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Evan Hardie - International Data Corporation (IDC). Toronto, ON, CA

Evan Hardie Evan Hardie

Research Director, Future of Work, Printers & Digital Displays | International Data Corporation (IDC)

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Research Director within IDC Canada's Future of Work Practice and Printers/Digital Displays Markets





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As Research Director within IDC Canada's Future of Work and Imaging Markets, Evan works closely with technology vendors and their channel partners. He conducts primary research, forecasting, trend analysis, business planning, channel strategy analysis, market segmentation, and competitive strategy analysis; ultimately providing insights on how technology is changing the way Canadian organisations are working and delivering value to their customers.

Evan's commentary is frequently found in Canadian IT publications, as his market domains include Future of Work, Inkjet, Laser, Large format, 3D printer, Managed Print services, Page Volume, Digital signage, and Digital Whiteboard markets in Canada.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Future of Work

3D Printers

Hardcopy Peripherals

Large Format Printers

Managed Print Services

Digital Displays


Associated IDC Services (4)

  • Canada: Future of Work
  • Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker - Canada Region
  • Quarterly Large Format Printers Tracker - Canada Region
  • Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker - Canada Region


Education (2)

Sheridan College: (PBAMK), Ontario College Advanced Diploma 2006

York University: B.A., Marketing 2002

Media Appearances (9)

Technation panellist says some are quitting organizations that insist on a 5-day presence in the workplace

IT World Canada  


The Technation Future of Work conference series continued last Wednesday, as keynote speaker Ashok Krish, global head at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), shared his thoughts on the digital workplace and how workspaces would be impacted post-pandemic.

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The workplace will be a whole new world: A guide to returning to the office

The Globe and Mail  


Before the pandemic is over, you could very well return to your office, and work. What awaits you there will be strange, challenging, awkward and, for some, the possibility to feel a bit normal again. Longer term, Mr. Hardie at IDC said the office will not necessarily be a place where people are actively working all the time. Instead, offices will be geared toward client meetings, socializing with colleagues, and onboarding new employees. "That mix of working from home and being able to come to the office and socialize once in a while is definitely something employees want to do," he said.

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Spaced desks, one-way halls, voice technology — your post-COVID-19 office will look much different

National Post  


As Canadians gear up to return to work, employers are putting into place a wide range of safety protocols to protect their workplaces from the threat of COVID-19. Many workplaces could follow in the path of major tech companies and restructure their work environments from headquarters to hubs. “Rather than having a head office where the majority of their workforce is in one central location, firms may opt for regional hubs,” Hardie said.

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Xerox makes its case to the digital workforce

Computer Dealer News  


NEW YORK – Xerox has been promoting the release of its VersaLink and AltaLink line of MFPs as its biggest announcement in 110 years. Xerox has been in operation for 110 years in case you were wondering.

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IDC Canada Announces Winners of its Annual Print Vendor Awards

Press Release  


International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Print Vendor Awards for 2015. Winners of the IDC Canada Print Vendor Awards are awarded based on sales data acquired from the 2015 calendar year. Awards are issued to manufacturers with the largest market share in the following categories:

HP moves into 3D printing

Computer Dealer News  online


HP is not a late entry into the market, according to one Canadian technology analyst. The company has “been carefully preparing their strategy,” said Evan Hardie, research manager for printers and hardcopy peripherals at IDC Canada...

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A look inside HP’s closed loop recycling strategy

Financial Post  online


Canadian CIOs are becoming more than simply business services people, rather they are becoming business enablers,” said Evan Hardie, Research Manager, Printer and Hardcopy Peripherals, IDC Canada. “IT and other lines of business are being asked to provide a measurable matrix for supporting their company’s overall sustainability agenda.” Participating in a recycling program like HP’s is one such action, especially...

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Xerox, HP clean up IDC Canada Top Seller printer awards

IT Business  online


During 2013, printer sales in Canada declined 3.1 per cent to 2.4 million units, says Evan Hardie, research manager of printer and hardcopy peripherals for IDC Canada. Sales were driven down by a trend of more offices decentralizing printing – taking cheaper desktop units off of employee desks and instead buying one large cabinet printer to handle the print jobs of multiple workers. But ink jet printers, typically bought for home use, also took a hit in sales...

