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A brave new world of wearable technology in Asia Pacific

Sowri S. Krishnan, Vice President, Mobility, Cognizant | Jan. 8, 2015
With the buzz around wearables, organisations must realise that the enterprise wearables market is still evolving and should evaluate the core business benefits before implementing this new technology.

Delving into the 4D reality
Wearable technology can become bigger and better with augmented reality. In the near future, augmented reality is also expected to usher in new ways for businesses and industry processes such as improved asset utilisation, process efficiency, productivity, cost savings and revenues. Mobile and connected devices can help boost efficiency for those in-field services. For instance, augmented reality helmets can help a marine engineer quickly analyse a ship's blueprint instead of manual inspection before conducting repair and maintenance works. The easy access to digital and visual record ultimately accelerates time to value.

Furthermore, augmented reality headsets can also act as collaborative tools to bridge human contact across organisations. For instance, integrated video-conferencing on these headsets can help foster and strengthen human relationships, especially for organisations that are geographically dispersed, to build a truly global, connected business world.

Evaluate business benefits first
With the buzz around wearables, organisations must realise that the enterprise wearables market is still evolving and should evaluate the core business benefits before implementing this new technology. Wearable technology is largely symbiotic with mobile technology and both are meant to improve security, save money and increase organizational efficiency. Identifying tasks that can be made more efficient with wearables, knowing devices' functionality and analyzing potential risks are some of the vital first steps before incorporating wearable technology into your organisation's overall strategy. This is a brave new world that CIOs and IT departments can start exploring in order to tap mobile's full potential in enterprise application.


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[2]eMarketer, Asia-Pacific Reaches Whopping 2.5 Billion Mobile Phone Users, September 30, 2013

[3] Mashable, The 15 countries With the Highest Smartphone Penetration, August 27, 2013

[4]eMarketer, Asia-Pacific Reaches Whopping 2.5 Billion Mobile Phone Users, September 30, 2013

[5] A.T. Kearney, The Mobile Ecosystem in Asia Pacific, November 2011

[6] Nielsen, The Asian Mobile Consumer Decoded, January 14, 2014

[7]Datamation, Enterprise wearables an $18B market by 2019, May 16, 2014

[8] Forrester, Predictions 2014: Mobility And Computing Technologies In The Age Of The Customer,January 15, 2014

 

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