Digital Devices Will Capture 29.5 Billion Images in 2005, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 25, 2002 – Although digital image capturing technologies are at an early stage of adoption, the number of images that are digitized or captured in digital format is growing quickly. According to IDC, digital devices captured a total of 9.1 billion images in 2000. This number will soar to 29.5 billion in 2005 – a compound annual growth rate of more than 26%.


"In addition to consumer adoption, we have begun to see digital imaging technologies migrate into corporate environments, supporting communication and collaboration," said Ron Glaz, program manager for IDC’s Worldwide Digital Imaging Solutions and Services group. "Digital imaging’s continuous corporate infiltration will drive infrastructure improvements, creating lucrative opportunities for vendors who advance these technologies." Given the pace of this growth and the increasing complexity of the industries impacted by digital imaging, the time is right for IDC to create a definitive view of this visual communications, or infoimaging market. This will be the focus of IDC’s upcoming Imaging Convergence Forum.

The IDC Imaging Convergence Forum, scheduled for August 6th and 7th in New York City, will explore the imaging market and supporting technologies that will create the future digital imaging infrastructure. The Forum will be interactive, comprehensive, and forward thinking. Attendees will network with IDC analysts and industry leaders as they define the future imaging business by answering questions including:

How pervasive will digital imaging become, and how favorable is the market outlook?

What elements of traditional imaging markets can be leveraged in hybrid digital solutions?

How is technology going to evolve, and how can businesses position themselves so that they take advantage of the coming changes?

Who is buying digital imaging technology, and what are they doing with it?

What technology trends are really going to drive the commercial and consumer markets for this technology?

What is happening in other IT industries that will affect the imaging market, and vice versa?

How will changes in the Internet and IT markets impact Internet photo services?

Presenters will include:

V. Michael Bove, Jr., Principal Research Scientist, MIT Media Laboratory

Daniel A. Carp, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company

David Gang, President, Strategic Business Solutions, America Online, Inc.

John Gantz, Chief Research Officer, IDC

Ron Glaz, Program Manager, Worldwide Digital Imaging Solutions and Services, IDC

Jurij Paraszczak, Chief Technology Officer, Global Digital Media Sector, IBM

Steve Haber, Senior Vice President, Digital Imaging Products Division, Sony Electronics, Inc.

Mary Peery, Senior Vice President, Digital Imaging and Publishing, Hewlett-Packard Company

Jim Rothnie, Chief Technology Officer, EMC

John Sculley, Partner, Sculley Brothers LLC

Dr. James C. Stoffel, Chief Technical Officer, Director, Research & Development, Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company


Sponsors and partners of the IDC Imaging Convergence Forum include America Online, Eastman Kodak Company, EMC, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, SONY Electronics and Macworld.

Members of the media should register for credentials in advance by visiting or contacting Dana Basilone at, 508-988-6891. More information on IDC’s research can be found online at

About IDC

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