Nigel Wallis is IDC Canada's Research Vice President for Internet of Things and Industry research. Based in Ottawa, Nigel directs the Internet of Things (IoT) research program. Nigel also leads our research into how different industries are adopting technology via the Canada: Future of Industry Ecosystems program.
He delivers research covering these markets with a particular focus on demand-side preferences, technology deployment plans, business priorities and Canadian-specific forecasting.
Nigel speaks frequently at industry events and vendor events in Canada on the topic of IoT and Industry Transformation.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Internet of Things
Associated IDC Services (4)
- Canada: Future of Industry Ecosystems
- Canadian Internet of Things Ecosystem and Trends
- Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide: Canada Region
- Canadian ICT Executive: Digital Transformation Strategies
Queen's University: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 1997
Media Appearances (34)
Rogers launches expanded suite of smart city and IoT solutions
IoT Network News
Nigel Wallis, research vice president, IoT and industries, IDC, said its studies indicate that the fiscal, environmental, and social challenges faced by cities will continue to be a destabilising influence, “increasing the importance of expanding and strengthening new digital capabilities”. He added: “The use of smart, connected IoT solutions such as connected sensors for monitoring vehicle and pedestrian traffic or water leak detection, helps communities to make better decisions faster, improves civic sustainability, and better serves local citizens.”
Rogers Unveils Smart Cities, Buildings IoT Solutions
“Our studies indicate that the fiscal, environmental, and social challenges faced by cities will continue to be a destabilizing influence – increasing the importance of expanding and strengthening new digital capabilities,” said Nigel Wallis, Research Vice President, IoT and Industries, IDC. “The use of smart, connected IoT solutions such as connected sensors for monitoring vehicle and pedestrian traffic or water leak detection, helps communities to make better decisions faster, improves civic sustainability, and better serves local citizens.”
Bell unveils Smart Supply Chain IoT aggregation solution
“Even before the recent supply chain shocks, Canadian businesses were adopting data-driven solutions to improve their operational efficiency. Connected Internet of Things (IoT) solutions like fleet management and cold chain monitoring enable real-time awareness so that better decisions can be made faster, saving time and reducing waste,” said Nigel Wallis, VP IoT at IDC Canada. “Resiliency is now more important than ever to freight, logistics and other supply chain participants and IoT will be a crucial building block in that process.”
Loop Insights Launches Second Product Into TELUS IoT Marketplace For National Sales and ...
Nigel Wallis, Vice President, Internet of Things and Industries at IDC Canada stated, “In Canada alone, IDC anticipates that the total IoT market will grow To $21.8 billion in 2023. While organizations are investing in hardware, software, and services to support their IoT initiatives, their next challenge is finding solutions that help them manage, process, and analyze the data being generated from all these connected things.” SOURCE: https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=CA43807919
IDC Canada survey: Digital thermometer checkpoints more popular than contact tracing among businesses
A sudden rise in infection rates across Canada – but mainly in Ontario – has forced businesses to rethink their plans to return to the office, and according to IDC Canada’s Nigel Wallis, most businesses are opting for “coronavirus theatre,” prioritizing digital thermometer checkpoints instead of employee contact tracing or smartphone proximity solutions.
Mastercard Study Shows COVID-19 a Catalyst for Digital B2B Payments Adoption
“IDC research shows that consumers have reduced their use of physical currency to half of what it was before the pandemic, as they increasingly look towards contactless forms of commerce, whether e-commerce, local delivery, and/or “buy online and pickup in-store” (BOPIS),” said Nigel Wallis, IDC research vice president. “At the same time, the business world is jumping into the Next Normal by embracing digital payments and e-commerce in their existing B2B workflows, as well as expanding into direct to consumer (D2C) channels. In IDC’s view, these aren’t temporary changes, this is the evolution of business going forward.”
COVID-19 PANDEMIC DRIVING B2B DIGITAL PAYMENT ADOPTION IN THE U.S. AND CANADA: MASTERCARD STUDY
IDC research shows that consumers have reduced their use of physical currency to half of what it was before the pandemic, as they increasingly look towards contactless forms of commerce, whether e-commerce, local delivery, and/or ‘buy online and pickup in-store’ (BOPIS),” the press release quoted Nigel Wallis, IDC research vice president, as saying. “At the same time, the business world is jumping into the Next Normal by embracing digital payments and e-commerce in their existing B2B workflows, as well as expanding into direct to consumer (D2C) channels. In IDC’s view, these aren’t temporary changes, this is the evolution of business going forward.”
