Future of Digital Innovation

Deliver innovative services
and experiences at scale

IDC’s Future of Digital Innovation research practice helps organizations build and execute the planning, sourcing, development, and distribution strategies necessary to become high-performance software producers. Operating as “digital innovation factories,” enterprises will embed software in their products and services to create greater value for their customers and better compete in their own industries.

Inside the Future of Digital Innovation

The foundational elements of the Future of Digital Innovation framework comprise:


Software development must be tightly integrated with – and driven by – the organization’s business plans, which, in turn, need to address resources, sourcing, architecture and deployment options, distribution, licensing and pricing, governance and compliance.


Organizations will shorten development time and create greater scalability by seeking out and using externally sourced code or preassembled components.

Source: The Future of Digital Innovation: Every Enterprise Must Become a High-Performance Software Producer (IDC #US45720719)

Organizations will use agile methods and more automated, high-speed deployment options as they move to hyperspeed cycles of deployment to production. Applications will be developed in more modular architectures — in the form of microservices.


Enterprises will scale distribution of their digital innovations through direct delivery of services and experiences of their own offerings and indirect delivery into others' digital supply chains via open API-based third-party developer ecosystems.

Research Programs and Custom Solutions

Future of Digital Innovation Research Programs

Future of Digital Innovation drives the research agenda for many IDC research programs. Key topics include:

  • Algorithms
  • APIs
  • Cloud Services
  • DevOps Tooling
  • End User Organizations
  • Enterprise Applications PaaS/Platform Services
  • ISV External Services
  • Microservices
  • OSS

Click here to see the full list of Future of Digital Innovation research programs
Custom Solutions for Future of Digital Innovation

From industry InfoBriefs and White Papers to webcasts and other virtual events, IDC works with technology suppliers to develop custom content backed by our research and analysis expertise. IDC can help you with:

  • Custom Analytics – Identify opportunities to address your customers' requirements and challenges by segmenting the market using IDC's Future of Digital Innovation framework.
  • Thought Leadership – Amplify your message to become a trusted Digital Innovation advisor and solution provider.
  • Business Value – Provide financial justification for your IT solutions, focused on customer value.
  • Sales Enablement – Empower your organization to sell more effectively and understand new monetization opportunities in partner ecosystems.

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