IDC Spending Guide

Worldwide Digital Business Spending Guide

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The Worldwide Digital Business Spending Guide examines the digital transformation opportunity from a use case — technology, industry, and geography — perspective. This comprehensive database delivered via IDC's Customer Insights query tool allows the user to easily extract meaningful information about the digital transformation market by viewing data trends and relationships and making data comparisons.

Markets and Technologies Covered


  • 12 technology markets: Across hardware, software, and services categories; hardware — cloud infrastructure, enterprise hardware, other hardware, and personal devices; software — application development and deployment, applications, system infrastructure software, and other software; and services — business services, IT services, other services and materials, and connectivity services
  • 19 industries: Banking, insurance, securities and investment services, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, construction, resource industries, retail, wholesale, professional services, personal and consumer services, transportation, healthcare provider, media, utilities, federal/central government, state/local government, telecommunications, and education
  • 300+ DX use cases, including: Advanced digital simulation, asset instrumentation, autonomous mining, augmented virtual experience, autonomic supply network optimization, digital grid simulation, digitized workforce management optimization, emergency response system, frictionless content realization, in-store contextualized marketing, intelligent and predictive grid management, quality and compliance, root cause, self-healing assets, and smart warehousing
  • 2 transformation types: DX and non-DX
  • 3 platforms: 2nd Platform, 3rd Platform, and innovation accelerators
  • 2 deployment types: Cloud related and non-cloud/other

Geographic Coverage


  • 14 geos 9 regions and select countries: United States, Canada, Japan, Western Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, France, and the rest of Western Europe), Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, PRC, and Asia/Pacific (Australia and New Zealand, India, and the rest of Asia/Pacific)

Data Deliverables


This spending guide is delivered on a semiannual basis via a web-based interface for online querying and downloads. The following are the deliverables for this spending guide. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative:

  • Annual five-year forecasts by region, technology, industry, transformation type, platform, and deployment type, delivered twice a year
  • Annual five-year forecasts by region, technology group, industry, use case, and deployment type, delivered twice a year

Key Questions Answered


Our research addresses the following issues that are critical to your success:

  1. Which technologies are transitioning and supporting digital business initiatives faster?
  2. What digital business use cases are biggest by industry versus faster growing?
  3. What are the different levels of digital business maturity across geos globally?
  4. How do I prioritize my technology and service positioning based on mapped support of specific digital business use cases by industry?
  5. Where should I focus my resources (R&D, sales, and marketing) to be the most productive in driving digital business growth initiatives and projects?
Craig Simpson

Senior Research Manager, Customer Insights & Analysis

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Program Vice President, Customer Insights & Analysis

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Angela Vacca

Senior Research Manager, Data and Analytics, Europe

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Rajiv Poddar

Research Analyst, Market Insights and Analytics

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Neli Vacheva

Research Manager, Data and Analytics, Europe

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Ko Shikita

Research Manager, IT Spending, IDC Japan

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Roberto Membrila

Senior Analyst, ROC, Latin America

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Eman Elshewy

Research Manager, Customer Insights and Analysis (META), IDC

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Xueqing Zhang

Senior Market Analyst

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