Mastercard Study Shows COVID-19 a Catalyst for Digital B2B Payments Adoption
“IDC research shows that consumers have reduced their use of physical currency to half of what it was before the pandemic, as they increasingly look towards contactless forms of commerce, whether e-commerce, local delivery, and/or ‘buy online and pickup in-store’ (BOPIS),” said Nigel Wallis, IDC research vice president. “At the same time, the business world is jumping into the Next Normal by embracing digital payments and e-commerce in their existing B2B workflows, as well as expanding into direct to consumer (D2C) channels. In IDC’s view, these aren’t temporary changes, this is the evolution of business going forward.”
ICT spending forecast ‘looks worse now’ than it did last month, says IDC Canada
IT World Canada online
Barely a month ago, IDC Canada’s Nigel Wallis said during a webinar that the novel coronavirus crisis has contributed to the most significant deceleration in ICT spending in modern times. And while the folks at IDC Canada did their best to soften the blow from their latest projections for information communications technology (ICT) spending by highlighting the rapid expansion of online capabilities among small businesses during this week’s webinar, an audible sigh from Wallis, IDC Canada’s research vice-president of IoT and industries, quickly set the record straight. “We’ve taken a few more weeks to analyze the numbers, and unfortunately, it looks worse now than it did then,” Wallis said. “Canadian ICT spending this year will decline more than it did in the 08-09 financial crisis or the post 9/11 .com crash.” Canada is looking at an “unprecedented” 5.4 per cent decline for the year for the combination of telecom and IT, Wallis explained, and the cumulative impact of ongoing trade restrictions, layoffs, and overall business uncertainty had changed the projections since even last month when probable projections for ICT spending for the rest of 2020 hovered around -5 per cent.
Canadian telecom industry likely to face $2 billion revenue hit: IDC
Canada’s telecom industry is going to face about a $2 billion revenue hit because of COVID-19, resulting mostly from business customers cancelling broadband wireline services, according to a report from the International Data Corporation, an analytics research firm. “In such a rapidly changing environment, it is still too early to assess the overall impact on the Canadian ICT market fully,” Nigel Wallis, research vice-president of IoT and industries at IDC Canada, said in the report.
Forget optimistic scenarios and buckle up for a big drop in IT spending this year, says IDC
IT World Canada
IDC’s Nigel Wallis didn’t mince words during an online briefing this week while walking participants through the research company’s latest projections for Canadian IT spending. “The impact of the coronavirus crisis represents the most significant deceleration in IT spending Canada has experienced in modern times,” Wallis, the research vice-president of IoT and industries said, citing the 2008-09 financial crisis.
IDC Expects Canada’s Telecom Market to Face a Significant Revenue Slowdown in 2020 and Beyond
IDC Canada online
The global COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary containment measures put in place by governments will substantially impact the Canadian telecommunications services market producing negative growth in 2020 before rebounding in 2021. "In such a rapidly changing environment, it is still too early to assess the overall impact on the Canadian ICT market fully," said Nigel Wallis, Research VP, IoT & Industries at IDC Canada.
Canadian ICT spending could shrink by 5 per cent in 2020: IDC
IT World Canada
As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s ICT spending is expected to shrink by up to five per cent in 2020, according to a new IDC report. Nigel Wallis, IDC research vice president, commented that it’s still too early to assess the overall impact on the Canadian IT market fully, but has recommended that businesses adopt new strategies to cope with the decline.
IDC Expects Canada’s ICT Market to Face a Significant Slowdown in Technology Spending in 2020 and Beyond
IDC Canada online
The coronavirus outbreak across the world and the necessary containment measures put in place by governments will substantially affect the Canadian IT markets, severely accelerating the impact already felt from the supply-driven effects from Asia. In this extremely fluid scenario, International Data Corporation (IDC) now expects to see a significant slowdown in technology spending in 2020 across Canadian organizations, with IT spending expected to decline by -5.0%. "Technology vendors and buyers are rapidly adapting to the disruption and the extremely fast-moving market conditions," said Nigel Wallis, Research VP, IoT & Industries at IDC Canada. "In such a rapidly changing environment, it is still too early to assess the overall impact on the Canadian IT market fully. However, given the sharp economic contraction, IDC recommends that all technology leaders recalibrate their strategies."
Telus Corp. announced Tuesday it is buying ADT Canada for $700 million, a move that will bolster the telecom’s suite of product offerings, but also bring it into direct competition with tech giants such as Amazon and Google. That’s a customer set that a telco really wants, because they’re going to buy the extended cable package,” he said. “They’re much more likely to be on the list of people who want to get Apple iPhone 11. Those are much more likely to be higher-margin customers who are buying the home security devices.”
