IDC envisions 2015 will be a year of accelerating innovation on the 3rd Platform
Jaideep Mehta, Managing Director, IDC South Asia says, “It has been about two years since organizations started to explore the benefits 3rd Platform technologies could unlock for them. 2015 is finally expected to be a year of widespread adoption of the 3rd Platform – Social, Mobile, Cloud and Big Data. IDC expects the businesses to move from a saturated 2nd Platform to a now thriving 3rd Platform era. Recovering markets, growing capabilities and innovating leaders will act as catalyst during this transition phase making 2015 a significantly positive year for the India IT eco-system.”
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 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.
More insights will be revealed in a forthcoming report, “IDC Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) ICT 2015 Top 10 Predictions”.
Drawing from the latest IDC research and internal brainstorming sessions amongst IDC’s regional and country analysts, the following are the top 10 key ICT predictions in 2015 that IDC believes will have the biggest commercial impact on the APeJ ICT market.
1) US$15 billion 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 utilize 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 the Internet of Things (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 organizations, 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.
3) The software-defined battle lines will get defined in 2015
The hybrid cloud, or federated datacenter, is still the current architecture of choice for organizations trying to align their IT infrastructure to the demands of the business.
Looking ahead to 2015 and based on the IDC Asia/Pacific Transformative Infrastructure (TI) Index, between 20-25% of all organizations will already have adopted Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Software-Defined Storage (SDS), or Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) to deliver on their hybrid cloud architecture (such as automation, showback and service catalog capabilities) across the region.
4) The agile development team will be in high demand in 2015 with growth in DevOps adoptions
IDC’s IT Services Survey found that 45% of businesses are undergoing or planning to undergo application modernization projects. Their ability to scale up 3rd Platform adoption will require changes to IT operation that bring agility and overcome siloed legacy systems. This need for speed will bring the first big wave of DevOps adoption in the region and will make agile development the de facto norm.