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Why 3-D printing is still in search of its killer app

The Globe and Mail  online


Perhaps it’ll be five years before mainstream consumers feel compelled to invest in a 3-D printer. Given the frenetic pace of technological innovation it may take less time, or it may never happen at all if developers don’t come up with enough handy uses for the devices, said IDC Canada research manager Evan Hardie. “The biggest sort of Achilles heel that they have for 3-D printing right now is the lack of usable applications. A lot of people have said it’s like PCs back in the 80s,” said Hardie, referring to the early days of home computing when there wasn’t much software to run on the expensive machines...

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Event Appearances (2)

Future of Work: Framework and Predictions

Future of Work Wine Tasting Mixer  Toronto


Future of Work: Canadian Survey Highlights

Future of Work Wine Tasting Mixer  Toronto


Reports (9)

Canadian Return-To-Office Forecast, 2021–2025

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie, Jean Philippe Bouchard


This IDC Market Presentation is intended to address the need for a detailed analysis of the Canadian office market and presents a forecast outlining how, where, and when people will work. The COVID-19 pandemic, and associated restrictions, forced Canadian organizations to become digitally resilient, transforming their working models. It will also provide insight into the adoption of vaccination policies, the impact of the delta variant, changes to the physical office, and new office technologies being deployed, now and in the future. "Office reopening, vaccination policies, and hybrid work models are all elements shaping the strategic direction, and future ability, of how Canadian organizations will operate." — Evan Hardie, research director, Imaging and Future of Work at IDC Canada

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Are Canadian Organizations Accelerating Their Implementation and Support for a Paperless Office?

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie


This IDC Survey Spotlight addresses how Canadian organizations have altered their paperless strategies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This document contains data from IDC Canada's IT Advisory Panel (ITAP), which was completed in July 2021. IDC conducted this survey to understand if small, medium-sized, and large business have fast-tracked their plans to implement a fully supported paperless strategy. "There have been many reasons why Canadian organizations have experienced a reduction in page volume in the past year, from limited access to home printers when working remotely to new office policies governing social distancing and reducing office touch points. These reactionary changes to new working conditions have kept people from printing; however, in the long-term, the pandemic has underscored the need for new digital workflows that may no longer include the printed page," explained Evan Hardie, research director, Imaging and Future of Work at IDC Canada.

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What Impact Has COVID-19 Had on Meeting Attendee Preferences in Canada?

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie


This IDC Survey Spotlight describes how meeting attendee preferences have changed from pre-pandemic levels. The document contains data from IDC Canada's Business and IT Advisory Panel (BITAP), which was completed in August 2021. IDC conducted this survey to understand how IT and line-of-business foresee changes to in-person meetings. "For many Canadian organizations, a move to a hybrid working model will result in a large percentage of meeting attendees calling into meetings in the future. This will prompt organizations to focus on parity of technology and experience for their employees, providing them with a comparable experience to being in the office, when working in other locations," explained Evan Hardie, research director, Imaging and Future of Work at IDC Canada.

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What Specialized Skills Are Most Commonly Outsourced/Managed by Canadian Companies?

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie


This IDC Survey Spotlight illustrates what type of specialized skills are most commonly being sourced outside of the hiring process by Canadian organizations. The document contains data from IDC Canada's IT Advisory Panel (ITAP), which was completed in December 2020. IDC Canada conducted this survey to understand how small, medium-sized, and large businesses are dealing with skill gaps that have formed amid considerable digital transformation adoption. As tech jobs have become scarce, especially in emerging technologies, understanding the types of skills that are needed by Canadian companies will become essential. "Even before the COVID-19 pandemic set in, Canadian organizations were considering how they wanted to implement new technologies to augment their workforce. The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation activities, leaving many organizations lacking the specialized skill they need to function appropriately," explained Evan Hardie, research director, Future of Work and Printers and Digital Displays, IDC Canada.

