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Still Room for Innovation on EMM

by Eric Klein | 03/24/2017

Dynamic deployment environments require real-time and contextual insights. While the argument of securing devices versus data persists (MAM/CASB vs. EMM), there is no question that the need to manage devices will remain a key requirement in compliance-intensive industries (e.g., financial services, insurance, health care, and telecommunications), as well as in enterprise deployments, where large fleets of purpose-built devices remain on premises, or are permanently affixed to objects (such as a wall or a piece of furniture, or onto a vehicle, airplane or train). Government and military deployment environments also figure prominently—in toto, these deployments are vast, and account for the majority of the current EMM revenue opportunity. Learn more

Blockchain Goes Mainstream with the Announcement of the IBM Blockchain

by Shahroze Husain | 03/20/2017

To tackle the challenges of data management and security in the supply chain and address new regulations surrounding centralized interoperable database implementation, there is rising interest in the blockchain. Today, IBM unveiled the IBM Blockchain at InterConnect 2017 - A blockchain as a service offering for the enterprise. Known to most as the underlying technology supporting Bitcoin digital currency transactions, a blockchain is a digital ledger that uses cryptography to allow participants (each with a unique signature) on a network to use the ledger and record transactions to enable granular traceability. Read more

The Platform and Security Puzzles - MIT Connected Things Conference 2017

by Roy Murdock | 03/17/2017

VDC director Steve Hoffenberg and analyst Roy Murdock made their way through the crisp, chilly (19F!) Boston Monday morning to Cambridge to attend the MIT Connected Things 2017 conference. As usual, the event took place in the MIT Media Lab, giving attendees a spectacular view of the Boston skyline and the Charles River during breaks throughout the day. Learn more

IoT at MWC: Beyond the Hype?

by Chris Rommel | 03/13/2017

The tech world is at a point of unparalleled change. You've heard that phrase, or things similar to it, in just about every year since the Dark Ages. Walking around MWC, however, something did feel different this time. Yes, there was a lot of hype and even a healthy sampling of good old fashion vapor-ware. But there were real tangible products, customer deployments and the beginning of some fundamental shifts in the vendor ecosystem structure. Learn more

CIA has Hacked Android and iOS

by Spencer Gisser | 03/09/2017

WikiLeaks has recently published a treasure trove of over 8,000 pages of CIA documents. Among many other bombshells, it appears that CIA has been stockpiling far more vulnerabilities than the U.S. government has implied. In particular, the agency has demonstrated its ability to compromise mobile phones. Learn more

New Report: 2016 Global Market for OEM Barcode Scan Engines

by Shahroze Husain | 02/27/2017

VDC recently published a report focused on OEM Barcode Scan Engines. The following blog highlights some of our thoughts on this market and its potential. The global OEM scan engine market grew 6% year over year from 2015 to 2016 and is expected to grow to $362M by 2020, according to VDC latest study. VDC defines OEM barcode scan engines as products that are embedded in devices to enable and facilitate enterprise-grade barcode scanning. Read more

Recent HIPAA Settlements Highlight the need for High Quality and Up-to-Date MDM Security Solutions Across the Healthcare Industry

by Steven Lundstrom | 02/24/2017

Children's Medical Center of Dallas, the seventh largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, was recently handed down a $3.2 million fine by the Department of Health and Human Services for multiple HIPAA violations, dating back to 2009. The violations in question include the loss of a BlackBerry device containing the records of 3,800 patients at the Fort Worth Airport in November of 2009, and the more recent the theft of a laptop containing the records of nearly 2,500 patients from the Hospital premises in April of 2013. Learn more

Retail Gets SmartSense with Zebra’s Latest Product Release

by Shahroze Husain | 02/17/2017

Two major issues that face retail stores every year are the low matching accuracy of inventories and potential revenue lost from inventory shrinkage. According to Bill Hardgrave, dean of Auburn University's Harbert College of Business and the founder of the RFID Lab, current accuracy of retail inventories range from 30 percent to 60 percent . In terms of shrinkage, $45.2 Billion was lost last year in the United States alone according to the 2016 National Retail Security Survey conducted by the NRF. Read more

