Canadian ICT Competitive Activity Update: 3Q16
This IDC update provides Canadian ICT executives with a review of notable corporate announcements, recent market entrants, new alliances, and new service offerings from the recent research period and discusses implications that may affect the Canadian ICT industry moving forward.Highlights from this update include:Corporate announcements. There were a number of corporate strategic decisions that will have certainly long-term impacts on the Canadian ICT industry, including BlackBerry's shift in focus to software, Microsoft's investment in the company's own artificial intelligence (AI) group, and NCR's Innovation Lab. However, Intel's decision to spin off the company's security business follows an ongoing industry trend by security technology behemoths to shed off mature parts of their business to become nimble at a time when innovation in the security market is moving at a rapid pace.Organizational changes. While Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE's) sale of software assets to Micro Focus might not seem to fit as an "organizational change," the deal will "change" the "structure" of the software industry by not only making Micro Focus one of the largest pure-play enterprise software companies globally (and significantly decreasing HPE's footprint) but shifting that industry position to a new European "mega player."New acquisitions and partnerships. There were a lot of very notable acquisitions over the third-quarter of 2016, including OpenText's acquisition of EMC's Enterprise Content Division, Verizon's purchase of Yahoo! Inc., Genesys' acquisition of Interactive Intelligence, and HPE's agreement to acquire SGI. However, it is Oracle's calculated gamble to gain and secure further and faster cloud market share and expand the company's small and medium-sized business (SMB) focus through its acquisition of NetSuite, which offers the most potential market disruption. The key question is, Why has Oracle chosen to do this now?New solution offerings. Most of the notable announcements in this quarter were regarding movements and positioning in the public cloud. It is uncertain whether Microsoft's efforts to bring about a full-suite enterprise resource management (ERM) cloud offering is a little too late, especially when competing with the likes of SAP and Oracle. But Microsoft does have a core value proposition that is beyond the ERM and customer relationship management (CRM) play — its productivity play — that could be very attractive to departments and midsize organizations, which is a pretty sizable market in Canada.IDC compiles the Canadian ICT Competitive Activity Update from daily press releases, financial reports, publications, and professional insight. Additional input can be sent to CompetitiveInsight@idccanada.com. Items covered in this update do not represent an endorsement of any product, service, or provider. All figures in this update are in Canadian dollars (C$) unless otherwise specified.
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