IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Wearables 2016 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Wearables 2016 Predictions

This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for the 2016 worldwide wearables market. These predictions provide context that will enable technology professionals in IT buyer organizations understand the impact of important external trends that are driving the wearables market at a worldwide level and will provide perspective on the future of the market into 2018. "Wearables are just getting started within the enterprise, but within a few short years, IT managers will be faced with a myriad challenges and opportunities," says Ramon Llamas, research manager, Wearables and Mobile Phones. "We put together a list of predictions that IT managers will have to face with wearables: procuring devices, which devices will work with which business units, how the wearable applications market will take shape, and what policies can and should be adopted. These will show how organizations can not only leverage wearables but thrive with wearables."


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IDC FutureScape Predictions
Prediction 1: Eighteen Percent of Smartwatches Shipped Will Have Cellular Connectivity by the End of 2016
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Prediction 3: There Will Be an Increase in Enterprise Applications by 12 Times by the End of 2017
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Prediction 4: By the End of 2017, Security for Wearables Will Become a Top 5 Issue for CIOs
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Prediction 5: Thirty Percent of Fortune 500 Companies Will Distribute Fitness Trackers to Employees in 2016
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Prediction 6: By 2017, Only 8% of Companies Will Have Developed a BYOD Policy for Wearables
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Prediction 7: CIOs Pivot 2% of Their Budgets to Include Wearable Devices by 2018
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Prediction 8: Seven Percent of Sales Professionals Will Use Smartwatches to Uncover and Act Upon Customer Insight by the End of 2017
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Prediction 9: Companies Will Select Android Wear and watchOS as Their Primary Smartwatch Platforms in 2016
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Prediction 10: Wearables Shipments Through Dealers, Value-Added Resellers, and Systems Integrators Will Increase by 11.5 Times by 2018
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Essential Guidance
Key drivers
DX: Accelerating Business Disruption from Digital Transformation
Interconnected, Informed, Interactive, Intrusive, Intelligent, and Cognitive Ecosystem
Cloud Life: The Merging of Real Life with Digital Identity
Connecting and Managing a Growing Ecosystem of Devices
Connected Well-Being: Convergence of Mobile, Sensors, and Social
Data Security: Preventing Attacks and Managing Breached Data
3rd Platform Becoming a Priority Within the Enterprise and Among Customers
Strong Demand for Applications That Deliver and Analyze Data
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