Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Report: Universities Struggle To Provide Adequate Bandwidth

SIIA’s annual survey finds that bandwidth is not keeping up with demand at higher ed institutions but suggests progress on digital content, e-portfolios.

Report: Wearables Dominated by Activity Trackers as Smart Watches Tick Down

The wearables market was dominated by activity trackers in the first quarter of 2014, outpacing sales of smart watches by a margin of 4-to-1.

Snapshot: Printers Surge in Q1

The world's hunger for hardcopies is far from abating, despite some recent slides in peripheral shipments. The worldwide printer and multifunction printer market grew by double digits in the first quarter of 2014, reaching 37.65 million units — up 32.1 percent from the same period last year.

Tech Report: Students Gear Up for Fall

Students arriving on campus this fall will carry with them an average of seven devices.

Mobile Application Management To Supplant Mobile Device Management

As BYOD continues to gain traction, enterprise mobile device management is being pushed aside in favor of more user-centric mobile application management (MAM). According to a new report, MAM — which itself comes in a variety of forms —  will overtake MDM as the dominant mobile management mode within the next five years.



Tablet Shipments Fall Off 30%, but Growth Expected To Resume

2014 will be a "tipping point" for tablet users, according to ABI Research. While first-quarter 2014 saw a 30 percent decline in tablets shipped compared with the same period last year, growth is expected to resume throughout the rest of the year. And when it does, Android just might come out on top for the first time.

'Global Race Toward Exascale Computing' To Drive Substantial HPC Growth Through 2018

The market for high-performance computing systems held steady in the first quarter of 2014. While the trend toward cheaper systems caused a substantial decline in factory revenues for manufacturers, the short- and mid-term outlook calls for substantial growth, even in high-end systems.

Research: Online Students Take 5 Forms, Each Calling for Unique Offerings

Online instruction needs to become as nuanced as the institutions and high schools delivering it if it is to grow as a force in education, according to a new survey by the Boston Consulting Group.

Report: Central Admin Largest Security Risk for Higher Ed

Maintaining security on campus may at times appear to be an intractable problem. Yet, a recent survey by the security-focused SANS Institute suggests that some schools may be bringing on their own problems.

Report: 2.4 Billion Smart Connected Devices in 2018, Driven by Cheaper Gadgets

Smart connected devices are growing at an unprecedented rate and are expected to hit 2.4 billion units per year by 2018. According to new research, that growth will be driven by smart phones and cheaper (sub-$500) gadgets, which will begin to push traditional PCs into the margins.