Impact of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, it is causing economic and health impacts that are unprecedented in modern times. Despite the uncertainty and disruption, it’s clear that information technology will play a key role in helping leaders navigate a path forward for their organizations. The analyst team at 451 Research is paying particular attention to these impacts, both on the technology market itself, as well as on the broader economy. This microsite will be continually updated with a selection of our research, insight and data that are free to consume, helping organizations globally plan a way through this unique challenge.


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April 1, 2020 at 11:00 am EST

Remote Work Tech Challenges: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

In this webinar we’ll use recent survey data to highlight the business response to the crisis so far, and give pointers on how business can tackle these key challenges. With proper planning now, businesses could see pay offs in the long-term when the crisis abates.

Voice of the Enterprise: Digital Pulse
Published: March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Flash Survey: March 2020

The Voice of the Enterprise: Digital Pulse, Coronavirus Flash survey wave was conducted in March 2020. The survey represents approximately 820 completed interviews and 15 hour-long interviews from pre-qualified IT decision-makers. This survey focuses on the impacts to businesses of the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

S&P Global Market Intelligence Insight
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Coronavirus Topic Page

Get a sampling of coverage regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 from S&P Global Market Intelligence on this blog site.

Market Insight
Published: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Won't Narrow the Digital Divide in Africa and the Middle East

Africa and especially the Middle East currently lag the rest of the world in terms of the number of reported cases of people infected with the coronavirus. As a result, many of the countries that are home to the key datacenter markets across the MEA region have yet to implement the extreme measures that have locked down societies in recent weeks.

Market Insight
Published: March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Quick Fixes aren't Scalable; Business Leaders Must Rethink Work Itself

The shift to mass remote work will likely expose how much work across the enterprise has been stitched together based on assumptions, tradition, conversations, meetings and siloed tools giving very imperfect information, as well as...

Market Insight
Published: March 25, 2020

COVID-19: Keeping the Datacenter Lights on during a Crisis

It is the role of datacenter operators to be resilient – their customers expect that the lights will be kept on during any major disrupting event. This does not mean the current pandemic does not test the industry – far from it. Providers and customers have learned valuable lessons from the past.

M&A Insight
Published: March 25, 2020

Downward Pressure on Vertical Software

The economic contraction from the coronavirus pandemic has already hurt business around the globe, and a lot more pain is coming. However, it isn't going to be evenly distributed. Certain industries – notably hospitality, energy and retail – have already been walloped pretty hard and appear likely to get roughed up even more.

Market Insight
Published: March 25, 2020

The Need is Here – it's Just Not Very Evenly Distributed

451 Research just completed a flash survey focused on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on enterprises and what enterprises are doing to address those impacts. One of the interesting findings of this research was the variance in responses within different regions of the US.

Market Insight
Published: March 24, 2020

COVID-19: The 451 Research Take

In this report, we offer a higher-level view of how the pandemic may impact key segments of the technology industry overall, including some recommendations for IT and business leaders looking to be responsive to this exceptional situation.

Market Insight
Published: March 23, 2020

Hyperscalers Join the Fight against COVID-19 with High-Performance Compute, AI Services

In a sign that public cloud has arrived as a player in high-performance computing (HPC), Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and IBM have joined a public-private partnership with academic, industry and public-sector powerhouses to pledge free compute resources to COVID-19 researchers.

Market Insight
Published: March 18, 2020

IoT and AI Aid Critical Event Management to Battle COVID-19, but Deployment could Raise Privacy Concerns

How can these technologies contribute to response, both globally and locally – and what privacy concerns could they raise, both now and in the months to follow?

Market Insight
Published: March 17, 2020

Securing 'Social Distancing': Coronavirus, the Work-from-Home Explosion and Security

The impact of this outbreak, and the sudden and radical shift in the nature of the workplace it is precipitating, has decided implications for security across the board. In this and subsequent reports, we will examine the role of technology in dealing with the emerging pandemic, and how it can help organizations cope with the crisis.

M&A Insight
Published: March 16, 2020

Another Coronavirus Victim

The bull market for stocks that started its run after last decade's financial pandemic has died. The cause of death: Complications from a viral infection. Now dealmakers are waiting to see if the deadly contagion takes out their market, too.

Market Insight
Published: March 16, 2020

Digital Experiences are front and center in coping with Coronavirus

The coronavirus is changing the face of customer experiences. Considering that 48% of the market is still formulating its digital transformation plans, businesses have a long way to go to ensure that vision meets reality. However, there has to be a specific reason to start – finally there is a business case for many to wake up, especially when it comes to delivering contextual experiences.

Market Insight
Published: March 11, 2020

Coronavirus will Disrupt your Workforce: Ensure that you have the right Tooling Strategy for Remote Workers

No business function remains untouched by the rippling effects of the outbreak, with leadership needing to implement comprehensive mitigation strategies.

M&A Insight
Published: March 11, 2020

Shopping While Quarantined

As the coronavirus outbreak has kept China mostly locked inside its borders, companies based in the world's second-largest economy have broken off virtually all M&A negotiations with the outside world. So far in this virus-infected year of 2020, China-based buyers have reached outside their home country for just one single tech acquisition, according to 451 Research's M&A KnowledgeBase.

Market Insight
Published: March 6, 2020

Coronavirus will Disrupt your Workforce: Here are 10 Ways to Mitigate the Business Impact

The outbreak of COVID-19 has significant implications for government and society, for business leaders needing to minimize the risk of employee infection, job disruption, reputational and compliance risks and productivity loss.

Market Insight
Published: March 6, 2020

Security in a time of contagion: RSA Conference maintains its stature, but 2020 numbers down

The irony of this year's theme – the human element – was not lost on the many who held back from participating due to a very human concern: the troubling worldwide spread of COVID-19, the disease propagated by novel coronavirus.

Market Insight
Published: March 3, 2020

Coronavirus could be a Contactless Payments Catalyst for US Financial Institutions

The coronavirus outbreak is occurring during the largest and most aggressive period of contactless card issuance in US history. Large credit and debit card issuers are making multimillion-dollar investments to reissue their portfolios, and have already put more than 300 million cards into the US market with dual-interface capabilities.

M&A Insight
Published: March 2, 2020

Love in the time of Cholera

The coronavirus hasn't infected the tech M&A market. At least not yet. Even as business around the world reels from the deadly outbreak, acquirers in February announced a surprisingly large number of deals, including a surprisingly large number of big deals.