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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2019 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2023, 40% of G2000 manufacturers will have digitally connected at least 30% of their robots to a cloud platform to improve operational efficiency and agility.

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Prediction 2: In line with collaborative robots becoming safer, smarter, and simpler to deploy, their adoption rate in the manufacturing and third-party logistics industries will have doubled by 2022.

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Prediction 3: By 2023, 25% of leading retail stores will have explored or deployed in-store robots to relieve human workers from repetitive tasks, thus increasing worker productivity by 40%.

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Prediction 4: By 2021, 60% of G2000 organizations will have deployed autonomous mobile robots (including AGVs) to increase total productivity by automating material movement within operational processes.

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Prediction 5: By the end of 2023, 50% of robot end-user organizations will have switched to third-party robot maintenance providers to enjoy faster response, higher availability, and better cost effectiveness.

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Prediction 6: Organizations that integrate their robots into their business systems — such as their ERP, MES, WMS, OMS, and so forth — will gain up to an extra 40% return on their robotics investments by 2021.

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Prediction 7: By the end of 2022, 1% of all households worldwide will have at least one consumer robot in service, driving a shift in attitude to the technology and a related improvement in workplace acceptance.

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Prediction 8: By 2020, 20% of all commercial drones will utilize solid-state battery technology, which will enable drones to stay aloft longer and be more productive.

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Prediction 9: By 2022, to negate hacking and hijacking attempts, 50% of commercial drones will utilize encryption to secure ground-to-air control communications.

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Prediction 10: By 2021, because of the threat of cyberattacks, cybersecurity features will be among the top 3 robotics product selection criteria for robotics users and prospects across all sectors and segments.

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Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

The Race to Innovate — Speed of Change, Delivery, and Operations Separates Thrivers and Survivors

Rising Customer Expectations — More Convenience, Customization, and Control

Emerging Autonomy — Learning to Live With AI

The Future of Work — Bridging the Digital Talent Gap

Platforms, Platforms, Platforms — Industry Competes for Innovation at Scale

Sense, Compute, Actuate — Turning Data into Value

Cyber Insecurity — Theft, Cyberattack, Negligence Create a Crisis of Digital Trust

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