TECH SUPPLIER May 2020 - IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc # US46282920
Wave 3 — Post-COVID-19 and Robotics: Stronger Demand in APAC and Weakening Spending in North America Confirm the Need to Transition to Transaction-Based Offerings
By: Remy Glaisner, Kevin ProutyGroup Vice President, Energy and Manufacturing Insights
This IDC Survey Spotlight is based on IDC's COVID-19 Impact on IT Spending Survey, which surveyed nearly 500 organizations worldwide across industries during April 22-29, 2020. This third wave of IDC Survey Spotlight compares side by side the anticipated spending and demand changes for robotics amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis. This is the fourth document of a series capturing the sentiments of technology buyers over time and as the COVID-19 and further economic downturn evolve.
Robotics adoption was on an upward trajectory during the post-COVID-19 era. Yet a very strong trend is being confirmed in the market highlighting even more short-term demand in the APAC region and a weakening willingness to spending for robotics in North America. EMEA stands almost as a bystander with high ratio of undecisive decision makers, which we interpret as a now dangerous behavior in comparison with other regions.
A previous analogy distinctively categorizing "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 seems to deepen.