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Publication date: 15 Feb 2023

IDC Predicts That Cloud will Surpass On-premises Infrastructure as the Primary Location for Operational Data for 65% of Asia-based 2000 Organizations by 2025


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Asia/Pacific Future of Operations predictions for 2023 and beyond released by IDC.

SINGAPORE, February 16, 2023 – IDC predicts by 2025, the cloud will surpass on-premises infrastructure as the primary location where operational data is stored, managed, and analyzed for 65% of A2000 organizations. This is just one of IDC’s predictions unveiled in its latest report, IDC FutureScape : Worldwide Future of Operations 2023 Predictions — Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Implications.

IDC’s Future of Operations framework describes how organizations can improve their decision-making processes and efficacy by embracing data-driven operations (DDO). Cloud has a central role to play in DDO and this is reflected in the data from IDC’s 2022 Worldwide Future of Operations Survey that shows cloud technology is the top technology priority for organizations in Asia/Pacific. 80% of respondents say that cloud is important or critical in terms of its ability to help an organization achieve operational excellence and resilience. Other key technologies needed to achieve efficient and optimized operations include robotics, mixed reality tools, edge computing, 5G and cybersecurity.

“Asia/Pacific organizations understand the need to invest in critical technologies to achieve data-driven operations. Organizations need new digital capabilities and must establish foundational technologies like cloud and next generation connectivity", says Rakesh Patni, Associate Research Director, Future of Operations, IDC Asia/Pacific.

“However, there is another significant aspect that organizations must not neglect, which is developing talent - either through hiring and partnerships with service providers or upskilling and reskilling the existing workforce. It is only when talent and technology combine with the right strategy that organizations can achieve optimized and efficient operations. The Future of Operations predictions uncover opportunities and act as signposts that will assist organizations in AP in their digital transformation journey,” adds Patni.

IDC's Future of Operations top 10 predictions for 2023 provide guidance to business leaders on how and where data driven operations can be achieved and maintained:

#1. Sustainability in Operations: By 2026, 40% of Asia-based 2000 (A2000) industrial organizations will make real-time decisions balancing economic and sustainability metrics, simultaneously improving both sets of metrics by 5% across the enterprise.

#2. Lifecycle Carbon Footprint: By 2026, 30% of product-centric organizations will use digital tools to measure life-cycle carbon footprint, creating demand for better integration between PLM and operational data.

#3. Talent from Service Providers: By 2024, talent shortages and pressure to improve operational performance will force organizations to reevaluate their approach to digital transformation, resulting in greater use of outside services.

#4. XR/AR/VR in Operations: By 2027, the use of extended reality technology, including AR/VR/MR tools, will increase by 40%, creating a new breed of digital worker and reducing operator/field worker errors by 30%

#5. Robotics and Inspections: By 2027, the use of robots in nontraditional sectors, most notably remote inspection and maintenance, will increase by 25%, resulting in a 40% drop in inspection errors.

#6. 5G Impact on Operations: By 2024, digital-first operations enabled by 5G connectivity will improve worker safety, resulting in a 20% reduction in lost time accidents.

#7. Satellite Edge in operations: By 2027, 40% of remote operations will use satellite-enabled AI/ML technology to collect and analyze data at the edge, reducing costs and improving yields and energy usage in the natural resource sectors.

#8. Cloud in operations: By 2025, the cloud will surpass on-premises infrastructure as the primary location where operational data is stored, managed, and analyzed for 65% of A2000 organizations.

#9. Organizational Reconfiguration: By 2024, 30% of industrial organizations will have become leaner and more agile than their competitors as a result of making real-time operational insights available anytime, anywhere, to anyone.

#10. Cybersecurity in Operations: By 2026, 40% of organizations will increase the use of IoT and OT cybersecurity solutions at the edge, cutting OT cybersecurity breaches in half.

These predictions are discussed in greater detail in the new IDC report, IDC FutureScape : Worldwide Future of Operations 2023 Predictions — Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Implications (IDC #AP49964522). Each year, IDC releases its Top Predictions through its IDC FutureScape reports to give a crystal ball view of what is ahead for the rapidly changing AI and Automation industry. These predictions have been used to shape the strategies and business objectives of technology leaders and business executives in the next 1-5 years. To learn more about IDC FutureScape reports, please click HERE.

For the first time ever, Asia/Pacific Japan FutureScape Reports will come with a complimentary report that provides specific recommendations for tech vendor sales and marketing leaders. Leverage IDC insights to better understand clients’ priorities and enhance your storytelling and go-to market plans, access the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Operations 2023 Predictions — APEJ Implications: Positioning for Success — Opportunities for Tech Sales and Marketing Leaders (Doc #AP49964822) market presentation HERE. For more information on our role-based guidance, please visit Tech Impact Business Reports | IDC FutureScape 2023.

In case you missed IDC FutureScape Asia/Pacific earlier, you may visit IDC Arena to view the keynote sessions led by IDC Analysts. IDC Arena is IDC’s new integrated content hub that takes IDC thought leadership events online, and exclusive analyst essential guidance videos on-demand.

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*Asia/Pacific excluding Japan


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