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Future of managed services lies in automation, says LOGICnow

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 adoption on the up

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 myths exposed by 6DG research  

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

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. 

Video conferencing market in transition

The dedicated system segment of the video conferencing market continues to decline, falling 6% in Q1 2016 versus the same period last year.

Research points to strong adoption of intelligent machines

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.

Personal safety to drive wearables market beyond health and fitness

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.

Security and speed hinder connected workforce

Data security and download speeds are the top two barriers to a connected workforce according to a survey by Nexsan.

The study revealed that 98% of users need to work remotely or collaboratively, with nearly two thirds (61%) responding that they need to access company data on their own devices (BYOD).

40% of workers use personal mobiles for work

Large numbers of employees are circumventing IT, with 40% of workers currently using their personal smartphones for work and 69% claiming their personal tech is better than the options available at work. That's according to the new App Generation report launched by business communications provider Fuze.

EMC faces many challenges, says analyst

In a new TBR research report, the analyst argues that EMC faces many challenges as it moves to becoming a part of Dell.

Not least is the change to its channels, EMC's partner ecosystem will need monitoring to make the change accretive, partners will have natural reactions to the large merger. 

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