COVID-19 pandemic will force firms to radically rethink how they embrace technological investment

18 March 2020

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ABI Research Analysts share their thoughts on the likely short- & long-term impacts the global coronavirus pandemic will have on technology and end markets.

The Coronavirus outbreak and the worldwide response to the pandemic will force companies around the world to radically rethink how they operate and embrace technological investment, according to global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

In its new white paper, Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- & Long-Term Ramifications on Technology & End Markets, ABI Research Analysts look at the current and future ramifications of COVID-19 across technologies and verticals. Analysts also offer recommendations to weather the storm and strategies to help companies rebound and prosper after the pandemic has slowed. 

To effect change, there must be a stimulation of a magnitude that means companies cannot do anything but make bold decisions to survive. COVID-19 is that magnitude,” explains Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer at ABI Research.

Bold decisions and technological investments could lead to outcomes such as:

•    A more concerted and widespread move to lights-out manufacturing
•    Increased usage of autonomous materials handling and goods vehicles
•    A more integrated, diverse and coordinated supply chain
•    Investment in smart cities to support community resilience
•    A move to virtual workspaces and practices
•    And so much more

Before we feel this potential long-term impact, there will be some serious short-term implications. Contractions in consumer spending, disruptions to supply chains and reduced availability of components will create a rough sea for all boats,Carlaw says. “In the short-term, there will be a retrenchment in outlooks and a reduced investment in modernisation, as survival instincts trump the drive to prosperity.

For a clearer picture of the short- and long-term global impacts of COVID-19, download the whitepaper, Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- & Long-Term Ramifications on Technology & End Markets.


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