TECH BUYER May 2020 - Tech Buyer Presentation - Doc # US46273020

COVID-19 Industry Impact: Education

By: Ruthbea YesnerVice President, Government Insights, Education and Smart Cities, Jan AlexaResearch Manager, Gerald WangHead, Asia Pacific Public Sector

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This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation provides an overview of the major issues K–12 and higher education institutions are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the technology response. It provides IDC's latest global COVID-19 survey data and guidance to both technology buyers and technology suppliers to help navigate COVID-19 technology decisions in 2020.

All types of educational institutions — private, public K–12 and colleges and universities — have been forced into a rapid, sustained response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the closure of nonessential services, and needed new pandemic services to maintain public health and safety. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have profound implications now and for the future in terms of school operations and teaching modalities, from rethinking telework to agile blended learning models to managing digital equity issues. Educational institutions have been forced to make fast technology choices to support these efforts. From collaboration platforms to network resilience, choices made now will impact workflow, processes, and expectations for the future post-COVID-19, while the economic implications of reduced budgets and revenue will dramatically change budget planning. This will produce a real need for educational institutions to discuss prioritization of technology spend and projects.

"The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced a global digital transformation in education, which will have profound and lasting impacts," states Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights. "In the near term, educational institutions will accelerate processes and workflows that can be agile, flexible, and remote to respond to the crisis."


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