IDC Forecasts Global Digital-Transformation Market to Top $10 trillion
Global spending on the digital transformation (DX) of business practices, products, and organizations is forecast to reach $2.8 trillion in 2025, more than double the amount allocated in 2020, according to the latest market research from International Data Corporation (IDC).
According to a new update to the IDC Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide, DX spending will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.4 percent over the 2021-2025 forecast period as organizations pursue a digital strategy for managing people, processes, technology, data, and governance.
Craig Simpson, senior research manager with IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group, commented: “For the first time, IDC has forecast global DX spending to exceed $10 trillion over a five-year period. While most DX projects remained on track in 2020 and into 2021 during the pandemic, IDC forecasts DX technology investments to accelerate in 2022, with a renewed drive towards more long-term strategic digital objectives. Beyond operational DX investments, customer experience is garnering some of the largest DX technology investments from consumer-oriented industries such as securities and investment services, banking, and retail.”
According to IDC, organizations allocate their DX investments toward a number of strategic priorities that align with what they expect to accomplish over an extended period in pursuit of their digital mission. Many of these priorities coalesce around operational objectives, including back-office support and infrastructure for core business functions such as accounting and finance, human resources, legal, security and risk, and enterprise IT.
Similarly, innovate, scale, and operate priorities refer to a broad area covering large-scale operations, including making, building, and designing activities. Core business functions comprising this area include supply-chain management, engineering, design and research, operations, and manufacturing plant-floor operations. Finally, customer experience is a specific area covering all customer-related functions and related technologies supported by DX. Core business functions comprising this area include customer services, marketing, and sales. While the back-office support and infrastructure and innovate, scale, and operate priorities will see significantly larger spending totals throughout the forecast, IDC says customer experience investments will see faster investment growth.
The DX use cases with the fastest spending growth will be virtualized student workspaces (43.8 percent CAGR), mining-operations assistance (39.1 percent CAGR), and augmented design management (34.5 percent CAGR). Of the more than 300 DX use cases identified by IDC, only five will have five-year CAGRs of less than 10 percent over the forecast period.
The industries that will see the largest DX spending throughout the forecast are discrete and process manufacturing, followed by professional services and retail. Combined, the two manufacturing industries will account for nearly 30 percent of all DX spending, totaling more than $816 billion in 2025. The industries that will experience the fastest growth in DX spending over the 2020-2025 forecast are construction (21.0 percent CAGR), securities and investment services (19.2 percent CAGR), and banking (19.0 percent CAGR). All 19 industries covered in the DX Spending Guide are forecast to deliver double-digit growth over the five-year forecast.
The United States will be the largest region for DX spending, delivering roughly one-third of the worldwide total throughout the forecast. Western Europe will be the second-largest region for DX spending, following closely by China. China will also deliver the strongest year-over-year growth in DX spending with a five-year CAGR of 18.4 percent. Latin America will be the region with the second fastest growth with a 17.5 percent CAGR.
“By 2025, DX spending in Europe will reach $653 billion, which is more than double the amount spent in 2020. Moreover, by 2023, DX spending will overtake non-DX spending, confirming the strong commitment of European companies toward digital transformation,” said Angela Vacca, senior research manager, IDC European Industry Solutions, Customer Insights & Analysis. “In this context, European finance, healthcare, and professional services companies will grow their DX spending the most with strong variations across use cases as priorities keep shifting with recovery mostly in place, and companies consequently moving away from emergency needs to more strategic and longer-term bets.”
The IDC Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide (V2 2021) quantifies enterprise spending for more than 300 DX use cases and 12 technology markets across 19 industries and 14 geographies. The guide provides spending data for 51 DX strategic priorities and 99 programs as well as technology spending by deployment type (cloud, non-cloud/other).
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