Strategy Analytics Places Apple and Cisco As Digital Home Market Leaders to Watch


Strategy Analytics, in their latest report “Connected Home Leaderboard: A Strategic Assessment Of The Leading CE, PC and Mobile Companies,” concluded that Apple and Panasonic have made the greatest strides in the Digital Home segment for the past two years and that up-in-comer Cisco (aka Linksys by Cisco) is set to make a big splash in the near future. What do you guys think? Is Strategy Analytics on point by highlighting these companies as the lead innovators in this space? My guess is, not really. Chime in with your opinion on who’s winning your dollars and loyalty.

Strategy Analytics: Apple and Cisco Set To Challenge Digital Home Market Leaders

The global digital home leadership positions of Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are likely to come under significant threat from both Apple and Cisco, according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices service. The report, “Connected Home Leaderboard: A Strategic Assessment Of The Leading CE, PC and Mobile Companies,” concludes that Apple and Panasonic have made the greatest strides over the past two years. But it also finds that the global recession will force today’s market leaders to make painful adjustments that could stall their future expansion activities.

According to the Connected Home Leaderboard, Apple has demonstrated the greatest improvement over the past two years. But the report also concludes that Apple must address the “big screen” challenge before long, and that a successful connected TV strategy will be critical to the company’s ability to challenge for overall market leadership.

“Cisco’s appearance as a future competitor in the digital home may surprise some observers,” notes David Mercer, VP and Principal Analyst. “But the firm has identified consumer markets as a strategic priority, is now executing on the early phases of this strategy, and has the resources to secure a leading market position over the coming years.”

“Sony, Panasonic and Samsung retain their leadership positions by virtue of their global brand strength and strong consumer market understanding,” notes Peter King, Director of Connected Home Devices research. “By contrast PC vendors such as HP and Dell fall behind on metrics such as portfolio, channel distribution and consumer marketing.”

The Connected Home Leaderboard assesses the competitive and technology positioning of the world’s leading mobile, PC and consumer electronics companies which are targeting the connected home as a major growth opportunity, and determines their prospects for future revenue growth. Companies analysed include Apple, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

Analyst Blog: www.strategyanalytics.com/blogs/author/dmercer

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