IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities 2023 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities and Communities 2023 Predictions

This IDC study provides our top 10 predictions for Smart Cities and Communities."Cities and communities around the world are tackling challenges unearthed during COVID-19 and recent severe weather events with a focus on foundational technology investments as well as technology innovations to provide more convenient and user-friendly experiences that are equitable, inclusive, and resilient," said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, Government Insights, Education, and Smart Cities and Communities at IDC. "These efforts must be accelerated to respond effectively to environmental changes."

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: By 2023, 60% of Cities and Communities Will Have Been Impacted by the Global Energy and Climate Crisis, Despite Some Efforts in Climate Tracking, Climate Intelligence, and Green Procurement
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: Led by Efforts to Create Zero Trust Architectures, in 2023, 25% of Large Cities and States Will Use AI for Improved Observability, Network Security, and Other Cybersecurity Solutions
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: By 2024, Because of Ongoing Staff Shortages, 60% of Regional and Local Governments Will Realign Budgets and Job Categories to Increase Investment in Cloud and Managed Services
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: By 2024, 25% of States, Provinces, and Local Governments Will Create Platforms to Enable Data Sharing Between Government, the Private Sector, and Users to Improve Processes and the User Experience
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 5: By 2025, at Least One AI-Assisted Tech for Equitability and Inclusivity, from Multilingual to Accessible Services, Will Be Deployed in 75% of Communities Over 100,000 in Population
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 6: By 2025, 75% of Large Cities and Communities Will Form Industry Ecosystems with IT, Architectural, Engineering, and Real Estate Firms to Share Data, Applications, and Expertise to Address ESG Issues
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: By 2026, More than One-Third of Large Cities Will Deploy Multimodal Transit Hub Offerings to Promote Mobility, Sustainability, Health, and Equity Benefits for Communities
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 8: By 2026, 15% of Large Cities and 25% of States and Provinces Will Implement Self-Sovereign Digital Identity Schemas to Improve Secure Access to Services
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 9: Threatened by Water Scarcity and Extreme Weather, by 2027, 40% of Large Cities Will Have Digital Twins of Their Water Resources to Manage Water Supply, Quality, Resilience, and Behavioral Change
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 10: By 2027, 20% of City Products and Services Will Be Delivered Using Metaverse or Augmented Reality Solutions, Transforming Services Delivery, Planning and Simulation, and Constituent Interactions
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Storms of Disruption — Accelerating, Interconnected Uncertainty
Cybersecurity and Risk — Scaling and Evolving Threat Environment
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
Everything as a Service — Thriving Through the Change
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