target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: May 2023 - Document type: IDC PlanScape - Doc  Document number: # EUR150615923

IDC PlanScape: Digital Sovereignty Decision Framework for IT Executives

By:  Massimiliano Claps Loading


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IDC predicts that "Sovereign assertions in sustainability, resiliency, and asset residency through 2025 will force G2000 CIOs to shift staff, budgets, and operating processes for more than 35% of IT and data assets."

Triggered by European Union policies and regulations (e.g., the European Union's European Strategy for Data, the Data Governance Act, the Chips Act, the Digital Decade program, and multilateral initiatives such as Gaia-X), digital sovereignty has become a key priority for policymakers across the globe.

Public and private sector IT executives started to educate themselves and their teams about digital sovereignty when the pandemic hit, which made it a tier 2 priority compared with recovery and resilience. But as geopolitical uncertainties increased political pressure and triggered regulatory actions that foster digital sovereignty, CIOs and CTOs started to embed digital sovereign requirements in requests for information (RFIs) and requests for proposal (RFPs). They now need to make strategic sourcing decisions to select the sovereign solutions that enable them to enhance security and resilience; reduce compliance, portability, and interoperability risks; and ensure trusted data sharing across jurisdictions and with partners.

This IDC PlanScape provides public and private sector IT executives with a framework to make strategic choices regarding the type of sovereign solutions they should select. This IDC PlanScape elaborates on the stakeholders involved, investments to be made, as well as benefits and risks of different types of sovereign solutions.

"IT executives who want to make strategic sourcing decisions that not only comply with digital sovereignty regulation, but also deliver the best business outcomes in terms of agility, resilience, and innovation must understand the regulatory landscape on digital sovereignty, identify the candidate workloads to migrate to sovereign solutions, and scan the market to be educated regarding the many sovereign solutions that global and local tech providers are bringing to market," said Massimiliano Claps, research director, IDC EMEA.


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