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Exclusive Group's training services
Distributor Exclusive Group says a new agreement with Arcitura Education will enable thousands more channel partners to develop the skills necessary to meet evolving customer challenges.
The agreement will see Exclusive become the only global provider of Arcitura Education's vendor-neutral Cloud Certified Professional accreditation program.
Courses and examinations for the program include Cloud Technology Professional, Cloud Architect and Certified Cloud Security Specialist, and are available from Exclusive Group's Cloud Competency Center.
Courses are delivered globally either in-class or online across more than 30 territories worldwide.
The global market for IoT technology - comprising software, services, connectivity and devices - reached $130bn in 2018, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.
Further, the market is projected to reach $318bn by 2023, a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent.
GlobalData said that solutions for government, utilities and manufacturing dominate the market, with a total of 58 percent of the opportunity in 2018, and a slighter smaller 55 percent of the market in 2023, as others, such as travel and leisure or retail, grow their shares.
Energy and transportation are other major verticals, with a combined 15 percent of the market in both 2018 and 2023.
The firm said that while "IoT devices and connectivity get a lot of airplay from vendors and operators, software and services clearly comprise the largest opportunity".
The category includes engineering, installation, maintenance and project management, as well as IoT platforms, application development services, and software.
It also includes cloud computing, machine learning and security services associated with IoT deployments.
Women's take on tech
Encouraging women to join the tech industry is "less about adding diversity and more about filling the skills gap", according to a recent podcast featuring two prominent women in tech.
Cristina Greysman, partner strategist at AWS, and Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO at Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz, were discussing the issue on a recent AWIT TechCast episode.
The two said they see women opt out of the tech workforce "for a lot of reasons", including lack of appreciation, upward mobility and career path.
"Women leave because they feel isolated," said Greysman. "Having a really strong support network is really important."
IT services' global revenues
Worldwide revenues for IT services and business services totaled $506 billion in the first half of 2018, an increase of four percent year over year, according to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Services Tracker.
The analyst says project-oriented revenues grew by 5.2 percent in H118 to $191 billion, led by business consulting and application development markets, followed by 3.6 percent growth for managed services and 2.7 percent for support services.
In outsourcing, revenues grew 3.6 percent to $238 million in 1H18.
Elsewhere, hosting infrastructure services revenue accelerated to 7.2 percent growth in 1H18, mostly due to cloud adoption, but IT outsourcing - still almost twice as large a market and mostly big buyers and vendors - declined by 1.5 percent, largely "chipped away by cloud cannibalization across all regions".
The U.S., the largest services market, grew by 4.3 percent, slightly higher than the market rate.
IDC says overall economic conditions and corporate spending remained robust in the U.S., and the effect of the trade war will not be felt until the end of this year or in 2019.
Apple's iPhone production issues
Apple has cut back production on all three of its new iPhone models launched in September, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)today.
The report cites sources close to the situation as saying that "lower-than-expected demand" for the handsets and Apple's decision to offer more models "have created turmoil along its supply chain and made it harder to predict the number of components and handsets it needs".
The company started selling its latest phones, the iPhone XS and XS Max, in September and the XR model in October.
The WSJ said forecasts have been particularly problematic for the iPhone XR, with Apple cutting production by up to a third of the nearly 70 million units some suppliers had been asked to produce between September and February.
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