Emerging Technologies in Europe

Emerging Technologies

The IDC EMEA Emtech Radar offers a glimpse into the developmental stages of the investigated technologies across three time horizons, which were determined by user expectations as to when these technologies will achieve broader adoption.

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We have identified three main features that a technology needs to coexist in order to be defined as emerging technology

Early maturity stage

The technology needs to be in an early stage, meaning that:

  • It is beyond the conceptual phase
  • It is still in the development phase
  • It already has a real business application

Changing the status quo

The technology must be able to change the status quo. It must be able to provide new way of working and living.

For example, industrial AR/VR solutions. Which are changing the way how employees are carrying out maintenance processes in manufacturing. And how training in the healthcare sector is provided, for example surgical training.

Broad but still uncertain impact

We either refer to broad impact in terms of the industry scope, or broad in the number of applications it has in the same industry.

Those applications are, however, uncertain, meaning that they can be either uncertain in the outcome, or in the fact that they bear some potential risks.

Key Uses for Emerging Technologies

Next-Level CX

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Raiffeisen Informatik has deployed Juniper solutions to modernize and automate its network infrastructure to provide exceptional services for its customers.


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T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom launched T-loT, a distruptive new loT solution designed to simplify global loT connectivity for enterprises


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Digitization of logistics though ioT and AI systems to improve efficiency and sustainability, as well as to monitor goods flows to order processing - all from a single source


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In 2022, HSBC and IBM announced that they will work together on exploring applications for quantum computing in financial services.


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IBM partners with Adobe, around the use of artificial intelligence-powered weather data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business, on the Adobe Experience Platform

Technology With

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Robotics and ML for waste management to allow for smaller, more precise, safer, and profitable demolition recycling.

New Trends to Keep an Eye on

Deep Tech

Deep tech refers to those technologies that are based on high tech innovation in engineering, or significant scientific advances. Deep tech applications aim at achieving real improvement in human lives and society, rather than business improvement.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing harnesses and exploits quantum mechanics like superposition and entanglement to manipulate enormous combinations of states at once for computations and to process information on a large scale.

Multimodal AI

A new AI paradigm in which various data types are combined with multiple intelligence processing algorithms to achieve higher performance levels in terms of accuracy, context, experiences, and insights for various business processes across industries.

Our Research Focus Areas


Given the speeds and capacity that 5G networks promise, they have the potential to be an indispensable technology to accelerate digital transformation and innovation.

5G is the fifth generation mobile network, and will usher in the fourth industrial revolution and change the economy.


Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of smart, interconnected devices and services that are capable of sensing or even listening to requests.

IoT solutions can be leveraged for many tasks, ranging from connecting devices, systems, and people, or simply exchanging data, to intelligent, real-world applications enabling environments such as factories and smart cities.


Blockchain is a type of distributed ledger technology in which transactions are recorded with an immutable cryptographic signature.

It is the perfect technology for organizations looking for more trust, security, transparency, and traceability of data shared across a business network, achieving cost savings and new efficiencies.


Biometrics is the most suitable means of identifying and authenticating individuals reliably and quickly. Unique biological characteristics, such as fingerprints,

iris scans, facial recognition, and voice are highly valued identifiers because they are universal, specific, measurable, and documentable. And unlike passwords, KYC responses or authentication tokens, users can't forget or misplace their biometrics.


Augmented and virtual reality represent a major revolution in the way we interact with computers. From remote team collaboration to training and industrial

maintenance, this technology is revolutionizing how we look at the world.

Quantum computing

Quantum computing is defined as a technology that harnesses and exploits quantum mechanics like superposition and entanglement to manipulate

enormous combinations of states at once for computations and to process information on a large scale. There are many areas in which the superior power and intelligence of quantum technologies can be leveraged, from technology and hospitality to defense and construction.

Edge computing

Edge computing is a distributed computing framework that brings enterprise applications closer to data sources such as IoT devices or local edge servers.

This proximity to data at its source can deliver strong business benefits, including faster insights, improved response times, and better bandwidth availability.


Robots are widely used in industries such as automobile manufacture to perform simple repetitive tasks and in industries where work must be performed in

environments that are hazardous to humans. Enhanced safety, speed, and higher productivity are just a few of the many advantages that organizations achieve through this technology.


Artificial intelligence is the basis for mimicking human intelligence processes through the creation and application of algorithms built into a dynamic

computing environment. It forms the basis for all computer learning and is the future of all complex decision making, leveraging the incredible amount of data generated by both humans and machines.

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Meet the Team

Neil Ward-Dutton is vice president, AI and Intelligent Process Automation European Practices at IDC. Prior to joining IDC Neil was Founder and Research Director of MWD Advisors...

Neil Ward-Dutton

Vice president, Artificial Intelligence practice lead

Francesca Ciarletta is a research analyst based in London, working in IDC's European Services team and in our multidisciplinary European Cloud Practice...

Francesca Ciarletta

Research manager, Quantum Computing launchpad lead

Lapo Fioretti is a senior research analyst for IDC’s European Vertical Markets and Digital Business Research group...

Lapo Fioretti

Senior Research Analyst, Emerging Technologies and Macroeconomics

Andrea Minonne is a Research manager and Augmented Humanity launchpad lead in the IDC Customer Insights & Analysis team in Europe. He is involved in IDC's Spending Guide portfolio...

Andrea Minonne

Senior research analyst, Augmented Humanity launchpad lead

Carla La Croce is a senior research analyst for IDC’s European Industry Solutions, Customer Insights & Analysis group. In her role she develops...

Carla La Croce

Senior research analyst

Gabriele Roberti is a research manager for IDC’s European Customer Insights & Analysis team. He joined IDC in 2012 as a local analyst for Italy...

Gabriele Roberti

Senior research manager, IoT and Edge practice lead

Stefano Perini is a senior research analyst for IDC’s European Customer Insights & Analysis team. In this role he develops both quantitative and...

Stefano Perini

Senior research analyst, Quantum Computing launchpad lead

Giulia Carosella leads IDC's European Digital Business Research. In her role she advises ICT players on European digital business market trends, supporting them in their planning...

Giulia Carosella

Research manager, European Digital Transformation practice lead

Alexandra Rotaru is a research analyst for IDC’s European Customer Insights & Analysis team and is responsible for the both quantitative and qualitative...

Alexandra Rotaru

Research analyst

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