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What's really in store for Malaysia's IT industry in 2017?

AvantiKumar | Jan. 9, 2017
(MAJOR UPDATES) New leadership insights from PIKOM, MDEC, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Cyberview, IDC, Gartner, BAE Systems, 11street, Canvas/Instructure, Cloudera, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Hitachi Sunway, Red Hat, Cisco, AIMS Group, Fortinet, Sophos, Emerio, Brocade, Cognizant, Outsystems, Symantec, VADS, and Veeam.

Daryl Plummer, Research Vice President, Gartner

  Daryl C. Plummer (pic above), Managing Vice President, Chief of Research and Chief Gartner Fellow, said: "In line with Gartner's predictions that by 2025, every industry will be transformed by digital businesses, we are witnessing a shift from being in a stage of infrequent inconvenience due to digital disruption to experiencing a consistent rate of change."

"In the coming year, Gartner anticipates the emergence of some of the digital trends that will have an impact on the way Malaysian consumers interact with technology and how companies can leverage this," said Plummer.  "One of the key trends we foresee for 2017 is that digital experience and engagement will continue drawing people into innovative nonstop virtual interactions."

He listed the following trends: 

The shifting shopping experience with augmented reality. "The recent popularity of augmented reality (AR) applications such as Pokémon GO has helped bring AR into the mainstream, fuelling consumer appetite for immersive AR experiences. Coupled with mobile device usage becoming an ingrained behaviour, which further blurs the lines between the physical and digital worlds, we will see retailers and brand marketers incorporating AR applications to enhance the shopping experience."

The exit of screens from the web browsing experience. "New audio-centric technologies, such as Google Home and Amazon's Echo are making access to dialogue-based information ubiquitous and spawning new platforms based on "voice-first" interactions. By eliminating the need to use ones' hands and eyes for browsing, vocal interactions extend the utility of web sessions to contexts such as driving, cooking, walking, socializing, exercising and operating machinery. As a result, the share of waking hours devoid of instant access to online resources will approach zero."

Brands to start abandoning their in-house apps in favour of established ones."Many brands are finding that the level of adoption, customer engagement and return on investment (ROI) delivered by their own mobile applications are significantly less than the expectations that underpinned their initial app investment. Adopting established third-party apps such as Facebook messenger instead will lower barriers to discovery, while offering similar levels of engagement at a fraction of the investment, support and marketing cost. Many companies will evaluate these experiences against their under-performing applications and opt to reduce their losses by allowing their apps to expire."

Gartner also delivered positive expectations for Malaysia's ICT spending in the second week of January.

 'Bricks and Clicks' and a question of talent

Hoseok Kim, CEO of 11street, Malaysia


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