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Digital Transformation Brings Bounty Says IDC

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Digital Transformation Brings Bounty Says IDC

IDC reports global spending on digital transformation (DX) technologies will reach over $1.2 trillion in 2017-- an increase of 17.8% over 2016.

Growth is expected to maintain a CAGR of 17.9% over the 2015-2020 forecast period, and by 2020 DX spending is forecast to total $2.0 trillion.

"Changing competitive landscapes and consumerism are disrupting businesses and creating an imperative to invest in digital transformation, unleashing the power of information across the enterprise and thereby improving the customer experience, operational efficiencies, and optimising the workforce," the analyst says. "In 2017, global organisations will spend $1.2tr on digital transformation with discrete and process manufacturers contributing almost 30% of this spending, while the fastest growth will come from retail, healthcare providers, insurance, and banking."

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AMD Presents Ryzen Desktop CPUs

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AMD Presents Ryzen Desktop CPUs

AMD returns to the high performance processor game with Ryzen 7-- a CPU family based around Zen architecture, with 8-core, 16-thread parts and 16MB level 3 cache shared across all cores.

According to the company, Ryzen 7 CPUs can do 52% more work per cycle than a similarly-clocked predecessor, thanks to a 14nm manufacturing process, a 5x increase in bandwidth and the architectural changes brought about by Ze. The processors also support simultaneous multithreading (the AMD take on Intel's Hyper-Threading), allowing each core to execute 2 code paths simultaneously.

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IDC: Financial Services, Manufacturing Sustain IT Spending

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IDC: Financial Services, Manufacturing Sustain IT Spending

According to IDC global IT products and services spending will reach nearly $2.4 trillion in 2017-- a 3.5% increase over 2016, with spending led by the financial services and the manufacturing industries.

The analyst also forecasts spending will grow to around $2.65tr by 2020 with a CAGR of 3.3% for the 2015-2020 forecast period.

As mentioned earlier, financial services and manufacturing are the main drivers of IT spending, generating 30% of all revenues throughout the forecast period through investments in digital transformation efforts. The telecommunications and professional services industries, together with federal/central governments, are also forecast to be among the largest purchases of IT products and services.

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Micron to Start Producing GDDR6 RAM

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Micron to Start Producing GDDR6 RAM

Micron recently revealed to investors it will start producing GDDR6 memory on H2 2017, pushing forward to previously announced 2018 launch window.

GDDR6 represents a leap in memory technology, as Micron says it is capable of speeds reaching 16GB/s per pin, around 10x faster than mainstream memory. In comparison, the most refined version of GDDR5 offers throughput reaching 8GB/s per pin (up from an initial 4GB/s), while last year's GDDR5X increased speeds to 10GB/s per pin.

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IDC: Notebooks Help EMEA PC Market

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IDC: Notebooks Help EMEA PC Market

EMEA PC shipments stabilise in Q4 2016, IDC reports, reaching 20.7 million units with a close-to-zero (-0.2%) Y-o-Y decline in good part thanks to relatively strong shipment notebook growth of 2.9% Y-o-Y.

Notebook performance is good across all EMEA regions in Q4 2016-- W. Europe sees 2.7% Y-o-Y growth, while CEMA sees 3.3%. Driving such demand is the commercial market, where shipments are up by 10.1% in W. Europe and 1.2% in CEMA. The consumer markets in CEMA and MEA also want notebook (leading to respective shipment growth of 4.4% and 5.8%), while W. Europe sees a decline of -2.4%, less than what IDC was expecting.

However desktop PCs continue to fall during the quarter, with an EMEA decline of 6.9% due to weak consumer demand.

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