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This IDC study discusses top 10 predictions for worldwide future of connectedness for 2021.

"Enterprises continue to pursue digital transformation initiatives to optimize operations, take advantage of advanced technologies, and delight users and customers to help improve business outcomes. As organizations solidify their plans in these critically important areas, they are increasingly realizing the importance of connectivity in enabling DX," says Carrie MacGillivray, IDC Group vice president and general manager, Worldwide Telecom, Mobility, and IoT Research. "Meanwhile, COVID-19 has only accelerated the importance of connectivity as an enabler of DX initiatives. With more users, devices, and applications becoming distributed, connectivity has never been a bigger challenge or more relevant. This document lays out the key trends that will drive the future of connectedness in 2021 and the years to come, setting a path for enterprises to accelerate their DX initiatives."

"As enterprises and services providers look to support the demands of ubiquitous, high-bandwidth, and low-latency connectivity to billions of devices, it's becoming increasingly clear that legacy network architectures will not suffice in a world dominated by mobility and cloud. This realization is causing a dramatic re-architecture of networks, built upon the principles of modern infrastructure components and a distributed, cloud-first architecture that can securely scale to meet the needs of modern digital businesses," says Rohit Mehra, IDC vice president, Network Infrastructure. "The coming years will be defined by cloud-native principles being applied to network architectures, enabling a modern connectivity fabric that can extend to any user, any location, and any cloud the enterprises need to support for their digital business."


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