Cybersecurity Shines at RSA2017 Innovation Sandbox

by Steve Hoffenberg | 02/14/2017

At the RSA Conference, one of the annual kickoff events is the Innovation Sandbox “Most Innovative Startup” competition, in which 10 cybersecurity startups vie for the title. Each competing company has three minutes to present their case before a panel of expert judges and a room packed with thousands of attendees. (When we say three minutes, we mean exactly three minutes. A countdown clock is visible to everyone, and when it reaches zero, a loud buzzer sounds, cutting off any presenter that is still speaking.) Learn more

Blockchain to Expand into Customer Loyalty Programs

by Spencer Gisser | 02/10/2017

IBM is at the vanguard of blockchain, focusing on its applications for banking and financial technology. The company sees blockchain as a way for the many competitors and collaborators in a business network to share data such as bank routing codes. Previously, all information and requests for confirmation had to be forwarded to a central authority, a bottleneck for every participant in this configuration. With blockchain, the leger of all transactions across each partner is distributed. Learn more

RealWear’s HMT-1 Launch Hints at the Opportunity for Industrial Hands Free Computing Solutions

by David Krebs | 02/09/2017

I was recently invited to Keynote RealWear’s launch event for their head-mounted HMT-1 wearable computer to discuss the next wave of enterprise mobile computing and the opportunities for “hands-free” wearable solutions, a market we have been covering at VDC Research for over 10 years. Learn more

BlackBerry’s Analyst Event

by Eric Klein | 02/03/2017

BlackBerry invited more than 100 technology and financial analysts to San Ramon last week and shared details on its progress transitioning from a hardware-centric vendor to a software and services company. I was one of three VDC analysts that made this trip ― here are some of my quick takeaways. Learn more

Five Industrial Automation Trends to Watch in 2017

by Jared Weiner | 02/02/2017

Manufacturers’ ability to effectively harness the power of Big Data to maximize operations will be the single biggest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) trend to watch in 2017.Though nearly two-thirds of respondents within the Industrial Automation segment of VDC’s Voice of the IoT Engineer survey reported their organization’s customers are not currently realizing the full benefits of IoT connectivity, this will be a major emphasis this year. Learn more

Q&A with Scandit CEO and Co-Founder Samuel Mueller

by Shahroze Husain | 01/13/2017

This interview is part of an ongoing Q&A series VDC conducts with AIDC solution providers where they share their views on their company, products, and state of the market. We had the opportunity to catch up with Samuel Mueller, CEO and Co-Founder at Scandit to learn about the company and its recent initiatives. Read more

Scandit closes $7.5 Million investment from Technology Investment Firm Atomico

by Shahroze Husain | 01/11/2017

Zurich-based mobile image processing and cloud computing software vendor Scandit – with clients including Cardinal Health, HomeDepot, Macy’s, GE Healthcare, Coop, Shell and Verizon – recently closed a $7.5 million Series A funding investment from London-based VC, Atomico. Atomico’s investment portfolio consists of notable IoT (Internet of Things) and mobility companies like EVRYTHNG (which also partnered with Avery Dennison), Fon, and Jawbone. Read more

Taking Measurements - the growing adoption of dimensioning solutions in the supply chain

by Shahroze Husain | 01/10/2017

VDC recently published a report focused on Dimensioning Solutions. The following blog highlights some of our thoughts on this market and its potential. The market for dimensioning solutions (also known as cubing solutions) is expanding. For years, these solutions were used for dimensioning products and parcels for efficient storage, package sizing, and quality checks and have recently come to gain greater attention beyond the transportation and logistics industry. According to the new report from VDC Research on enterprise requirements for dimensioning solutions, 55% of respondents across the manufacturing, retail, wholesale/distribution and logistics industries indicate currently using dimensioning solutions to support applications from inventory management, to order management and shipping in hubs across supply chains including distribution centers, manufacturing shop floors, warehouses, retail back of stores, and offices. Read more

The IoT & Embedded Technology Beat: with Steve Rokov of GE Digital

by Roy Murdock | 01/10/2017

Steve joined GE in September 2015. He reports into GE Digital and is based in San Ramon, CA. He serves as the Core Product Marketing lead for Predix – the Industrial IoT Platform. As a ‘go-to-market’ expert, he has launched multiple products in the mobile and enterprise infrastructure markets. He has held senior roles in both public and private companies in the US and UK. Learn more

