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IDC Canada Releases 10 New Forecasts for Canadian ICT Market: Digital Transformation and 3rd Platform Technologies are Reshaping the Market Outlook for Canadian ICT Suppliers

- May 16, 2016 -

Toronto ON., - International Data Corporation (IDC) announced today the release of 10 new forecast reports for the Canadian information and communications technology (ICT) market from multiple research subscription services. Key findings from the forecast reports include:

  • Canadian Enterprise Mobility Forecast, 2016-2020: Mobile business applications and services are at the heart of digital transformation. In Canada, the drive to improve employee productivity, customer engagement, and operational efficiency will yield an aggregate 17.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the mobile enterprise applications, enterprise mobility management, and mobile enterprise application development platform segments.
  • Canadian Application Outsourcing Forecast, 2016-2020: IDC predicts that Canadian businesses will spend a total of C$2.4 billion on application outsourcing services by 2020, which translates to a 1.4% 5-year CAGR. The rise of the 3rd Platform will continue to put pressure on traditional application outsourcing services, and vendors will have to adjust existing business models to achieve long-term success.
  • Canadian IT Professional Services Forecast, 2016-2020: The IT professional services market in Canada is in the midst of a transition, one that coincides with challenges in the macroeconomic environment in Canada, however, there are pockets of growth that will provide vendors with long-term opportunities. Current and projected spending estimates put the five-year CAGR for IT professional services at 1.9%.
  • Canadian Infrastructure Outsourcing Forecast, 2016-2020: IDC anticipates that the infrastructure outsourcing market will grow by 1.4% and will surpass C$9.5 billion in revenue by the end of 2016. We anticipate that the information systems outsourcing (ISO) segment will decline by 1.5% over the forecast period, whereas the network and desktop outsourcing services (NDOS) segment will see modest growth at a CAGR of 5.1%. Hosting is the fastest growing outsourcing market segment, and is anticipated to grow by more than 14.2% in 2016.
  • Canadian Server Forecast, 2016-2020: The demand for servers is being impacted by the ongoing technology transitions, including cloud adoption, and the economic slowdown facing Canada. IDC forecasts this market to decline by a CAGR of 0.8% over the forecast period.
  • Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2016-2020: IDC expects Total enterprise storage systems is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.1% through 2020. Adapting to customer demand, especially when it comes to enabling agility in enterprise IT, will be critical to the top ESS vendors from 2016 to 2020.
  • Canadian Networking Equipment Forecast, 2016-2020: IDC predicts that the overall networking equipment market in Canada will hit C$3.06 billion in revenue by 2020, resulting in a five-year CAGR of 3.3%. Wireless LAN will be the fastest-growing technology segment as organizations invest in access points that support new standards and adopt cloud-managed solutions that provide enhanced security and analytics.
  • Canadian Telecom Services Forecast, 2016-2020: Telecom Inside Out: IDC projects that the Canadian telecommunications market will grow at a five-year CAGR of 2.1%, yielding revenue of almost C$51.1 billion in 2020. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) can seize new opportunities in the IT services and video markets, but disruptive technologies such as SIP trunks and global transformation of ICT platforms are spawning new competitors while changing the economics of service delivery.
  • Canadian Consumer Wireless, Internet, and Wireline Voice Services Forecast, 2016-2020: IDC Canada expects the collective consumer service communications market to increase at a five-year CAGR of 3.2%, increasing to C$27.2 billion in 2020. Overall, revenue from wireless services will make up the majority of the revenue share throughout the forecast period, followed by Internet service and then wireline voice service.
  • Canadian TV Services Forecast, 2016-2020: IDC Canada expects TV services market revenue to decrease at a five-year CAGR of -1.0% over the forecast period. TV service providers' experimentation with different service models and next-gen TV features will provide Canadian consumers with more options than ever before and will be designed to maintain subscribers and revenue.
"3rd platform technologies and digital transformation are at the centre of growth and change in the ICT industry," says Tony Olvet, Group VP, Research at IDC Canada. "IDC forecasts that Canadian organizations will continue to invest in 3rd platform technologies, creating opportunities to open up new revenue streams and generate operational efficiencies. We'll see new winners and losers in both the consumer and business segments, as vendors and service providers adjust to the new demands of the market, and a changing competitive landscape" he says.

IDC develops detailed forecasting reports and analysis for major technology markets in Canada, which are published annually during the month of May. IDC's Forecast Scenario Assumptions for the Canadian ICT Market, 2016 and Beyond (IDC# CA41194516, April 2016) supports the underlying macroeconomic assumptions for each of the ICT market forecast reports.

For more information about the market forecast reports, the subscription services in which they are published, or to arrange a one on one interview with any of the report authors, please contact Andrea Loziuk at

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting or .

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