Technavio Announces Top Five Vendors in the Global Higher Education Market

LONDON--()--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent Global Higher Education Market 2016-2020 report. This research report also lists 10 prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.

Competitive vendor landscape

The global higher education market is characterized by the presence of many international, regional, and local vendors providing digital hardware, software, and content solutions. This is to support online and blended forms of learning in the higher education sector. The largest number of providers are in the Americas and Europe with many new vendors sprouting up in the emerging markets of Asia. Large vendors, such as Apple, Adobe Systems, Blackboard, SMART Technologies, and Desire2Learn, dominate the market with a wide range of products. IBM, Cisco Systems, Skillsoft, and Pearson, are some of the other prominent vendors in the market.

According to Jhansi Mary, lead research analyst at Technavio for K12 and higher education research, “The market is highly competitive with local vendors finding it difficult to compete with the market leaders. As a result of this, international players are expected to grow during the forecast period by acquiring regional or local players.”

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Adobe Systems

Adobe Systems was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California, US. They are a diversified software company that focuses on digital marketing and digital media solutions. It offers a range of products and services used by creative professionals, knowledge workers, application developers, marketers, enterprises, and consumers.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud provides innovative tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, and Adobe Premiere Pro which are seamlessly connected so that users can start the task on one device and finish it on another. They also help the user in sharing creative assets with other Creative Cloud members.

The cloud computing in K-12 is used by DPS Bangalore, Burbank Elementary, Chinese Foundation Secondary School, Tomlinson Middle School, European Schoolnet, Chicago Public Schools, Andrew Drozd, Globaloria, Lee County Public Schools, Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Schools, Clark County School District.


Apple was established in 1977 and is headquartered at Cupertino, California, US. The company designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication devices, personal computers, and related personal computing devices. It also offers a range of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions

The company’s products include the iPhone, Mac, iPod, iPad, Apple TV. It also offers a range of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, a variety of accessories, and support services. The company also sells and delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store.

In March 2015, Apple introduced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, which helps doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.


Blackboard was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Washington, DC, US. The company provides enterprise technology and solutions to the educational industry globally. Its offices are located in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.

The company offers a wide variety of solutions through the latest technologies for the government, business, and higher education sectors. Some of its product offerings include Blackboard Mobile Learn, Blackboard ParentLink, and Blackboard Schoolwires.


D2L was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The company offers an online integrated learning platform for learners in the healthcare, government, higher education, K-12, and enterprise sectors.

D2L offers solutions through online and blended learning, content management (allows storing, organizing, and sharing learning objects across institution) and advanced analytics (includes predictive analytics that improve retention and outcomes).

SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The company provides technology solutions, such as interactive large-format displays, and collaboration software and services.

The company's education segment offers three software products, including SMART education software, SMART amp (cloud-based SaaS designed for collaborative learning in device-enabled classrooms) and Smart Notebook (A software for interactive classroom teaching and learning). It also offers hardware products such as, All SMART Displays, SMART Interactive Flat Panels, SMART Board 6000 series, etc.

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Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies.

Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users.

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Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global higher education market 2016-2020 report.



Technavio Research
Jesse Maida
Media & Marketing Executive
US: +1 630 333 9501
UK: +44 208 123 1770