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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2018 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2018 Predictions

This IDC study discusses key drivers of cloud adoption and the future impact of cloud on business and technology and discusses how IDC believes the cloud will impact the business ecosystem over the next 12–36 months.According to Eric Newmark, program vice president for IDC's SaaS, Enterprise Applications, and Industry Cloud research practices, "Most businesses now think 'cloud first' when it comes to IT strategy, since the benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries. As cloud adoption becomes less of a question and more of an assumption, the biggest focus areas will be multicloud management, the API economy, and the ecosystem impact of industry clouds. All of these topics are discussed in greater detail within this IDC FutureScape, along with our assessment of their IT impact and our recommendations for how organizations should approach these initiatives."In addition, Erik Berggren, VP of Cloud Transition Strategies with IDC, says, "The impact of cloud as part of the overall IT strategy is so profound that there will be no separate cloud strategy living in parallel with the overall IT strategy. They will become one and the same. Organizations need to invest in their understanding and take a long-term view of this evolving space. Organizations that take a comprehensive structured approach to their cloud transition strategy will win."

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: By 2020, over 90% of Enterprises Will Use Multiple Cloud Services and Platforms — a Transition Supported by Investments to Manage Resources Across Platforms — with More than One-Third of These Organizations Having Established Mechanisms to Operate Their Multicloud Environments
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: In Three Years, 75% of Organizations Will Have Core Cloud API Strategies as Part of Their DX Architectures to Enable an API-Driven Economy, with New Products Built on Digital Platforms That Orchestrate Information Exchange Between Multiple Organizations in Their Ecosystems
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: Over the Next 12 Months, Enterprises Will See a Shift in IT Operations Spend from On-Premises to Public Cloud, with over 30% of Enterprises Spending More on Public Cloud Operations than on Their Other Datacenter IT Operations Combined
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IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: By 2020, 25% of Enterprises Will Reorganize to Separate Support for SaaS Solutions from Development and Delivery of Custom Applications, which Will Primarily Use Cloud-Native Technology
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Guidance
Prediction 5: Within the Next Three Years, Automation Will Improve Development Efficiency by up to 25%, Supported by Analytics-Based Real-Time Decisions in Configuring IT Environments and a Low/No-Code Approach to Building Business Solutions
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Guidance
Prediction 6: By 2019, More than 40% of Industry Clouds Serving Manufacturers, Oil and Gas Companies, and Utilities Will Include Data from Operational Assets, Supporting These Companies' Increasing Maturity in Operational Transformation and Ability to Monetize Such Data
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IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: In Two Years, Enterprises Will Be Able to Execute 50% of Core Security Actions, Such as Policy Setting and Monitoring, with Consistent Workflows Across All Major Public Cloud Platforms
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Guidance
Prediction 8: Within Two Years, at Least One-Third of Industry Clouds Will Support Industry-Standard APIs, Helping Companies Connect More Easily and Securely, Accelerating the DX Economy
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IT Impact
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Prediction 9: By 2021, 80% of Application Development Using PaaS Will Include Microservices and Cloud Functions — Essentials in Making Real-Time Decisions in Response to Events Emanating from Asset-Intensive Digital Business
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Prediction 10: Industry Cloud–Stored Data Shared Between Enterprises Will More than Double over the Next 24 Months — from the Current 300EB to over 700EB — as Sole Reliance on Internal Proprietary Enterprise Data Becomes Increasingly Insufficient to Combat Industrywide Problems
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Accelerating DX: Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society
Pace of Change: Technology Capabilities Enable Sustainable Change at the Speed of Digital Business
Human Versus Machine: The Impact of AI and Automation
Sense, Compute, Actuate: The New Data-Centric Paradigm
Platform Disruption: Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale
Innovation Impasse: Legacy Systems Constraining Transformation

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