The device landscape continues to progress at a rapid pace. Existing devices evolve into new, more usable form factors, and brand-new categories enter the market and quickly impact employee productivity, while IT races to manage them. The top 10 predictions for worldwide connected devices are:
- Prediction 1: Dual-screen notebooks will be available by 2020, but 95% of IT divisions will shun the new form factor in favor of the more traditional ultraslim and convertible models requested by employees.
- Prediction 2: By 2020, 50% of new smartphones will ship with embedded AI, and companies will use the technology to predict and avoid workflow bottlenecks.
- Prediction 3: By 2021, 22% of large organizations will have deployed smart assistants in the workplace, resulting in more than $1 billion in cost savings worldwide.
- Prediction 4: By 2021, nearly 75% of enterprise smartphones shipped will include facial recognition as a primary security measure, thus enabling new business features around identity authentication.
- Prediction 5: More than 35% of large enterprises will have deployed notebooks featuring 5G radios by 2022, dramatically changing the way employees use notebooks and how IT manages them.
- Prediction 6: By 2022, 15% of companies will have multiple-device device-as-a-service contracts in place, with many moving beyond PCs, tablets, and smartphones to embrace wearables and AR/VR.
- Prediction 7: By 2022, 10% of large enterprises will have deployed smartwatches to increase security, drive productivity, and enhance business processes.
- Prediction 8: By 2023, 25% of G2000 companies and government bodies will use wearables to monitor employees exposed to hazardous conditions, resulting in fewer injuries and 25% savings in direct and indirect costs.
- Prediction 9: By 2024, 10% of enterprise organizations will be testing VR as a way to drive cross-regional collaboration.
- Prediction 10: By 2024, 65% of medium-sized and large companies will have deployed AR hardware for a subset of their workers, with increased efficiency being a key driver.
Learn more about the 2019 Connected Devices Predictions
For context around these predictions, including the IT impact and guidance on how to integrate each prediction in the digital strategy of the enterprise, view the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Connected Devices 2019 Predictions web conference on-demand.