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IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2020 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1. By 2025, 25% of G2000 Manufacturing Organizations Will Be Exploring the Use of 5G Secured Communication for Robots to Improve Data Collection and Remote Operation Capabilities

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Prediction 2: By 2023, Over Two-Thirds of Leading Manufacturing Organizations Will Be Deploying Edge Computing Technologies to Drive Deeper Integration of Industrial Robots with Cloud Enterprise IT Systems

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Prediction 3: By 2022, Manufacturing Organizations That Integrate Machine Vision into Robotics Systems Can Expect a 50% Increase in Their Operational Flexibility and 35% Improvement in Product Quality

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Prediction 4: By 2022, 30% of Robotics Systems Will Integrate Swarm Intelligence to Enable Self-Configuration in Variable Workflow Environments, Thus Decreasing the Reliance on Function-Centric Assets by 45%

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Prediction 5: By 2023, 45% of All Commercial Drones Will Be Equipped with Cameras That Produce High-Resolution Images and Utilize 5G to Deliver Imagery at Less than 30% of the Cost of Using a Manned Aircraft

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Prediction 6: By 2024, Organizations Using Open Source–Enabled Robots Will Be Able to Benefit from the Latest Crowd Innovations in Robotics Three Times More than End Users Who Are Locked to Proprietary Solutions

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Prediction 7: By 2023, 50% of All Industrial Robots in Use Will Be Enabled by AI for Operations, Coordination, and Analytics as Organizations Expect a 30% Improvement in Productivity and 50% in Process Automation

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Prediction 8: By 2024, Collaborative Robots Will Routinely Incorporate Advanced Sensorial Functionalities, Permitting Full Two-Way Interactions with People and Successfully Replacing 20% of Screen-Based User Interface

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Prediction 9: By 2023, 65% of Warehousing Activities Will Use Robots and Situational Data Analytics to Enable Storage Self-Optimization, Thus Increasing Capacity by Over 20% and Cutting Work Order Processing Time in Half

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Prediction 10: By 2022, Companies Will Augment Their Robots with IoT, Analytics, and Cloud, Leading to a 30% Increase in Robotic Capabilities, such as Ambience Awareness, Learning, and Adaptable Task Execution

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Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

The Age of Innovation — Driving the Future Enterprise

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The Platform Economy — Competing at Hyperscale

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Sense, Compute, Act — Maximizing Data Value

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Intelligence Everywhere — AI's Opportunity and Implications

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Rising Customer Expectations — More Convenience, Customization, and Control

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Reimagining the Material World — Revolutionized Materials and Processes Expand Digital Technology Reach

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The Future of Work — Agile, Augmented, Borderless, and Reconfigurable

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