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If you could predict the future, how would you do things differently? When we polled business decision-makers around Asia Pacific, 70% said competition from digital start-ups is incentivizing them to invest in their IT infrastructure and digital skills leadership.
Understandably so. The last couple of years have been tumultuous to say the least. All industries, sectors and businesses are transforming. Expect even more disruption to come down the pike. Established companies are being out-maneuvered and out-innovated by digital start-ups across the world. More than half of the businesses we surveyed don't even know whether they'll be around in 3-5 years' time.
But amid the disruption is opportunity - and lots of it. Here are seven significant trends for 2017. No doubt some of these will change the way you do business, from the edge, to the core, to the cloud.
Prediction 1: Immersive creativity goes mainstream
2017 will signal the democratization of immersive creativity. Very soon, creators will be able to weave their magic with some super powerful technology - and in time, this technology will be adopted by the wider population.
Builders and architects will walk onto project sites and use their devices to see full-scale models of buildings before any work has even begun. High-performing, efficient and simple infrastructure will be essential to easily and quickly access the data needed to visualize these creations.
Prediction 2: Otherworldliness
Over the next few years, expect VR/AR to reach a tipping point. According to IDC, across Asia, 30% of consumer-facing companies will experiment with AR/VR as part of their marketing efforts in 2017.
Hands-free devices will propel people into parallel worlds, in which their only limitation will be their imagination. They'll learn new skills, provide services and engage with people, without bumping into the time and cost constraints of physical media.
In the Philippines, ZipMatch provides a 360 virtual reality service that enables real estate brokers to show potential buyers property in a more experiential and immersive way, without the need for an actual visit. Singapore is fast becoming a major hub for VR content creation with companies like TaKanto, Hiverlab, and VizioFly.
Pokemon Go may be adding around 700,000 new players a day, but AR and VR are ripe for much more than just gaming.
Prediction 3: Secure your HVAC
Have you recently heard your mechanic say that your car needs a software update? Well, you heard correctly. In the age of the connected world - practically anything with an IP address can be hacked.
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