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IDC predicts digitalization of APAC GDP will reach $1.2 trillion by 2023

Having “adjusted” to the shakeup the COVID-19 has brought the world, organizations have shifted to recovery mode realigning investments and budget allocations. In the latest predictions released by industry analyst International Data Corp., companies will accelerate their digital investments that would create “economic gravity.”

IDC sees that with the acceleration of the digital economy, over 65% of Asia Pacific (APAC) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be digitalized and spending will reach $1.2 trillion between 2020 and 2023.

Business leaders around the region are now focused on their Return to Growth investments and Next Normal operating or business models and are looking for guidance more than ever.

IDC IT industry predictions for 2021 and beyond

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IDC’s top technology predictions for 2021 and beyond provided APAC technology leaders and business executives essential guidance on technology-led strategies and business objectives in the next one to three years.

“As organizations accelerate their race to recovery, we will see three waves to market dominance in 2021 (and beyond),” said Sandra Ng, group VP for ICT Research at IDC Asia Pacific. “Organizations will leverage technologies to adapt for survival, accelerate for growth, and reimagine to lead. APAC is already leading the race with digital core investments to strengthen the organizational foundation and digital innovation initiatives to overcome COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps as well as acceleration projects that introduce new business or operating models and help to gain market shares.”

Below are the top predictions for ICT and industries released during IDC’s “IDC FutureScape – Future Enterprise: Building Resiliency to Thrive in the Next Normal” report that will have the most impact on how APAC organizations can adapt to survive, accelerate to grow, and/or reimagine to lead in the Next Normal:

  1. Leadership matures: By 2023, 70% of leaders in A2000 (top 2000 APAC-based) organizations will have shifted their management orientation from processes to outcomes, establishing more agile, innovative, and empathetic operating models.
  2. A digital-first approach in employee engagements: While “digital-first” prevails in every experience, 60% of enterprises will invest heavily in digitalizing employee experience (EX) in 2021, transforming the relationship between employers and employees.
  3. Increasing digitalization to deliver customer empathy at scale: By 2021, 65% of organizations will have shifted to digital-first through automated operations and contactless experiences, as physical interactions become an amenity of the past.
  4. Acceleration requires digital resiliency: In 2022, enterprises focused on digital resiliency adapt to disruption and extend services in response to new conditions 50% faster than ones fixated on restoring existing business resiliency levels.
  5. Risk management and growth acceleration can (and should) co-exist: By 2022, driven by board-level agenda, 50% of A2000 companies will formalize human oversight of AI-based decision automation to combat distrust of auto-generated recommendations and reputational risk.
  6. Growth will rapidly shape permanent work models: By 2021, 25% of organizations will leverage employee productivity software to monitor and improve the digital workflows of their full-time, work-from-home employees.
  7. Business model reinvention is the crown jewel: By 2021, at least 50% of organizations will accelerate innovation to support business and operating model reinvention, fast-tracking transformation programs, to future proof their businesses.
  8. The rise of digital and connected extended ecosystems: By 2025, driven by volatile global conditions, 75% of business leaders will leverage digital platforms and ecosystem capabilities to adapt their value chains to new markets, industries, and ecosystems.

“A key pillar to becoming a future enterprise in a post-COVID outbreak era is Digital Resiliency. We now know that resiliency as we knew it pre-COVID is not good enough. We need a new benchmark to futureproof us from forward crisis and disruptions, be it the next infection cycle or the next economic crisis. Digital resiliency is the ability of an organization to rapidly adapt to business disruptions, leverage digital capabilities to maintain continuous business operations, and quickly adjust to take advantage of changed conditions,” said Ng.

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.