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Nov 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # EMEA43209017

Industry Collaborative Clouds — Creating New Business Value in Manufacturing and Retail

Authors: Maggie Slowik, Elena Szolgayova, Giulio Raffaele, Eric Newmark

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This IDC Perspective provides an overview of ICC adoption among European manufacturers and retailers, and their perceived risks and benefits of moving toward collaborative ecosystems. It also takes a closer look at two ICC provider examples, Exostar and Flexe, providing case studies of specific use cases and benefits received. IDC also offers its recommendations to manufacturers and retailers in order to optimally leverage the technology opportunity brought by ICCs.

Eric Newmark, program vice president of IDC's industry cloud research, said: "The industry collaborative cloud market is young, yet growing fast, with dozens of new industry collaborative clouds emerging each year across many industries. While manufacturing is among the leading industries of ICC adoption, along with healthcare and financial services, we are starting to see growing interest within retail as well. Though the market's tipping point is still a few years away, IDC is expecting significant growth, and believes the industry cloud market represents one of the largest vertical growth opportunities for technology vendors and professional services firms through 2025."

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