What do you think of the IDC predictions? Good read.
It is the time of year when the big technology research shops gaze into the near future to identify trends that will have the most impact on corporate America and the tech industry over the next few years. The yearly ritual, of course, is partly a marketing vehicle for the research firms. Still, the forecasts can be thought-provoking, especially if they are detailed and sharpened by attaching numbers to their predictions. IDC’s outlook, being published on Wednesday, qualifies. It is a 20-page document, chock-full of details, and its authors are not afraid of making numerical guesses about the future. By 2020, for example, IDC says that more than 30 percent of today’s tech suppliers will “not exist as we know them today,” having been acquired or failed.