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Gartner: PC Leaders Must Overhaul Business or Get Out!

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Gartner: PC Leaders Must Overhaul Business or Get Out!

The leading PC vendors face a "stark choice," Gartner warns-- they must either overhaul their businesses in order to adapt to an over saturated market or leave the PC market by 2020.

"The PC business model as we have traditionally known it is broken. The top 8 mobile PC vendors have gained 11% market share over the past 5 years-- from 65% in 2011 to 76% in H1 2016; but this has come at the expense of profitable revenue," the analyst says. "While this does not mean that the PC market is finished, the installed base of PCs will continue to decline over the next 5 years, with a continuing erosion of PC vendors' revenue and profit."

The analyst continues traditional means of gaining shipment share-- competing on price to stimulate demand-- will not work in the PC market of 2020. This is due to multiple factors, such as users extending PC lifetimes until end of life, the cloud replacing business applications and storage, and, most crucially, price and specification are not reason enough for users to upgrade PCs. In fact, there is only one "true differentiation," and that is "a new and better customer experience."

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Avnet Names William Amelio CEO

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Avnet Names William Amelio CEO

Avnet decides on a leader as it names William "Bill" J. Amelio CEO  after his stint as interim CEO following the departure of Rick Hamada, who held the position for over 30 years.

Amelio brings over 35 years of experience in the industry, with most of his career spent in senior roles managing global technology enterprises and publicly traded companies. These include CHC Group, Lenovo, Dell and IBM.

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Fujitsu to Start Producing Nano-RAM

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Fujitsu to Start Producing Nano-RAM

Fujitsu gets the first license for the mass production of Nano-RAM (NRAM)-- a non-volatile memory technology promising a 1000x performance boost over DRAM together with NAND-style data storage capability.

Developed by Nantero, NRAM is based on carbon nanotube (CNT) technology, tiny carbon strings with 50x the strength of steel, half the density of aluminium and better thermal and electrical conductivity than any other material currently available, all while having 1/50000th the diameter of a human hair.

The companies say NRAM technology is tested to endure 100 billion program/erase cycles, and is able to retain data for over 1000 years at temperatures reaching 85 degrees Celsius, or over 10 yrs at 300 degrees Celsius. Latency reaces DDR4 levels at 50ns.

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ALSO Buys Bachmann Mobile Kommunikation

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ALSO Buys Bachmann Mobile Kommunikation

ALSO acquires a majority stake in Swiss after-sales specialist Bachmann Mobile Kommunikation, a deal the distributor hopes will increase turnover generated by services from 3 to 6% through "inorganic and inorganic growth."

The distie bought a 30% stake in Bachmann back in 2014, starting a "fruitful relationship" in after-sales services. ALSO describes Bachmann as the leading Swiss provider of repair and logistics services in CE and mobile communications after-sales market. Major customers the company serves include s Swisscom, Sunrise, Salt and Schweizerische Post

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Russia's Softline Heads for Expansion

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Russia's Softline Heads for Expansion

Moscow-based software licensor and service provider Softline secures $40 million in funding, Russian business daily Kommersant reports-- funding the company will use to acquire "over 20 companies" in emerging markets.

The investment comes from a pair of funds managed by Da Vinci Capital Management, who remarks "companies providing value added cloud and IT services have among the highest growth rates globally, which spurs investors’ appetite. We believe in Softline’s high growth potential and found particularly attractive this opportunity to invest in the perspective of an IPO.”

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