IoT applications in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing are "driving significant improvements in efficiency and cost savings," Lenovo ANZ managing director Matt Codrington told iTWire.
This technology is rapidly unlocking new insights and capabilities, he told iTWire, but the challenge is learning how to use the data effectively. Edge computing will play a big role in this, Codrington predicted.
Lenovo aims to be a leader in the IoT market, he added.
And augmented reality "has real-world applications, right now," he said, pointing to the company's ThinkReality product and uses in the aeronautical, resources, medical and educational sectors.
Lenovo is still a major player in the PC space, accounting for around a quarter of the global market. Its local share is somewhat smaller at around 19%, but that is because the company is a relatively recent entrant to the local consumer market despite its strength in the enterprise and education sectors.
"We're very proud of our products," and even though "the market's relatively flat," Codrington is planning a significant increase in Lenovo's local workforce, with additional sales staff to serve traditional and emerging markets segments, as well as growth in the services headcount.
Codrington said that he has never before seen such growth during his 20 years in the industry.