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Critical External Drivers Shaping Global IT and Business Planning: IDC FutureScape, 2016

Critical External Drivers Shaping Global IT and Business Planning: IDC FutureScape, 2016

This IDC study provides technology executives with an understanding of the most important external drivers that will change the global business ecosystem for the next 12–24 months and beyond. It provides a supplement to the IDC FutureScapes, which offer targeted guidance to enable business and IT leaders to make sound investments in a range of technologies and services that focus on present and future business value.

A key aspect of the IDC FutureScape framework is its focus on the external drivers (political, economic, social, technological, environmental, legal, and business) that will shape enterprise strategies. This study explores those drivers in depth, enabling executives to ground their strategy in vital management areas — including digital transformation, innovation, strategic planning, and leadership — in an understanding of the external forces at play.

"To help executives anticipate the best choices for business and IT investments, IDC has developed the IDC FutureScape framework," says Fred Magee, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "This IDC FutureScape drivers document anchors the planning process with some of the most important external drivers that are likely to shape business direction."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
I. DX: Accelerating Business Disruption from Digital Transformation
II. Cy-Q: An Interconnected, Informed, Interactive, Intrusive, Intelligent, and Cognitive Ecosystem
III. Talent Quest: High Demand for Next-Generation Business/IT Skills, But Scarce Supply
IV. Urban Corridors: The Growing Impact of Megacities
V. Cloud Life: The Merging of Real Life with Digital Identity
VI. 21st Century Battleground: The Race for Cyber Supremacy
VII. East-West: Shifting Global Economic Power, Balance, and Influence
VIII. David and Goliath: Rising Competition Between Distributed and Grid Energy Models
IX. Connected Well-Being: Convergence of Mobile, Sensors, and Social
X. Risky Business: International Impact of Economic Volatility
XI. Rising Tide: The Societal Impact of Climate Extremes
XII. Shifting Gears: The Slowing Pace of IT Productivity
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Appendix: IDC's FutureScape Framework
Figure: Critical External Drivers Shaping IT and Business Planning: IDC FutureScape, 2016
Figure: Digital Transformation Journey
Figure: CY–Q
Figure: U.S. IT Business Spend CAGR, 2013–2018
Figure: Cloud Life
Figure: Top 10 Economies, 2014 and 2050
Figure: IDC's FutureScape Framework

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