Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director, EMC Malaysia (pic), said:
In 2015, I expect the conversation to move definitively from technology adoption to its real impact on business, life, industry, and economy. My expectations from 2015 -
The Malaysian Enterprise 4.0
I strongly believe that AEC brings a unique opportunity for Malaysian businesses. As it looms closer, I expect focused investments in technology and talent from all industries as they strive to remain relevant in a more competitive regional landscape.
With the Digital Malaysia program getting strengthened in 2014, I expect the ICT ecosystem to further enable Enterprise 4.0 in Malaysia. Social, cloud, mobility, and big data will become the new normal in order to succeed in the Third Platform world.
Mobile retail for mobile consumers
As the spending power of Malaysian consumers and the impact of retail on the country's economy continue to grow, catching consumers anywhere anytime will become a reality - a business mandate. Retailers who can adapt and take their services to wherever the consumer is physically or virtually located, will be sure to build a lasting relationship and loyalty among them - and impact bottom lines. I believe that businesses will finally adopt the technology to build these real time relationships in order to compete and win. This will mean means vast streams of data that will need to be processed in real time driving a massive increase in the adoption of technologies such as in-memory databases and flash storage.
The role of youth - the process will be two way
The Government recently rolled out the Big Data Framework and the focus on skill development has been more than encouraging. I believe 2015 will see even more industry-academia partnerships as industry skills become more and more important for the greater good of the economy.
At the same time, I also expect increased engagement from youth in nation-building efforts and leveraging technology for social good. They already play a key role in developing popular opinion on digital platforms and their role as social, business, and economic influencers will continue to get stronger.
Mark Leigh, President, Asia Pacific, Jabra Business Solutions (pic) closes this segment with some thoughts on the unified communications sector:
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