Future of Connectedness

Create pervasive and
seamlessly connected experiences

Connectivity is the common denominator in how people, things and processes interact. For consumers and organizations, increased reliance on digital engagement requires ubiquitous, reliable and robust connectivity. But, as digital interactions continue to increase, it is clear that connectivity is not yet seamless or pervasive.

Organizations will need to address this unevenness in connectivity across different environments and locations as employees and consumers increasingly expect digital experiences supported by ubiquitous, reliable and robust connectivity.

Inside the Future of Connectedness

The Future of Connectedness framework is built on three separate but interdependent layers that must interact seamlessly and continuously:

The Cycle of Data

Enterprises will increasingly rely on the efficient movement of data to ensure that informed decisions can be made, actions can be taken, and outcomes delivered.

Data Consumers

As digital interactions increase, connectivity must become seamless, cost effective, fast, and pervasive to provide a ubiquitous, reliable, and robust experience for data consumers.

Connectivity-Driven Outcomes

The outer layer ties all of the framework elements to desired business outcomes– scalable, secure access anytime-anywhere; business continuity and reliability; real-time insights; and pervasive digital experiences.

Research Programs and Custom Solutions

Future of Connectedness Research Programs

Future of Connectedness drives the research agenda for many IDC research programs. Key topics include:


  • Digital service provider maturity
  • Managed Edge services/applications
  • Next generation networks
  • Interoperability of networks and standards
  • Branch of One supporting a distributed workforce
  • Transition to telco cloud
  • Automation/AI within the network

Click here to see the full list of Future of Connectedness research programs
Custom Solutions for Future of Connectedness

From industry InfoBriefs and White Papers to webcasts and other virtual events, IDC works with you to develop custom content backed by our research and analysis expertise. IDC can help you with:

  • Thought Leadership – Amplify your message and become a trusted Future of Connectedness advisor.
  • Business Value – Provide financial justification for your IT solution, focused on customer value.
  • Sales Enablement – Empower your organization to sell more effectively and work more productively.

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