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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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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IDC Covid-19 Tech Index

The IDC COVID-19 Tech Index is a leading indicator for IT spending, which is designed to provide rapid updates to changes in buyer sentiment and underlying market indicators before these are factored into official market and macroeconomic forecasts.

The Index is based on surveys of enterprise IT buyers around the world, who are asked to provide guidance on a variety of factors including general business confidence, overall IT spending plans and specific changes to budget allocations for individual technologies.

Additionally, the index score is weighted with a composite of 'market indicators' which includes macroeconomic forecasts adjusted every two weeks and calibrated with inputs relating to medical data, social isolation measures and the impact of government stimulus in order that the index score can move more quickly than traditional forecasts.

The worldwide Index is based on scale of 1000, where a score above 1000 indicates growth and below 1000 indicates a decline in IT spending; IT buyers were asked to provide guidance on IT spending plans; market indicators reflect a composite of macroeconomic factors; some historical buyer intent data is estimated from analysis of previous surveys and relationship with forecasts published during this timeframe.

IDC COVID-19 Tech Index - Worldwide

July 23, 2020 Update

  • Slight decline in overall index due to some weaker survey results in some countries including USA
  • Market indicators are stable and have improved slightly in some cases during July, including some GDP forecasts
IDC Covid-19 Tech Index

The IDC COVID-19 Tech Index is a leading indicator for IT spending, which is designed to provide rapid updates to changes in buyer sentiment and underlying market indicators before these are factored into official market and macroeconomic forecasts.

The Index is based on surveys of enterprise IT buyers around the world, who are asked to provide guidance on a variety of factors including general business confidence, overall IT spending plans and specific changes to budget allocations for individual technologies.

Additionally, the index score is weighted with a composite of 'market indicators' which includes macroeconomic forecasts adjusted every two weeks and calibrated with inputs relating to medical data, social isolation measures and the impact of government stimulus in order that the index score can move more quickly than traditional forecasts.

The regional Index is based on scale of 1000, where a score above 1000 indicates growth and below 1000 indicates a decline in IT spending.

IDC COVID-19 Tech Index - Regional

July 23, 2020 Update

  • Index has remained broadly stable during July, but some patchy survey results indicate ongoing business uncertainty
  • US firms are especially skittish, reflecting ongoing increases in infection rates in some states; some countries in Europe and AP also down slightly
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 2020-2023

Worldwide IT Spending YoY Growth,
June 2020 Forecast

Includes IT spending only; excludes telecom spending and new categories


Source: Source: IDC’s Worldwide Black Book: Live Edition (June 2020)

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 Technology

Worldwide YoY 2020 Growth (constant currency)
June Forecasts

Includes IT spending only; excludes telecom spending and new categories


Source: Source: IDC’s Worldwide Black Book: Live Edition (June 2020)

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)
June Forecasts

Includes IT spending only; excludes telecom spending and new categories


Source: IDC’s Worldwide Black Book: Live Edition (June 2020)

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