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Publication date: 15 Feb 2023

By 2026, 70% of Tech Buyers in Asia/Pacific* Will Prioritize As-a-service Consumption Models, IDC Predicts


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Asia/Pacific Digital Infrastructure Predictions for 2023 and Beyond Released by IDC

SINGAPORE, February 16, 2023 – IDC predicts that by 2026, 70% of tech buyers prioritize as-a-service consumption models for infrastructure purchases to help restrain IT spending growth and fill IT Operations talent gaps. This is the first of ten predictions from the recently unveiled IDC FutureScape : Worldwide Future of Digital Infrastructure 2023 Predictions – APEJ Implications.

Further driving efficiency is the deployment of higher levels of automation. Achievement of artificial intelligence for IT operations, the use of AI to manage infrastructure, is still the domain of only a handful of local enterprises and organizations due to underlying issues in basic data management to feed the AI models.

Cybersecurity remains a top concern in this field, too. While the ability to outsource some of the issues and skills exist, it’s not possible to outsource the risk, and so "embedded security" is beginning to accelerate across the region.

"The IT skills shortage is impacting Asia Pacific as much as other markets and this will lead to demands for higher levels of automation and 'as-a-service' offerings," says Simon Piff, Vice President, Research, IDC Asia Pacific, "Whilst as-a-service is quite well understood, the goal of AIOps is still a long way off for Asia Pacific organizations due to issues in the quality of more fundamental data management techniques".

IDC's Future of Digital Infrastructure top 10 predictions provide guidance to business leaders on to better enable a more dynamic and infrastructure that can better support the needs of the Digital First business organizations.

#1. Consumption-as-a-Service: By 2026, 70% of tech buyers prioritize as-a-service consumption models for infrastructure purchases to help restrain IT spending growth and fill IT Ops talent gaps.

#2. Cyber-Resiliency: By 2026, 55% of IT organizations will only purchase infrastructure solutions that incorporate predictive cyber resiliency mechanisms proven to reduce post cyber intrusion recovery efforts.

#3. Autonomous Operations: By 2027, AI-enabled automation ensures consistent digital infrastructure configuration, performance, cost, and security by reducing the need for human ops intervention by 50% and improving SLOs.

#4. Supply Chain Multisourcing: By 2023, amid ongoing IT supply chain disruptions, 80% of Asia-based 5000 infrastructure customers adopt proactive multisourcing strategies to protect themselves against future IT supply risks.

#5. Multicloud Contracts: By 2024, 40% of digital business apps depend on contractually guaranteed cross-provider data transfer and operational/financial data sharing agreements between public clouds and on prem tech partners.

#6. Fit for Purpose: By 2026, 75% of companies invest in fit-for-purpose, heterogeneous compute technologies that deliver faster insights from complex data sets to drive differentiated business outcomes.

#7. Trusted Infrastructure: By 2025, 50% of the Asia-based 2000 (A2000) organizations prioritize the trusted infrastructure of sovereign clouds to ensure consistent security and local/regional regulatory compliance for specific sensitive workloads and data.

#8. Multicloud Networking: By 2027, to ensure data and workflow integrations spanning distributed clouds and edge environments, 50% of enterprises deploy multicloud networking, bringing consistency and simplicity to NetOps.

#9. Data Logistics: By 2027, the need for faster, higher quality data-driven decisions causes 60% of A2000 CIOs to mandate company-wide data logistics strategies for data management, protection and integration.

#10. Ecosystems: By 2024, due to economic pressures, 60% of A2000 prioritize infrastructure vendor selections based on tech partner ecosystems that offer cost savings provided by preferred pricing and support deals.

These predictions are discussed in greater detail in the new IDC report, IDC FutureScape : Worldwide Future of Digital Infrastructure 2023 Predictions — Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Implications (IDC #AP49699422). 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 Digital Infrastructure 2023 Predictions — APEJ Implications: Positioning for Success — Opportunities for Tech Sales and Marketing Leaders (Doc #AP49931222) 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.

For more information on this IDC FutureScape document, contact Simon Piff For media inquiries, please contact Miguel Carreon at or Michael de la Cruz at


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