TECH BUYER Oct 2020 - IDC FutureScape - Doc # US45927020

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Small and Medium-Sized Business 2021 Predictions

By:

Shari Lava
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, Naima Camara,
Daniel-Zoe Jimenez
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,
Hitoshi Ichimura
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,
Jason Blackwell
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Table of Contents

IDC FutureScape Figure

Figure: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Small and Medium-Sized Business 2021 Top 10 Predictions

Executive Summary

IDC FutureScape Predictions

Summary of External Drivers

Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers

Prediction 1: By 2024, 60% of SMBs Will Have Accelerated Their Digitalization by Making Significant Investments into Software As a Service, Improving Their Customer Experience Mechanisms, and Becoming More Data Driven

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Guidance

Prediction 2: By 2022, 70% of SMBs of All Sizes Will Have Digitized the Essential Components of the Customer Buying Journey, Using Digital Commerce to Survive and Transform

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Prediction 3: By 2022, at Least 30% of Lagging SMBs Will Accelerate Digitalization Focusing on Internal Processes and Operations, While Digital Leaders Will Commit to Delivering Dynamic Experiences to Differentiate

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Prediction 4: By 2023, 40% of All SMBs Will Tap into Digital Labor to Augment and Complement Their Resources, Addressing Major Gaps in Skills

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Prediction 5: By 2023, 40% of SMBs Will Upgrade Their Connectivity to Better Meet the Changing Business Needs of Connectivity, Communication, and Mobility While Enabling Business Continuity and Resiliency

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Prediction 6: Driven by the Need to Become Resilient, by 2023, 60% of Digitally Determined SMBs Will Increase Their AI/Analytics and RPA Investments with the Aim of Reducing Human Intervention Through Agile Processes

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Prediction 7: By 2021, at Least 70% of Digitally Enabled SMBs Will Operate Under a Hybrid Model of Working, with Remote Work Emerging As a Norm

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Prediction 8: By 2024, 60% of SMBs Will Take Proactive Measures to Ensure Cyber-Resiliency Fostering Customer and Community Trust, Leaving Behind Reactive Approaches to Cybersecurity

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Prediction 9: By 2024, 60% of SMBs Will Have Adopted Public Cloud Platforms for Some Aspect of Their Technology Architecture, with the Digitally Determined Deepening Their Public Cloud Platform Adoption Most

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Prediction 10: By 2024, 30% of Start-Ups Will Have a Purpose-Driven Element as Part of Their Company Ethos, with Sustainability, Inclusion, and Responsible Production Becoming Increasingly Important

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Advice for Technology Buyers

External Drivers: Detail

Accelerated Disruption — Crisis, Resilience, and Opportunity

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The Next Normal — Resilient Business and Operating Models

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Intelligence Everywhere — Data Drives Action

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Digital Platform — Ecosystems at Scale

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Customer Engagement Redefined — Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Digital Experience

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Digital Divide — The Imperative of Connectivity

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Work Transformation — Redefining Teams, Skills, and Leadership

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