IDC defines the future of connectedness as enabling the timely movement of data across people, things, applications, and processes to create seamless digital experiences. It serves as a road map to help organizations address unevenness in connectivity across different environments and locations. It also helps them become more agile and resilient. Connectivity issues have become a priority as employees, businesses, and consumers increasingly look for digital resiliency, where digital experiences are supported by ubiquitous, reliable, and robust connectivity. There is no actual end state to connectedness. Instead, it is an evolutionary path that improves agility, increases business flexibility, and allows organizations to adapt to change as market or business conditions shift.
As organizations continue down the path to becoming a more agile and connected enterprises, connectivity programs will embrace 5G, edge, and cloud infrastructure and services to keep data moving. More importantly, these programs will continue to improve efficiency and enable data to provide real-time insights to the business. As networks evolve and business needs scale or change course, enterprise network and IT departments must align systems and processes. This will ensure business continuity, enable employees to be productive, and help the organization quickly adapt to business demands, not to mention new market requirements and connecting anytime, anywhere, and from any physical location.