This report presents the IDC Worldwide Robotics team's analysis of key drivers relating to robotics, and how these drivers are likely to shape the development of robotics in the planning horizon of 2017 through 2020. The Top 10 Robotics Predictions are discussed in details in this IDC FurtureScape document.
Robotics is identified by IDC as one of six innovation accelerators that are driving digital transformation, opening new revenue streams, creating digitalized organizations, and changing the way work is performed. Robotics as a technology encompasses the design, building, implementation, and operation of robots for industry, government, and household applications. From an application perspective, robots can be classified as industrial robots, commercial service robots, and consumer service robots. Although traditionally robots have been predominantly used in the automotive and metal industries, they are increasingly being deployed in sectors such as electronics, healthcare, retail, hospitality, logistics, agriculture, utility, and government.
IDC believes that robotics will continue to accelerate innovation, thus disrupting and changing the paradigm of business operations in many industries, and hence will have significant impact on the companies' IT functions. IDC robotics analysts worldwide worked collaboratively on the development of the top 10 robotics predictions, bringing together the collective knowledge of their regions, industrial verticals, and data points of how technology is being deployed across all industries.
The Top 10 Robotics Predictions are as follows:
- Prediction 1: By 2019, 30% of commercial service robotic applications will be in the form of a "Robot as a Service" business model, reducing costs for robot deployment.
- Prediction 2: By 2019, 30% of leading organizations will implement a chief robotics officer role and/or define a robotics-specific function within the business.
- Prediction 3: By 2020, companies will have a greater choice of vendors as new players enter the US $80-billion ICT market to support robotics deployment.
- Prediction 4: By 2020, robotics growth will accelerate the talent race, leaving 35% of robotics-related jobs vacant while the average salary increases by at least 60%.
- Prediction 5: By 2019, the Government will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address concerns of security, safety, and privacy.
- Prediction 6: By 2020, 60% of robots will depend on cloud-based software to define new skills, cognitive capabilities, and application programs, leading to the formation of a robotics cloud marketplace.
- Prediction 7: By 2018, 30% of all new robotic deployments will be smart collaborative robots that operate three times faster than today's robots and are safe for work around humans.
- Prediction 8: By 2020, 40% of commercial robots will become connected to a mesh of shared intelligence, resulting in 200% improvement in overall robotic operational efficiency.
- Prediction 9: By 2019, 35% of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations.
- Prediction 10: By 2018, 45% of the 200 leading global ecommerce and omnichannel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfilment warehousing and delivery operations.
Technological development in artificial intelligence, computer vision, navigation, MEMS sensor, and semiconductor technologies continue to drive innovation in the capability, performance, autonomy, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness of industrial and service robots. We'll see massive adoption of robotics in the coming years. The full IDC study highlights the major trends in robotics, which we believe will present opportunities as well as new challenges that IT leaders will have to face.
Guidance for IT and Business Leaders
To learn how you can apply these predictions to your business, please refer to the guidance outlined for each prediction found in the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions report (Document # US41118517 on IDC.com).
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