Wearables Replace Desktop PCs
There are two reports that support this idea. Is this a beginning of the trend?
Report form IDC:
Worldwide PC shipments show a year-on-year decline of -10.8%
PC Shipments Remain Depressed By Volatile Currencies, Inventory, and OS Transition in the Third Quarter, Although 2016 Should Fare Better, According to IDC. FRAMINGHAM, Mass., October 8, 2015 –
… While Windows 10 has generally received favorable reviews and raised consumer interest in PCs, many users opted to upgrade existing PCs rather than purchase new hardware….
… The U.S. PC market continued to suffer from soft demand in both the consumer and commercial segments. The July launch of Windows 10 had an immediate suppressive impact as many consumers took advantage of the free upgrade. In commercial, IT budgets remained focused on other projects including mobile-readiness and digital transformation initiatives…
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) – In line with second quarter trends, PC shipments in EMEA posted a double-digit decline, as vendors continued to deplete Windows 8 stock in preparation for shipments of new products for the holiday season…
Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) – Volume was close to expectations this quarter. The market was softer compared to the previous year due to currency impact on the region and clearing of channel inventory as the main priority for many countries…
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The enterprise wearable technology market is booming and will reach $6.3 billion in revenue come 2020, according to data released Thursday by market research firm Tractica.
Enterprise Wearables Market to Reach $6.3 Billion by 2020
Smart Watches, Fitness Trackers, Smart Glasses, and Other Wearables Will be Increasingly Utilized for Corporate Wellness, Mobile Workforce Management, Workflow Improvement, and Industrial Applications
Enterprise and industrial organizations in a wide range of sectors are increasingly turning to wearable devices as an extension of their technology toolkits. Pioneering companies across a number of industries have found that wearables including smart watches, fitness trackers, and smart glasses can provide meaningful advantages in terms of productivity, efficiency, and cost savings.
According to a recent report from Tractica, early pilot programs have yielded strong return on investment (ROI) in many cases, which is driving greater interest in enterprise adoption of wearables among industry leaders and fast followers alike. The market intelligence firm forecasts that, as a result of this growing focus, annual worldwide revenue from enterprise wearables will reach $6.3 billion by 2020, up from $218 million in 2015.
“An entire industry is taking shape to provide wearable platforms and integration services for enterprise end-user organizations,” says research director Aditya Kaul. “Companies in a variety of sectors are working through challenges related to technology selection, software customization, user experience, reporting capabilities, and integration with existing IT systems.”
Tractica’s analysis indicates that wearable devices are being utilized for a number of enterprise and industrial applications today, with further growth expected over the next several years in the following key areas, among others:
- Fitness Bands and Smart Watches for Corporate Wellness Programs
- Warehouse/Logistics Applications
- Manufacturing Shop Floor Inspection
- Workflow Improvement
- 3D and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Modeling
- Authentication in the Workplace
- Mobile Workforce Management
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