CES 2017: Automotive, Voices, and Everything

by Steve Hoffenberg | 01/10/2017

Once again the annual consumer electronics lovefest known as CES invaded Las Vegas. With more than 3,800 exhibitors occupying 2.6 million square feet of floor space (not to mention numerous private meeting suites), the show seemed more overwhelming than in past years. We couldn’t possible see it all, much less sum it all up in a blog post, but we’ll briefly highlight a few themes.Learn more

Rewards for Innovation Continue within Enterprise Mobility

by Spencer Gisser | 01/04/2017

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has highlighted the falling productivity of American workers. Focusing on the aspect of economic growth known as “total factor productivity,” the article argued that recent gains in research and technological development have failed to adequately equip the workforce with tools that can expand its current capabilities. Learn more

VDC Cocktail Event at Mobile World Congress 2017

by VDC Research | 12/22/2016

Meet with our team of IoT and Enterprise Mobility analysts and executives to learn about our key research findings, current offerings, and upcoming initiatives, as well as network with other technology stakeholders. We’ll cover some of the latest technology trends we are following. Space is limited, so please REGISTER NOW to attend. Learn more

Industrial Color Label Printing: External regulatory and compliance factors to fuel greater demand towards on-demand solutions

by Shahroze Husain | 12/06/2016

VDC recently published a report focused on Industrial Color Label Printing Solutions. The following blog highlights some of our thoughts on this market and its potential. Vendors today can no longer rely on brand recognition and product quality alone to achieve profitability targets and with increased levels of market maturity, it is driving interest in/opportunities around various types of unique functionality and design innovations. Read more

Recent Acquisitions by General Electric Show Continued Emphasis on Digital Revenues

by Steven Lundstrom| 11/28/2016

On November 14th of this year, GE Digital acquired ServiceMax for 915 million dollars. The acquisition of the Field Service Management Solution provider shows GE’s continued push to generate new digital revenue by expanding service options and performance, and capitalizing on the massive amounts of data coming from connected devices. This has been done with a heavy emphasis on the continued improvement and development of their Predix platform which GE hope will become the leading platform for Industrial IoT across the industries they serve. Read more

Robotics in Logistics: Whitepaper Download

by Shahroze Husain | 11/29/2016

In a recent VDC View that is now available for public download, we highlight some of the major robotics solutions including ASRS systems, robotic picking solutions, AGVs and delivery drones overhauling the warehouse and delivery space today and what to expect going forward. Read more

GE Minds + Machines 2016: Checking in on GE’s Progress Towards “Digital Industrial”

by Roy Murdock | 11/22/2016

GE brought together a wide range of software, hardware, systems integrators, and industrial companies in San Francisco this past week for its fifth annual Minds + Machines summit. Over 2,700 attendees mingled inside a spacious, restored warehouse on Pier 48 overlooking the bay – a fitting location for a company intent on transforming itself into a “Digital Industrial.” Read more

Zebra Technologies beats EPS expectations, refocuses on core solutions with sale of WLAN business

by Shahroze Husain | 11/16/2016

Zebra Technologies reported its Q3 2016 earnings on November 15th 2016 beating analysts’ EPS estimates by $0.12 at $1.42 while missing on revenue by $0.42 million. The company’s revenues declined 1.4% from Q3 2015. Revenues of $906 million for the quarter included $605 million from the Enterprise business unit, which was consistent with the revenue contribution in Q3 2015. Zebra’s legacy business (including barcode printers, card printers, consumables, location services) accounted for $301 million, down from $314 million in Q3 2015 (a decrease of 4.14%). Read more

Evolving User Expectations Driving Vendor Strategy

by Jared Weiner | 11/14/2016

Among the greatest challenges data acquisition (DAQ) vendors face today is adapting to the evolving expectations of their customers. Consider the nature of the current wave of startups and kickstarters; more than ever before, the entrepreneurial spirit is centered on the creation of actual devices and physical products as opposed to the websites and mobile applications that dominated the earlier part of this millennium. Read more

Andromeda OS: Already on the Rocks?

by Cameron Roche | 11/09/2016

Throughout the past year, Google has teased the release of Andromeda, the highly anticipated hybrid of its Android and Chrome operating systems (OS), capable of running across mobile devices and larger PC form factors alike. Although Andromeda will not be released until 2017, the impending arrival of Google’s own cross-platform OS and the vendor’s continuing investments in its Android for Work initiative already offer insights into how mobile hardware vendors, enterprise users, and incumbents, like Microsoft and Apple, will move to remain competitive once this new OS enters the market. Read more

