PC shipments have been decreasing for the fifth consecutive year. [shutterstock: 517841914, tadamichi]

PC shipments have been decreasing for the fifth consecutive year. [shutterstock: 517841914, tadamichi]

Gartner: 2016 Marked Fifth Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline

According to Gartner, 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year of PC shipment decline. Fundamental change in PC buying behaviour is the main reason for this development. In addition, technology improvements have yet to drive real market growth.

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New data protection requirements in the EU come 2018. [Shutterstock: 279505526, artjazz]

New data protection requirements in the EU come 2018. [Shutterstock: 279505526, artjazz]

All set for the EU Data Protection Directive?

In the spring of 2018 the new EU data-protection requirements are due to enter in force. Companies of all sizes, saving and processing data, now only have a little less than one and a half years to comply both with the data-security rules and with the extensive accountability obligations. Otherwise, in the event of violations, they face huge fines - up to EUR 20 million or four per cent of their annual turnover. So what do companies using SAP need to take into account and how can they prepare?

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Virtual private assistants will be used for a lot more than web search and setting alarms by 2020 according to Gartner. [Shutterstock: 514594453]

Virtual private assistants will be used for a lot more than web search and setting alarms by 2020 according to Gartner. [Shutterstock: 514594453]

Gartner: 20 % of Interactions With Smartphones via VPA by 2019

Advances in various technologies will drive users to interact with their smartphones in more intuitive ways, said Gartner. The analysts predict that, by 2019, 20 per cent of all user interactions with the smartphone will take place via virtual personal assistants (VPAs). The analysts expect significant strategic competition to arise in the AI, machine learning and VPA sectors from 2017 onward.

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Providing data and visualization for decision making in software asset management. [Shutterstock: 365560355, zaozaa19]

Providing data and visualization for decision making in software asset management. [Shutterstock: 365560355, zaozaa19]

Aspera’s SAM Intelligence empowers high-precision SAM data analytics and visualization

Aspera, one of the world’s leading providers for Software Asset Management, has released SAM Intelligence, an advanced SAM analytics and reporting solution, creating the future of fast, informed decisions. SAM Intelligence visualizes license development history over any time period, offering a range of business intelligence features which are unrivaled in the SAM industry.

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VirtualForge finds on average 16 holes in ABAP code for attackers to exploit. [Shutterstock: 380107090, scyther5]

VirtualForge finds on average 16 holes in ABAP code for attackers to exploit. [Shutterstock: 380107090, scyther5]

Virtual Forge publishes Benchmark on SAP custom Code Quality

The custom code found in the average customer's SAP system contains 16 highly critical security flaws – each of them waiting to be exploited by any hacker looking to seize full control of the system.

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Revenues and Shipments were down significantly in comparison to Q3/2015 [shutterstock: 525095398, BluePlanetStudio]

Revenues and Shipments were down significantly in comparison to Q3/2015 [shutterstock: 525095398, BluePlanetStudio]

Gartner: Worldwide Server Revenue, Shipments Declining in Q3/2016

In EMEA, Server Shipments and Revenue Fell Sharply in the Third Quarter of 2016. Conservative spending plans and existing users leveraging virtual machines on x86 servers adding to the decline. Meanwhile, china is closing the gap in shipments.

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