Tech in Asia — Imagine the day when you can order a pizza from Domino’s via a tweet or the Apple Watch, or the day you can just walk into Starbucks and add the song playing in the store to your Spotify. That day may be coming sooner than later as brands worldwide aggressively adopt mobile apps to engage their customers, said Al Campa, chief marketing officer of App Annie, during a presentation at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016.
eWeek — A 451 Research report estimates that currently, the world’s largest region in terms of total operational space for colocation is Asia Pacific. The global colocation market will reach $33.2 billion by 2018, according to 451 Research’s latest quarterly Datacenter Knowledgebase (DCKB) release, which tracks nearly 4,800 data centers operated by 1,286 companies worldwide.
NDTV — The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed, says science fiction author William Gibson. It’s especially true for the state of broadband in the country. Content delivery network Akamai notes in its Q3 2015 State of the Internet report that India, at 2.5mbps, had the lowest average connection speed among ten Asia Pacific countries surveyed in the region. The global leader, South Korea, has an average connection speed of 20.5mbps.
business World India — India has the potential to grab 8 per cent of the global SaaS market estimated to be at $132 billion by 2020. Indian software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies will be valued at $50 billion by 2025, according to a report released by Google and Accel Partners.
Digi Times — Observing China’s mobile market in 2016, Digitimes Research expects smartphone AP price competition to grow fiercer, while Qualcomm and MediaTek will continue to push Internet of Things (IoT) to seek new business opportunities. Second- and third-tier AP suppliers are expected to experience a wave of mergers and acquisitions as smartphone demand continues to weaken.
Digi Times — IDC predicts that the xCommerce market will grow rapidly in the Asia-Pacific ex-Japan (APeJ) region, rising from nearly US$7 trillion in 2015 to nearly US$17 trillion in 2019. This represents a strong double-digit compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% within the 2015-2019 period. China has rapidly emerged as the epicenter of xCommerce in the region, with India and Indonesia amongst several rapidly growing markets in Asia.
RCR Wireless — The Asian-Pacific region will lead market growth related to the industrial “Internet of Things,” which is expected to be worth $54 billion in that market by 2020, according to a new report from tech research firm Technavio. The industrial “Internet of Things” – think smart utilities, light metering, manufacturing automation and the like – is currently worth around $38 billion in APAC.
Networks Asia — The cloud market shows no signs of slowing down, with 90% of enterprises planning to maintain or boost spending on cloud computing this year, according to a survey from Washington, D.C.-based research firm Clutch. The majority of enterprises in the U.S. said they would increase cloud spending in 2016, with 42% eyeing increases of between 11% and 30% and 14% looking to boost cloud spending by 31% to 50%. Another 7% plan to increase spending by more than 50%.
Telecom Asia — Indonesia’s e-commerce market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31.1% to reach $3.8 billion by 2019. Research analyst firm Frost & Sullivan said this is mainly due to “positive demographics profile, robust economic growth, high mobile adoption and a large number of e-commerce players offering a wide variety of products online to Indonesian consumers.”
Digi Times — Gartner has forecast that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232 million units in 2015. Sales of wearable electronic devices will generate revenues of US$28.7 billion in 2016. Of that, US$11.5 billion will be from smartwatches. From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will see 48% growth largely due to Apple popularizing wearables as a lifestyle trend.
PR Newswire — LONDON: The data center colocation is estimated to grow from USD 25.70 billion in 2015 to USD 54.13 billionby 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1%. There is a persistent increase in the demand of data center colocation services, as large enterprises begin to rely heavily on outsourced and managed services, rather than deploying their own IT infrastructure, which cannot be as flexible, dependable, and scalable as outsourced colocation centers.
PRNewswire — JAKARTA: Frost & Sullivan forecast that Asia Pacific Internet of Things (IoT) spending will grow at 26,8% to reach USD 79,3 billion in 2020. Ajay Sunder, Vice President of Digital Transformation Practice in APAC said that most of the growth will come from IoT services, majority of which will be powered by IoT Cloud platforms from major players such as Amazon Web Service IoT platform, Azure IoT Suite, Hana IoT Cloud and Predix.
Digi Times — The global electric power industry is evolving into a model that offers more diversity, both in terms of generation and in the ownership of generation assets, and solar photovoltaic (PV) is one technology at the head of this change. Following years of unsustainable pricing and oversupply, demand for solar PV systems has finally caught up, with 2015 expected to be the year when the global solar PV market shifts and starts to compete with other technologies.
PRNewswire — The Worldwide Smartphone Market Forecast, 2016-2020 report finds that global mobile phone market volume is anticipated to witness 1.4% year-on-year growth in 2016 and reach 1.97 billion units, 1.53 billion of which will be smartphones. The market has dropped to single digits, representing a plateau period. This further proven by the fact that global smartphone market volume is predicted to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 4% between 2015 and 2020.