High Risk, High Reward Qualcomm Takeover of NXP

by Daniel Mandell | 11/04/2016

The embedded processor space continues to see rapid consolidation seemingly quarter after quarter. Last week, Qualcomm propelled itself to the forefront of a number of new industries with the $47B acquisition of NXP – the largest acquisition in the semiconductor market’s history. The leading driver for the acquisition is the rich growth prospects of the automotive market and the (Industrial) Internet of Things. From a sheer sense of scale, Qualcomm is taking on a company with more employees, products, and customers than itself. Read more

Key Takeaways from ARM TechCon 2016 – Part 2

by Daniel Mandell | 11/03/2016

In part 2 of our ARM TechCon recap (See Part 1 here), we will see how new embedded development solutions for system-on-chips and connectivity are lowering the hurdles for OEMs and engineers. We will also illustrate the importance of the automotive (IoT) market looking forward. As Embedded Processors Become Platforms of Integration, Engineering Focus Turns Towards Simplifying Development - System-on-chips have become extremely complex given the increasing number of integrations at play between hardware/cores and software stack elements. Read more

Key Takeaways from ARM TechCon 2016 – Part 1

by Daniel Mandell | 11/02/2016

Much of the ARM ecosystem came together last week in Santa Clara for the annual ARM TechCon conference where industry leaders like to launch and showcase their new IoT and embedded technology solutions. This year’s conference featured no shortage of interesting and innovative developments from organizations both new and old. ARM itself announced its entrance into the cloud-based SaaS market with secure device management for mbed Cloud developers, launched the first ARMv8-M cores (the M33 and M23), expanded its Cordio radio IP, and extended its TrustZone security features beyond the processor core with the CoreLink SSE-200 subsystem IP. Looking back, there were 6 key themes that stuck out in our discussions with various vendors and partners at the event. Our key takeaways from the event include… Read more

Latest Report: 2016 Global Market for Point-Of-Sale Barcode Scanners

by Shahroze Husain | 10/26/2016

VDC recently published a report focused on Stationary POS Scanners. The following blog highlights some of our thoughts on this market and its potential. The global stationary POS scanners market will grow 5% year over year from 2015 to 2016 and is expected to grow to $ 446.8M by 2020. Applications including reading of 2D barcode labels and loyalty cards are leading the charge for POS scanners. Read more

Enterprise Users Brace for the Windows 10 Leap

by Cameron Roche | 10/26/2016

Over the past year, Microsoft has been rolling out their Windows 10 operating system (OS). For enterprise organizations, this includes “Big” Windows 10 for desktops and tablets, as well as Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise for smaller form factor devices. While this enterprise OS update has been relatively quick, the migration for some line of business (LoB) applications has been slower than anticipated. Read more

Investment in Line of Business Mobile Devices for Health Care Ecosystem Reaches All-Time High

by Cameron Roche | 10/20/2016

With patient satisfaction and engagement rates as main drivers, growth for both rugged and consumer grade devices used for line of business applications in the health care vertical is projected continue through 2020. The health care ecosystem has reached a critical juncture where organizations are beginning to heavily invest in the next generation of mobility solutions. In 2015, the health care vertical invested nearly $7.2B between hardware, software, and connected services. Over the next few years, this value is projected to climb well past $8.0B as an increasing number of organizations begin their transition towards new mobile-enabled solutions. Read more

Q2 2016 Rugged Mobile Hardware Market Overview

by Cameron Roche | 10/06/2016

In Q2 of 2016, the total worldwide rugged mobile hardware market, sized as all rugged notebooks, tablets, forklift mounted devices, and handhelds, grossed nearly $958M in revenue shipments and had over 1,033,000 units ship. As seen in Figure 1, the Q2 rugged market saw an overall year-over-year (YoY) revenue dip of 4.4% when compared with Q2 2015. Read more

Why did Silicon Labs Acquire RTOS Vendor Micrium? Think IoT-focused MCUs.

