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Nov 2016 - IDC FutureScape - Doc # US41863516

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide SMB 2017 Predictions

Authors: Serena Da Rold, Hitoshi Ichimura, Carla La Croce, Raymond Boggs, Christopher Chute

This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for SMBs in 2017.

"The 3rd Platform has disrupted traditional IT markets and how large organizations deliver IT services. For SMBs, the result has been largely positive: a stronger ability to compete with larger firms, more easily enter new markets, more quickly develop new products, and drive higher levels of employee productivity. We expect that over the next three years, 3rd Platform accelerators, such as cognitive/AI platform enablement, along with IoT and new cloud brokerage models, will further close the competitive gap between SMBs and enterprises." — Chris Chute, vice president, Small and Medium Business practice

"Forward-looking IT managers and CIOs have already discovered how harnessing cloud IT can create positive IT outcomes in an uncertain time. These attitudes will become table stakes, and IT will need to continue to rearticulate itself as a business driver." — Ray Boggs, vice president, Small and Medium Business practice

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