This IDC study presents a five-year forecast for the worldwide virtual client computing software market as defined in IDC's Worldwide Software Taxonomy, 2017 (IDC #US42961816, August 2017). This study updates the previous forecast for this market published in Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software Forecast, 2017–2021 (IDC #US41376817, February 2017).
"As more enterprises undergo digital transformation to the 3rd Platform of computing — comprising cloud, mobility, big data/analytics, and social business — the mechanisms by which we access business process and data have shifted," commented Shannon Kalvar, research director, IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software. "Part of that shift has been the growing capability of virtual client computing to meet graphically intensive applications in a seamless fashion. In the future, as clients abstract into endpoints integrated with the environment, virtual clients will play a vital role in stable engagement with the digital organizations' intelligent core."