by Roy Murdock | 10/04/2016

Silicon Labs announced its acquisition of Micrium yesterday. While we had anticipated Micrium’s acquisition for quite some time, given the shrinking pool of commercial competitors in the MCU-targeted real-time operating system (RTOS) space, we were surprised to see Silicon Labs as the eventual acquirer, given how well Micrium could have integrated into various major IoT portfolios. In this blog we discuss why this acquisition makes sense from both companies’ perspectives, and how it will enable them to break out of their respective stagnating market segments. Read more

As Expected, BlackBerry Makes the Software Pivot

by Cameron Roche | 09/28/2016

A major era of the smartphone age has ended. On September 28th, BlackBerry Ltd.’s second quarter fiscal report officially announced the company’s plan to end all internal smartphone development. Instead, the company will begin outsourcing future hardware R&D to manufacturing and distribution partners in Asia. “We are reaching an inflection point with our strategy,” said Executive Chairman and BlackBerry CEO John Chen. “Our financial foundation is strong, and our pivot to software is taking hold.” The move is not altogether surprising, with Chen stating in May 2016 that he would ultimately decide to exit the hardware space by September if BlackBerry hardware sales were not earning sufficient profits. Read more

Citrix Analyst Summit Recap — Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft!

by Eric Klein | 09/21/2016

Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov kicked off Citrix's annual analyst summit and shared his strategy and vision for the company. What quickly became clear after listening to the company's key leadership present over the course of the two day event was Mr. Tatarinov's key takeaway — Citrix has been heads down and has refocused on its core. While this makes perfect sense, the company is not being complacent - clear progress was revealed (much of it under NDA), and the company's innovation pipeline has been/continues to accelerate. Read more

The IoT & Embedded Technology Beat: with Antony Passemard of AWS IoT

by Roy Murdock | 09/16/2016

This interview is part of an ongoing series VDC conducts with IoT and embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market. Antony Passemard leads the strategic product management efforts for AWS IoT at Amazon Web Services. Read more

Secure Messaging 2.0: Evolving Beyond Traditional Communications

by Cameron Roche | 09/15/2016

Many forward-thinking hospitals and clinics are upgrading expensive legacy pager systems and adopting more efficient and effective communications platforms. Replacing these pagers are secure messaging applications coupled with a mobile device (handheld/smartphone, tablet, or wearable). In fact, a recent VDC Research healthcare survey found that 58% of end-users currently support mobile healthcare applications for some type of secure staff communication platform. Vendors in the healthcare community have been marketing now-traditional secure messaging systems for the past few years, but this raises the question of how vendors will continue to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive ecosystem. Read more

Intel’s McAfee Spin-Off: What’s it Mean for IoT Security?

by Steve Hoffenberg | 09/13/2016

As has been widely reported, Intel is planning to spin off its Intel Security business unit formerly and soon again to be known as McAfee. The spin-off will be a private company valued at approximately $4.2B, of which 49% will be held by Intel and 51% by asset management firm TPG. Read more

Mobility Spurs Security Ecosystem Expansion

by Eric Klein | 09/09/2016

VDC’s mobile team recently published its annual security report. The Report, titled “Mobility Spurs Security Ecosystem Expansion”, details how the adoption of mobility in corporate setting has—for all intents and purposes—blown up the notion of a corporate network perimeter. Threats now extend much further than devices: vulnerabilities, such as malware, direct attacks, data interception, exploitation, and social engineering are all evolving and remain a threat on endpoints in our hands, at our desks, on our networks, and within the data centers of our service providers. Read more

Data-Hungry Enterprises with Intricate DAQ Systems Require Sophisticated SW Development Platforms

by Natasha Menon | 09/02/2016

As data-mining techniques have gained paramount importance across every industry, the associated devices and software solutions handling these tasks have become integral for every enterprise. Chasing data has transformed every enterprise operation – from managing massive production lines in factories, tracking assets in remote locations or analyzing customer behavior in retail stores. Never before have large streams of data been scrutinized at such granular levels to drive operational efficiency, improve agility, manage costs and reduce redundancies to achieve a diverse set of goals concurrently within organizations. Read more

