Middle East and Africa Quarterly Enterprise Thin Client Tracker

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					Middle East and Africa Quarterly Enterprise Thin
Client Tracker
IDC's Middle East and Africa Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker monitors the shipment totals of thin
clients and terminal clients. This service delivers a quarterly database detailing the historical performance of the
market's individual players by technology, form factor, sales channel, and operating system, and most importantly
a 5–12 quarter forecast plus additional two years of annual projections by technology, form factor, and operating
system for each country included in the service, all of which is provided through best-in-class online delivery tools.
This service is designed to help vendors wishing to accelerate the growth of their enterprise client devices
business in the MEA region and assist them in their business plan and market positioning strategy.
Thin clients are diskless desktop devices that exist only on a network, using a server to download applications
and store data. Most traditional thin clients run a local embedded operating system. A growing number of new
devices are shipping with no local OS, and we categorize this type of device, often referred to as a "zero client,"
as a thin client without OS. Thin client devices are often used as part of a client virtualization deployment in
companies and institutions of all sizes. Terminal clients are devices without a CPU or operating system that have
a direct cable connection to a PC running a multiuser operating system (such as Microsoft Multipoint Server

Technology Coverage and Data Segmentation
This service provides total market size and vendor share for the following technology areas and segments. Measurement for this tracker is in
unit shipments and factory revenues.
Technologies and Subtechnologies                                           Segmentation
• Enterprise thin clients                                                  • Unit shipments by form factor (standalone, LCD or CRT monitor
• Terminal client devices                                                    equipped, and mobile)
                                                                           • Unit shipments by sales channel (direct and two-tier distribution)
                                                                           • Unit shipments by operating system (Windows CE, Windows
                                                                             Embedded Standard 2009, Windows Embedded Standard 7,
                                                                             Windows XP Embedded, Linux, Without OS, and other)

Geographic Scope
• Turkey, South Africa                                                     • Rest of MEA

Forecast Coverage
Forecasts for this tracker are updated quarterly and include three years of historical data and two years of quarterly forecasts, plus an
additional three years of market projections. Forecasts are available at the worldwide, regional, and country levels. Examples of the segments
being forecast in this tracker include:
• Thin client forecast by form factor                                      • Terminal client forecast
• Thin client forecast by operating system

Delivery Schedule and Deliverables
This service is delivered on a quarterly basis with a pivot-table based deliverable for historical and forecast data. The delivery schedule for this
Tracker is as follows:
• Historical data: week 8 after period closes
• Forecast data: week 10 after period closes
IDC's Tracker Methodology
IDC's tracker data is developed using a rigorous methodology that includes well-planned and well-coordinated local, regional, and
worldwide data cross-checks combined with a proprietary advanced data consolidation and analysis data platform managed by IDC's
Worldwide Tracker organization. Data sources used in the process of determining IDC's tracker numbers include, but are not limited to:
•   In-country local vendor interviews                                         •   In-country local channel partner discussions
•   Distribution data feeds                                                    •   Import records
•   Worldwide and regional vendor guidance                                     •   Feedback from component suppliers
•   ODM data                                                                   •   Vendor briefings and public financial reports

Enabling Better Business Decisions Across the Organization
IDC trackers provide the accurate and timely market size, vendor share, and forecast information you need to identify market and product
expansion opportunities, increase revenues, and win market share. IDC's tracker research is a critical input to the planning and
monitoring cycles of the business process. Common uses of the tracker data include:
Planning Process
  • Regional planning — setting regional and country sales targets based on market opportunity
  • Product marketing — creating a product strategy and road map based on currently available product features and expected growth
  • Production planning — using customer demand data as an input in the creation of production schedules
  • Product portfolio planning — accessing accurate and detailed data as an input into the product development process
Monitoring Process
    • Performance measurement — comparing vendor performance on prior fiscal periods
    • Competitive analysis — reviewing competitor performance across multiple dimensions: product, features, channel, segment,
    • Sales forecasting measurement — assessing internal sales forecast versus actual results
    • Price benchmarking — comparing vendor versus market pricing data by model
    • Marketing communications — using positive results for messaging in the press, at partner events, or in sales collateral

    IDC's Global Tracker Process at Work


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