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Welcome to the year of integrated intelligence

Ryan Goh, Vice President of Sales, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific | Jan. 16, 2015
2015 is poised to herald an era of smarter opportunities – among cities, peoples and enterprises. Here are three compelling technology drivers that enterprises should watch.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

Ryan Goh, Vice President of Sales, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific
Ryan Goh, Vice President of Sales, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific

Technological advances that connect the digital world will make 2015 the year of integrated intelligence.The pure amount of information that connected devices can collect and transfer into useful business information is amazing. A global study by Forrester Consulting revealed that senior IT decision makers inside key industries believe that the IoT is transformational - a belief more apparent across Asia Pacific than in any other region in the world!

The same study showed that over 85 percent of enterprises in Asia Pacific believe that IoT solutions will be the most strategic technology initiative for themselves in a decade, higher than the global average by 5 percentage points.  In short, APAC enterprises believe that IoT will change the way their businesses around the globe are managed, while empowering their enterprises with the needed intelligence about their internal operations so they can improve business processes and better serve customers.

Here are the top three technology trends that we can expect to see developing over the next year to drive enterprise asset intelligence, innovation and influence decision-making around IT investments:

Trend # 1: The internet of things (IoT)
The intelligent enterprise will make IoT accessible and scalable for operations of various sizes, and seek to provide integrated visibility and connectivity solutions for their industries. Research firm Gartner stated that 4.9 billion connected "things" will be in use and is up 30% from 2014 and by 2020 there will be more than 20 billion connected devices in use. This means that we can expect to see even more enterprises appreciate the premise behind IoT technologies, or smart interconnected devices:which isfor businesses to gain real-time visibility into assets, people and transactions, and drive more effective and timely business decisions or to improve customer interactions.

Currently, there is strong IoT solution deployment momentum among global firms. Nearly 65 percent of firms surveyed by Forrester in their global study have deployed or are in the process of implementing IoT solutions. New and smarter cities, buildings, and infrastructure in many Asia Pacific countries have enabled this strong adoption rate.

2015 will see an uptake in this trendin response or anticipation to rising pressure to incorporate more intelligent functionality into devices, to enhance relationships, empower processes, optimize costs and mitigate risks in the enterprise.

Trend # 2: The connected mobile workforce
Mobile technology and smartphone apps will continue to have a positive impact on our professional and personal lives. As an increasing number of workers become less confined to a physical work space, enterprises will adopt tools to allow them to use cloud-based applications fed with real-time information about assets in their environment.

 

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