Today, the world’s technological landscape seems to change in the blink of an eye. Just when you think you’ve seen the latest technology, you hear about something newer and better that just came out. There’s no way to keep up or truly predict the future of the tech industry.

Yet, some try to do just that. The International Data Corporation, also known as IDC, is an American market research analysis and advisory firm that specializes in information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology. Recently, the IDC issued some of its top tech predictions for 2015. From the rise of phablets to big investments in the Internet of Things, 2015 is looking like it’s going to be a particularly exciting year for tech!

Despite slowing growth and economic challenges, China’s technology market will explode in 2015.


It is predicted that nearly 500 million smartphones will be sold in China next year, which is three times the number that will be sold in the U.S. and one third of total global sales, according to the IDC. Along with this increase in smartphone spending, Chinas cloud and ecommerce leaders Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, will rise to prominence in the global marketplace.

There will be an increase in smartphone spending, driven by phablets.


Smartphone and tablet spending will hit $484 billion, generating 40 percent of IT growth. Along with this, the popularity of phablets will continue to rise. The IDC predicts they will account for 18 percent of smartphone units sold, which is an increase from 11 percent in 2014.

The Internet of Things market will see huge growth.


Internet of Things spending will rise by 14% and surpass $1.7 trillion. This massive spending increase will be driven by nearly 15 billion connected devices. By 2020, the IDC predicts spending will rise to $3 trillion, and there will be nearly 30 billion connected devices.

Big Data will get even bigger.


The Big Data and analytical market is projected to reach $125 billion worldwide. Spending on media analytics will, at the very least, triple in 2015. In the last two years, we  produced more data than mankind produced in it’s entire existence. Our biggest challenge as tech innovators will be to make sense out of the overwhelming amount of information.

Cloud services will grow and take the place of data centers, changing the makeup of the IT industry.


By 2016, over 50 percent of computing capacity and 70 percent of storage capacity will be housed in hyperscale cloud data centers. The IDC predicts in 2015 there will be two or three major mergers, acquisitions, or restructurings among top-tier IT vendors.

Biometrics and 3D printing will both continue to rise.


The IDC predicts that in 2015, 15 percent of mobile devices will be accessed biometrically and by 2020, over 50 percent. Also related to security, 20 percent of regulated data will be encrypted by year-end 2015 (80 percent by 2018). 3D printing spending will surge by 27 percent, totaling 3.4 billion. By 2020, 10 percent of consumer products will be available through “produce on demand” via 3D printer.

While there’s no way to truly know which direction tech will take itself in coming months, these remarkable predictions give us a decent idea. As devices become stronger, faster, and more versatile, we can expect to see information technology infuse itself into our daily lives even more than it does now. As the Internet of Things expands, everyday objects that were always separate from the Internet will now be connected for one reason or another. The one thing we can be sure of is that the Internet will continue to rapidly change the way we humans communication and digest information, and ideally, will improve the quality of our lives.