IDC May 2012
Smartphones powered by the Android and iOS mobile operating systems accounted for more than eight out of ten smartphones
shipped in the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12). According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the mobile operating systems held shares of 59.0% and 23.0% respectively of the 152.3 million smartphones shipped in 1Q12. During the first quarter of 2011, the two operating systems held a combined share of 54.4%. The share gains mean that Android and iOS have successfully distanced themselves from previous market leaders Symbian and BlackBerry, as well as Linux and Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile.
“The popularity of Android and iOS stems from a combination of factors that the competition has struggled to keep up with,” said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Phone Technology and Trends program. “Neither Android nor iOS were the first to market with some of these features, but the way they made the smartphone experience intuitive and seamless has quickly earned a massive following.”
“In order for operating system challengers to gain share, their creators and hardware partners need to secure developer loyalty,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker program. “This is true because developer intentions or enthusiasm for a particular operating system is typically a leading indicator of hardware sales success.”
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Enfusion, a division of Maclean, provides remote monitoring and maintenance solutions, based on the Kaseya platform. Offering a range of consultancy and hosting, Enfusion enables its partners to automate the monitoring, alerting and maintenance of its clients server and PC infrastructures. By offering a wholesale managed services program, Enfusion facilitates the movement of businesses to enter the managed services industry.
Steve Wilson, Enfusions General Manager, says, Our relationship with Kaseya enables us to stay ahead of the competitive managed services business. Direct access to the Kaseya priority support team means our customers benefit from higher service level agreements (SLAs) and priority access to beta testing and pilot programs before they are released to the broader MSP market.
Ensuring the highest level qualifications of our team reflects our commitment to keep one step ahead of the game in New Zealand and Australia, ensuring our team is the most qualified and experienced in the business, Wilson says.
Enfusion has grown in the last twelve months by responding to demand from managed service providers who are looking to scale their businesses. Prior to partnering, many of the engineers working in break fix environments lost hours of productivity responding to miscellaneous problems or reactively managing client issues on their help desks. Using Kaseya technology, Enfusions managed services promote MSPs to add value to their clients by focusing their time on proactive IT projects.
Dermot McCann, Managing Director, Kaseya Australia and New Zealand, says, We are committed to creating the tools and training that help drive partner profitability through improved productivity and return-on-invested capital. With the Kaseya certification, Maclean is empowering its customers to be the best MSPs in competitive markets.
In July, IBM developerWorks conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty members and students from among the developerWorks community. We asked respondents about their view of the future of technology, including questions on business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social business.
Here is a preview of some of our findings:
For cloud adopters, “developing new applications” is expected to be the top activity in the next 24 months, surpassing today’s top cloud focus areas of virtualization and storage.
51% of respondents stated that adopting cloud technology is part of their mobile strategy
India may be all about social business technology (57% adopting), but other countries including Russia (19%) are more hesitant.
Auckland, New Zealand, 27th May, 2011 IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has selected Auckland-based Managed Services Provider (MSP) Maclean to deliver IBM Virtual Server Services (VSS) to the New Zealand mid-sized market.
Maclean will offer VSS together with Enfusion, its managed IT support service, providing a secure, flexible and affordable hosted computing environment which allows mid-sized companies to take advantage of the financial and operational benefits of cloud computing.
This is the first time IBM and Maclean have partnered to deliver an offering targeted at businesses with up to 500 IT users.
Virtual Server Services allow organisations to increase operational flexibility and reduce IT capital expenditure, while still meeting their on-going security and reliability requirements.
Customers of the new service will benefit by having their data and applications hosted on virtual machines at IBM’s new Auckland data centre and supported by Macleans established Service Desk and Enfusion Managed Services. The virtual servers run Windows or Linux on VMware vSphere, the leading virtualisation technology, using industry-standard IBM System x servers and IBM Enterprise Storage.
We have a proven track record in managed services, including being named as Kaseya Managed Service Provider of the year for Australasia. This experience, combined with enterprise level infrastructure from IBMs new data centre, creates a powerful combination for the mid market, says Maclean CEO, Chris Maclean. Customers are already talking with us about their plans to migrate to the IBM data centre, from website hosting to managing customer databases, online back-up and disaster recovery.
Our New Zealand partner community play a critical role in delivering our cloud-based solutions such as VSS to the local market, says Paul Douglas, Technology Services Business Manager, IBM NZ. By combining VSS with personalised IT support and advice from Maclean, organisations that lack a large internal IT team can access the benefits of cloud computing.