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BLOG: Looking back at 2013 and perspectives for 2014

Alex Caro | Jan. 2, 2014
2013 saw a myriad of movements in the IT industry – from rising cyber security tension between nation states, greater awareness and uptake of BYOD (bring your own device) to a wider acceptance of mobile payment.

A point to note is that the consumerisation of IT (devices) and the wide availability of good quality SaaS software for many applications is leading to more frequent purchases of these systems by business departments and not by central IT. These trends will force a central IT team to evolve its role from purchaser and implementer of systems to a corporate standards-setting, enforcement, and enterprise architecture function.

Asia Pacific continues to be a sweet spot for many companies including Akamai. It remains as one of the fastest growing regions, driven by big consumption, attributed to the number of Internet users multiplied by the growing investments in infrastructure. The uniqueness of the region is also characterized by its diversity in its adoption rates - with markets that are emerging like Indonesia and Thailand or bigger and more established markets like China, Korea, Japan, and Australia. The next phase of technology will see a continued splintering of device platforms but yet the demand of continued convergence of requirements for instant performances. The key differentiator for companies moving forward will be ability to adapt content to the right device and time of delivery for the best possible delivery to their customers.

Alex Caro is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Services, Asia Pacific & Japan, Akamai Technologies.



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