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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2018 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2020, over 90% of Enterprises Will Use Multiple Cloud Services and Platforms — a Transition Supported by Investments to Manage Resources Across Platforms — with More than One-Third of These Organizations Having Established Mechanisms to Operate Their Multicloud Environments

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 2: In Three Years, 75% of Organizations Will Have Core Cloud API Strategies as Part of Their DX Architectures to Enable an API-Driven Economy, with New Products Built on Digital Platforms That Orchestrate Information Exchange Between Multiple Organizations in Their Ecosystems

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 3: Over the Next 12 Months, Enterprises Will See a Shift in IT Operations Spend from On-Premises to Public Cloud, with over 30% of Enterprises Spending More on Public Cloud Operations than on Their Other Datacenter IT Operations Combined

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 4: By 2020, 25% of Enterprises Will Reorganize to Separate Support for SaaS Solutions from Development and Delivery of Custom Applications, which Will Primarily Use Cloud-Native Technology

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 5: Within the Next Three Years, Automation Will Improve Development Efficiency by up to 25%, Supported by Analytics-Based Real-Time Decisions in Configuring IT Environments and a Low/No-Code Approach to Building Business Solutions

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 6: By 2019, More than 40% of Industry Clouds Serving Manufacturers, Oil and Gas Companies, and Utilities Will Include Data from Operational Assets, Supporting These Companies' Increasing Maturity in Operational Transformation and Ability to Monetize Such Data

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 7: In Two Years, Enterprises Will Be Able to Execute 50% of Core Security Actions, Such as Policy Setting and Monitoring, with Consistent Workflows Across All Major Public Cloud Platforms

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 8: Within Two Years, at Least One-Third of Industry Clouds Will Support Industry-Standard APIs, Helping Companies Connect More Easily and Securely, Accelerating the DX Economy

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IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 9: By 2021, 80% of Application Development Using PaaS Will Include Microservices and Cloud Functions — Essentials in Making Real-Time Decisions in Response to Events Emanating from Asset-Intensive Digital Business

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Prediction 10: Industry Cloud–Stored Data Shared Between Enterprises Will More than Double over the Next 24 Months — from the Current 300EB to over 700EB — as Sole Reliance on Internal Proprietary Enterprise Data Becomes Increasingly Insufficient to Combat Industrywide Problems

Associated Drivers

IT Impact

Guidance

Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

Accelerating DX: Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society

Pace of Change: Technology Capabilities Enable Sustainable Change at the Speed of Digital Business

Human Versus Machine: The Impact of AI and Automation

Sense, Compute, Actuate: The New Data-Centric Paradigm

Platform Disruption: Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale

Innovation Impasse: Legacy Systems Constraining Transformation

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