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Abstract

This IDC study crystallizes IDC's thinking around a set of key drivers and predictions relating to cloud computing that IDC believes have the potential to dramatically alter the business ecosystem for the next 12–36 months. It provides a basis for understanding some of the changes that will shape business and IT strategy in the coming years.

According to Robert Mahowald, group vice president for IDC's Applications and Cloud research practice, "The dawn of the digital transformation (DX) economy is fueling transformation to virtualized, on-demand provider-based services and driving very rapid internal IT change. IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-first strategies, and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid and multicloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multivendor sourcing. The dynamics we've discussed in this IDC FutureScape, and our recommendations, should be a foundation for how enterprise-class IT organizations think about managing their transformation."


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