Apple becoming a dominant player in the life sciences segment: IDC

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 02, 2012

Apple continues to be a disruptive force in the enterprise space as it jumps to number two position in the new IDC Health Insights Life Sciences survey; a 220 percent increase since 2009.

More than 30 percent of respondents in the life sciences segment said that they are planning to purchase their hardware from Apple, according to research firm IDC.

IDC said that Apple moved into second place for the first time, and this jump represents a 220 percent increase in Apple’s survey score since 2009.

This was revealed in the results of the Q1 Leading Indicators in Life Science IT Spending Survey, which polled more than 100 leading life science companies on which life sciences hardware, software and IT services vendors they plan to spend money with during 2012.

Apple also made huge strides in the software category, catapulting into second place behind Oracle, up from fifth place last year, as per the survey.

“The new results underscore the notion that the iPad is helping Apple become a dominant player in the life sciences,” IDC said in it report.

IDC said that Dell maintained its lead in the hardware category with nearly 45 percent of life science companies expecting to purchase hardware from Dell over the next 12 months. Dell has held the top spot in this survey for the last five years.

Oracle led all software vendors, with more than 25 percent of respondents planning to spend money with Oracle in 2012. In addition to Apple, SAP and SAS experienced significant improvements with their survey scores rising nearly 20 percent year over year.

Accenture secured the top spot for the second consecutive year in a row, with nearly 10 percent of respondents planning to use Accenture’s services in 2012. IBM followed with nearly nine percent and Cognizant broke into the top three spot for the first time, with more than five planning to utilize Cognizant’s IT services in 2012, the report said.

Apple: A disruptive force in the enterprise segment

According to Forrester’s Global Tech Market Outlook released a couple of months back, the company is expected to sell $10 billion worth of iPads and $9 billion of Macs to business customers in 2012, representing a 68 percent and 45 percent increase, respectively, over 2011.

Forrester in its report said that Apple has become the biggest disruptive force in the computer equipment market.

“This is a surprise, because the company has not and does not directly address the corporate market, while turning a wide variety of consumer technology markets upside-down. But its rapid growth in the corporate market has been the big surprise of 2011, and it will be even more of a factor in 2012,” the report from Forrester said.