19 Sep

HPE Spin-Merge: Creating a New European Mega Player

Philip Carnelley IDC

Philip Carnelley
Research Director, European Software Group

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) amazed the IT world, and gave a major fillip to the European (and particularly British) software industry, when it announced its intention to spin off its HPE Software unit and merge it with Micro Focus, in an unusual deal valued at almost $9 billion. HPE will receive around $2.5 billion in cash, while its shareholders will receive shares in the new business valued at $6.3 billion. (more…)

14 Sep

Financial Institutions must comply with GDPR – but they must avoid compromising their customer-centricity

IDC Lawrence Freeborn

Lawrence Freeborn                                 
Research Manager, Financial Insights
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As much as in any area of regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation reflects an effort by the European Union to lead the conversation on the subject of data protection and data privacy. The stated aim goes beyond harmonization and talks of GDPR as an “Essential step to strengthen citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age”. (more…)

06 Sep

The Western European Security Software Market Passed $5bn in 2015; Set to Reach $7bn by 2020

IDCUKI Dominic Trott

Dominic Trott                                    
Research Manager, European Security
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IDC’s recent market sizing for security software in Western Europe (see here), published in August 2016, shows that the market passed the $5bn mark for 2015 – the latest full year on record. What is more, continuing growth is set to take the market’s value past $7bn by 2020. (more…)

01 Sep

Ericsson announces a 5G access network – but what is 5G?

John Delaney

John Delaney                                      
Associate VP European Mobility, IDC
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On 31 August 2016, Ericsson announced the launch of its new AIR 6468 cellular radio. Ericsson stated that together with the 5G Plug-Ins announced in June, and the (already available) Radio System Baseband 5216, it now offers all the components of a 5G access network. (more…)