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HP Leads Again as Traditional PC Market Grows After 5 Years

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Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, workstation) totaled 60.3 million units in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), posting year-over-year growth of 0.6%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker.

The previous forecast had expected shipments to decline 1.8% in the quarter. And, while the 0.6% growth was arguably flat, the result nonetheless represented the first foray back into positive territory since Q1 2012, when many users still considered PCs their first computing device.

Like the second half of 2016, some of the same forces continue to shape the market. Tight supplies of key components such as NAND and DRAM are affecting inventory dynamics and led a number of vendors to boost shipments to lock in supply ahead of further cost increases.

In addition, the market continued along a path of stabilization that began in the latter half of last year, especially as more commercial projects moved out of pilot mode and began shipments in earnest.

From a geographic perspective, mature markets again outdid emerging markets. All regions exceeded forecast except for the United States, although the U.S. posted just a slight decline. Despite the generally positive trends, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) and Latin America continued to see year-over-year volume declines.

“The traditional PC market has been through a tough phase, with competition from tablets and smartphones as well as lengthening lifecycles pushing PC shipments down roughly 30% from a peak in 2011,” said Jay Chou, research manager, IDC PCD Tracker. “Nevertheless, users have generally delayed PC replacements rather than giving up PCs for other devices. The commercial market is beginning a replacement cycle that should drive growth throughout the forecast. Consumer demand will remain under pressure, although growth in segments like PC Gaming as well as rising saturation of tablets and smartphones will move the consumer market toward stabilization as well.”

“The U.S. PC market had a weak opening quarter for the year with the consumer PC segment failing to impress after doing fairly well in the previous quarter,” said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices & Displays. “Apart from factors such as relatively improved commercial PC performance as well as a few component shortages, which continued to add to a better inventory situation, the overall PC performance for the quarter remained fairly sublime.”

Regional Highlights
United States: The traditional PC market declined slightly year over year as notebook PCs saw sales slumping this quarter. After a strong holiday season at the end of 2016, the consumer PC market witnessed a comparative slow down this quarter with lower sell-out while the commercial PC market came out strong mostly backed by growth of Chromebooks. Overall, total PC shipments for 1Q17 totaled 13.3 million units.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA): The EMEA traditional PC market stabilized for the second consecutive quarter, thanks to strong notebook performance. The combination of backlogs, fulfillment from previous quarters, and solid mobility demand in enterprises boosted overall notebook shipments in 1Q17. However, desktops continued to erode, in line with expectations.

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan): The APeJ market remained soft. Weakness in the consumer market persisted, as demand and shipments in many countries were impacted by price increases fueled by tight component supply. The pricing pressure was felt in the Chinese consumer market despite continuing strong demand for gaming and ultraslim notebooks. The commercial market in China performed better, driven by demand in the public sector. The education segment drove shipments in the commercial space, with several projects delivered throughout the region. India saw a rebound after the demonetization severely affected the market in the previous quarter while the back-to-school season allowed for healthy volumes in Korea.

Japan: The traditional PC market has recovered with healthy macroeconomics and an emerging PC refreshment cycle, especially in commercial, leading to the first year-on-year growth since Q2 2014.

Vendor Highlights
HP Inc. took back the top spot for the first time since Q1 2013 after several quarters inching closer to Lenovo.

The vendor has focused on building out a deep portfolio and saw a strong quarter in notebooks across all regions.

Lenovo held the second position with relative modest growth of 1.7% globally. Lenovo had its first decline in the U.S. since Q3 2009, down 4.2% year over year.

Dell captured the third position, grew 6.2% year over year, and continued its positive growth in every region with strong notebook volume. Dell posted growth in all markets, although the U.S. slowed relative to others.

Apple kept the fourth position and grew 4.1% year over year.

Acer regained the fifth position, growing 2.9% in part due to better comparisons against a challenging 1Q16.

