target audience: TECH SUPPLIER  Publication date: May 2023 - Document type: Taxonomy - Doc  Document number: # EUR150601123

IDC's Worldwide Digital Sovereignty Taxonomy, 2023: Cloud Sovereignty


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This IDC Taxonomy provides a description of IDC's digital sovereignty market. It serves as the foundation for classifying and sizing the worldwide digital sovereignty market. For 2023, the taxonomy includes 26 individual functional markets grouped within a hierarchy of nine secondary markets, which in turn aggregate into three primary segments: data sovereignty, technical sovereignty, and operational sovereignty.

"Demand for digital sovereignty has been mainly led by organizations that need IT solutions that comply with industry regulations and data privacy laws," said Rahiel Nasir, lead analyst at IDC's Digital Sovereignty research program. "But we are now seeing demand expand beyond regulated sectors and across all industries. This is due in part to macroeconomic trends such as geopolitical uncertainties, the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and inflationary fears. But at the heart of it is increasing cloud usage: as more organizations embrace cloud technologies as part of their digital transformation journeys, issues of sovereignty, security and trust have moved higher up the technology agenda."


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