Rogers invests in ‘NB-IoT’ network technology to empower future of IoT
“Low-power wide area networks enable businesses to rethink their traditional practices by connecting assets and processes that may previously have been physically or financially challenging,” Nigel Wallis, the vice president of internet of things research at IDC Canada Read more at MobileSyrup.com: Rogers invests in ‘NB-IoT’ network technology to empower future of IoT
Dell lays out principles for IoT success at Toronto roadshow event
Dell Technologies held the final one of their four Canadian events around the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence on Tuesday, emphasizing both the advantages and the challenges involved. Nigel Wallis, Vice President, IoT and Industries at IDC Canada, discussed other examples of this transition in business models, including selling jackhammers-as-a-service.
Notables- November 7, 2018 - Rogers begins rolling out IoT-focused LTE network
Research Money Inc.
Rogers Canada, leading Canadian telecommunications company, has announced that they will begin rolling out an “LTE-M” network in 2018, to be concluded by 2020. Nigel Wallis, VP of Internet of Things and Industry Research at IDC Canada, said that “IoT is now a mainstream tool of Canadian businesses, with 81% of medium and large-sized Canadian organizations using IoT solutions today, up from 70% last year”. He added that low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) like LTE-M “enable businesses to re-think traditional operations practices, and to innovate in ways they would not have attempted before.”
Rogers to launch national LTE-M network to power the next era of IoT in Canada
Rogers Communications Press Release online
TORONTO, October 18, 2018 – Today, Rogers announced its plan to launch an LTE Cat M1 network (LTE-M) to help businesses connect and track their assets in real time – using solutions such as logistics tracking, alarm monitoring, and smart metering. “IoT is now a mainstream tool of Canadian businesses, with 81% of medium and large-sized Canadian organizations using IoT solutions today, up from 70% last year,” said Nigel Wallis, Vice President, Internet of Things and Industry Research, IDC Canada. “The development of industry-specific IoT solutions addresses unique business needs, like smart utilities and smart asset tracking. Low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) enable businesses to re-think traditional operations practices, and to innovate in ways they would not have attempted before.”
BlackBerry is working with Amazon on an Alexa device for the enterprise
Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry is working with Amazon on a BlackBerry Alexa device that will be secured for use in the enterprise, according to company executives. The migration of Alexa into the office is just the latest example of consumer devices making the leap to work life, says Nigel Wallis, research vice-president for Internet of Things at IDC Canada. IDC Canada research shows Canadian enterprises are already using voice interfaces – 17 per cent of medium and large organizations were doing so, and another 15.7 per cent indicated they were currently implementing the technology, based on IDC Canada’s IT Advisory Panel survey.
IDC Canada Projects Smart Cities Spending in Canada to Reach C$2.8 billion in 2022
Smart City initiatives in Canada will attract technology investments of more than C$1.4 billion in 2018, and spending is set to grow to C$2.8 billion in 2022, according to the new release of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide. The Spending Guide provides a detailed look at the technology investments associated with a range of Smart Cities priorities, programs, and use cases. “The three largest use cases, which will attract over one fifth of total Canadian Smart Cities spending in 2018, are fixed visual surveillance, smart outdoor lighting, and advanced public transit. By 2022, however, intelligent traffic management will overcome fixed visual surveillance and jump up to first position. Vehicle to everything (V2X) connectivity and Next-Gen Emergency PSAPs will generate the fastest growth at 90.0% and 66.3% CAGR respectively although they currently start from a small base,” says Nigel Wallis, IoT & Industries Research Vice President at IDC Canada.
Canada to Scrap IBM Payroll Plan Gone Awry Costing C$1 Billion
Phoenix is a classic example of a government wanting to save money on an expensive new technology project by cutting the number of employees working on it, only to discover later that those people were essential to seeing it through, said Nigel Wallis, a vice president with research firm IDC Canada.
Kingston, Ontario partners with Bell to employ smart city platform
Smart Cities Dive
This announcement comes just months after the Government of Canada announced the Smart Cities Challenge, which provided $300 million over 11 years toward a Smart Cities Challenge Fund. The initiative looks to encourage cities to improve citizens’ lives through connected technology.
Toronto firm X-Matic aims to bring self-driving technology to older cars
The Globe and Mail
There's going to be a new dividing line among car owners within the next few years between those who can afford to buy sure-to-be-expensive, mostly-autonomous vehicles and those who continue to drive less costly manual options. Nima Ashtari wants to help that second group enjoy the benefits of self-driving cars, too. X-Matik Inc., his Toronto-based company, this month is launching a test version of its first commercial product – LaneCruise, an add-on kit that promises to turn virtually any existing car into a partly autonomous vehicle for less than $3,000.