Datacenter Dynamics — The demand for data centers is projected to be higher than ever, as organizations continue to migrate legacy infrastructure to the cloud, businesses turn to digitization as a competitive advantage, and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) take to the stage.
Networks Asia — Cloud computing has helped pave the way for many of today’s tech giants. In 2015, DropBox saw over a billion files synced – every single day – among its 400 million strong user base. Netflix, with over 69 million customers globally, has become a USD $50 billion company. Cloud has helped Facebook be Facebook; Google be Google.
Telecom Asia — More than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, according to Gartner. “Uses of the IoT that were previously impractical will increasingly become practical,” said W. Roy Schulte, VP at Gartner. “Business analysts and developers of information-centric processes need to have the expertise and the tools to implement IoT aspects that play a role in their systems.”
Digi Times — There were 157.4 million notebooks shipped globally in 2015, decreasing 9% on year, and the shipments will further slip 2.5% to 153.5 million units in 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Among vendors, Lenovo will take up 22.5% of shipments in 2016, followed by Hewlett-Packard with 21.4%, Dell 13.8%, Apple 11.9%, Asustek Computer 10.2%, Acer 8.9%, Samsung Electronics 2.8%, Toshiba 1.7% and Fujitsu 1.1%, Digitimes Research indicated.
Internal auditors, IT risk managers and site architects are just three areas of staffing demand that recruiting expert Hays says will remain in high demand in Hong Kong throughout 2016. According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, for January to March 2016, skilled locals will be able to advance their career this year.
Networks Asia — 2015 was a year of great change for enterprise storage and the larger IT market in general, as technology continues to experience accelerated cycles of innovation that the slow-moving dinosaurs of legacy IT just can’t keep pace with.
As I look back, beyond just 2015 to the last few years of predictions I’ve made, the trend is clear: IT transformation is picking up speed and will continue to rely on expansion into the cloud, while a focus on cybersecurity and the search for talent will continue to impact the industry.
Enterprise Innovation — According to IDC, Asia Pacific is set to become the frontline for the Internet of Things (IoT). With a large number of government initiatives driving demand, the number of things connected is expected to increase from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020, creating a US$583 billion market opportunity. eGov Innovation speaks with Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, Global Head of Digital Enterprise Services at Tech Mahindra, on the opportunities that IoT will bring to Asia, overcoming the barriers to IoT adoption and what governments can do to support its growth.
Digi Times — Huawei is expected to further ramp up its smartphone shipments to 120 million units in 2016, buoyed by growing sales momentum of its products in Europe and emerging markets, as well as improved brand image, according to sources from Taiwan’s handset supply chain.
Digi Times — First-tier China-based PV module makers have been setting up PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cell production lines to meet growing demand for high-efficiency PV modules in the China market, with an estimated total annual capacity of 5.0GWp to come into operation in second-quarter 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Venture Beat — Alibaba’s CEO Daniel Zhang — not to be confused with the company’s better-known founder and executive chairman Jack Ma — this week sketched out the Chinese ecommerce titan’s expansion strategy for 2016. During a speech to employees at the company’s Hangzhou headquarters, Zhang said, “Global import, rural ecommerce, and top-tier cities are the three key battlefields for Alibaba in 2016.”
Networks Asia — Information security threats will continue to escalate in 2016, but improved awareness and more investment by enterprises can do much to mitigate the increased risk. Where should business focus their efforts and attention? And what organizations will be most at risk in the coming year? Here are some predictions on what to expect in the cyber security space in 2016:
MIS Asia — We saw a year of significant transformation in the world of business intelligence in 2015. More organisations opened up to the idea of leveraging data to make discoveries and many began to put the power of data analytics into the hands of their rank-and-file employees. In Singapore, the Smart Nation initiative took on momentum, and so did the Infocomm Media 2025, which is designed to bring about a new economy that is now more fueled by technology than ever before.
Networks Asia — Amit Pandey, CEO of cloud application delivery specialist Avi Networks, says 2016 will be the year of the “new IT.” The confluence of cloud environments and applications, along with technologies like software-defined networking, are going to rewrite the rules for IT in 2016, he says.
Networks Asia — 2015 was another tumultuous year of more cybersecurity attacks and no different from the past few years. While it is nice to finally see cybersecurity becoming a priority with executive leadership teams and company boards alike, there is still plenty of room to improve as the attack vectors continue to evolve.
MIS Asia — Data management across businesses in the Asia Pacific region is becoming more mature, Pivotal survey shows. The survey, released on 14 December 2015, was conducted by the cloud native platform provider with its customers and partners across five countries in the Asia Pacific region. According to the survey titled “Data Technology Adoption and Maturity in Asia Pacific”, consolidation among data silos in the Asia Pacific region is now mainstream and a priority for businesses in 2016.