Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Double by 2019, According to IDC
21 Jan 2016
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., January 21, 2016 – According to the new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- almost six times the rate of overall IT spending growth – from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019. The new spending guide expands on IDC's previous public cloud services forecasts by offering greater detail on industry and geographic spending levels.
Software as a Service (SaaS) will remain the dominant cloud computing type, capturing more than two thirds of all public cloud spending through most of the forecast period. Worldwide spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) will grow at a faster rate than SaaS with five-year CAGRs of 27.0% and 30.6%, respectively.
"Over the past several years, the software industry has been shifting to a cloud-first (SaaS) development and deployment model. By 2018, most software vendors will have fully shifted to a SaaS/PaaS code base," said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President & Chief Analyst at IDC. "This means that many enterprise software customers, as they reach their next major software upgrade decisions, will be offered SaaS as the preferred option. Put together, new solutions born on the cloud and traditional solutions migrating to the cloud will steadily pull more customers and their data to the cloud."
From a company size perspective, large and very large companies will be the primary driver of worldwide public cloud services with spending of more than $80 billion in 2019. However, small and medium businesses (SMBs) will remain a significant contributor to overall spending with more than 40% of the worldwide total throughout the forecast period coming from companies with fewer than 500 employees.
The industries with the largest public cloud services expenditures in 2015 were discrete manufacturing at $8.6 billion, followed by banking and professional services at $6.8 billion and $6.6 billion, respectively. By 2019, professional services is forecast to move ahead of banking into the number 2 position worldwide. These three industries were also the public cloud services spending leaders in the Americas and in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in 2015. However, telecommunications was the second largest industry in the Asia/Pacific region and is forecast to move into the top position by 2019.
Telecommunications will be the fastest-growing vertical industry over the 2014-2019 forecast period with a worldwide CAGR of 22.2%. The following industries will also experience five-year CAGRs greater than 20%: media, state/local government, education, retail, transportation, and resource industries.
"Cloud services will remain the essential foundation of the IT industry's 3rd Platform of innovation and growth. As the cloud market enters an 'innovation stage', there will be an explosion of new solutions and value creation on top of the cloud," said Eileen Smith, Program Director, Customer Insights and Analysis. "Industry-specific applications will be a driving force as businesses look for solutions that can be easily configured to their unique business and vertical requirements. With the huge increase in the number and diversity of services available in the market, organizations across the industries will shift steadily toward cloud-first strategies to enable digital transformation."
The Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide quantifies public cloud computing purchases by cloud type for 20 industries across eight regions and 54 countries. Unlike any other research in the industry, the comprehensive spending guide was designed to help IT decision makers to clearly understand the industry-specific scope and direction of public cloud services spending today and over the next five years.
About IDC Spending Guides
IDC's Spending Guides provide a granular view of key technology markets from a regional, vertical industry, use case, buyer, and technology perspective. The spending guides are delivered via pivot table format or custom query tool, allowing the user to easily extract meaningful information about each market by viewing data trends and relationships.
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