IDC Reveals Worldwide Digital Transformation Predictions

By the end of 2019, DX spending will reach $1.7 trillion worldwide, a 42% increase from 2017

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--While International Data Corporation (IDC) continues to see tremendous momentum and influence of digital transformation (DX) on technology spending worldwide, across all geographies and industries, 59% of companies remain at either stage two or three of DX maturity, or what IDC calls a "digital impasse." To help CIOs and IT professionals successfully advance their organization's digital maturity, IDC today published IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Digital Transformation 2018 Predictions (Doc #US43154617).

In today's 2:00 p.m. EST Web conference, IDC analysts Robert Parker and Shawn Fitzgerald discussed the ten industry predictions that will impact CIOs and IT professionals in the worldwide digital transformation industry over the next one to three years and offered guidance for managing the implications these predictions harbor for their IT investment priorities and implementation strategies. To register for this Web conference on-demand or any of the IDC FutureScape Web conferences, please visit:

The 2018 DX predictions are primarily organized against the five pillars of IDC's digital transformation maturity model: Leadership, Omni-Experience, Information, Operating Model, and WorkSource. In addition, the new report includes a forecast on DX investments, which helps contextualize these predictions as part of direct DX investment of $6.3 trillion for 2018–2020. Most importantly, the latest DX predictions provide a set of planning assumptions to help IT executives consider how these prognoses would manifest themselves. That vision, combined with IDC's future road maps, will offer a framework for advancing digital maturity.

The predictions from the IDC FutureScape for Worldwide Digital Transformation are:

Prediction 1: By the End of 2019, DX Spending Will Reach $1.7 Trillion Worldwide, a 42% Increase from 2017

Prediction 2: By 2019, All Digitally Transformed Organizations Will Generate at Least 45% of Their Revenue from "Future of Commerce" Business Models

Prediction 3: By 2020, Investors Will View Digital Businesses Differently, with Specific Measures Based on Platform Participation, Data Value, and Customer Engagement Accounting for over 75% of Enterprise Valuations

Prediction 4: By the End of 2018, at Least 40% of Organizations Will Have a Fully Staffed Digital Leadership Team Versus a Single DX Executive Lead to Accelerate Enterprise-wide DX Initiatives

Prediction 5: By 2019, Personal Digital Assistants and Bots Will Execute Only 1% of Transactions, But They Will Influence 10% of Sales, Driving Growth Among the Organizations That Have Mastered Utilizing Them

Prediction 6: By 2020, in over Half of Global 2000 Firms, Revenue Growth from Information-Based Products and Services Will Be Twice the Growth Rate of the Balance of the Product/Service Portfolio

Prediction 7: By 2020, 85% of New Operation-Based Technical Position Hires Will Be Screened for Analytical and AI Skills, Enabling the Development of Data-Centric DX Projects Without Hiring New Data-Centric Talent

Prediction 8: By 2020, 25% of Global 2000 Companies Will Have Developed Digital Training Programs and Digital Cooperatives to Compete More Effectively in Talent Wars

Prediction 9: By 2019, 40% of Digital Transformation Initiatives Will Be Supported by Cognitive/AI Capabilities, Providing Timely Critical Insights for New Operating and Monetization Models

Prediction 10: By 2020, 60% of All Enterprises Will Have Fully Articulated an Organization-wide Digital Platform Strategy and Will Be in the Process of Implementing That Strategy

According to Shawn Fitzgerald, research director, Worldwide Digital Transformation Strategies, IDC, "This year's DX predictions represent the latest thinking on the key programs, technologies, and processes needed to achieve success in the digital economy as more companies are embracing and engaging their enterprise transformations. While we are seeing more companies becoming more digitally capable, there is a widening gap between leaders and laggards, with significant implications for those organizations that cannot make the transition to a digital-native organization."

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About IDC FutureScapes
IDC FutureScapes are used to shape IT strategy and planning for the enterprise by providing a basic framework for evaluating IT initiatives in terms of their value to business strategy now and in the foreseeable future. IDC's FutureScapes are comprised of a set of decision imperatives designed to identify a range of pending issues that CIOs and senior technology professionals will confront within the typical 3 year business planning cycle.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. To learn more about IDC, please visit Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC and LinkedIn.


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Release Summary

IDC today published a new FutureScape report designed to help CIOs and IT professionals successfully advance their organization's digital maturity.


Attune Communications
Sarah Murray, 781-378-2674