Market & Technology News
EMEA server revenues reached $12.4 billion for the full calendar year 2013, which shows a moderate annual decline of 5.3%. The decline in unit terms was less significant at 2.7%, with over 2.2 million server units shipped in 2013.
Giant German integrator Bechtle is now in what it calls a "close alliance" with PC Connection in the US. This gives it the ability to support US clients in Europe, and adding further partners is also being looked at.
Frnech integrator Atos has signed a five year infrastructure services programme with the UK's Kelway; it is estimated to be worth £150m over the five years and will deliver desktop infrastructure and datacentre hardware services in the UK and Ireland.
IT services group Computacenter recorded its fourth successive year of revenue growth, helped by a strong performance in the UK and more stability in Germany, although the smaller France division disappointed.
UK Prime Minister Cameron has committed more funding to develop the Internet of Things, and joint development with Germany on various technologies.
Ricoh Europe has announced an enhanced IT services portfolio which includes on-site, remote and cloud based services which will be offered to customers across Europe.
Deutsche Telekom has launched its new SME initiative. The aim is to offer medium-sized companies a customized range of IT and telecommunication services sourced in Germany.
IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty has said in a letter to investors that the company "did not meet our expectations." in 2013. IBM will continue to alter its focus to cloud services and data analytics while modifying its hardware products.
Citing "slowing consumer purchases" amid high penetration rates in mature markets, IDC now forecasts tablet shipments will grow 19.4% in 2014 (to 260.9 million units), down from a prior estimate of 22% (271 million units).
OpenStack software solutions specialist Mirantis has announced its expansion plans across Europe with a new office in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.