Not just 'one' cloud
In the coming year, we expect the following:
Consumer-driven Cloud: An explosion of connectivity is coming, from millions to billions of connected devices. The cloud will be at the centre of all this. Consumers are driving adoption and use of cloud technologies. The dramatic increase in mobile internet use and the demands placed on viewing and using content from the cloud, anywhere, anytime is just another example of how consumers are driving cloud use. IT vendors and service providers are looking to "bring cloud to the people". Delivering great experiences from device to the cloud is the key to building a long-lasting relationship between consumers and the devices they choose to use in their daily lives.
The user experience of cloud computing differs from mobile device to mobile device. For cloud-based applications, it is important to consider the end-user experience. When clouds are designed with the thought of the end-point device in mind, it takes advantage of the capabilities of the end-point device. IT maintains a more flexible infrastructure with the ability to optimise application delivery and end user experience.
There will be no 'one' cloud - there will be many: consumer services, academic research, behind enterprise firewalls for corporate use, hybrid models allowing the potential for flexible capacity. To manage the influx of applications, information and demand for cloud computing, the future data centre will need to create a cloud environment with interoperable "federated" clouds allowing "automated" movement of software applications and resources as well as being PC and device-savvy or "client-aware".
Intelligent connected systems: At Intel, we view 2012 as another year of accelerated transition to intelligent connected systems. As connectivity becomes even more pervasive, intelligent systems will continue to demand more performance to bring richer experiences and become more fundamental to our daily lives.
Three positive drivers in the coming year are:
Entrepreneurialism: Asia is both supporting the global technology industry and becoming a huge consumer of it. The Malaysian government must help skill up its economy to support entrepreneurialism and the resulting knowledge industries so that the country can propel its natural tenacity for innovation.
Innovation: Asia, as the manufacturing hub of the world, needs to evolve to become a spring of innovation. We'll see this perception shift through 2012, as developing Asian economies like Malaysia increase their focus on leadership, innovation and strategic thinking.
It is important for SMEs to rise to the call for innovation as they represent 99 percent of the businesses in Malaysia yet contribute only 31 percent of the country's GDP. There is no doubt SMEs have a significant role in the local economy because they are capable of spurring domestic demand and investment when they innovate. A thriving economy on the local front will help Malaysia stay afloat amid the economic uncertainty globally.
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