VDC Research Blog

Embedded & Edge AI Reinvigorates Hardware Market

by Dan Mandell | 06/08/2021

AI has proliferated throughout many different environments, including the embedded space, which features unique deployment considerations and market opportunities. Learn more

Samsung to Provide 740,000 Smart Phones to Walmart Associates

by Alexander Oubre, and David Krebs | 06/04/2021

On June 3rd, Walmart announced that they will provide 740,000 Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro rugged smartphones to retail associates in conjunction with the launch of Walmart’s new Me@Walmart app. Representing Samsung’s largest enterprise deal in the US so far, this new partnership will provide nearly half of Walmart’s domestic store population with a smartphone device by the end of 2021. Learn more

Google’s I/O Event Unveils Exciting New Updates

by Chris Paggioli | 05/26/2021

Google recently held its I/O event to unveil updates, partnerships, and new features for several different products. Across these announcements there are a few that standout as having practical applications within enterprise environments either at present or in the future. Learn more

Zebra’s Five-Pronged Entry into Machine Vision and Industrial Barcode Scanning Opens Additional $1.4B in TAM

by Andy Adelson | 05/20/2021

On May 18th, Zebra Technologies made significant news in Machine Vision and Industrial Barcode Scanning with a five -part announcement. Learn more

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Highlights Unpreparedness of Critical Infrastructure Operators

by Jared Weiner | 05/14/2021

Colonial Pipeline, which operates the largest fuel pipeline in the country, shut down its operations on Friday following a ransomware attack. The attack ― which the FBI has attributed to a Russian criminal group known as DarkSide. Learn more

Brady Corporation Expands RFID Market Presence with Acquisition of Nordic ID

by Rowan Litter | 04/16/2021

On April 15th, Brady Corporation announced the company has come to an agreement to acquire Nordic ID for $9.7 million. The acquisition will add Nordic ID’s expertise in RFID reader/scanning technology and customizable cloud solutions to Brady Corporation’s portfolio of advanced labels, safety devices, industrial printer systems and software solutions. Learn more

120k Unit HoloLens Contract with the U.S. Army Will Put Microsoft, Smart Glasses to the Test

by Chris Paggioli | 04/06/2021

Microsoft has won a substantial contract to provide its augmented reality (AR) headsets, the HoloLens, to the U.S. Army. This contract awards Microsoft $21.9B over the course of ten years to provide the U.S. Army with more than 120,000 HoloLens units. Learn more

Starlink: The New Space Race is Satellite Networks

by Rowan Litter | 04/01/2021

Each day, the world becomes more and more connected. People and businesses increasingly rely on technology to communicate and share information. However, there are still parts of the world with underserved or unserved access to the Internet; according to Datareportal.com, only 59.5% of the global population has network access as of January 2021. Learn more

AMETEK Bolsters Presence in Process Instrumentation Market with Acquisition of Magnetrol

by Jared Weiner | 03/30/2021

AMETEK announced on Monday that it had acquired Magnetrol International and two other companies―Crank Software and EGS Automation―for a total of approximately $270 million. Both Magnetrol and Crank will join AMETEK’s Electronic Instruments Group, while EGS will become part of the company’s Electromechanical Group. Learn more

A New Year, a New Administration, and New Enterprise Mobility Dynamics to Consider

by Pat Nolan, and Chris Paggioli | 03/26/2021

As 2021 gets underway and we look ahead to the next year, and even the next four years, there are new enterprise mobility market factors to expect in the wake of the new presidential administration in the United States. Learn more

Industrial Modernization Projects Drive Industrial Networking Market in Growing Economies

by Jared Weiner | 01/26/2021

Industry 4.0 makes it possible for industrial organizations to dramatically increase profitability by realizing unprecedented levels of production efficiency and flexibility, supply chain control, and worker safety. Learn more

IBM and GitLab Join Forces – Engineering Teams Should Pay Close Attention

by Rob Shapiro | 01/18/2021

In order to serve the growing number of organizations adopting DevOps practices in their software development pipelines, IBM and GitLab announced an expanded partnership to help automate the delivery of cloud-native applications. Learn more

The CES That Was and Wasn’t

by Steve Hoffenberg | 01/14/2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit worldwide in early 2020, nearly all trade shows and conferences have been cancelled, postponed, or converted to virtual events. Learn more

Loftware and NiceLabel Combine. Will They Be Better Together?

by Richa Gupta | 01/12/2021

Loftware and NiceLabel announced on January 12th the combination of their two organizations and, with it, have significantly altered the landscape for labeling solutions. Learn more

The Evolution of Networking at John Deere: A VDC Report Preview

by Rowan Litter | 01/08/2021

If you are ever driving through farmland, construction or forestry sites or even by a neighbor who enjoys keeping their lawn in tip-top shape, then you will recognize the iconic image of a yellow buck across a green background, the logo of Deere & Company, better known as John Deere. Learn more