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This IDC study predicts 10 key developments in the tech world in the next 18–36 months, and beyond, that will impact every enterprise's ability to grow and compete. Our predictions track the biggest story of our time: the continuing emergence and evolution of the 3rd Platform/digital transformation (DX) marketplace. In 2017–2020, we will see the emergence of digital transformation at a macroeconomic scale — the dawn, if you will, of the "DX economy." In this new economy, enterprises will be measured by their ability to hit and exceed a whole new set of demanding performance benchmarks enabled by cloud, mobility, cognitive/artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), and the digital transformations fueled by these technologies.

According to Frank Gens, IDC SVP and chief analyst, "We are at an inflection point. Over the next three to four years, digital transformation efforts will no longer be 'projects,' 'initiatives,' or 'special business units' for most enterprises. They will become the core of what industry leaders do and how they operate. In effect, every (growing) enterprise — no matter its age or industry — will become a 'digital native' in the way its executives and employees think and how they operate." The 2017 IDC FutureScape for the worldwide IT industry identifies 10 strategic IT industry shifts executives need to understand and act on in order to compete and win in the looming DX economy.



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