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Sep 2015 - Industry Development and Models - Doc # 258644

Critical External Drivers Shaping Global IT and Business Planning: IDC FutureScape, 2016

By: Serge FindlingVice President of Research, Digital Transformation, Joseph C. PucciarelliGroup Vice President & IT Executive Advisor, Fred Magee, IDC Drivers Team


This IDC study provides technology executives with an understanding of the most important external drivers that will change the global business ecosystem for the next 12–24 months and beyond. It provides a supplement to the IDC FutureScapes, which offer targeted guidance to enable business and IT leaders to make sound investments in a range of technologies and services that focus on present and future business value.

A key aspect of the IDC FutureScape framework is its focus on the external drivers (political, economic, social, technological, environmental, legal, and business) that will shape enterprise strategies. This study explores those drivers in depth, enabling executives to ground their strategy in vital management areas — including digital transformation, innovation, strategic planning, and leadership — in an understanding of the external forces at play.

"To help executives anticipate the best choices for business and IT investments, IDC has developed the IDC FutureScape framework," says Fred Magee, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "This IDC FutureScape drivers document anchors the planning process with some of the most important external drivers that are likely to shape business direction."



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