Product Innovation to Promote Growth in Stationary Thermal Barcode Printer Market

by Richa Gupta | 08/29/2016

VDC recently published a report focused on Handheld Barcode Scanners. The following report highlights some of our thoughts on this market and its potential. The global market for handheld barcode scanners is expected to grow 3.3% from 2015 to 2016 and continue this growth posting a CAGR of 4.9% through 2020 reaching $1.3B. Global macroeconomic challenges that hardware vendors in this market are facing caused handheld scanner revenues to stay flat year-over-year during the first quarter of 2016. Drivers for future market growth will include the increase in sales of camera-based imagers. Read more

Overall Tablet Growth Tempered, but Enterprise Opportunities Remain

by Cameron Roche | 08/26/2016

While the global tablet market opportunity is expected to contract through 2020, enterprise line of business (LoB) deployments provide a bright spot for growth. In fact, for LoB tablets in enterprise and government industries/sectors, the number of units shipped is expected to grow to nearly 8.7 million by 2020, up from 7.4 million units in 2015 (CAGR of 3.3%). Read more

Shopping with IoT: Retailers Leverage New Technology to Restock and Reshelve

by Roy Murdock | 08/24/2016

As the Internet of Things continues to revolutionize the way we interact with the devices around us, some of the most forward-thinking organizations are taking note of the many ways in which the IoT can be effectively used to change the consumer experience. Major retailers are working with vendors, such as Intel and Panasonic, to tackle the competitive pressures of the ever-changing retail industry. With new IoT devices that can track inventory across the supply chain, connect the backroom to store shelves, and deliver personalized in-store assistance to customers, retailers are finding opportunities for growth by utilizing new data flows. Read more

VDC Research and Loftware Present Joint Webinar on the Evolving Requirements Shaping the Future of Barcode Labeling

by Richa Gupta | 08/23/2016

On Thursday, August 25th, VDC’s Richa Gupta will co-present a webinar with Loftware’s Vice President of Product Management, Josh Roffman, on how global supply chains and changing regulations are powering the evolution of enterprise labeling. This presentation is a follow-up to a comprehensive white paper authored by VDC Research titled “The Changing Landscape of Barcode Labeling”. Read more

New Report: 2016 Global Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions Market

by Shahroze Husain | 08/18/2016

VDC recently published a report focused on Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions. The following blog highlights some of our thoughts on this market and its potential. The global mobile thermal printer revenues posted a 7% growth from 2014 to 2015 and are expected to grow to $509M by the year 2020. Led by increasing investments on mobile thermal printers by retailers and third party logistics providers in the growing e-commerce space, the Americas will continue to be the major market for these solutions with 53% of global revenue shipments and growth at an expected 7.5% through the forecast period. Read more

IoT Gateways: The ‘S’ Factors for Successful Deployment

by Natasha Menon | 08/12/2016

As low power technologies become increasingly popular, more organizations are implementing LoRa WAN technologies in their gateways as the near-term solution. The flexibility of LoRa WAN is the ability to integrate numerous devices without complex installations. The gateways can provide bi-directional communication channels, as these devices are often connected to a network server via standard IP connections and the end-points communicate using single hop wireless communication to one or many gateways. Read more

Intelligent Gateways: Redefining Connectivity Architecture

by Natasha Menon | 08/11/2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in the clash of the informational (IT) and operational technologies (OT) realms, and this convergence is expected to aggressively accelerate as enterprises, suppliers and customers move towards implementing next generation technologies. The overlap of technologies between the OT and IT domain has industries struggling with the complexity of connecting new systems and legacy infrastructure. The reality of jumping onto the IoT bandwagon has become imperative for most industries to drive operational efficiencies in capital constrained business environment. Read more

Hyperledger: How Blockchain and IoT Can Work Together

by Steve Hoffenberg | 08/08/2016

The Hyperledger Project is a collaborative, open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. The project aims to apply the blockchain concept to transactional markets other than cryptocurrencies. Started in 2015 and currently comprised of 61 members, it is a relatively new initiative that has gained a lot of industry support in advancing blockchain technology. The Hyperledger Project is made up of different codebases donated to the Linux Foundation. Read more

BlackBerry Security Summit Recap

by Eric Klein | 08/02/2016

I attended BlackBerry’s Security Summit in NYC a few weeks back and wanted to finally share some quick takeaways from the event (a family vacation precluded me from posting this earlier—one of my 2016 resolutions was to disconnect while on vacation, and I actually succeeded!). The event was well attended, with many of the firms’ largest financial services and government customers in attendance. While none of these customers were willing to go on the record, several short conversations made it clear that these customers were loyal, and pleased with the firms’ roadmap and vision. Read more

