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DevOps, big data figure in 5 APAC tech predictions by Rackspace

Rackspace
has issued its five predictions for the APAC market. While it sees the rise of
DevOps in the APAC market, it sees “decent investments” in data analytics and the growing significance of mobile-first strategies, among other observations.

Rackspace
has issued its five predictions for the APAC market. While it sees the rise of
DevOps in the APAC market, it sees “decent investments” in data analytics and the growing significance of mobile-first strategies, among other observations.

The Rise of
DevOps
The
need for development and operations to work together to deliver
solid business outcomes will be at the top of Asia-Pacific enterprises agendas
in 2015. While North America and the UK have been early adopters in DevOps,
next year it will pick up steam in Hong Kong and across Asia-Pacific. In fact,
according to a recent Rackspace survey that polled 700 technology decision
makers in the US, UK and Australia, it found that over three quarters (77 percent) of the respondents said they were
familiar with term DevOps, with 55 percent having already implemented DevOps
practices. While adoption is minimal in Asia-Pacific, this will change in 2015,
as DevOps becomes more and more critical to all organizations.

Big Data for
Advanced Analytics
With
the continued rise of social media, mobile, and M2M, there is no stopping the growth
of big data. This past year, Rackspace has seen decent investment from
Asia-Pacific companies looking to manage and analyse their data, with companies
investing in ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database as a
service (DBaaS) provider, to do so. However, the focus on big
data analytics is minimal compared to the US, UK and even Australia. What we’ll
see in 2015 is a greater emphasis on effectively analysing big data, using it
to extract value and make more informed business decisions that boost the
bottom line.

Support
Dominates the Cloud Discussion
While IT support in relation to cloud computing
bubbled-up in conversation in 2014, it will be the dominant discussion next
year. Just as there was an IT outsourcing wave in the early 2000s in which
hundreds of IT professional services functions and organizations were created
around IT support, this will happen again in the coming year, as more cloud
computing companies invest in creating support around the cloud. Companies are
increasingly looking for an IT partner to help them scale, manage and monitor
their clouds, allowing them to focus on growing their core business as opposed
to handling IT issues. At Rackspace, support has always been a core focus of
our business, however, it will heighten even more in 2015, as our Managed Cloud
offering takes off even further.

Mobile-first
strategies take hold
Asia-Pacific
is driving the mobile sector globally, already accounting for nearly 55% of the global mobile phone ownership total – some 2.5 billion users.
This trend for growth shows no sign of slowing. In 2016, Asia-Pacific is predicted to account for 57.7% of the world’s
mobile phone users. On top of this, Rackspace’s recent mcommerce survey
found that 84% of consumers in Asia-Pacific are using their smartphones to
browse on a weekly basis. What this means is that companies cannot put mobile
on the backburner anymore – it must be at the top of the business agenda. In
2015, we’ll see more companies invest in building premium mobile experiences
for their customers – experiences that are built on speed, security and
reliability to drive traffic and retain customers on their sites.

Traditional industries turn to the cloud
Asia Pacific is the largest regional M2M market
accounting for almost 40% of global M2M connections, and has recorded the
largest gain since 2010, with 51 million net additions over the last three
years. The continued rise of the Internet of Things and M2M will further enable
the wearable revolution powered by the cloud. However, in the coming year, we
will see more traditional industries leverage the cloud as a business priority.
We’ve recently seen GE’s push to develop an industrial cloud that will help enterprises collect and use data from many types of GE
equipment, but this is only the beginning.

 

 

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