Besides having great products a business needs to make sound choices to succeed.“In the third quarter last year, NComputing’s market share slipped to 9 percent from 15.9 percent the same period the year before, and the number of units it sold to customers fell 45 percent, according to research firm IDC. In the first quarter last year, the company saw a 20 percent decline compared with 2013.
"I think that NComputing has reached the end of its capabilities," said Clive Longbottom, an analyst with research firm Quocirca. "Without crossing the chasm to get to the next stage, it will remain a small company — and one that just withers and dies."
Despite the slip last year, revenue remained strong — $140 million, a 56 percent increase over 2013, according to financial research firm PrivCo. However, analysts say the company was probably burning through cash at an even quicker pace to develop new products, which ultimately didn’t sell as well as company leaders promised.” NComputing succeeded for years, but these days, as thin client technology is taking over the world and competition is heavy they have run out of steam. While unit sales plunged, their revenue increased but not as fast as their costs. They could not adapt and are seeking a buyer.
It’s not, what some visitors here have claimed, that thin clients are junk, destined for the scrap heap. IDC reports that business is maturing with room to grow. In my own experience, thin clients offer several important advantages to users: small size, noise, energy consumption, and greatly reduce the capital cost of client farms while optimizing the production of the powerful terminal servers. On top of that they reduce the number of systems for which an administrator has to worry about the file-system. The only negative is full-screen video tends to be sluggish. NComputing had technology to deal with that but so did others.