In this IDC Tech Talk Bob Parker, Group Vice President, Manufacturing & Retail Insights, discusses IT Productivity in the Manufacturing and Retail Industry. Reviews of IT spending data collected over the last 10 years make it look like IT spending has been taking cuts, but as Bob points out it's really only that IT spending has not been growing as fast as revenue because IT departments can now do more with less. What investments in IT allowed for that increase in productivity? The big three are, virtualization, business intelligence, and longer refresh rates on hardware. What does the future look like? Bob thinks more IT productivity is yet to be gained with cloud computing, integrated decision environments, and smart devices (mobility). For a look at all 6 factors that drove IT productivity over the last 10 years, and the 6 factors could drive more IT productivity over the next years, check out the IT Cost Challenge for the Coming Decade.
Many of us were hit by the Epsilon email breach. In this IDC Tech Talk Phil Hochmuth, Research Manager of Security Products, and Michael Versace, Global Risk Analyst, discuss the recent breach. Phil delves into how personal information is becoming a new currency among cyber criminals and highlights the need for more security around access to this information. Michael discusses the impact and on the financial services industry and how this attack could further breach the security of financial institutions.
IDC recently started a series on YouTube called "IDC Tech Talk". In the following video they discuss media tablets, specifically the iPad, and how they're being used in a business environment. They also discuss enterprise vs. personal use and the impact tablet use is having on usage of other devices such as netbooks and laptops. While IDC is typically available only through a subscription service, these videos are a great preview of the type of information you'll find in some of their reports.