Moving from Crisis to Recovery

How Tech Builds Business Resiliency and Enables Agility


As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has proven to be key in keeping businesses afloat by enabling remote work, agile business, and external digital engagement. In the longer-term, organizations will leverage technology to underpin every process, initiative, and value chain as they journey to the next normal. More now than ever, organizations are looking for new ideas and emerging best practices from their technology partners.

Moving From Crisis to Recovery: Why Tech is Critical to Success
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IDC Digital Resiliency Investment Index

IDC’s Digital Resiliency Investment Index provides a composite view of digital resiliency investment among all organizations worldwide and tracks targeted investments as a predictor of future levels of resiliency. It is comprised of two factors – digital core investments and digital innovation investments; together, they make up the Digital Resiliency Index Score.

Worldwide Digital Resiliency Investment Index

March 2021

  • Planned investments in innovation have softened in recent months, mostly due to volatile business confidence in the US
  • Core investments remain strong, continuing momentum of 2020 when spending on cloud, remote work, security and digital transformation continued to grow despite COVID pandemic and recession
The extent to which organizations are investing in IT, digital transformation, cloud, security, and remote worker technologies – the core elements needed for digital resiliency.
The extent to which organizations are allocating tech investments towards accelerating the business versus adapting to the crisis.
The combination of digital core and digital innovation investments.
IDC Digital Resiliency Investment Index

IDC’s Digital Resiliency Investment Index provides a composite view of digital resiliency investment among all organizations worldwide and tracks targeted investments as a predictor of future levels of resiliency. It is comprised of two factors – digital core investments and digital innovation investments; together, they make up the Digital Resiliency Index Score.

Regional Digital Resiliency Investment Index

March 2021

  • US organizations remain skittish, especially in government and education sector where sentiment has leaned back towards crisis response and management
  • Gradual recovery continues in Europe, where Digital Resiliency score has overtaken the US since January; AP continues to lead, driven by planned investments in China
IDC’s Worldwide Black Book Live Edition

IDC’s Worldwide Black Book Live Edition is the industry standard for up to date global IT forecasts. It includes monthly analysis of the status and projected growth of the worldwide ICT industry in 100 countries and is the benchmark for consistent, detailed market data across six continents.

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Coronavirus Impact:

IT Spending 2020-2023

Worldwide IT Spending YoY Growth,
March 2021 Forecast

Includes IT spending only; excludes telecom spending and new categories; nominal growth includes inflation


Source: Source: IDC’s Worldwide Black Book: Live Edition
(March 2021)

IDC’s Worldwide Black Book Live Edition

IDC’s Worldwide Black Book Live Edition is the industry standard for up to date global IT forecasts. It includes monthly analysis of the status and projected growth of the worldwide ICT industry in 100 countries and is the benchmark for consistent, detailed market data across six continents.

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Coronavirus Impact:

IT Spending by Technology

Worldwide YoY 2020 Growth (constant currency)
March Forecasts

Includes IT spending only; excludes telecom spending and new categories; nominal growth includes inflation


Source: Source: IDC’s Worldwide Black Book: Live Edition (March 2021)

IDC’s Worldwide Black Book Live Edition

IDC’s Worldwide Black Book Live Edition is the industry standard for up to date global IT forecasts. It includes monthly analysis of the status and projected growth of the worldwide ICT industry in 100 countries and is the benchmark for consistent, detailed market data across six continents.

Learn More
Coronavirus Impact:

IT Spending by Region

Worldwide YoY 2020 Growth (constant currency)
March Forecasts

Includes IT spending only; excludes telecom spending and new categories; nominal growth includes inflation


Source: IDC’s Worldwide Black Book: Live Edition (March 2021)

The Five Stages to Enterprise Recovery

Leveraging Technology to Flatten the Curve and Emerge Digitally Fit

IDC's vision of the Future Enterprise is an organization that underpins business processes with technology, is fueled by innovation, is platform-enabled, and ecosystem-centric. The pandemic underscored the importance of digital transformation in the eyes of CEOs who now find themselves at a decision point – to follow the same course of cost cutting as previous recessions have dictated - or to flatten their own organization's recessionary curve by leveraging technology.

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