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Males and females split over impact of automation in the workplace

There is a split of opinions among males and females on the impact of automation in the workplace, according to a study by TalkTalk Business based on research conducted by YouGov.

The report found that over a third of male workers (39%) feel AI and automation will make them better at tackling day-to-day tasks, in contrast to less than a quarter of female workers (24%).

EMEA’s PC market flattens out

EMEA's traditional PC market (desktops, notebooks, and workstations) was almost flat in the third quarter of 2017, with the market remaining slightly negative (-0.5%) and totalling 17.7 million units, according to IDC.

Cloud infrastructure product sales up 26% says IDC

Global vendor revenue from infrastructure products - servers, storage and Ethernet switching - for cloud IT grew 25.8% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2017, reaching $12.3bn, said analyst house IDC.

Western Europe out-performed the cloud IT infrastructure market with a growth rate of 33.4%. Middle East & Africa saw 28.4% growth, and Central and Eastern Europe experienced 16.9%.

Public cloud market rises by one third

The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud market grew 31% in 2016 to total $22.1bn, up from the $16.8bn generated in 2015, according to analyst house Gartner. Amazon was the number one vendor in the IaaS market last year, followed by Microsoft and Alibaba. 

European AI leaders warn of 'killer robots'

Leaders of European artificial intelligence and robotics firms are among over 100 signatories to a letter to the United Nations calling for action to prevent the development of 'killer robots'.

Demand for PCs remains strong

Despite slow overall global growth in laptops and desktops, the demise of the humble PC in the workplace is perhaps overplayed, going by research among IT pros.

Organisations confused over GDPR compliance

Almost a third of organisations questioned in the Veritas 2017 GDPR Report said they were compliant with the upcoming data laws until asked about specific details that brought to light the likelihood of non-compliance.

Global server revenue dips 4.5%

Global server revenue declined 4.5% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2017, while shipments fell 4.2%, according to analyst Gartner.

"The first quarter of 2017 showed declines on a global level with a slight variation in results by region," said Jeffrey Hewitt, an analyst at Gartner. "Asia/Pacific bucked the trend and posted growth while all other regions fell.

New demand for content management systems

According to Gartner, half of all enterprise content will be machine authored as well as managed on hybrid cloud systems by 2018.

File synchronisation and sharing are expected be a standard embedded Enterprise Content Management business function, while over 20% of all businesses will be managing content from multiple organisations.

Survey spotlights GDPR compliance challenges faced by businesses

NetApp research has put a spotlight on the compliance challenges faced by businesses in the run up to the deadline for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

NetApp's research into European cloud adoption, security and GDPR compliance found gaps in the understanding and sense of urgency among organisations that should be on top of preparations for the May 25th 2018 GDPR deadline.

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