IoT keeps the Slurpees flowing
IT World Canada
Set aside specific numbers and predictions and the consensus is there is explosive growth in connected devices, sensors and data thanks to the Internet of Things, and they will certainly be a factor in corporate competitiveness over the next five years.
Time is of the essence to capitalize on the Internet of Things
IT World Canada
The window for Canadian businesses to gain a competitive edge by adopting the Internet of Things (IoT) is closing quickly. Competitors around the world are jumping on the opportunity to use low-cost sensors to obtain real-time data to support decision-making, according to research by IDC Canada. “There has never been an easier time to use the Internet of Things to transform,” Nigel Wallis, IDC Canada vice-president of vertical markets and IoT, told participants in an IT World Canada webinar.
The Internet of Things is about to disrupt the digital economy, report says
Canadian businesses have begun adopting IoT functionalities at rapidly increasing rates. The IDC report states that 45 percent of mid to large Canadian enterprises have already adopted at least one IoT solution, while 55 percent intend to invest in IoT this year. Nigel Wallis, the research director at IDC Canada, doesn’t see this adoption slowing down anytime soon. “The world of connected devices only gets more exciting and complex as industries continue to explore connectivity in consumer, enterprise, and industrial settings,” he stated in a comment.
IoT Innovation Is A Pipe Dream Without Digital Core
Despite the efforts of these forward thinkers, reaping the full benefits of IoT will first require organizations as a whole to reshape major parts of their operational models, as foretold by IDC Canada’s IoT analyst Nigel Wallis at the recent Toronto IDC Directions Symposium. That’s why, in my mind, IoT may not make a perceived widespread impact over the next year or two, but over the longer term. And when more businesses are set up to enable it, it will transform virtually every aspect of industry.
IoT Reaches New Heights
“Today just over 45% of Canadian organizations are deploying Internet of Things solutions and we predict the IoT market in Canada to reach a value of $13.5 billion by 2019,” says Nigel Wallis, research director at IDC Canada.
IDC Directions and Canadian CIO Symposium: Canadian business models should shift to reap IoT rewards
IT World Canada
Canadian businesses are poised for wider Internet of Things (IoT) adoption — but must first reshape parts of their operations to reap the full benefits, according to one industry analyst. Speaking at the IDC Directions and Canadian CIO Symposium on Thursday, Nigel Wallis, director of IoT and vertical markets at IDC Canada, outlined how the power of the “3rd Platform” — which refers to advancements in mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, big data and IoT — can help drive IT innovation.
IDC: Canadian business models must shift to reap IoT rewards
Canadian businesses are poised for wider Internet of Things adoption but must reshape parts of their operations to reap the full benefits, according to IDC Canada. About 45 per cent of all SMEs in Canada have already deployed some form of non-consumer IoT device, IDC’s Nigel Wallis said Thursday during a presentation in Toronto.
Nest's move to stop supporting Revolv smart hub leaves customers with costly 'brick'
CBC News online
Nigel Wallis, an analyst with IDC Canada who specializes in the internet of things, said it would be a shame if the incident makes people shy away from buying connected devices from startups, which he says are producing the most innovative and creative new gadgets right now. But he acknowledged that incidents like this may make early adopters less enthusiastic about connected devices. "They've offended the very people they need to be evangelists for the internet of things," he said. That could also make new customers shy away, especially when it comes to devices such as fridges or cars that are expected to have lifespans for more than a decade, he says.
Rogers to offer ‘IoT as a Service’ for Canadian businesses
“Today just over 45% of Canadian organizations are deploying Internet of Things solutions and we predict the IoT market in Canada to reach a value of $13.5 billion by 2019,” said Nigel Wallis, Research Director at IDC Canada.
Beyond the smartwatch: Canada finds its place in the Internet of Things
The Globe and Mail online
“Canada is actually lagging in IoT growth, behind both the U.S. and Asia-Pacific,” says Nigel Wallis, an IDC Canada Internet of Things analyst. “Everyone wants to be a fast follower, not a leader.” Mr. Wallis says Canada is among the world leaders in tele-health, which connects remote communities with medical experts at big-city hospitals like Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children or Mount Sinai. GEOTrac and other fleet services have captured about a third of the oil and gas market in Canada. But there are more examples where we lag behind: When it comes to factory automation, Germany, Japan and some parts of the United States are in the lead, and Western Europe is further advanced with intelligent monitoring of emergency response workers. A recent IDC survey highlighted one of the key issues with IoT: acceptance. Mr. Wallis says about 15 per cent of Canadian executives surveyed understand the case for IoT, and another 20 per cent think it has the potential to transform their entire enterprise. However, 42 per cent remain on the fence, largely because they have no way to calculate return on investment; the solutions are too new or at least new to their industry.