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Why SMEs could be the heart of ASEAN’s economic success

Amit Bathla, VP, Marketing, APAC, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise | Nov. 30, 2017

In comes the game-changer: hybrid cloud solutions. Employees can easily install corporate applications on their devices and become immediately mobile. The solution just needs to be hybrid-cloud "connected" to the existing telephony system. Additionally, since the service is provided on the cloud, there is no requirement for a VPN, or a remote security solution.

A recent study from IDG Research Services asserts, "it's no secret that digital business transformation and hybrid cloud computing are two of the most dominant IT trends today." The Asia-Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 also found that 63 percent of respondents see the strategic role of IT as achieving growth momentum and 50 percent see it having a strategic role for digitally transforming the organization2.

An investment in cloud-based business continuity can mean the difference between thriving, surviving, and becoming obsolete3. Migration to the cloud means that SMEs can commit to a consistent expense structure that is flexible and can create a business advantage. SMEs must be online, connected and accessible via mobile apps. A pay-per-use service offering can deliver the services and the budget flexibility that SMEs require, especially when essential services are basically provided for free.

Given their potential, SMEs need to tap on cross-border trade to boost the region's economic growth and development. Policymakers are looking at easing policy constraints, improving infrastructure, and doing more to allow SMEs to take the leap to overseas markets. To be successful today, SMEs need to be online, connected and accessed easily. As competition intensifies within the region, SMEs must leverage technology to better focus on their core business.

 

1http://www.apec.org/Groups/SOM-Steering-Committee-on-Economic-and-Technical-Cooperation/Working-Groups/Small-and-Medium-Enterprises

2http://info.centurylinkforbusiness.com/2016-FSHybridITReadinessReport.html

3https://www.carbonite.com/globalassets/files-white-papers/carb-idc-smb-cloud-growth-opportunity-report.pdf

 

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