Self-scanning 2.0? Datalogic introduces new generation of its popular Joya self-scanning solution

by Shahroze Husain | 07/28/2016

Datalogic, the European leader of the automatic data capture market, recently introduced a new generation of its popular Joya handheld self-scanning device for retail – Joya Touch. The multi-purpose solution can be deployed for consumer self-scanning applications as well as supporting in-store employee applications including queue busting, shelf replenishment, inventory management, and price checks. The company is one of two hardware vendors (the other being Zebra Technologies) of self-scanning devices and is a leader in the barcode scanner/imager and mobile computer markets. Read more

Enterprise Mobility Exchange Atlanta Wrap-Up: What We Learned from Pokemon Go

by David Krebs | 07/19/2016

While enterprise mobility was the name of the game at IQPC’s Atlanta event, Pokemon Go certainly crashed the party. The app from Nintendo and Alphabet-backed Niantic had just launched to much fanfare the week prior to the event and it seemed like no session could avoid mention of this app and the growing fanfare surrounding it. Since its launch Nintendo had added over $8 billion to its market cap – an astounding figure given the short lifespan of many once hot mobile properties. Read more

Q1 2016 Rugged Mobile Hardware Market Overview

by Cameron Roche | 07/14/2016

In Q1, the total worldwide rugged mobile hardware market, sized as all rugged notebooks, tablets, vehicle mounted devices, and handhelds, grossed nearly $913 million in revenue shipments and had over 975,000 units ship. As seen in Figure 1, the Q1 rugged market saw an overall year-over-year (YoY) revenue dip of -6.3% when compared with Q1 2015. Read more

What’s in Store for Inventory Tank Gauge Suppliers? (Part 2)

by Natasha Menon | 07/11/2016

As the oil & gas industry continues to face the worst downturn experienced in the last three decades, affecting inventory tank gauge suppliers dependent on this vertical. In the past, most leading suppliers persistently focused on the oil & gas vertical to obtain a significant portion of their revenue. However, the recent slowdown of the oil & gas industry hampered revenue goals for leading tank gauge suppliers, forcing them to explore new opportunities within other verticals. Read more

What’s in Store for Inventory Tank Gauge Suppliers? (Part 1)

by Natasha Menon | 07/07/2016

Industry gurus prophesied the downward spiral of oil prices would be brought about by increased oil production activities resulting in oversupply worldwide. As this prediction came to life, the industry was unprepared for steep declines it witnessed in prices, leaving producers baffled, as oil prices dropped further from $80-90 per barrel to $30-40 per barrel. Read more

The IoT & Embedded Technology Beat: with Quentin Ochem of AdaCore (Part 2)

by Andre Girard | 07/06/2016

This interview is part of an ongoing series VDC conducts with IoT and embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market. In part two, Quentin Ochem of AdaCore provides insights into how he sees the Ada market evolving. Read more

Q&A with Samsung Business CISO Sam Phillips

by Eric Klein | 07/05/2016

VDC has been tracking Samsung's mobility initiatives for several years now. The company has established a marquee consumer mobility brand and is continuing to make moves to further expand its enterprise and government business. Samsung has been very successful in embedding security into its platform and hiding many sophisticated functionality that safeguards their customers’ devices from data leakage (core to the company’s strategy is Samsung's proprietary Security Enhanced (SE) Android platform). Read more

The IoT & Embedded Technology Beat: with Quentin Ochem of AdaCore (Part 1)

by Andre Girard | 07/05/2016

This interview is part of an ongoing series VDC conducts with IoT and embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market. In part one, Quentin Ochem of AdaCore explains that reports of Ada’s death are greatly exaggerated. Read more

Wearable Technologies Pave the Way to Rio Olympics

by Steve Hoffenberg | 06/30/2016

With the 2016 Olympic Games set to begin in Rio de Janeiro in August, many athletes have begun to promote the latest and most advanced wearable technologies they have used in preparation for the event. From the US Cycling team to the South African Track and Field team, elite athletes have integrated wearable technologies into their training plan to gain a competitive edge. Read more