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IPV6 Council Nigeria @ Internet Solutions Harps on Early Migration

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L-r Chairman, Communication & Advocacy Committee (CAC) IPv6 Council Nigeria, Remmy Nweke, Council Member, Chief Chris Uwaje, Finance Manager, Internet Solutions (IS), Safiriyu Abiodun Rosenje, Chairman, IPv6 Council Nigeria, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, Project Manager IS, Ms Ifeoma Egbe, Head, Network Operations, Mr. George Olunwa, and member CAC, Mr. Chike Onwuegbusi, during a courtesy visit by IPv6 Council Nigeria to Internet Solutions, recently in Lagos

Internet Protocol Version Six (IPv6) Council in Nigeria has harped on the need for early migration and adoption, as part of its mandate and effort in creating awareness among service providers in the nation Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

 

Speaking during a courtesy visit to Internet Solution Nigeria, a leading Internet Service Provider in the country, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, council chairman, noted that the visit was designed to interact with Internet Solutions Nigeria, which the Council believes could be paving the way towards the realization of IPV6 migration, which is seen globally to provide enhanced Internet service experience.

 

Rudman decried the low level of IPv6 ready networks, as well as usage in Nigeria, despite the fact that the country occupied first and eight positions in internet usage in Africa and the world respectively.

 

“We are worried that some countries in Africa have started migrating to IPv6 networks, yet Nigeria that prides itself as number one in terms of Internet usage in Africa is not making a serious move,” he said.

 

He commended Internet Solutions for deploying IPv6 on its network and urged other service providers in the country to consider migrating to IPv6 for Nigeria to maintain its position in Africa and move higher in the global ranking.

 

He also said that migrating to IPV6 would create more robust and realtime end-to-end Internet connectivity and avert the possible blockade from the exhaustion of Internet Protocol Version Four (IPv4) addresses.

 

Responding, Mr. George Olunwa, head, Network Operations at Internet Solutions, said that Internet Solutions, has since deployed and advertised IPv6 block on the Internet, but the challenge is largely apathy from the enterprise customers, who are yet to see a pressing need for the implementation of IPV6 on their networks.

 

While thanking the IPV6 Council Nigeria for the advocacy visit and efforts so far, Olunwa assured that Internet Solutions would continue to push the idea of implementing IPv6 to its customers, admitting that the cost of migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 is next to nothing.

 

“What we have seen is that most of the clients are still going for IPV4, even though the cost of getting IPv6 is minimal. But, we believe that with this sort of advocacy being carried out by the IPv6  Council Nigeria, service providers as well as enterprise networks will begin to see a need for the deployment.

 

He also suggested a possibility of providing virtual lab for IPv6 within country, saying that will assist towards capacity building which can help to upscale the deployment and adoption of IPV6.

 

IPv6 is the most recent version of IP, the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the internet.

 

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is essentially a postal address for each and every Internet-connected device. Without one, websites will not know where to send the information each time a person performs a search or try to access a website.

 

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NESG Challenge: Accenture Gives Free Technology, Advisory Services To L & L Foods, Accounteer & MyPadi.ng

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Three companies that emerged tops at the recently held Nigerian Economic Summit Group start-up pitch in Abuja will receive free technology and business grooming services from Accenture.

Mr. Niyi Yusuf, the country managing director for Accenture Nigeria, who confirmed this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, said the grooming service was the company’s contribution to the emergence of future business giants.

Yusuf said, “Conventionally, Accenture works with large companies; but this is our own way of contributing to the nation’s development. We have been part of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group since inception 24 years ago.

“Now that NESG is looking at promotion of indigenous entrepreneurs who can be globally relevant and globally competitive, Accenture’s role in that process is to provide free advisory services on how to redefine their business model.”

He also said, “That is our own way of contributing to the development of the nation and building the next generation of entrepreneurs who will hopefully have big companies in the future that can then become clients of Accenture.

“Accenture will work with them for three to six months to redefine their business models and make them more attractive to investors. Access to capital is an issue. As we work with them, they should stand a better chance of getting investors. Money is the lifeline of the business.”

