Data&StorageAsean EDITOR'S NOTES:
Beyond the hype, strategizing and posturing around the Internet of Things, storage and cloud vendors are salivating over the storage and software opportunities that IoT promises to bring. Take note, it’s not promises to deliver but promises to bring. Storage is a pre-requisite for IoT because we see the partner of IoT – Big Data – as necessary twins to realize the benefits.
Consider the notion that your car constantly pings cell towers telling some cloud intelligence its location, speed, vehicle condition, etc. The same car is also picking up chatter about traffic conditions, alternate routes, etc. There is so much data being created – albeit small bits of data whizzing through the wireless ether – it has to be stored and process somewhere.
Will governments be the primary sponsors of Big Data? I doubt it. It will be a cloud ecosystem of private and public entities that endlessly talking to each other to communicate status, conditions, etc. It is almost like a garbage collection depot where everything gets thrown in, much of it recycled for specific purposes, compressed and eventually stored in the super storage in the cloud – somewhere.
Who will make the money here? Chances are everyone will have a share with the payee for all of this being consumers.
IDC is not far off in its prediction - that governments will be spearheading IoT adoption. Any private or semi-private enterprise pushing the IoT message will likely have government backing already in place because for IoT to work, standards (even proprietary ones) have to be agreed upon and the best entities to push any standard is the government.
Asia/Pacific City Governments Will Kickstart Pervasive Adoption of Internet of Things Technologies in 2015: IDC Government Insights
IDC Government Insights predicts that several regional authorities will develop new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as 3rd platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business); for Smart City programs; and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors leading to the eventual construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes.
The very premise of the 3rd platform landscape fundamentally acknowledges the value of digital data as a strategic asset.
While data assets are being collected, analyzed and used more pervasively, IDC Government Insights notes that alarmingly, less than 5% of government authorities are aware of or have made plans to recognize the financial and economic value of these resources.
With public sectors being the largest custodians of citizenry data, there is no better time than now to commence upon the economic quantification, valuation and recognition of information assets.
Asia/Pacific public sectors are under constant pressure to enhance their end-to-end stakeholder experiences; increase productivity and resources optimization; as well as rethink the way their employees work.
"The 3rd platform landscape holds an almost unlimited potential to help public sector organizations to deliver new transformative capabilities in all fields of strategic and operational undertakings. Simultaneously, they are expected to continually help public sector organizations maintain proper controls for considerations such as increased transparency, better accountability and aiding value-for-money decisions," says Gerald Wang, Research Manager, IDC Government Insights, Asia/Pacific.
"ICT is ultimately, an enabler of organizational transformation. It is, however, most definitely not the technology but the harmony of the entire government ecology that brings about effective public sector transformation - one that will reap benefits for both the private and public spheres. Therefore, the focus on outcomes-based justifications and goals should always be the primary objective of any public sector ICT undertaking."
Table 1: Three of IDC Government Insights Asia/Pacific's top 10 Predictions for 2015 (listed in no particular order)
Asia/Pacific City Governments Will Kickstart Pervasive Adoption of IoT Technologies in 15-20% of Smart City Initiatives
Asia Pacific city governments are expected to bring about the first wave of IoT adoptions with initiatives aimed at improving city management operations as well as eServices deliveries. Notably, fund-raising and investments in IoT will become much clearer in 2015 as prices of sensors continue to fall and the value-added services from suppliers continue to grow.
25% of Healthcare Organizations Will Invest in Mobility Including Consumer-facing Mobile Applications, Wearables, and Remote Health Monitoring in 2015
Consumer expectations of convenience, choice, customization, and control when interacting with healthcare organizations is growing based on their experience with other high-touch, customer-centric industries such as retail, hospitality, and financial services. Like these industries, healthcare will also embrace omni-channel strategies to provide a consistent experience across phone calls, actual visits, organization Web site, or mobile apps. While using a unique user identity to access test results on a patient portal has been available in many countries in the region, as technologies develop, and as prescribed wearables become more common, they will be used to feed health monitoring data into the patient portals to manage chronic conditions.
The Region Will See a Greater Uptake of Smart Education and Personalized Learning Initiatives
Internationalization of education has fast become a trend in today's education systems. Especially at the tertiary levels, the base location of the university is often different from the location of students. At the same time, students are increasingly being exposed to technology in their everyday lives, especially social media, and are increasingly expecting to drive their own educational experience. In this mobile world, ICT has taken on a new significance in transcending the borders and give access to relevant content to students, irrespective of their geographical locations. In the emerging economies in the region, personalized learning will manifest itself through the increase in uptake of mlearning. In mature economies, especially at the tertiary level, ICT is not only supporting seamless access to content, but also triggering a new model of learning that is more personalized.