IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Operations 2023 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Operations 2023 Predictions

This IDC study provides organizations across a wide range of industries with the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers that we expect to impact operations in 2023 and beyond. Technology leaders and their counterparts in operations can use this document to guide their strategic planning efforts.According to Leif Eriksen, research vice president, Future of Operations at IDC, "Data-driven operations is a journey, but this should not be interpreted as a reason to be complacent. The pace of change in operations is beginning to accelerate and will result in significant realignments across a range of industries. Organizations that recognize the opportunity will thrive; those that fail to see it will not survive."

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: By 2025, 50% of G2000 Industrial Organizations Will Make Real-Time Decisions Balancing Economic and Sustainability Metrics, Simultaneously Improving Both Sets of Metrics by 5% Across the Enterprise
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Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2026, 40% of Product-Centric Organizations Will Use Digital Tools to Measure Life-Cycle Carbon Footprint, Creating Demand for Better Integration Between PLM and Operational Data
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Prediction 3: By 2023, Talent Shortages and Pressure to Improve Operational Performance Will Force Organizations to Reevaluate Their Approach to Digital Transformation, Resulting in Greater Use of Outside Services
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Prediction 4: By 2027, the Use of Extended Reality Technology, Including AR/VR/MR Tools, Will Increase by 40%, Creating a New Breed of Digital Worker and Reducing Operator/Field Worker Errors by 30%
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Prediction 5: By 2026, the Use of Robots in Nontraditional Sectors, Most Notably Remote Inspection and Maintenance, Will Increase by 35%, Resulting in a 50% Drop in Inspection Errors
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Prediction 6: By 2023, Digital-First Operations Enabled by 5G Connectivity Will Improve Worker Safety, Resulting in a 20% Reduction in Lost Time Accidents
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Prediction 7: By 2027, 50% of Remote Operations Will Use Satellite-Enabled AI/ML Technology to Collect and Analyze Data at the Edge, Reducing Costs and Improving Yields and Energy Usage in the Natural Resource Sectors
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Prediction 8: By 2024, the Cloud Will Surpass On-Premises Infrastructure as the Primary Location Where Operational Data Is Stored, Managed, and Analyzed for 50% of G2000 Organizations
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Prediction 9: By 2024, 30% of Industrial Organizations Will Have Become Leaner and More Agile than Their Competitors as a Result of Making Real-Time Operational Insights Available Anytime, Anywhere, to Anyone
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Prediction 10: By 2025, 50% of Organizations Will Increase the Use of IoT and OT Cybersecurity Solutions at the Edge, Cutting OT Cybersecurity Breaches in Half
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Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Cybersecurity and Risk — Scaling and Evolving Threat Environment
Digital Business — Stepping Stone to the Future Enterprise
Meaningful Intelligence — Differentiated Decision Power
Ecosystem-Based Innovation — Driving Enterprise Value
Embracing the Metaverse — New Levels of Immersion
Mainstream ESG — Sustainability Is Measured and Mandatory
Work Mode Upheaval — New Models and Leadership
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