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The Future of Work is Now

IDC Canada Blog

Jean Philippe Bouchard, Evan Hardie


Discover Canadian organizations' priorities and what's next for their workforce with IDC's Jean Philippe Bouchard and Evan Hardie

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Future of Work — The Next Normal in Canada

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie, Jean Philippe Bouchard, Megha Kumar


This IDC Market Presentation focuses on how Canadian organizations are preparing to "return to work," amid a global health crisis. Will the "hybrid" operating model become the working model of the future? This Market Presentation provides insights into how Canadian organizations handled the outbreak, how technologies were deployed, what they focused on when reopening their offices, what percentage of employees will work remotely ongoing, and what the next normal looks like. COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation adoption in Canada. Projects and new technology implementation that were possibly many years away, happened in a few short months. Work Culture (talent acquisition, development, and retention) was top of mind in 2019, while in June 2020, Work Space (connectivity, digital assistance, content and collaboration, and smart facilities) became the leading Future of Work dimension in Canada. "Canadian organizations are redefining their operating model to allow for more flexibility for their employees," said Evan Hardie, research director, Future of Work at IDC Canada. "Although digital transformation efforts are being undertaken in response to COVID-19, Canadian organizations are still a long way from being considered digitally determined."

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The Future of Work in Canada Survey: Work Culture Insights, 2019

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie, Jean Philippe Bouchard


This IDC Survey presentation includes data from IDC's Canadian Future of Work Survey, October 2019. It explores the types of workplace transformation activities Canadian organizations are undertaking and what are their next steps. This document is focused on work culture, and it is the first in a series focused on each of the three pillars of the future of work (work culture, workforce, and workspace). Respondents are from a broad range of industries and company sizes, and it was conducted across 300 knowledge workers focused on workplace transformation from IT, HR, and line of business in Canada. "Work culture is the primary focus of Canadian organizations, especially small businesses, as talent acquisition, development, and retention are top of mind," said Evan Hardie, research director, Future of Work and Imaging research, IDC Canada.

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Talent as Competitive Advantage: Enabling the Future of Work


Amy Loomis, Evan Hardie, Holly Muscolino, Jean Philippe Bouchard, Kazuko Ichikawa, Lisa Rowan, Marianne Kolding, Shannon Kalvar, Simon Piff


This IDC Perspective, in addition to exploring talent limitations and new talent sourcing models, examines how to rethink the talent equation. In an era when business needs and technical skills are evolving more rapidly than ever, job roles are also shifting, causing organizations to seek new ways to attract and develop top talent. Our dynamic business climate requires new approaches for sourcing and developing both technical and leadership expertise. IDC's Future of Work Survey indicates that there are broad challenges to finding limited available talent across the globe. Technology leaders are turning talent limitations into competitive advantage by focusing on employee experiences that in turn drive stronger client engagement. They continuously explore the boundaries and opportunities for human-machine collaboration and establish intelligent digital work environments to improve business outcomes. These efforts encompass an evolution from hierarchical to empathic leadership, fostering a culture of innovation-based growth that drives competitive advantage. "To succeed, organizations must take a holistic approach that fosters evolving human-machine collaboration and development of agile work culture and intelligent digital work environments," said Amy Loomis, IDC research director, Future of Work. "This approach will require new modes of working and empathetic leadership to realize top talent as the most valued and valuable source of competitive advantage."

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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Work 2020 Predictions — Canada Implications

IDC Canada

Evan Hardie, Jean Philippe Bouchard


This IDC Tech Buyer Presentation discusses the Canadian regionalization of IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Work 2020 Predictions (IDC #US44752319, October 2019). This document provides background on each of the 10 worldwide predictions with a detailed Canadian perspective on the timeline and cost/complexity. Also included are IT impact statements and guidance to help companies begin to shift the work model to encourage human-machine collaboration, enable new skills and worker experiences, and support an environment unbounded by time or physical space. "Not only will the types of work change in Canada, but there will be a fundamental change in who — or what — will be performing the tasks. Canadian companies are well positioned to take advantage of new technologies and work experiences as well as changing customer requirements," says Evan Hardie, research director, Future of Work and Imaging research, IDC Canada.

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