with Amazon.”
Here’s my edited version of the predictions in the IDC press release and webcast:
Overall IT spending to grow 5.1% to $2.14 trillion, PC revenues to decline 6%
Worldwide sales of smartphones (12% growth) and tablets (18%) will continue at a “torrid pace” (accounting for over 60% of total IT market growth) at the expense of PC sales which will continue to decline. Spending on servers, storage, networks, software, and services will “fare better” than in 2013.
Android vs Apple, round 6
The Samsung-led Android community “will maintain its volume advantage over Apple,” but Apple will continue…
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