Thursday, 20 December 2012 05:48

Mobility and cloud the key drivers in 2013

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The increasing adoption of mobility and cloud computing have stimulated the demand for mobile application platforms in Asia Pacific. Despite a slowing economy, this will continue in 2013.

Key growth areas are integration and messaging solutions and cloud-enabling middleware or appliances. The forecasts are made in the latest  IDC Asia Pacific Application Deployment Software Tracker. The report also finds that security remains as one of the top concerns as organisations find themselves operating in increasingly complex IT environments.

"The ability to centrally manage and to provision applications in a secured manner on disparate platforms will be critical here," says IDC’s Chris Zhang. He says the Application Deployment Software (ADS) market in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region grew 8% year-on-year to US$641 million in the first half of 2012. It is expected to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% over the next five years.

"Inevitably, the weakening economies in the US and Europe have impacted the region, with companies heavily dependent on export businesses the worst hit among all. Various economic statistics have also indicated signs of slowdown in the key growth engines of the region – China and India," says Zhang.

Generally, most of the companies are taking a more conservative approach in their technology investments while some others are going the opposite direction, pumping in more dollars to stay ahead of the pack and be ready in full gear when the economy resumes. "This is clearly a 'fight or flight' situation, depending on how organisations view the current situation – whether opportunistic or negative."

For instance, IDC observes that despite challenging times, some manufacturers continue to invest in Managed File Transfer (MFT) and B2B integration solutions to enhance collaboration and communication capabilities among supply chain members. Business Process Management Software (BPMS) is also another hot area where organisations across all industries see as strategic investment that helps to optimise business processes and stay agile in volatile market conditions. In fact, middleware solutions are often considered by many companies as the backbones and enablers of an agile organisation.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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