October 30, 2020

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Europe’s tablet trends revealed

Research firm Context reckons that appetite for tablet PCs is starting to climb, with an increasing number of buyers looking beyond Apple products and considering other brands. The research, conducted in partnership with CCS Insight, showed tablet products such as the Asus Eee Transformer and Acer Iconia Tab starting to make an impression in the overall market landscape. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 November 2011

Open cloud frees vendor lock-in

George DeBono, general manager Middle East and Africa at Red Hat, looks at how fears of vendor lock-in are impacting the development and deployment of cloud solutions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 23 November 2011

Printer sales slip in third quarter

The latest data from research house Context has revealed that sales of inkjet and laser printers in EMEA slipped 0.6% year-on-year in unit terms for the third quarter of 2011. Context reckons that Europe’s economic slowdown took its toll on both business and consumer demand. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 16 November 2011

HDD shortages will hit PC market

Research house IDC has lowered its outlook for hard disk drive (HDD) and PC shipments. The reassessment comes in the wake of unprecedented flooding in Thailand that has paralysed the production facilities and supply chains of major components vendors. IDC reckons that total PC shipments could be down more than 20% on previous forecasts in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of the HDD shortage. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 11 November 2011

Tablet PC revenues soar

The latest data from channel research house Context shows a sharp increase in the value of tablet PC sales through the European distribution channel. Tablet PCs contributed 12.2% of European technology distributors’ revenues in October 2011, more than double the 5.6% recorded one year ago. Tablet PCs are now the third largest product category for sales according to Context. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 11 November 2011

Will HDD shortage drive SSD adoption?

Dave Stevinson, sales director at UK distributor VIP, ponders the implications of the disruption to the hard drive supply chain due to recent flooding in Thailand. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 November 2011

Centrix signs SDG in UK

Centrix Software has appointed Specialist Distribution Group (SDG) as a UK distribution partner. Under the terms of the deal SDG will market and support Centrix WorkSpace solutions within its IQ-Sys portfolio, which offers resellers technologies for supporting desktop transformation such as desktop virtualisation, Windows 7 migrations and the development of cloud services. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 November 2011

Third quarter growth for MEA PC market

The Middle East and Africa PC market grew 7.4% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2011 to hit 4.7 million units, according to IDC. Notebooks climbed 15.1% to 2.9 million units with desktops slipping 3.3% to 1.78 million units. HP maintained top spot in the region with year-on-year growth of 37.1% driven by its competitively priced consumer notebook range. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 November 2011

Consumer demand hits third quarter PC market

The latest PC data from research house IDC reveals that third quarter shipments in EMEA slipped 3.8% year-on-year to 26.71 million units due to weak consumer demand and greater caution in the commercial channel. Western Europe remains most severely impacted, but IDC also noted a slowdown in demand in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 October 2011

Gartner reveals third quarter EMEA PC figures

The numbercrunchers at Gartner have revealed third quarter 2011 PC figures with unit shipments in EMEA declining 2.9% year-on-year to 26.6 million units. HP took top spot in EMEA with unit sales up 2.9% at 5.36 million units – an overall market share of 20.1%. Second place Acer’s shipments slumped 39.3% year-on-year to 3.62 million units as the vendor got to grips with its inventory issues in EMEA. Asus, Dell and Lenovo were third, fourth and fifth respectively in the EMEA rankings. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 October 2011

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