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Japan Future of Workstyle (Japanese Version with Key English Language Reports)

The future of workstyle (FOW) is a fundamental shift in the work model to one that fosters human-machine collaboration, enables new skills and worker experiences, and supports a work environment that is unbounded by time or physical space. The FOW framework includes three pillars: work culture, workspace, and workforce. The survey IDC conducted, pre-COVID-19, targeting FOW decision makers revealed a large gap between Japan and the Unites States on FOW advancement: 11% of companies surveyed in Japan indicated they "exceed their peers" or "are best in class," while 42% of the U.S. companies indicated so. Japanese respondents might tend to be conservative in evaluating themselves, but the results imply the possibility that domestic companies are delayed on FOW deployment. Further, considering that the priorities of the domestic workstyle transformation activities were skewed toward driving shortening work hours and consuming paid vacations, the results might not be a surprise for most of the readers. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workstyle at domestic companies. For the first couple months from the burst of the pandemic, more and more companies adopted the work-from-home (WFH) program and deployed cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to make sure their employees work seamlessly and securely at home. As people started to predict that COVID-19 will eventually create the "next normal" state under which the global economy needs to incorporate COVID-19 in the activities, what does the "next normal" indicate for FOW? In 2021, Japan Future of Workstyle (Japanese Version with Key English Language Reports) will analyze the latest state of global FOW strategy and programs, identify the challenges that domestic companies will be faced, and make recommendations per pillar. Also, this research will help technology suppliers reconstruct the best product portfolios and develop go-to-market strategies and tactics to address the needs of the technology buyers who pursue the future of workstyle.


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Drill down of IDC's FOW framework, explaining why FOW is critical in surviving the pandemic/changes
  • Analysis of the FOW initiatives across work culture, workspace, and workforce
  • Technologies shaping FOW
  • Vendors offering the FOW technologies
  • Comparison between domestic and overseas trends and implications on the future directions that domestic companies should take into consideration

Core Research

  • IDC FutureScape: Worldwide FOW 2021 Predictions — Japan Implications
  • IDC Survey: Buyer Strategies and Plans: Global Versus Domestic
  • Japan Remote Work Market Forecast
  • Japan FOW Market Forecast
  • Japan FOW Latest Trend

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.


Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the latest state of FOW, and what are the challenges that domestic companies are being faced?
  2. In which direction are overseas companies proceeding with FOW?
  3. What are the specific technologies and innovations driving FOW?
  4. What are business opportunities and threads for IT suppliers?

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Meet the Experts
Hirotoshi Asano

Senior Market Analyst, PC, Mobile & Client Solution, IDC Japan

Kazuko Ichikawa

Group Manager, PC, Mobile & Client Solution, IDC Japan