IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2021 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2021 Predictions

This IDC study provides 10 predictions for the cloud market."The disruption and uncertainty of the past year have underscored the benefits of resilient and flexible IT and accelerated investments toward an agile digital foundation," said Deepak Mohan, research director for Cloud Infrastructure Services at IDC. "Cloud has emerged as the fastest path and natural choice to enable this foundation. Organizations will aggressively seek and invest in initiatives to increase their cloud leverage, and the effectiveness of their cloud strategy will be a critical factor influencing their competitiveness and growth post recovery."

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: Through 2021, All Enterprises Will Struggle with App Modernization and Data Integration Across Cloud Silos; 20% Will Adopt Connected Cloud Architectures to Overcome These Concerns
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Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2021, over 80% of Enterprises Evaluating Cloud Services for Privacy-Sensitive Workloads Will Mandate Maintenance of Data Sovereignty and Data Control Capabilities Across Geographies
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Prediction 3: To Gain Business Agility, Enterprises Will Commit to Modernizing over Half of Their Existing Applications by 2022, Through the Use of Turnkey Cloud-Native Development and Deployment Services
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Prediction 4: Through 2022, the Belief That They Are Wasting at Least 20% of Their Public Cloud Spending Will Drive Enterprises to Invest in Public Cloud Cost Management, with the Goal of Cutting Cloud Waste in Half
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Prediction 5: By 2022, Enterprises Will Allocate 20% of New Cloud Services Spending to Cloud Solutions That Meet Specific Industry and Ecosystem Data-Sharing Requirements for Their Vertical Segment
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Prediction 6: By 2023, over a Quarter of New Workloads Being Deployed on Public Clouds Will Use Purpose-Built Silicon and Infrastructure Components from Providers, to Optimize for Use Case–Specific Requirements
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Prediction 7: By 2023, Enterprise Demand for Portable, Feature-Rich SaaS Solutions, Consumable on Their Choice of Cloud, Will Drive over 60% of ISVs to Re-Architect or Build New Portable Cloud-Native Applications
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Prediction 8: By 2023, over 55% of Enterprises Will Replace Outdated Operational Models with Cloud-Centric Models That Facilitate Rather Than Inhibit Organizational Collaboration, Resulting in Better Business Outcomes
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Prediction 9: By 2024, 25% of Organizations Will Improve Business Agility by Integrating Edge Data with Applications Built on Cloud Platforms, Enabled by Partnerships Across Cloud and Communications Service Providers
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Prediction 10: By 2025, over a Quarter of New Cloud Applications Will Use Data-Centric Event-Driven Architectures Rather Than Traditional Code-Centric Ones, Enabling Better Automation and Business Agility
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IT Impact
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Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Accelerated Disruption — Crisis, Resilience, and Opportunity
The Next Normal — Resilient Business and Operating Models
Intelligence Everywhere — Data Drives Action
Rethinking Globalization — Disruptions Challenge Resilience
Digital Platform — Ecosystems at Scale
Crisis of Trust — Meeting Rising Expectations
Customer Engagement Redefined — Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Digital Experience
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