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RICs are communities of business leaders, analysts, and experts centered on AI, security, blockchain, or cloud.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands out as one of the most transformational technologies of the digital age, attracting massive interest in the market. IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on AI will reach $19.1 billion in 2018, an increase of 54.2% over the amount spent in 2017.

Companies of all sizes around the world are striving to tap into the value that AI has the potential to generate. The importance of the technology has also been highlighted by several governments across the globe. For example, France has announced its plans to invest roughly 1.5 billion euros in AI over the next four years and China has stated that it aims to be the world’s pre-eminent practitioner of (AI) in both research and application within the next 12 years. In the Middle East, the UAE have recently set up a Government Ministry of AI (and appointed a minister to help drive the development of this technology in the future for the country).

Join this Innovation Council to connect with an exclusive network of peers, analysts, and advisors to keep up to date with the developments in the field and help you accelerate your business results.

Council Members:

Philip Carnelley

AVP, European Software Group

Philip Carter

Chief Analyst


Companies of all sizes around the world are deploying cloud solutions to get new functionality faster, for example AI, IoT, blockchain services, modernize their IT platforms and drive agility and innovation. The next frontier is to operate and govern multicloud environments, which is a complex endeavor today. Partners play a key role in enabling customers to take advantage of the cloud, define the operating model and do the actual migration of cloud-suitable workloads, yet, they are also struggling with the complexity of their own transition to a cloud-based business model. In IDC's research innovation council, we will highlight the different perspectives of the cloud ecosystem.

Council Members:

Carla Arend

Senior Program Director, European Software

Margaret Adam

Senior Program Director, Channels and Alliances program


According to the latest IDC Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide (July 2018), Western Europe is the second-largest investor in blockchain technologies in 2018 with around $340 million in 2018 – lagging behind the US ($640 million). However, in 2018 and 2019 the region will be the fastest growing globally, connecting for an 81% CAGR through 2022 to achieve $2.9 billion in spending. The slow start is related to concentration of activity on large spenders. IDC predicted that in 2018, half of the 200 largest European companies will test Blockchain at departmental level and one out of ten brings those projects into production. IDC can provide you a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing around the most recent technology developments and innovative use cases of Blockchain across industry verticals.

Council Members:

Danielle Hernandez

Research Analyst, European Digital Transformation Practice

Craig Wentworth

Research Director, European Blockchain Practice


In the increasingly complex world of IT security, there is one thing CISOs are demanding: simplicity. They want to work with fewer vendors who offer them more value, and they want better technical integrations between each provider’s tools.

What this means is that vendors are required more than ever to work together as an ecosystem, rather than as separate islands. This ecosystem thinking manifests itself at a business level – in strategies around channels and co-opetition – but also at a technical level, where integrations are key.

Against this backdrop, technical innovation in security is continue at pace across the industry, particularly among the smaller, newer vendors.

With this in mind, IDC is looking to bring together a security ecosystem, consisting of small, innovative vendors and large, established vendors, with a view to make connections, share the latest IDC thinking around security, and to facilitate discussions between different security players.

Council Members:

Dominic Trott

Research Director, European Security

Romain Fouchereau

Research Manager,Security Appliance Program

Konstantin Rychkov

Research Manager, Software

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