Mobility has become such an underlying component of daily life, enterprise computing, and business operations, it can be difficult for IT decision makers to imagine what new device, application, security, and market developments will look like in the near and long term. As the mobility market matures, IDC’s mobility team is looking ahead to technologies such as AI, AR/VR, blockchain, advanced security features, and new delivery and service models, and how these developments will reshape the acquisition, deployment, and management of mobile technology in the enterprise.
The 10 predictions from IDC’s inaugural corporate banking study are reflective of a major change underway in the sector as digitalization and internal DX escalate, while cognitive, connective, and analytical technologies develop in cloud, AI, and DLT fields. Meanwhile, the open banking and API trend promises new front-end, data-centric tools in the pricing of loans, trade finance, instant-payment route analytics, liquidity alerts, and so on, plus new services and market entrants. The pace of change will reach an inflection point in the next five years.
IDC’s top 10 predictions for telecommunications provide CIOs with the most important issues they should be considering as they chart their networking road map over the next several years. These predictions touch key areas such as edge computing, 5G, virtual networking, and other services critical to implementing a digital infrastructure.
Most companies will choose to engage a service firm to help fulfill their IT and business aspirations but will be seeking new ways of contracting, new types of capabilities, and new delivery models in the years ahead. These preferences will heavily impact the way that service firms come to market, invest, and transform themselves to be better and more effective partners
An overarching theme of IDC’s predictions for the imaging, printing, and document solutions market is that transformation is inevitable. While this market is massive and serves a mission-critical function within businesses of all sizes and geographies, the ongoing market transition demonstrates the need for buyers to rethink their traditional approach to print procurement as it relates to the organizational vision for business information, regardless of paper or digital format.
As legacy business and service models erode in the face of emerging technologies, particularly in the home IoT sector, businesses need to make bold decisions to embrace emerging technologies and enable new user experiences to compete for a greater share of the consumer market. Decision makers at consumer companies must embrace change and not be held hostage to either legacy technologies and business and service models or the challenges of meeting consumer demand in nascent, unproven markets.
Ecosystem-led growth is often mentioned as the future of the economy, and manufacturing is no exception. Driven by several business, economic, technological, and competitive reasons, manufacturers are looking for innovative business models to ensure sustainable growth and profitability. The overarching themes in our worldwide manufacturing ecosystems 2019 predictions are:
IDC forecasts that in 2019 worldwide SMB IT spending will approach $630 billion in 2019, which is $27 billion over 2018 levels. A shift in emphasis from traditional 2nd Platform hardware (PC, server, and network) to 3rd Platform (social, mobile, cloud, and big data) resources and software solutions will continue, something both small businesses (SBs; with fewer than 100 employees) and midsize firms (MBs; with 100–999 employees) should keep in mind as they plan for technology investments next year and beyond.
The supply chain continues on its journey of almost unparalleled levels of change. Digital transformation is now the overriding priority for most manufacturers and retailers, with the adoption of digital technologies aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness as well as providing the opportunity to either disrupt their market segment or be resilient to others that may try.