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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Analytics and Information Management 2018 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2020, 10% of Enterprise Applications Spending Will Be for New Task-Level Applications That Incorporate Software, Data, and Algorithms

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Prediction 2: By 2021, 90% of New Intelligent Systems Will Have an Embedded Decision-Centric Computing Architecture That Automatically Detects and Evaluates Conditions and Makes Decisions About How to Respond

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Prediction 3: By 2019, 25% of Enterprises That Rely on ML-Based Decision Automation Will Have Established Governance Processes to Assess Predictions, Prescriptions, and Decisions Against Regulators, Internal Policy, and Ethical Considerations Using Internal and External Human and Machine Auditors

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Prediction 4: By 2021, 25% of Large Enterprises Will Have Supplemented Internal and External Data Scientists with Data Ethnographers to Provide Contextual Interpretations of Data by Using Qualitative Research Methods That Uncover People's Emotions, Stories, and Perceptions of Their World

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Prediction 5: By 2021, 20% of Data from Sources on Open Networks Will Be Registered on a Public Blockchain, and Corresponding APIs Will Have Been Made Available for Data Consumers to Validate These Blockchain Registrations, Thus Proving Shared-Data Provenance and Increasing Trust in Information

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Prediction 6: By 2018, 50% of Large Enterprises Will Be Generating Data-as-a-Service Revenue from the Sale of Raw Data, Derived Metrics, Insights, and Recommendations

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Prediction 7: Worldwide, 40% of Enterprises Will Have Failed to Put Adequate Governance Procedures and Tools in Place to Meet the European Union's GDPR by Its May 2018 Effective Date, Thus Leaving Them Open to Fines of up to 4% of Revenue per Breach of Regulations

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Prediction 8: By 2020, 20% of Large Enterprises Will Use ML-Based Software to Create New Materials, Including Reports, Meeting Summaries, Correspondence, and Visual Communications That Synthesize Information Such as Presentations

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Prediction 9: By 2019, the Adoption of Intelligent Automation and Company-Specific Digital Assistants Will Have Led to a Fourfold Improvement in Knowledge-Worker Productivity Across Use Cases

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Prediction 10: By 2021, 20% of Analytics, Cognitive/AI, and Information Management Deployments Will Be Based on Heterogeneous Compute Infrastructure, Whereby Servers with Different Processors Take on Specific Tasks Rather Than General-Purpose Processors Taking on All Tasks

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Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

DX Delta: Leaders and Disruptors Widen Performance Gap

Human Versus Machine: The Impact of AI and Automation

Global Volatility: Political, Social, and Economic Disturbance

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

Shifting Economics: Changing Value Structures and the Rise of Digital Capital

The Future Workforce: Global Demand for Digital Talent

Platform Disruption: Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale

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