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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions — Mastering the Raw Material of Digital Transformation

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions — Mastering the Raw Material of Digital Transformation

This IDC study presents the top 10 predictions for cloud computing. Each prediction is shaped by a common set of key drivers that provides a planning tool for technology leaders and their line-of-business counterparts to use in their IT strategic planning efforts.According to Robert Mahowald, program vice president for IDC's SaaS and Cloud Software research practice, "Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand provider-based services are driving very rapid internal IT change. IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-also and cloud-first strategies, and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multivendor sourcing. The dynamics we've discussed in this IDC FutureScape, and our recommendations, should be a foundation for how enterprise-class IT organizations think about managing their transformation.

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IDC FutureScape Figure
IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Summary of Key Drivers
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Prediction 1: Hybrid Cloud — More than 80% of Enterprise IT Organizations Will Commit to Hybrid Cloud Architectures by 2017, Vastly Driving the Rate and Pace of Change in IT Organizations
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2018, Industry Cloud Creation Will Be Seen as a Top Market Entry Strategy for IT Providers and Industrial Firms as IT and Industry Domain Experts Team Up to Remove Barriers to Entry
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: Cloud Core — By 2018, at Least Half of IT Spending Will Be Cloud Based, Reaching 60% of All IT Infrastructure, and 60–70% of All Software, Services, and Technology Spending by 2020
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: Workload-Centric Management — By 2017, More than 60% of Enterprise IT Organizations Building Hybrid Clouds Will Purchase New or Updated Workload-Centric Cloud Management Solutions
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 5: By 2018, Cloud Becomes a Preferred Delivery Mechanism for Analytics, Increasing Public Information Consumption by 150% and Paving the Way for Thousands of New Industry Applications
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 6: Diversified IT — By 2018, 65% of Firms' IT Assets Will Be Offsite in Colocation, Hosting, and Cloud Datacenters, While One-Third of IT Staff Will Be Those of 3rd Party Service Providers
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: Open Becomes a Mandatory Cloud Evaluation Criterion — By 2017, Over 60% of Enterprises Will Embrace Open Source and Open APIs as the Underpinning for Cloud Integration Strategies
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 8: DevOps Matures — By 2018, Over 60% of New Apps Will Use Cloud-Enabled Continuous Delivery and Cloud-Native Application Architectures to Enable Faster Innovation and Business Agility
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 9: Skills and Staffing — By 2017, There Will Be a 9% Shift of IT Budget Away from In-House IT Delivery as More Third-Party Service Providers Are Used to Fill Cloud-Related Skills Gaps
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 10: By 2018, 25% of Global Enterprises Will Have Service Providers from Asia/Pacific as Part of Their Cloud Ecosystem
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Essential Guidance
Key Drivers
Business Drivers
DX: Accelerating Business Disruption from Digital Transformation
East-West: Shifting Global Economic Power, Balance, and Influence
Technology Drivers
Cloud Platform Gravity Attracts IT Energy and Activity
Rise of DevOps Accelerates Cloud Native Application Development
Modular IT: Modularization of IT Through Convergence, SD(X), Hyperscale, and Containers
Talent Quest: High Demand for Next-Generation Business/IT Skills, But Scarce Supply
Social Drivers
Cloud Life: The Merging of Real Life with Digital Identity
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