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IDC Canada Releases Its 2017 Canadian ICT Predictions

- December 13, 2016 -

Toronto ON., - International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada just released its top information and communication technology predictions for 2017. The IDC Presentation entitled 2017 Canadian ICT Predictions: Technology Markets and Business in Transformation (IDC# CA40622016), was presented during IDC's annual Canadian ICT Predictions webcast on December 7th, and provides business decision makers and technology vendors with insight and perspective into the top developments that will affect the Canadian market over the next several years.

Drawing on IDC's industry-defining research and insights, IDC Canada's 2017 predictions explore the user trends and vendor strategies that will redefine the ICT market and redistribute market share in Canada. Our research helps leaders capitalize on emerging market opportunities and plan for future growth. Please visit for a complete listing of all IDC FuturesScape prediction web conferences available.

The 2017 Canadian ICT Predictions are:

  1. Enterprises Focus on Digital Transformation (DX) but a Digital Divide
    • While 24% of business executives see a major impact today from DX, and 40% see some impact, only 13% of Canadian businesses surveyed placed in the top two of five categories: Digital Disruptors and Digital Transformers.
  2. Mobile Device Market Stalls as Mobile Computing Rises
    • As we enter 2017, traditional mobile devices as we know them today will not return to growth, but "mobile" computing will begin the transition to become ambient computing, which will meet the computing needs of end users regardless of their location.
  3. Cloud Tailored to fit DX
    • In 2017, Canadian organizations will seek specialization from their suppliers, driving adoption of multi-cloud architectures and experimentation with industry clouds
  4. IoT Matures into Industry & Functional Solutions
    • In 2017 vendors leading with broad "Internet of Things" messaging will lose out to players with sharpened vertical and role-specific offerings.
  5. Enterprise Services and Software Incorporate AI & Cognitive
    • By 2018, 75% of enterprise applications by large vendors and ISVs will be cognitively enabled yet Canadian organizations will require an additional 2-3 years to begin embracing the technology.
  6. Immersive Computing Opens Virtual Doors
    • Overall, IDC predicts very rapid growth in AR/VR and spending on hardware, ancillary software and services will be close to $500 million by the end of 2017.
    • The combined market spend towards immersive computing is forecasted to be dominated in the short term by consumer VR - both tethered and screenless. We expect the AR market to accelerate towards the end of the forecast period, driven primarily by commercial AR applications.
  7. Organizations Will Learn About Cloud Security the Hard Way
    • In 2017, thousands of Canadian organizations will put themselves and their customers at risk by failing to look holistically at Cloud security.
  8. DX Developer Teams & Communities Become Long Term Innovation Hubs
    • By year end 2017, over 70% of the Global 500 will have dedicated digital transformation/innovation teams. In Canada, the risk of falling behind rises if the IT skills shortage isn't addressed.
  9. Robotics Reach Commercial Service Applications
    • In the next 5 years, commercial robotics will be increasingly deployed using the "robot as a service" model. By 2019, approximately 30% of the leading organizations will implement a "Chief Robotics Officer" role or define robotics as a specific function within the business.
  10. Augmented Humanity and 4th Platform on the Horizon
    • IDC views the next four years as the "proto" period for "Augmented Humanity" offerings - fusing IT and biological systems. IDC predicts augmented humanity will become mainstream in the mid-to late 2020s.
"The next few years of technology evolution promises to substantially reshape the ICT sector and all industries" says Tony Olvet, Vice President of Research at IDC Canada. "We are at an inflection point. Over the next three to four years, Canadian businesses that have not made the necessary investments to digitally transform will fall behind, or worse, risk going out of business."
Lars Goransson, Vice President, Group Vice President and General Manager at IDC Canada adds, "Given the lack of DX maturity among certain segments of Canadian organizations, as exciting as these developments are, the next few years will prove not only exhilarating and transformative, but extremely difficult," he says. "Many organizations will find it challenging to successfully stake out and defend their competitive positions in the market place, without full embracing digitally transformed products and services."

The predictions presentation, including detailed commentary, is available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing the presentation, about the predictions, quotes, or to arrange a one-on-one interview, please contact Andrea Loziuk at

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