Tech Metrics Weekly Roundup - Facts, Figures, and Forecasts

A summary of this week's technology related metrics covering IT operational metrics, IT investments, software, hardware, networking,  storage, security, internet, broadband, mobile and services market size, vendor share, and growth forecasts. 

Eight of Ten Dollars Enterprises Spend on IT is "Dead Money", says Gartner Eight out of ten dollars that companies spend on IT is “dead money”, as too many IT organizations and too much IT spending is not contributing directly to business growth, according to Gartner. Most of IT spend is considered ‘dead money’ because, while it is keeping the lights on, it isn’t directly contributing to business growth or enhancing your competitive advantage, according to Gartner.  more>>>

IT Manager Jobs Up 44% In 5 Years; Programming & Support Declined 19% The number of IT managers employed in the United States has jumped 44% since the dot-com collapse of 2001, compared with a 19% decline in the number of programming and support jobs,  reports InformationWeek. That translates into 119,000 new IT managers during the same five-year span that programming and support jobs have shrunk by 200,000. Distribution of the 3.48 million IT jobs in the U.S. more>>>

CIOs struggle to create IT metrics that align with business goals IT metrics need align closely with business goals to achieve top performance. A recent global survey of 150 CIOs by Accenture found that top performers base IT investment decisions on their ability to drive the business forward, but few companies have created the right IT metrics to help them do it, according to a CIO article. 75% of companies surveyed recognize the need for such metrics, but only 33% currently use them, according to the study.  more>>>

ERP Software Will Grow to $29 Billion in 2006 Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications market grew to $25.4B in 2005, and will reach $29B in 2006, according to AMR Research. Over the next five years, the market will grow at an average of CAGR of 10%. The top two vendors, SAP and Oracle, now represent 65% of new license sales.  more>>>

Fiber-to- the-Home connections exceed 1 million FTTH deployments pass over six million North American homes, an increase of more than 2 million homes or over 50% since last March, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The number of North American homes and businesses directly connected via end-to-end fiber now exceeds one million. Well over 300,000 additional homes being passed every month.  more>>>

GPS-Enabled LBS Subscribers Will Total 315 Million in Five Years In 2011, the total population of GPS-enabled location-based services (LBS) subscribers will reach 315 million, up from 12 million in 2006, according to a new study from ABI Research. That represents a rise from less than 0.5% of total wireless subscribers today to more than 9% worldwide at the end of the study's 5-year forecast period. more>>>

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Grew 75% in 1H06; Japan has 33% share Worldwide shipments of PDAs and smartphones combined totaled 42.1 million units in the first half of 2006, a 57% increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner. Smartphone shipments bolstered the market growing 75.5% to reach 34.7 million units, more than four times the size of the PDA market. PDA shipments increased by 5.7% totaling 7.4 million units.  more>>> 

Tech 4 and Politics 4 Dominate the Top 10 Blogs in the U.S.In the U.S., 4 of the top 10 blogs were tech related and 4 were devoted to political passions, according to a research project by public relations firm Edelman and blog search engine Technorati, AdWeek reports.  Among the top 100 blogs in U.S, 34 are about technology. more>>> 

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