2017 has been an interesting year for Europe. While there was some good news in terms of the (likely) delayed impact from Brexit, combined with mainstream political parties winning key elections in France and Germany, it was clearly a year focused on maintaining stability. Overall, it is expected that we will see just under 2% in economic growth for the region this year. Not spectacular, but somewhat better than expected given some of the challenges that the region faced in 2016 and 2017.
In terms of IT investments, IDC expects 2018 to be a defining year for organizations to execute on their respective roadmaps and landmark use cases to become digital-native enterprises — meaning that we are looking to create organizations where disruptive innovation is "business as usual."
As part of this, IDC believes that European organizations will have to take into account some key regional-specific perspectives as outlined below:
This IDC presentation outlines the implications for Europe from IDC's worldwide top 10 predictions for the IT industry in 2018, with a key focus on some of these key regional perspectives that need to be addressed by all stakeholders in the industry over the next 12 months.