The Bigger Picture: Top 10 key ICT trends set to impact regional market…

Why 2015 will be a year of accelerating innovation on the 3rd Platform across New Zealand and the region...

International Data Corporation (IDC) envisions 2015 will be a year of accelerating innovation on the 3rd Platform.

“While the smartphone component of IT spending continues to grow in Asia Pacific,” explains Shyne-Song Chuang, Program Director, Cross-Pillar, Security and Technology Advisory Service Research Group, IDC Asia/Pacific.

“Its relative size is plateauing as enterprises shift gears to focus on efficient workflows on both employee and enterprise-owned devices; web scale cloud systems built by agile development teams to enable new business capabilities and systemic improvements on the journey to becoming a true data driven enterprise.

“Not forgetting personalised digital experiences as well as branded Internet of Things (IoT) that provide an unprecedented customer experience.”

Following the Chuang’s observations, IDC revised IT spending growth in the Asia/Pacific, excluding Japan, (APeJ) region down from 8.7% to 5.8% in 2014 followed by a very modest increase to 6.0% in 2015.

IT spending growth for the rest of the 2014-2018 forecast period however is expected to climb upwards to 6.4% in 2017.

IDC expects the APeJ region to remain a most reliable engine for growth with multinational companies (MNCs) and Asian enterprises alike continuing to relentlessly look to Asia for future opportunities.

As a result, revealed below are top 10 key ICT predictions in 2015 that IDC believes will have the biggest commercial impact on the APeJ ICT market:

1) US$15B of government funding in 2015 will turn ICT plans into battlefields innovators

In 2015, IDC expects government ICT investments to be focused on the consolidation and streamlining of scarce ICT resources; the attainment of better management tools for effective decision making; and cyber-security.

In the next two to three years, IDC expects several regional authorities to utilise new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as 3rd platform technologies (i.e. cloud, Big Data/ analytics, mobility and social); continued Smart City programs; connected smart machines and intelligent sensors (i.e. edge computing); and IoT.

2) 60% of enterprises in 2015 will structure IT into core vs Lines of Business (LoB) IT

In 2015, IDC predicts that 60% of enterprises will structure their IT departments into two functional groups: Core IT and a separate LoB IT function.

For larger organisations, these groups will become physically distinct entities, but for most Asia Pacific enterprises this separation will be logical, as the two kinds of roles will be distinctly different but the reporting structure may not differ.

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