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IDC predicts the top 10 ICT trends for APeJ in 2014

Nurdianah Md Nur | Dec. 4, 2013
The predictions include the rise of data driven marketing, CYOD to replace BYOD, and software-defined infrastructure to be a formal transformation agenda for CIOs.

5.      xCommerce boom will give rise to new consumption models and industries
Mobile commerce is particularly well suited for the APeJ region and thus, IDC predicts that most eCommerce providers will expand their capabilities for mobile shopping in the near future. It is expected that in 2014, many types of mobile app providers will incorporate commerce functions into communications, social networking and gaming apps. This, in turn, may help topple the dominance or near-monopolies of existing eCommerce players.

6.Technology and web-based giants will move into adjacent business areas signaling a new wave of business disruption
Telecom service providers, web giants and Over-the-Top providers (OTTPs) are expected the first tentative steps towards capturing new types of business opportunities the ICT market in 2014.  

7.Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionise products and business models
In 2014, IoT will have more impact on the way cities function, industries operate, companies compete, employees work and consumers live. However, much of the innovation that drives the industry forward is expected to come from entrepreneurial new IoT application vendors and analytics companies instead of traditional vendors.

8.Partner community platforms will become the melting pots of business innovation
Investment priorities of enterprises towards "ecosystem ICT", where technologies are harnessed from the enterprise to its partners and customers, are expected to increase in 2014. Organisations with business processes more aligned to "supply chain" -- such as those in the manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, FMCG and oil and gas industries -  are ideal candidates for this transformative change.

9."Software-defined" infrastructure to become a formal transformation agenda
Software-defined infrastructure has the potential to resolve a number of complex issues that are inherent in the data centre due to years of buying best-of-breed point solutions. The future of the data center will include general purpose servers and specialty systems that can manage varied workloads. IDC forecasts that enterprises - especially those that are moving towards cloud in an aggressive fashion - will look for a software-defined data centre as application-aware environment becomes increasingly critical to enterprises. 2014 will be the year where we will see the start of formal discussions with and among CIOs.

10. 2014 will see the perfect storm for project failure: The combination of Mobility, Analytics, Social and the Cloud
IDC predicts that by 2015, the increasingly frequent application of these technologies to meet business demands will increase the risks of project failure to unacceptable levels, forcing CIOs to adopt new risk mitigation strategies. While many projects may successfully reach production-ready status, ROI targets will be missed from inadequate planning for service management. When combined with the impact of 'cloud speed' and a region-wide drought of IT skills, the potential for serious project failure is large. Regional CIOs are not unaware of project risks, and in some cases the potential for failure will slow adoption of new technologies dramatically. However, demands for new services from business managers will force the CIO to find a way of risk mitigation.


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