A new global poll of 1200+ IT leaders conducted by Quadrant Strategies finds these are the top forces shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution—and driving its winners.

1. Market agility


91% of IT leaders worldwide believe that a business’ ability to quickly acquire, analyze and act on data will be a key factor in determining if they will be a future technology leader.


Hybrid IT infrastructure solutions and edge computing help businesses respond to changes in the marketplace more nimbly and quickly by leveraging near real-time insights to execute data-driven decisions faster.

2. Operational efficiency

Nearly 3 in 4 global IT leaders say current IT infrastructures are not prepared to support coming increases in users, data volumes and application performance needs.

Global adaptive networks that provide scalable, high-bandwidth connectivity that automatically adjusts to real-time capacity needs are designed to increase app efficiency and performance while delivering unique and trusted customer experiences.

3. Accelerated innovation

74% of IT leaders are concerned with developing updates to refresh products and services to stay ahead of the competition.


As the data lifecycle accelerates, more businesses will deploy low-latency applications and technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT devices, requiring a connected platform that allows for near-zero latency.

4. Stronger security

9 in 10 global IT leaders say application and data security is the #1 IT concern.


When asked what keeps them up a night about preparing for the 4IR, 68% of IT C-Suite globally say data security. To keep critical data and applications secure, businesses will increasingly require network-based connected security with global threat visibility and automated response to detect and defeat malicious traffic.

5. Enhanced growth

90% of global IT leaders anticipate implementing edge compute services to keep pace with the expansion of IoT in the coming years.


Businesses will turn to providers of edge compute services to help them deliver high-performance, low-latency apps to accelerate their pace of growth and redefine their businesses.

6. Differentiated experiences

Global IT leaders overwhelmingly agree that companies’ ability to act on data will help determine future tech leaders.


Emerging applications will be deployed to rapidly increase the pace of growth and create amazing customer experiences in retail, healthcare, smart cities and other industries.

Next-gen apps need a modern architecture


Harnessing the full potential of emerging technologies will require a revolutionary new architecture that moves data and workloads closer to digital interactions. An architecture that leverages leading Adaptive Networking, Connected Security, Edge Computing, and Collaboration solutions all working in sync.


Read the full report to see the complete forecast on the 4th Industrial Revolution from today’s IT leaders.