Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:38

Australia, NZ rank near the top in APAC IoT ‘readiness’: IDC

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Australia and New Zealand rank among the top four countries in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, that are the most capable and ready to generate efficiencies linked to IoT solutions, according to a newly published report.

According to the IDC Asia/Pacific’s Internet of Things (IoT) readiness index in APeJ report, New Zealand and Australia come in third and fourth place respectively in IoT readiness.

“Governments in Australia and New Zealand are start-up and business friendly in general, fostering an innovation market where there is fierce competition for venture capital funds,” says associate vice-president for IoT research IDC Asia Pacific, Hugh Ujhazy.

“This aspect may lure IoT experimentalists to capital markets outside of ANZ as they seek funding to scale beyond early proof of concepts.”

Ujhazy says the report reveals that the countries at the top of the index like South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia ranked well “in all measures of stature, business readiness and technological preparedness”. Other countries included in the benchmarking exercise are China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, and ASEAN countries namely Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

IDC predicts that the APeJ loT market will grow from US$335.6 billion in 2016 to US$565.5 billion in 2020 as the global IoT landscape continues to mature.

According to IDC, with such growth and business opportunities at hand, loT vendors and service providers are faced with an “increasingly complex set of choices as to which markets to enter to gain the most value and globalise their offerings”.

“On the impact for vendors operating in the market, both Australia and New Zealand must be considered attractive investment targets by virtue of their level of overall infrastructure maturity, size of the digitally-aware skills base and the level of innovation expressed in those markets,” says Ujhazy.

“Knowing where a country stands in the loT index will help global and local IT vendors identify the opportunities that lie ahead of them as they line up their strategies at federal, local, and enterprise levels.”

Key highlights from the IDC report and market assessment include:

  • New Zealand scores exceptionally high on measures such as ease of doing business and start-up procedures, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, and innovation, all of which point to necessary components for a business environment that is ready for the growth of the IoT. This is considering they have a relatively small GDP and population compared with G20 countries.
  • Australia and New Zealand ranked in the second quartile in terms of country competitiveness, a combination of GDP and the Global Innovation Index.
  • New Zealand edged out Australia in infrastructure investment, having higher overall ICT spend per capita than Australia, while Australia had a higher ratio of secure server deployment.
  • In terms of regulation and ease of doing business, both countries were on par, falling slightly behind Hong Kong and Singapore in this respect.
  • In terms of the skills to support IOT deployments and the creation of intellectual capital through the number of local patents, both Australia and New Zealand were on par with each other, sitting slightly behind South Korea in this category.

“Governments in Australia and New Zealand are start-up and business friendly in general, fostering an innovation market where there is fierce competition for venture capital funds. This aspect may lure IoT experimentalists to capital markets outside of ANZ as they seek funding to scale beyond early proof of concepts,” says Ujhazy.

According to Ujhazy, at the country level, the IoT readiness index also hopes to provide the public sector and policy makers the opportunity to look at specific concerns or opportunities for their country, “regardless of their high or low ranking”.

“For example, a country with a high level of patents but a low number of tertiary graduates may be able to create innovation but lacks a skilled workforce to roll-out real life solutions. Then, the action then could be to either import skills, develop local gap training programmes or go somewhere else. In summary, this model helps its users not only decide where to offer IoT based solutions but also the actions required to deliver success in those markets,” IDC notes.

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