We've already shared IDC's forecast that 40% of all ICT spend (IT and unified communications) will be driven by 3rd platform technologies – big data, cloud, mobile, and social - by 2020, up from just 22% of ICT spend today. As manufacturers make that transition and adopt these new technologies, IDC Manufacturing Insights is identifying use cases, best practices, lessons learned, and how IT suppliers' offerings map to manufacturers' requirements. While these are important, we also believe manufacturers need to take a long-term view to how these technologies are going to change their IT portfolio and how IT and business groups work together. In this blog, I share some highlights of our research, new reports, and an upcoming webcast on these topics.
We've already shared IDC's forecast that 40% of all ICT spend (IT and unified communications) will be driven by 3rd platform technologies - big data, cloud, mobile, and social - by 2020, up from just 22% of ICT spend today. As manufacturers make that transition and adopt these new technologies, IDC Manufacturing Insights is identifying use cases, best practices, lessons learned, and how IT suppliers' offerings map to manufacturers' requirements. While these are important, we also believe manufacturers need to take a long-term view to how these technologies are going to change their IT portfolio and how IT and business groups work together. As a result, IDC is producing a series of reports - IDC Maturity Models - to guide manufacturers (and companies in other industries) so they can move forward successfully with big data and analytics, cloud computing, mobile devices and applications, and social technologies.
Recent IDC Maturity Models Published
Today, for IDC Manufacturing Insights' IT Priorities & Strategies clients, you can directly access our two recently published maturity models:
- IDC Maturity Model: Big Data and Analytics - A Guide to Unlocking Information Assets, March 2013 (239771)
- IDC Maturity Model: Cloud - A Guide for Success, March 2013 (239772)
Our research in the field also tells us it's important to think strategically about these technologies now.
More Details on Cloud - Highlights from the IDC Cloud Maturity Model
Specifically for cloud, after technology concerns about security, availability, and data privacy, the next biggest concern for manufacturers is usually the fact that they don't have a cloud road map. In our maturity model reports, we provide suggestions on how to structure those roadmaps through five stages, and ideas for achieving goals and overcoming challenges along the way. You can see a high level view of the IDC Cloud Maturity Model in the attached Figure.
Focusing on cloud, we know that cloud is an increasingly business-critical technology is transforming how companies and institutions evaluate, procure, and deploy IT assets. Cloud promises to not only bring IT efficiencies and IT agility but also to bring opportunities through the development of intelligent industry solutions and other IT-enabled products and services. We'd like to make it easier for manufacturers to envision and develop these next-generation systems that not only include cloud, but also big data and analytics, mobile, and social.
Changing How We Approach Risk
One issue we also think deserves more attention is how risk and resilience are incorporated into these roadmaps, and you'll notice risk is built right into even our high level summary of the cloud model (referenced in the 4th and 5th stages of the Figure).
Technically, many risks can be managed, though not eliminated, but manufacturers definitely require a new approach to protecting their business from technology-related incidents. Some risk may be managed through vendor selection, contracts, incident management and business continuity planning, architecture, and more. To some extent, not adopting new technologies also poses some level of risk. Risk sharing may also offer a new option to organizations, but implementing risk sharing to technology adoption is fairly innovative. Certainly, cost and reward will be important components of the discussion. Organizations and vendors that are willing to share risks may become the leaders of our generation, but the relationships they have with their vendors may be very different from the majority of technology buyers.
Upcoming Cloud Webcast
I'll also be discussing more about our cloud research and the IDC Cloud Maturity Model in more detail with Judy Hanover from IDC Health Insights in an upcoming webcast, and I hope you'll join us on April 25th at 1 pm ET.
More Research Ahead
For social and mobile, you'll find that IDC published an update to the social business framework (Converting Social Software into Business Value - February 2013 (239195), and more research is coming later in the month about how social is changing the CIO-CxO relationship with manufacturing use cases. And we'll soon publish an IDC Maturity Model for Mobility.
Let me know if you'd like more information about these documents or our ongoing research in big data, cloud, mobile, and social at email@example.com and tell me how your organization is making progress with your new IT investments.