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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Telecommunications 2018 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Telecommunications 2018 Predictions

This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for the enterprise networking business transformation in 2018. It is designed to provide CIOs with an understanding of the external drivers, which will change the networking environment over the next few years and beyond. It offers targeted guidance that enables CIOs to make sound investments in 3rd Platform accelerator technologies that will enhance enterprise ICT infrastructure and business processes.The telecommunications ecosystem and networking are integral aspects of enterprise transformation and adoption of digital platforms. The predictions in this study focus on some of the most important drivers that will have a significant impact on networking processes over the next few years. These include emerging software-defined networking (SDN)/network function virtualization (NFV)–based services such as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), unified communications as a service (UCaaS), cloud access, and managed WiFi services. "The telecommunications sector will continue to be an important aspect of digital transformation and the transition to 3rd Platform accelerators in 2018. In the short term, SD-WAN and enterprise cloud connect will lead the way, but UCaaS, open source APIs, and analytics will be significant drivers for enterprise IT over the next five years," says Courtney Munroe, GVP, Worldwide Telecommunications Research, IDC.

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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: By 2019, 60% of Enterprises Will Have Implemented SD-WAN at Some Sites
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IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: By 2019, 30% of Enterprises Will Leverage vCPE- and NFV-Based Applications
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Prediction 3: By 2019, More than 60% of Enterprise UC&C Implementations Will Be Hybrid (a Mix of On-Premises and Cloud)
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Prediction 4: By the End of 2018, More than 90% of Enterprises Will Leverage Communication Service Provider "Cloud Connect" Services
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Prediction 5: While More than 50% of Enterprises Will Still Use MPLS IP VPN Platforms, by 2020, the Adoption of SD-WAN and Layer 2 Ethernet Will Precipitate a Decline in the Growth of MPLS VPNs
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Prediction 6: By 2020, More than 50% of Enterprises Will Leverage CPaaS Platforms to Implement Real-Time Communications APIs for Customer Service, Collaboration, and Message Notification Applications
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Prediction 7: By 2018, 47% of Enterprises Will Plan to Outsource Managed WiFi Services to Service Providers
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Prediction 8: By 2020, Networking Portal Analytics, and Other Applications Leveraging AI and Automation, Will Have Become an Essential Tool for More than 70% of Enterprises Worldwide
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Prediction 9: By 2020, 50% of Fortune 500 Enterprises Will Have Deployed Private LTE Networks
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Prediction 10: By 2020, Enterprises Will Face Huge Skills Gaps or Resource Constraints, Which Will Drive Organizations to Look at Third-Party Outsourcing Companies Such as Managed Security Service Providers for Expertise and a Reduction in Overhead and Other Related Costs
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IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
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