Global Model 2017

Your intrepid blogger wanted to take some time out to give you an update on the Global Forecast Model that AMI uses to track everything from small business spending on IoT hardware in the UK to shipments of smartphones in Brazil. For brevity, we simply refer to it as the GM. Each year, the GM is updated to give actionable insights on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) space.


Aside from the SMB space, which is our primary focus, the GM also provides insights across the entire commercial spectrum as well as the public sector. Home Based Business (HBB), large enterprises (1,000+ employees), and the government and education sectors are analyzed to provide granular insights into the industry. As long as a person is involved, AMI tracks the business. Granted, once Skynet finally goes online, Continue reading “Global Model 2017”

Increased productivity from a second monitor?

Earlier this week, a new second monitor was delivered to the New York office of AMI-Partners. The technical specs are not that important, neither is the brand for that matter. The essential factor here is that more content can be viewed with two screens versus one. Is using a second monitor beneficial? HBBs, SMBs, and large enterprises likely have employees who can utilize a second screen, but it is a matter of preference.

Second display setup

Global Spending on Peripherals

According to AMI’s Global Market Forecast Model, worldwide spending on peripherals by the HBB and SMB markets combined will reach nearly $14B in 2016, increasing steadily to just over $15B come 2020. This forecast, of course, covers more than just spending on second displays. This total spend reflects the widespread use of peripherals across organizations and how usage will continue to grow. These devices can be seen as accessories in the business world. Necessary? Perhaps. Worthwhile? The evidence will need to be examined. Peripherals let you do more than was originally intended and move beyond the design limitations of an existing product. A separate keyboard can free you from sitting close to your screen. A mouse can make that touchy touchpad seem obsolete. A second monitor can mean a spreadsheet now displays columns A:AF and rows 1:45 at 90% zoom.

Product Development

The mobility of the modern workforce means employees are working in a variety of settings. From an individual office to a conference room and all points in-between, technology must be as portable as the user. Additionally, tablets and ultrabooks are substituting for and in some cases replacing desktops and laptops altogether. AMI’s Global Model forecasts a 48% Continue reading “Increased productivity from a second monitor?”

Technologies for Home Based Businesses

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend an event called ShowStoppers at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. The event showcased a number of technology products and companies introducing new products, offering demonstrations, and sneak previews. As I explored the booths, I noticed that there seemed to be many opportunities for these vendors to appeal to the home-based business market, a segment that is often overlooked.

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Retail Still Relevant as a Channel

Last month, I was at the AT&T store on 86th street in Manhattan, purchasing the much anticipated Galaxy SIII. I noticed a few employees pacing around the store with iPads strapped to their arms. Besides this, not much had noticeably changed in their retail layout over the past few years. So while checking-out with my purchase, I decided to question an employee on AT&T’s plans to improve the in-store retail experience. Interestingly, I was told that AT&T was actually well into the process of revamping its entire retail layout.

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Home-Based Business a Growth Sector in the U.S.

AMI has a new press release on home-based businesses:

New York, New York—March 3, 2011—Weathering the economic storm over the past few years has been difficult for most businesses, especially the smallest. But despite the economic downturn (or perhaps because of it) home-based business (HBB) appears to be a growth sector for employment in the U.S. Not only that, but HBBs are showing strong signs of growth plans in the future.

Read the full release here.