The Robot Revival

IDC’s latest report forecasts technological shifts in the robot market that will impact business models, system functionality, skillsets, regulations, and more.
The Robot Revival

Robots have long been a manufacturing mainstay—tasked with doing the heavy lifting on the assembly line or taking over tedious repetitive motions. Up until recently, however, they’ve been limited to basic activities, typically on the automotive factory floor. But advancements in the form of small, light-weight collaborative robots, cloud analytics, and artificial intelligence are ushering in a new era of robot applications and collaboration that will support a wide variety of industries.

Industry observers say these new robot systems will transform the way products are made, as well as the way people work.



“The next step is changing the way we work globally,” said Esben Østergaard, CTO of collaborative robot company Universal Robots during an interview at IMTS 2016. “What’s changing is what an effective worker is. Before people were working like robots… If we can free people on the factory floor from working like machines [they can provide] extra added value to produce the products that consumers want.”

Looking at how robots will change the manufacturing space, analyst firm IDC recently published a report that predicts the future of this market. The report titled “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions” outlines shifts in business models, the competitive landscape, regulations, talent, and use cases, all of which are driven by technological advancements in artificial intelligence, computer vision, navigation, sensor, and semiconductor technologies.

Furthermore, IDC predicts much of the robot growth will happen outside of the traditional factory floor, indicating that 35 percent of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations by 2019.


According to IDC, here are the other top ten predictions and major robotics trends that are set to present opportunities and challenges to IT leaders in 2017 and beyond:

  • Robot as a Service. By 2019, 30 percent of commercial service robotic applications will be in the form of a “Robot as a Service” business model, reducing costs for robot deployment.
  • Chief Robotics Officer. By 2019, 30 percent of leading organizations will implement a chief robotics officer role and/or define a robotics-specific function within the business.
  • Evolving Competitive Landscape. By 2020, companies will have a greater choice of vendors as new players enter the $80-billion information and communication technology market to support robotics deployment.
  • Robotics Talent Crunch. By 2020, robotics growth will accelerate the talent race, leaving 35 percent of robotics-related jobs vacant while the average salary increases by at least 60 percent.
  • Robotics Will Face Regulation. By 2019, the government will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address concerns of security, safety, and privacy.
  • Software-Defined Robot. By 2020, 60 percent of robots will depend on cloud-based software to define new skills, cognitive capabilities, and application programs, leading to the formation of a robotics cloud marketplace.
  • Collaborative Robot. By 2018, 30 percent of all new robotic deployments will be smart collaborative robots that operate three times faster than today’s robots and are safe for work around humans.
  • Intelligent RoboNet. By 2020, 40 percent of commercial robots will become connected to a mesh of shared intelligence, resulting in a 200 percent improvement in overall robotic operational efficiency.
  • Growth Outside Factory. By 2019, 35 percent of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations.
  • Robotics for Ecommerce. By 2018, 45 percent of the 200 leading global eCommerce and omni-channel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfillment warehousing and delivery operations.
11 Comments on this post.
  • gsa ser verified list download
    22 December 2016 at 9:41 pm
    Leave a Reply

    Fastidious respond in return of this difficulty with genuine arguments and describing everything regarding that.

  • Anti Spam Plugin for Blogs
    26 December 2016 at 1:24 am
    Leave a Reply

    Friend, your internet site features a serious spam issue.
    You will want to take a look at the anti-spam solutions that You will find discussed on my
    internet site.

  • gsa ser footprints
    27 December 2016 at 7:47 am
    Leave a Reply

    Greetings! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now
    and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Tx!
    Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  • 88Jame
    27 December 2016 at 8:57 am
    Leave a Reply

    Hi admin ! I read your blog everyday and i must say you have very interesting
    articles here. Your page deserves to go viral.
    You need initial boost only. How to go viral fast?
    Search for: forbesden’s tools

  • gsa search engine ranker global site list
    29 December 2016 at 1:24 pm
    Leave a Reply

    Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up
    very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get
    your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  • gsa ser link list
    3 January 2017 at 6:31 pm
    Leave a Reply

    I’m not certain where you are getting your info, however good topic.
    I needs to spend a while finding out much more or working out more.
    Thank you for wonderful info I used to be looking for this info for my mission.

  • gsa ser tier 1
    10 January 2017 at 2:39 am
    Leave a Reply

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any
    web browser compatibility problems? A handful
    of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but
    looks great in Chrome. Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

    • Tycoonstory
      10 January 2017 at 2:41 am
      Leave a Reply

      Please Repair Window explorer using internet option- When you run Internet Explorer,

      Click the Advanced tab.
      In the list, under Accelerated graphics, check the “Use software rendering…” option (screenshot).
      Click OK.
      Websites should now display when you use Internet Explorer..

  • gsa ser footprint extractor
    10 January 2017 at 4:37 am
    Leave a Reply

    What’s up friends, nice post and pleasant arguments commented at this place, I am genuinely enjoying by these.

  • gsa ser footprints
    14 February 2017 at 8:29 am
    Leave a Reply

    If you desire to improve your knowledge simply keep visiting this site and be updated with the latest news posted here.

  • gsa search engine ranker global site list
    18 February 2017 at 3:24 am
    Leave a Reply

    Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clarity in your post is simply cool and i can assume
    you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab
    your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.

  • Leave a Reply




    Select Language »