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Thematic Research Scorecard Report

Networking Equipment Scorecard - Thematic Research

Hardware vendors will have to adapt in order to remain relevant and profitable.

We are entering the era of software defined everything (SDE) in which the balance between hardware and software will shift decisively towards software.

While in some domains (e.g., high performance network switching) specialized hardware still offers performance benefits, successful hardware vendors are embracing a new order where a growing proportion of their revenues will come from software sales rather than simply shifting boxes.

The incumbents in this segment face growing competition from more open alternatives, but many larger vendors saw the transition coming and are in the process of managing their evolution towards a software defined world.

  • About our report...
  • This report is a sector scorecard, which identifies those companies most likely to succeed in a world filled with disruptive threats. Inside, we predict how each theme will evolve and who the leading and lagging companies are.
  • It includes a theme map that shows the 60 biggest themes driving growth in the tech, media and telecom sectors.
  • It explains how some of the largest listed players in the sector have performed over the last four years.
  • It looks at major technology, macro-economic, and regulatory themes impacting networking equipment companies.

Companies who invest in the right themes become success stories; those who miss the big themes end up as failures. Corporate executives and investors who want to outperform their competitors need to understand all the themes that impact their sector. However, many of these themes are, by definition, outside of the core competencies of company boardrooms because they typically originate from external industries.

This Networking Equipment Scorecard provides a top-down, comprehensive outlook for the key players in the servers, storage and networking equipment industry over the next two years, based on the key themes set to transform their industry landscape.

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