Data as a skillset
While the trend to leverage big data for insights has grown quickly across the globe, the general awareness of the value that can be extracted from data has been low in the Asia Pacific region. Now that organisations across all verticals are increasingly using technology to extract value from big data, it is clearly driving demand for data-related skillsets. As such, we will continue to see a crunch in skilled data professionals. This gap can only be filled with more education and training opportunities - schools that will teach data analytics and data science, and private sector companies that take the lead in supporting skills upgrade. The industry will come together to cultivate a new generation of IT professionals who will fill the skills gap for employers in the region.
The Internet of absolutely everything
When it comes to big data, the manufacturing industry deserves special attention. We have seen the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) over the last couple of years, but in manufacturing, whether it is for vehicles, mobile phones or household appliances, we will increasingly see sensor-run applications that will enable predictive maintenance. Ultimately, these can be features that send information back to a product's manufacturer, allowing technicians to predict and fix problems quickly or engineers to develop better designed next-generation products. We will see a quality-enabling evolution, thanks to data technology.
Other industries will also continue to go through a data evolution. Healthcare organizations, for example, will be able to learn much more about their patients through data and using the information to solve medical and patientcare issues effectively or in a shorter time. IoT will continue to transform industries in 2016.
In Open Source we trust (not just us)
This year, we will see an increased amount of trust that enterprises place on Open Source, as it becomes an even more critical component of IT. Open Source data management is flexible, scalable and cost-efficient, making it ideal for companies with a large amount of data. In a recent poll we did for industry players, 83 percent of respondents said they are using Open Source to some extent today, and 91 percent said they are either using Open Source now or plan to adopt Open Source technology by 2020. This is no surprise as Open Source systems are becoming more secure than before with data encryption, user authentication or authorization techniques, and more.
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