The technologies defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution, more commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, are being powered by cloud infrastructures, according to The Oracle Cloud: Opening up the Road to Industry 4.0 report.
The document states that from robotics to artificial intelligence, businesses view the cloud as a blank canvas upon which to build their innovation strategies.
A new report from benchmark-it (UK Enterprise Segment Communications Service Providers) finds that service providers focused on traditional fixed and mobile services for business customers are losing share as revenues decline.
Report author Rob Pritchard said: "Players that do not focus on the cloud, next-generation services and managed solutions are losing out."
While the US may have the advantage of a huge single market for managed services, new international research shows that parts of Europe, especially the UK, are already seeing high returns on analysis of how data is used, and plan to drive this faster than the US.
Network infrastructure services (NIS) adoption has increased as customers invest in IT transformation initiatives, leading to a 5.4% yr/yr rise in NIS revenue for benchmarked vendors, according to TBR's 1Q16 Network Infrastructure Services Benchmark.
NIS segments grew in 1Q16 as customers shift focus to modern hardware and holistic business outcomes, it says.
Cloud computing adoption is not universally driven by the need to reduce IT costs, and neither is it causing a widespread reduction in the size of IT teams, according to new research released by Six Degrees Group (6DG).
WLAN sales continue overall growth trajectory
Wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment sales totalled $1.2bn worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016), declining 14% sequentially due to seasonal demand factors, but continuing on an overall growth trajectory.
Global research by Freeform Dynamics shows strong adoption of intelligent machines used for automating and optimising business and IT processes.
The research found that 92% of IT professionals surveyed recognise the technology is now central to the success of their business, but 68% acknowledge it raises new concerns about network security, access and controls.
One in three smartphone users believe they will use at least five connected wearables beyond 2020, with smartphones turning into just screens, and wearables expected to perform most smartphone functions within five years.