RIM will bounce back and cement its position as the third-biggest mobile platform predicts IDC
Research In Motion will bounce back and cement its position as the third-biggest mobile platform in Canada.
That’s the prediction made by IDC today.
The technology market analysis firm put out its annual list of top 10 tech predictions for the coming year this week and foretold a period that will be dominated by information security.
RIM will reinforce its position in the Canadian market with the release of its BlackBerry 10 operating system in January.
IDC analyst Tony Olvet predicted that with the release, RIM would cement its lead over Windows Phone 8 in the Canadian mobile OS market. IDC research shows RIM is currently neck and neck with Windows Phone when it comes to numbers of smart phones shipped.
“RIM, however, will have to be very, very sharp in its campaign to woo what we would call undecided buyers and go beyond their current and limited install base,” he said during a webcast announcing the predictions.
As people buy up new RIM devices, businesses will be doubling down on mobile applications to market their products and streamline their operations.
Olvet says in 2013, more than half of Canadian businesses will develop and implement a business application.
“I’m not talking about just basic email or games or angry birds or what have you,” said Olvet. “We’re talking about moving business programs to a mobile environment.”
Top 10 tech predictions for 2013
1. Mobile technology will penetrate every aspect of business in Canada.
2. Cloud technology will become the data storage solution of choice for Canadian businesses.
3. Data portfolio management will become the primary occupation of IT departments.
4. Big data — the volume, velocity and variety of information — will grow, driving business to keep pace.
5. Security breakdowns will make headlines before beefed-up measures are implemented.
6. Online video will overtake cable TV as the delivery option of choice.
7. 3D printing will become available for commercial and household use.
8. Governments will capitalise on mobile and online technology to better pool resources and deliver services and information.
9. IT outsourcing will grow by more than 50% — especially for short-term, specialized contracts.
10. There will be an IT buyer power shift. Companies will demand more from IT providers an no longer accept cookie-cutter solutions