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Worldwide Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions 2015 Top 10 Predictions

Worldwide Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions 2015 Top 10 Predictions

This IDC study provides our top 10 predictions for the worldwide imaging, printing, and document solutions (IPDS) market for 2015. As highlighted in IDC's recently published top 10 2015 predictions for the ICT industry (December 2014), the broader IT industry is in a critical period of innovation and value creation as transformational factors in the 3rd Platform continue to reshape all technology markets. We anticipate that the 3rd Platform will serve as the foundation for innovation in just about every industry with new offerings, new business models, and new cost structures to drive revenue growth and expand value. The potential for disruption to traditional market leaders is evident as the 3rd Platform is not just a technology innovation platform but fast becoming a business innovation platform as well.

With this broader perspective in mind, our imaging, printing, and documents solutions predictions take on themes that extend beyond the traditional print business model. We see new opportunities being created in document-related services, solutions, and vertical markets as well as evolving hardware opportunities with ink in the office, 3D printing, and digital signage. We also anticipate transformational changes for established markets like production and wide format printing.

"The IPDS market will continue to thrive in 2015, but with obvious market transformation fueled by the 3rd Platform. Document solutions, headed by managed print and document services as well as software offerings for 'smart' MFPs, will continue to drive growth opportunities in the coming year. In addition, we see evolving opportunities still being created within office, production, and wide format printing that warrant attention," says Keith Kmetz, vice president of IDC's Hardcopy Peripherals Solutions and Services programs.

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Situation Overview
Future Outlook
1. The Traditional Hardware Market Is Mature, But There Will Be Pockets of Opportunity to Be Found and Color Laser MFPs Lead the Way
2. Traditional MPDS Will Be Increasingly Commoditized, Especially in Developed Regions
3. Business Workflow Automation and Optimization Services Will Emerge as a New Category of Services Separate from — But Adjacent to — Managed Print and Document Services
4. Intelligent Capture Paradigm Shifts Will Enhance New Business Opportunities
5. Customer Communication Management Technologies Will Be Poised for Significant Rebirth Caused by Several Evolving Disruptive Market Factors
6. For the Best Printing- and Imaging-Related Opportunities, Healthcare Will Not Be the "Vertical Du Jour" to Target as per Usual
7. Success in Production Will Come from Vendors That Will Actually Bring to Market New Technologies and Capabilities Promised from Recent Previews
8. The Wide Format Market Will Show Upheaval and Turnover, Resulting from New Technology Debuting This Year
9. 3D Printing Will Continue to Show Explosive Market Growth, But the Considerable "Behind the Scenes" Activity Means the Market Will Be Poised for a Shake-Up Beyond This Year
10. The Digital Signage Market Will Focus on Several Key Advances to Truly Fulfill the Value Proposition Offered by These Systems
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