PC shipments climb in Q3, Gartner and IDC report

Research firms Gartner and IDC have released their latest shipment data on the global PC industry, and the numbers are a welcome, positive spin for PC vendors after years of continued decline. 

According to Gartner, PC shipments in the US increased 11.4% in the third quarter of 2020 — the strongest growth in the US in a decade. Worldwide, PC shipments totaled 71.4 million units, an increase of 3.6% year over year. 

In the US, according to Gartner, HP was the top vendor with nearly 30.8% market share, followed by Dell with a 25% market share. The list of top vendors was rounded out by Lenovo, Apple, and Acer.  Gartner’s data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs, and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. 

Nonetheless, Gartner noted that Chromebook shipments grew by roughly 90%, with demand driven by distance learning due to the pandemic, especially in

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IDC Announces Key Technology Investment Trends for the Future Enterprise

Today, International Data Corporation (IDC) announced its IT outlook for 2021 along with top trends and guidance for enterprises as they prepare for The Next Normal.

Recent IDC data shows that actual market performance has been stronger than suggested by survey and market indicators, especially in the U.S., due largely to cloud and remote work support. Service provider investments to meet demand for cloud and digital services are stable compared to other sectors and remote work/learning has driven stronger PC volume and a greater focus on security for the year. “Overall information and communications technology (ICT) spending is expected to have a 5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2024. In terms of total IT spending, we are seeing a more shallow V-shaped drop this year. Total IT spending will drop to about 1% growth this year, but this is far stronger than the 3% decline that was expected earlier

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Gaming PCs and Monitors Will Benefit from Increased Time at Home and GPU Refresh in 2020, According to IDC

Despite the negative and outright disastrous effects of the global pandemic, the spread of COVID-19 has brought with it some opportunities in the consumer electronics industry. With many people stuck at home, the gaming market has benefited from new interest. As a result, global shipments of gaming PCs and monitors are expected to increase 16.2% year over year to 49.6 million units in 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Gaming Tracker. This growth is expected to continue into 2024 as shipments rise to 61.9 million units with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7%.

“Though the first half of 2020 faced supply issues when it comes to hardware, spending on gaming software and services has continued to rise along with hours played,” said Jitesh Ubrani research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. “The next six to twelve months is when we expect a

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Publicis Sapient Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Customer Experience Improvement Services

NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Publicis Sapient, the digital transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, has today announced it has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Customer Experience Improvement Services 2020 Vendor Assessment. Publicis Sapient was among 13 service providers that participated in this evaluation.

The report, authored by Douglas Hayward, Research Director, Worldwide Digital Strategy and Agency Services at IDC, noted that “Publicis Sapient is a good fit for organizations looking for a partner combining the creativity of a holding company agency with the design and enterprise-grade technology capabilities of an IT and business consultancy.” Overall, Publicis Sapient was recognized for its business value delivery, people quality, and client empathy.

“Digital consultancy Publicis Sapient drives end-to-end CX transformation by fusing creativity with design and enterprise wide technology and business capabilities,” said Douglas Hayward, Research Director, Worldwide Digital Strategy and Agency Services at

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Low- to Mid-Range Smartphones Dominate Worldwide Smartphone Forecast with the Fastest Growth Expected in $400-600 Price Band, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Economic uncertainties have increased the downward pressure on smartphone prices globally with 73% of shipments in 2020 expected to be priced below $400, according to a new price band forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Worldwide smartphone value is expected to decline 7.9% in 2020 to $422.4 billion, down from $458.5 billion in 2019. The downward trend is intensified by consumers turning to devices priced in the low-to-mid range as they prioritize spending on essentials.

Overall, the low-to-mid end segment ($100 to less than $400) dominated global smartphone shipments with 60% market share in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20) and is expected to grow in the short term to 63% by next year. The mid-to-high end segment ($400 to less than $600) grew its share of the market by almost 4 points to 11.6% in 2Q20. Devices from Samsung,

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Wearable shipments spike by 60 million for 2020 despite COVID-19 lockdowns, IDC says

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More people are buying wearables in 2020.


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Wearables are primed to hit almost 400 million shipments in 2020, IDC said Friday. According to the analyst firm, the top-selling wearable category globally is now hearables like wireless headphones and earphones. The rise in wearables shipments comes despite most of the world stuck at home amid the spread of COVID-19 — around 60 million more wearables are forecast to be shipped in 2020 than were shipped in 2019.

IDC predicts 234 million shipments of hearables for 2020, compared with 91 million smartwatches and 68 million other smart wrist bands.

“Even though vendors scaled down production and end users were quarantined, demand for wearables remained steady,” IDC said. “The market was propelled by near-record demand for hearables.”

IDC added

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IDC Launches Future of Digital Infrastructure Practice to Highlight the Critical Importance of Responsive, Scalable, and Resilient Cloud-Centric Infrastructure to Digital Transformation Success

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Success in the digital economy requires organizations to move beyond a traditional, cost-sensitive view of infrastructure and adopt a broader recognition that a responsive, scalable, and resilient cloud-centric infrastructure will help drive revenue while aligning technology adoption and IT operational governance with positive business outcomes. The transition to a cloud-centric digital infrastructure, which is already underway within many organizations, depends upon commitment to a digital strategy accompanied by a new set of key performance indicators focused on resource optimization, consistent resilience, and continual enhancement. To guide organizations through this transition, International Data Corporation (IDC) has published the Future of Digital Infrastructure framework.

Digital infrastructure will continue to grow in volume and complexity, increasingly extending to assets deployed in the edge, such as multi-access edge computing nodes (MAECs), campuses, buildings, and metro colocation facilities. It will include resources that facilitate rapid adaptation of applications and code to

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