Computer industry’s landscape
is made up of companies who primary business function is either manufacturing
or assembling of various products. These products include but are not limited
to Personal Computers (aka. PC), Laptops, Servers,
products enabling network creation, like routers and switches, Storage discs, Printers
& Scanners, Smart-phone and mobile gadgets. Computer Industry was born in
1975 with sales of $60million. Today the industry has grown significantly to
$346 billion with tremendous global presence and in 2017 it celebrated its
forty-second anniversary. Globally the PC sales are on a downward spiral as
smartphone sales continue to exceed expectations, replacing the PC demand.
Gartner 2018 forecast1
reveals that the demand for technology devices may be heading for a stagnation
in the near future. The growth in mobile phone market happening form all geographical
region specifically Asia Pacific as the personal computer space seeing an
ongoing decline in market demand. Global sales on Personal computers, Laptop computers,
and Tablets are forecasted to plateau by2017, this is also evident from the
forecasted sales figures for 2017 which remains at billion, same as was
reported in 2016. We can see in figure
1.1 Garner’s global projection of device shipment and also sales projection
for the period 2016 to 2019 given by device type.
industry continues to remain the most innovate, profitable and valuable
industry in today’s industrial landscape. The top ten ranking of computer
hardware companies globally by market capitalization2
are: Apple Inc., Samsung, IBM, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (aka.
Foxconn), HP Inc., Lenovo, Fijutsu Ltd., Quanta Computer Inc., Assure and
Today the most
innovative industry in the global environment is also facing increasingly
complex challenges/ risk which could potentially affect corporate profitability
and, for some, survival. The high-level notable risks the computer industry is
slowdown or slow recovery.
quality and reliability that builds customer loyalty and satisfaction.
regulatory and industry standards.
in distribution or supply chain.
of Intellectual Property.
Forecasts Flat Worldwide Device Shipments Until 2018 – https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3560517
Top 10 Hardware Companies-