Gartner also pointed out that the Indian market improved its annual growth to 22 per cent in the third quarter, up from 17 per cent growth during the previous quarter. This includes desktops, notebooks and IA-based servers.
This has clearly been a corporate-driven quarter. Unlike the usual trend of big orders from large organisations, this quarter witnessed sizeable deals from medium businesses contributing a significant portion of the corporate shipment said Gartner India research analyst Hardware Platforms Vinod Nair. He added that these results are healthy indications of consistent demand across the corporate segment and that organisations are now buying without many restrictions on their budgets. The home segment clocked average performance, a Gartner release said.
From a verticals perspective, the lack of big government orders has more or less been met by the increased uptake from the financial and banking segment. HCL and Hewlett-Packard maintained their top positions in the corporate and consumer segments respectively.
While desktops grew 20 per cent, notebooks outperformed expectations growing 86 per cent annually, albeit a small base. Introduction of entry-level models at low price points has widened the notebook-buying audience to aggressively target small businesses. This has also led to white-box assemblers contemplating an entry into this market, hoping to repeat their success with the desktop segment.
The release added that while results remain to be seen, this will definitely intensify competition for branded players leading to a possible price war.