The start-up pitch event hosted by NESG saw three companies emerging tops from an initial list of more than 260 start-ups. The three companies are L & L Foods, Accounteer and MyPadi.ng.

L & L Foods, which won $15,000 for coming first, distributes peanuts; Accounteer, which won $10,000, helps business owners to manage their administration and help the businesses to professionalise, grow, and automate their administrative processes; while MyPadi.ng, which won $5,000, is a hostel booking platform.

Yusuf said for a start-up to succeed, it needs to be driven by people who had passion and competence while the business must be addressing problems relevant to the environment.

According to him, for a business to attract investors, the business needs to be driven by a team rather than an individual.

The Accenture boss said investors were more interested in investing in businesses founded and run by teams because teams would make for cross fertilisation of ideas as well as longevity of business.

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Reasons Kaspersky Lab Is Opening Three Transparency Centers Worldwide

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Kaspersky Lab has announced the launch of its Global Transparency Initiative (GTI) as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting customers from cyberthreats, regardless of their origin or purpose.

With this Initiative, Kaspersky Lab will engage the broader information security community and other stakeholders in validating and verifying the trustworthiness of its products, internal processes, and business operations, as well as introducing additional accountability mechanisms by which the company can further demonstrate that it addresses any security issues promptly and thoroughly.

As part of the Initiative, the company intends to provide the source code of its software – including software updates and threat-detection rules updates – for independent review and assessment.

As society today depends ever more on information and communications technologies (ICT), cyberthreats continue to proliferate and evolve. Because of the frenetic pace of both ICT deployment and the expansion of the threat landscape, Kaspersky Lab believes that increased cooperation to protect cyberspace is more crucial than ever.

Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and therefore trust should be the foundation of any collaboration among those seeking to secure individuals, organisations and enterprises from cyberthreats.

However, Kaspersky Lab also recognises that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through an ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability.

Kaspersky Lab’s Global Transparency Initiative is a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to earning and maintaining the trust of the company’s customers and partners every day. The company has never taken this trust for granted, but it wants to strive for continuous improvement in every way it can.

The initial phase of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Transparency Initiative will include:

The start of an independent review of the company’s source code by Q1 2018, with similar reviews of the company’s software updates and threat detection rules to follow;

The commencement of an independent assessment of (i) the company’s secure development lifecycle processes, and (ii) its software and supply chain risk mitigation strategies by Q1 2018;

The development of additional controls to govern the company’s data processing practices in coordination with an independent party that can attest to the company’s compliance with said controls by Q1 2018;

The formation of three Transparency Centers globally, with plans to establish the first one in 2018, to address any security issues together with customers, trusted partners and government stakeholders; the centers will serve as a facility for trusted partners to access reviews on the company’s code, software updates, and threat detection rules, along with other activities. The Transparency Centers will open in Asia, Europe and the U.S. by 2020.

The increase of bug bounty awards up to $100,000 for the most severe vulnerabilities found under the company’s Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure program to further incentivise independent security researchers to supplement our vulnerability detection and mitigation efforts, by the end of 2017.

In addition to launching this initial phase of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab looks forward to engaging with its stakeholders and the information security community to determine what the next phase of the initiative – commencing in H2 2018 – should include.

Speaking of the need for this new initiative, Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “Internet balkanisation benefits no one except cybercriminals. Reduced cooperation among countries helps the bad guys in their operations, and public-private partnerships don’t work like they should. The internet was created to unite people and share knowledge. Cybersecurity has no borders, but attempts to introduce national boundaries in cyberspace is counterproductive and must be stopped.

“We need to reestablish trust in relationships between companies, governments and citizens. That’s why we’re launching this Global Transparency Initiative: we want to show how we’re completely open and transparent. We’ve nothing to hide. And I believe that with these actions we’ll be able to overcome mistrust and support our commitment to protecting people in any country on our planet.”

Kaspersky Lab will share details of the Initiative’s progress and additional activities regularly.

By collaborating with its various stakeholders, Kaspersky Lab hopes that its customers and partners will join it on this journey.

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