Sean Ong (pic), Country Manager for networking systems company Brocade Malaysia, sees seven transformative technology trends for 2016 and beyond, which are:
1. Software is the future: Software is transforming data centres and networks with service providers and enterprises turning to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to create new services quickly, scale them and deliver them in innovative user-centric ways. Adoption of software networking platforms will continue and expand as organisations migrate to New IP networks.
2. New IP to gain traction: According to IDC, more than half of all IT spending is going to be on third platform technologies. Migration of legacy IP network architectures to New IP networks will move towards mainstream adoption as enterprises and service providers transform their networks into open, software-driven platforms for innovation.
3. There's DevOps for that: DevOps, or any agile software development methodology that closely matches services with business demands, will gain widespread uptake. According to IDC, enterprises pursuing digital transformation strategies will more than double their software development capabilities by 2018. Companies that build and use field-focused development have a huge advantage in customer-focused innovation, speed of development and customer intimacy.
4. Big data gets even bigger: Many of those who disruptively take advantage of the data explosion will be startups. As data gets bigger, so do the opportunities, skillsets and demand for analytic and cognitive services across industries. The ability to derive intelligence from big data in real-time will create competitive edge.
5. Machine learning takes off: Machine Learning (ML) is the computing breakthrough made possible by big data. Algorithms that can learn from and even make predictions based on the enormous amounts of data and meta-data that are generated, transmitted, and stored via networks will change the world of data centres and networks beginning 2016. Facial and speech recognition are already changing consumer electronics and the cloud services that use them, and anomaly detection is quickly becoming a crucial part of network security.
6. The rise of the virtual telco: Mobile network operators that have been struggling to keep up with fast-changing customer needs and market opportunities will be compelled to move to SDN and NFV in 2016. Carriers and service providers who embrace change first will be winners in the IoT ecosystem and the 5G race, by 2020.
7. Talent crunch gets serious: Vendors, service providers and user organisations are competing for a limited pool of next-generation talent. This issue will become increasingly acute, and organisations will have to rethink their strategies to attract, develop, and retain strong talent as self-provisioning and self-programming networks will require analytical and coding skills that are in very short supply.
Part One of this article includes national overviews from PIKOM, Outsourcing Malaysia, IDC and others.
Part Three of this article will continue the overview of Malaysia's IT sector in 2016.
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