Navigating the Crosswinds in a
Digital-First World

Hybrid Event | 2 November 2021

Navigating the Crosswinds in a Digital-First World

The world is now firmly anchored in digital-first economy, with 65% of global GDP digitalized by 2022, says IDC

Nothing could have prepared the world for the unprecedented chain of events over the past year.
We prefaced 2020 saying anything is possible, but no one saw this level of hyper volatility completely disrupting business and life as we know it. Our own research confirms that recent events have accelerated global digital transformation by over two years, bringing forth permanent shifts in how we live, work, learn and play. While we used to say "transform or be left behind" in past iterations of our annual predictions event, in our new reality, the call is to be digital-first or risk failure.

While the world is now firmly planted in a digital-first economy, the economic and business outlook for the next 3 years will remain highly fluid because of the pandemic. Disruptive and complex societal, macroeconomic, microeconomic and technology currents are flowing rapidly across one another, creating choppy winds that can make or break an organization’s success.

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This year’s IDC Futurescape reports can be grouped into:



The C-Suite Agenda will peer into emergent trends and practices that cut through all industries as they commit to their digital transformation plans and become future enterprises. This section covers our predictions report (also known as IDC Futurescape) on the CIO Agenda, the Future Enterprise and the 9 CEO Agenda topics. Find out more here.



This 'Technology’ section shows the list of predictions reports (called IDC Futurescape) for specific technology areas – from 3rd Platform technologies like Cloud, Big Data Analytics; Innovation Accelerators topics like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IOT) to name a few, to other tech topics actively disrupting our digital landscape like IPDS, Services and Connected Devices. Click here for the list of reports.



Every industry and sector utilizes technology and ICTs at some level. Industry will take a deep-dive towards how technology patterns, use, and other trends in these different sectors would change, such as in banking, education, petrochemicals/gas, government, utility supply chain, manufacturing and many more. Find out more here.



For the first time, IDC will be publishing a predictions report on hot topics of interest in the market, e.g. the Future Consumer, Sustainability, Insurance and Life Sciences. Learn more here.



IDC Asia Pacific leaders share their outlook ahead of 2022

IDC believes that by the end of 2022, at least 65% of Asia/Pacific’s GDP will be coming from digital products, services, and experiences. How will the region sustain its aggressive surge? Who will contribute the most to Asia’s growing digital economy? Who will lag behind? Watch here!


IDC FutureScape | A Practical Guide To Deriving Value - eBook

We're excited to take you through our annual top predictions for ICT. To better understand how IDC’s FutureScape reports can help you, download this free e-book titled “IDC FutureScape 2022: A Practical Guide to Deriving Value. Download the e-book here.


IDC's Eva Au on the changes in how people Live, Work and Play in Singapore

IDC's Eva Au comments on the changes seen in the way people live, work, and play in Singapore during the pandemic. These adaptive trends are also happening across Asia/Pacific, causing transformation to every industry. To watch the video, click here.



IDC FutureScape 2021
Predictions Recap

#IDCFutureScape gives us a glimpse of what's in store for business and IT. Here are the Predictions that will shape the industry in the #NextNormal. Catch the show on-demand here:


IDC FutureScape 2020
Predicting the New Normal in 2020 and Beyond

As digital transformation matures and next-generation technologies continue to accelerate the pace of innovation, the ICT industry is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Hyper-everything has become the New Normal, setting the stage for the new decade where leading businesses are built with hyperscale capacity, in hyperconnected ecosystems, moving at hyperspeed.


  • 10:00AM | Opening Remarks

    Eva Au

    Managing Director,
    IDC Asia/Pacific

  • 10:05AM | IDC Futurescape 2022 Keynote

    Part 1: Navigating the Crosswinds of Change in a Digital-first Economy

    Sandra Ng

    Group Vice President, Practice Group,
    IDC Asia/Pacific

  • 10:35AM | CEO Dialogue: Managing the Headwinds in Times of Uncertainty

    Ong Kim Pong

    Regional CEO, Southeast Asia,
    PSA International

  • 10:55AM | IDC Futurescape 2022 Keynote

    Part 2: Navigating the Crosswinds of Change in a Digital-first Economy

    Sandra Ng

    Group Vice President, Practice Group,
    IDC Asia/Pacific

  • 11:25AM | Live Question and Answer

    Sandra Ng

    Group Vice President, Practice Group,
    IDC Asia/Pacific

  • 11:55AM | Closing Remarks

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