Replacing Complexity with Productivity: A Preview at Zebra’s Upcoming Wearable Technology Release

by Cameron Roche | 06/30/2016

A recent VDC Research survey found that 85% of end users are motivated to invest in warehouse wearable initiatives in order to increase employee productivity. This investment is being driven by five significant market pressures (see Figure 1) all pointing to warehouse end-users’ desire to squeeze more productivity out of their operations. Read more

The IoT & Embedded Technology Beat: Q&A with Jim McElroy from LDRA Technology (Part 2)

by Andre Girard | 06/24/2016

This interview is part of an ongoing series VDC conducts with IoT and embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market. Read more

EMM: All Grown Up, but Where to Next?

by Eric Klein | 06/24/2016

The level of competition in the EMM market is on the rise and has forced vendors to reposition their solution portfolios, pricing models, and has even led to several notable market exits. Intel Security announced the end of life (EOL) for its McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management solutions; Globo PLC was forced to vacate the EMM market as it was caught falsifying data and misrepresenting its financial position, and Oracle’s attempt to build an EMM platform around its Bitzer Mobile acquisition seems to have faded. Read more

The IoT & Embedded Technology Beat: Q&A with Jim McElroy from LDRA Technology (Part 1)

by Andre Girard | 06/23/2016

This interview is part of an ongoing series VDC conducts with IoT and embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market. Read more

FPGA 101: Understanding What’s Behind the Gate

by Daniel Mandell | 06/17/2016

As field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) diversify into new markets and become easier to develop with, the broader embedded community should understand the basics of the processing technology. Introduced to the market in 1985 by Xilinix, FPGAs first offered a flexible alternative to application specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The main distinguishing factor of FGPAs is that they are field-programmable which means they can be programmed by the end user to meet specific needs (during prototyping, post-deployment, etc.). Read more

Agile in Embedded: Opportunity for Vendors to Target this Specific Need (Part 2)

by Andre Girard | 06/17/2016

Just as embedded engineering organizations were slow to adopt new methods, so too have tool suppliers been slow to adapt to changing practices in embedded development. With limited options, many in the large and growing population of system developers using Agile either apply their incumbent lifecycle management tools in support of new practices OR employ tools designed for Agile development in IT to address the specific needs of the embedded realm. Read more

Agile in Embedded: The Challenges Behind and Potential Ahead (Part 1)

by Andre Girard | 06/16/2016

Agile and product manufacturing have a long and somewhat contentious relationship. Lean manufacturing practices and the Toyota Production System are often viewed as the initial inspiration for the Agile software development manifesto. The speed and quality improvements of early Agile teams quickly lead to widespread use of iterative practices in the enterprise/IT software development market but embrace of the methodology for product, or even systems, development could certainly not be called rapid. Read more

PTC LiveWorx 2016: Friend or foe?

by Roy Murdock | 06/10/2016

VDC recently had the pleasure of attending PTC’s flagship LiveWorx 2016 event, which has become one of the largest and most highly-anticipated IoT conferences in the greater Boston area. The 3-day event took place from Monday June 6th to Wednesday June 8th in the Boston Convention center, and featured a wide range of notable speakers, such as... Read more

Complex recalls prompt traceability system updates and upgrades in the automotive industry

by Shahroze Husain | 06/08/2016

Globally distributed automotive supply chains now make it imperative for automakers to have the ability to trace any part all the way from the component/part supplier through to the end consumer. Specialized component vendors may distribute their products throughout the entire industry to several different automakers, meaning an issue with one small part has the potential to affect several market participants. According to VDC’s latest report, US-based automakers and components manufacturers are looking to invest in smarter traceability and communications systems in order to shift from a traditionally reactive supply chain model to one that is more proactive in order to support functions like order fulfillment, inventory management, reverse logistics, and recall management. Read more

Fast Approaching DQSA Deadlines Will Drive Greater Traceability Investments in the Pharmaceuticals Industry

by Shahroze Husain | 06/01/2016

US pharmaceutical companies today face a number of challenges emerging in the supply chain that are driving greater adoption of track-and-trace systems including the theft and diversion of drugs, counterfeiting, and unpredictable errors potentially leading to mass recalls. 2015 saw an increase in drug recalls by the FDA and pharmaceutical manufacturers, up from 1,572 in 2014 to 2,021 recalls. Read more


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