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Rick Hamada No Longer Avnet CEO

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Rick Hamada No Longer Avnet CEO

Rick Hamada steps down as Avnet CEO, with the board citing a need for a change in leadership in order to "drive a greater sense of urgency and an enhanced focus on execution.”

Replacing Hamada in the interim is board member William "Bill" J. Armelio. Hamada has been Avnet CEO since 2011, and is also leaving the company board.

The press release announcing the change in Avnet leadership does not spill any beans on the whys, but it is surely related to a revision in July quarter sales estimates-- one predicting a Americas sales will see a shortfall of $100 million compared to previous forecasts.

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IDC: Q2 2016 Remains "Muted" for European PCs

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IDC: Q2 2016 Remains

IDC reports EMEA Q2 2016 PC shipments remain in state of "long-term market-erosion," particularly for traditional models, if with some hints of short-term recovery through notebooks and other mobile PCs.

However the industry remains further affected by a number of issues-- namely currency fluctuations, localised political developments in W. Europe and ongoing instabilities in the M. East, not to mention the ripple effect caused by Brexit.

"Even the best case scenario calls for PCs to face significant challenges, with a somewhat fragile stabilisation in the long run. The preliminary results did not capture the potential repercussions from the Brexit vote, which is expected to affect the timing and scope of spending plans in Europe," the analyst remarks. "The better than expected Q2 2016 results should not be interpreted as a harbinger of significant improvements for PCs."

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IDC: "Challenging Transition" for Post-Brexit UK

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IDC predicts a "challenging transition" for the UK following the results of the recent referendum on its leaving the EU, even if the rest of Europe should remain "largely unaffected."

According to the analyst British IT spending is set to fall by a CAGR of -2% through to 2020.

"The often dramatic experiences in the past decade have enabled leaders across the globe to establish risk processes and act in a more measured fashion. Based on recent feedback from a number of large enterprise leadership teams, we expect a 'wait and see' approach as the political and economic lines are redrawn," IDC says. "IT spending will likely shift, but the strategic transition towards the digital enterprise will remain, and in fact is likely to accelerate with a greater focus on cost optimisation and IT value to the organisation's bottom line."

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Akamai on the Faster State of the Internet

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Akamai on the Faster State of the Internet

Global average internet speeds are on the increase, the Akamai Q1 2016 State of the Internet Report says-- specifically by 23% Y-o-Y (or 12% Q-o-Q) to 6.3Mbps.

Peak connection speeds are also accelerating (to 34.7Mbps, a 14% Y-o-Y increase), while 10, 15 and 25Mbps broadband adoption is growing "significantly." The reason? Sports, as aficionados all over the world demand the best for their viewing experience.

“Live sports will be at the forefront this summer as we prepare for the games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever,” Akamai remarks. “Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms.”

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DRAMeXchange: DRAM Prices to Rise in Q3

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DRAMeXchange: DRAM Prices to Rise in Q3

DRAM prices are set to stabilise, if not increase, following a period of price decline lasting from October 2014 to June 2016, according to TrendForce's DRAMeXchange.

The analyst says DRAM contract prices will see an exchange of around 4-8% on Q3 2016, an improvement after a period with average DDR3 4GB prices plunging by -62%. The reason for such an increase? Growing demand from smartphone and server makers, since the amount of DRAM in both product categories is on the up. As such, excess capacity is being consumed.

On the other hand PC DRAM demand remains in a slump, particularly since Windows 10 licensing schemes setting fees according to system specs discourage the increase of memory content per PC.

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