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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions 2017 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2017, the Demand for Greater Functionality Offered by the 3rd Platform Will Result in the Smart MFP Being the Preferred Choice for Most Enterprise Office Printing Solutions

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 2: By 2019, Nearly One-Third of All Organizations Will Engage with a Vendor in a Contractual Relationship for Print Security

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 3: By 2019, Two-Thirds of Companies' Document Workflow Strategies Will Have Used 3rd Platform Technologies to Resolve Compliance and Security Concerns

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 4: Aided by a Transition to Cloud Delivery and Channel Fulfillment, by 2018, More than 25% of Midsize Organizations Will Contract with an Outsourced Print and Document Services Provider

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IT Impact

Guidance for Midsize Businesses

Prediction 5: By 2018, Leading Regulated Companies Will Drive Multichannel Delivery by Increasing Print Availability and Adopting Real-Time Analytics to Satisfy Compliance and Customer Expectations

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 6: By 2018, Nearly 100% of Major Brand Owners/Manufacturers Will Have Started to Use Digital Print Processes for Their Consumer-Facing Packaging

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 7: By 2020, the Ability to Initiate Print to Any Output Device from Smartphones and Tablets Will Be Ubiquitous, and IT Buyers Will Not Need a Separate Product to Obtain This Functionality

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Guidance

Prediction 8: By 2019, New Document Compliance Regulations Will Recognize the Electronic Format as an Acceptable Medium and Facilitate Companies' Demand for "Anywhere, Anytime" Access

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Guidance

Prediction 9: By 2017, Paper Reduction Initiatives Will Help Companies Save Over $1.5 Billion Worldwide on Supplies and Paper

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 10: By 2018, Digital Signage, Enabled by 3rd Platform Technologies, Will Increasingly Be Used for a Company's Own Internal Communications

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

DX: Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society

Everything, Everywhere: The Rise of Computer-Based Intelligence

Disruptive Fault Lines: Security, Privacy, and Regulation

DX Delta: Industry Leaders Widen Performance Gap

Innovation Impasse: Systems of Record Constrain Evolution

Global Volatility: Competition, Power, and Risk

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