Infrastructure sharing to save companies $60 bln by 2014

ABI Research finds that the worldwide combined OPEX and CAPEX savings from active infrastructure sharing could amount to as much as $60 bln over the next five year period. The study finds that operators could enjoy at least 40% cost savings in addition to those available from passive site sharing.

Worldwide IT Spending by Vertical Markets in 2009

Industry and spending, mln. $ IT Spending 2009 IT Spending 2008 Growth, YTY
Utilities 131,812 128,146 2.9
Healthcare 88,012 86,080 2.2
Government 428,289 419,533 2.1
Communications 371,515 368,341 0.9
Education 59,961 59,341 1.0
Agriculture, Mining and Construction 29,658 29,386 0.9
Services 192,622 190,304 1.2
Retail Trade 153,755 153,331 0.3
Transportation 105,806 105,985 -0.2
Financial Services 554,388 558,496 -0.7
Wholesale Trade 81,446 81,158 0.4
Manufacturing 479,586 482,723 -0.6
Total 2,676,850 2,662,825 0.5
Source: Gartner

International phone calls up 12% in 2008

Cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12% in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Due to declining call prices, however, revenues have largely been flat. While international telephone traffic is increasing at a modest pace, Skype’s international traffic has soared: TeleGeography estimates that Skype’s cross-border traffic grew approximately 41% in 2008, to 33 billion minutes, equivalent to 8% of combined international telephone traffic, TeleGeography says.

Top Technology Priorities in 2009

Top 10 Business Priorities Ranking Top 10 Technology Priorities Ranking
Business process improvement 1 Business intelligence 1
Reducing enterprise costs 2 Enterprise applications (ERP, CRM and others) 2
Improving enterprise workforce effectiveness 3 Servers and storage technologies (virtualization) 3
Attracting and retaining new customers 4 Legacy application modernization 4
Increasing the use of information/analytics 5 Collaboration technologies 5
Creating new products or services (innovation) 6 Networking, voice and data communications 6
Targeting customers and markets more effectively 7 Technical infrastructure 7
Managing change initiatives 8 Security technologies 8
Expanding current customer relationships 9 Service-oriented applications and architecture 9
Expanding into new markets and geographies 10 Document management 10
Source: Gartner

LCD TV panel sales to grow 20.5% in 2009

The Information Network forecasts array processing equipment to decrease 41% in 2009 following an increase of 30% in 2008. Large-size TFT-LCD panel growth in 2009 will be buoyed by LCD TV and notebook sales. For 2009, 113.3 mln panels will be sold for LCD TVs, up 20.5% from 94.0 mln in 2008. Panels for notebooks will grow slightly faster, up 26.6% to 177.0 mln panels. Panels for monitors will decrease 17.0% in 2009 to 144.9 mln units.