TECH SUPPLIER Apr 2020 - IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc # US46249620

COVID-19 and Robotics: Stronger Demand and Localized Weakening Spending Pave the Way for Accrued Interest in Transaction-Based Offerings

By: Remy Glaisner


This IDC Survey Spotlight compares side by side the anticipated spending and demand changes in for robotics amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis. This is the third document of a series capturing the sentiments of technology buyers over time and as the COVID-19 and further economic downturn evolve.

While robotics adoption was already on an upward trajectory during the post-COVID-19 era, a trend is distinctively appearing in the market highlighting stronger short-term demand coupled with weakening envisioned spending. This is particularly becoming visible with "observer" organizations that already planned cuts for robotics technology spending all the while now recognizing needs for the incremental deployment of automation in their operations. The situation paves the way for a strong acceleration in demands for outcome-based or transaction-based robotic offerings.

This IDC Survey Spotlight is based on IDC's COVID-19 Impact on IT Spending Survey, which surveyed nearly 500 organizations worldwide across industries from April 6 to 15, 2020.


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Worldwide IT/OT Convergence Strategies , Worldwide Robotics: Industry Robotics and Drone Strategies

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COVID-19, Commercial robotics, Service robotics

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