The company strongly believes in this trend enough to expect most major social networks in the region to explore solutions that allow retailers to use them as profile platforms in 2013.
Innovation needs will drive M2M growth
"In the past connectivity was an issue for M2M, as well as the lack of analytics behind what it can do. But connectivity and analytics has improved over the years and this will result in the increase of M2M," Ng said.
IDC expects M2M (machine-to-machine) to take off over the next few years as companies increasingly see technology as an enabler of business innovation.
The report highlighted the health sector as well as the driverless car as examples of where M2M will appear in 2013 and beyond.
Governance issues will take centrestage
According to IDC, the four super trends will see the acceleration of the implications of compliance.
Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobility and BYOD as well as social creates problems in terms of data location and procurement patterns, data management and overall issues pertaining to control and data sharing.
These problems will probably be, in IDC eyes, the biggest issue that CIOs and business units have to deal with.
New data centre strategy
Sixty-five percent of servers shipped into the private cloud environment will be drop-in appliances according to IDC, as they provide a standardised architecture and are optimised for multiple workloads.
For vendors, IDC sees increased pressure to provide infrastructure that is more tightly coupled and available as the demand needs, while the CIO will be pushed to demonstrate on-premises cloud return on investment versus cloud services.
In 2013, IDC urges IT leaders to remain focused, discipline and agile while not being afraid of feeding the hunger for innovation and growth.
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