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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2017 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: In Three Years, 55% of Business Apps Will Allow Direct API Access to Most Applications, While Monolithic Applications Will Decompose into Microservices Exposed via APIs

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 2: By 2020, Over 70% of B2B SaaS Leaders Will Choose a Strategic IaaS/PaaS Megaplatform Partner, Eliminating or Dramatically Scaling Down Their Datacenters

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Guidance

Prediction 3: By 2020, the Top 5 Cloud Players Will Control at Least 75% of Combined PaaS/IaaS Market Share (Compared with Market Share of 52% in 2015)

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Prediction 4: The Number of Industry Collaborative Clouds Will Triple from 50 in 2016 to More than 150 and Exceed 250EB of Data by the End of 2018

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Prediction 5: By 2020, at Least 50% of Net-New IT Spending Will Be Cloud Based, Shrinking Noncloud Enterprise Applications by 20%

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Prediction 6: By 2017, More than 60% of Enterprise IT Organizations Building Hybrid Clouds Will Purchase New or Updated Workload-Centric Cloud Management Solutions

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Prediction 7: By 2018, the Cloud Will Be a Preferred Delivery Mechanism for Analytics, Increasing Public Data Consumption by 150% and Paving the Way for Thousands of New Industry Applications

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Prediction 8: As DevOps Scales Up, Over 65% of Enterprises Will Invest in Policy-Driven Self-Service Automation to Power On-Demand Developer Multicloud Access and Utilization by 2018

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Prediction 9: More than 85% of Enterprise IT Organizations Will Commit to Multicloud Architectures by 2018, Driving up the Rate and Pace of Change in IT Organizations

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Prediction 10: In 2017, 25% of SaaS Implementation Projects Won't Meet Cost-Savings Goals, While One-Eighth Won't Meet Key Business Goals, Leading End Users to Seek Out Third-Party Services

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IT Impact

Guidance

Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

DX: Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society

Disruptive Fault Lines: Security, Privacy, and Regulation

Talent Crunch: Global Demand for Digital Workers

Platform Economy: The Ecosystem Battle for Scale

Modern Application Platforms Are Leveling Playing Fields

Machine Learning and Cognitive Drive Intelligent, Automated Applications

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