11 Jan 2021

IDC Reveals Asia/Pacific* Cloud Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

SINGAPORE, January 12th, 2020 – IDC has published the document IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2021 Predictions — Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Implications that contextualizes Cloud predictions for 2021. Cloud and cloud-centric operating models have grown to become integral components of the modern IT environment. With the COVID-19 pandemic being the first crisis of the cloud era, all cloud promises – elastic consumption, agile development, and global reach – are being put to the test.

“Cloud provides benefits such as flexibility, agility, reach and scalability; both in terms of being able to scale out quickly and scale down have become even more strategic and important to enterprises to adapt to changing business needs as we move forward towards a new normal under these pandemic impacted times,” says Daphne Chung, Research Director for Cloud Services and Software research at IDC Asia/Pacific.

Cloud's benefits have made the technology the most strategic and widely adopted technology amid the pandemic. From leveraging SaaS solutions that cover collaboration, productivity, and security point solutions, cloud solutions and services have been adopted to support remote working and innovation initiatives. IDC believes cloud platforms (public/hosted/private and recently introduced LCaaS compute, storage, and network bundles from IT suppliers) are also playing critical roles in helping enterprises react to the crisis, deal with the slowdown, and enable operational resiliency.

"Organizations of all sizes now see cloud as a critical component of their forward-looking IT strategy. IDC expects that early adopters of cloud and other digital technologies are best positioned to ride out this kind of storm with the least amount of disruption from an operational perspective," says Chris Morris, Vice President for Cloud & Partner Ecosystems research at IDC Asia/Pacific.

Some of the key cloud predictions that will impact the IT industry and both technology buyers and suppliers in Asia/Pacific* are:

Prediction #1: Through 2022, all enterprises will struggle with application modernization and data integration throughout cloud silos. Around 20% will adopt well-connected cloud strategies to overcome these concerns.

Prediction #5: By 2023, enterprises will have allocated 20% of new cloud services spending to cloud solutions that meet specific industry and ecosystem data-sharing requirements for their vertical segment.

Prediction #6: By 2024, over a quarter of new workloads deployed on public clouds will have used purpose-built silicon and infrastructure components from providers to optimize use case–specific requirements.

Each year, IDC releases its Top Predictions through its IDC FutureScape reports to give a crystal ball view of what is ahead for the rapidly changing ICT industry. These predictions have been used to shape the strategies and business objectives of technology leaders and business executives in the next 1-5 years. For more information about the upcoming IDC FutureScape reports, please click HERE.

The full set of Cloud predictions for Asia/Pacific* are found in the document IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2021 Predictions — Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Implications. To know more about this document, please contact Daphne Chung at dchung@idc.com.

If you are interested to learn more about IDC predictions around the 9 CEO agenda topics, tune in to the #AskIDC First Take on the Future series. This series centers around IDC’s predictions on the Future of Digital Infrastructure, Intelligence, Work, Digital Innovation, Customers and Consumers, Operations, Trust, Connectedness, and Industry Ecosystems. To access this webinar series, visit www.idcarena.com/askidc-futurescape-2021.

For sales inquiries on an IDC FutureScape document, please contact your IDC account manager or Sheryl Fuertez at sfuertez@idc.com. For media inquiries, please contact Tessa Rago at trago@idc.com or Alvin Afuang at aafuang@idc.com.

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About IDC FutureScape

IDC FutureScape 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 FutureScape 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 tech media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC  and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the IDC Blog for industry news and insights: http://bit.ly/IDCBlog_Subscribe.

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