3) The software-defined battle lines will get defined in 2015
The hybrid cloud, or federated datacenter is still the current architecture of choice for organisations trying to align their IT infrastructure to the demands of the business.
Looking ahead to 2015 and based on the IDC Asia/Pacific Transformative Infrastructure (TI) Index, between 20-25% of all organisations will already have adopted Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Software-Defined Storage (SDS) or with Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) to deliver on the hybrid cloud architecture (such as automation, show back and service catalog capabilities) across the region.
4) The agile development team will be in high demand in 2015 with growth in DevOps adoptions
IDC's IT Services Survey found that 45% of businesses are undergoing or planning to undergo application modernisation projects.
Their ability to scale up 3rd Platform adoption will require changes to IT operation that bring agility and overcome siloed legacy systems.
This need for speed will bring the first big wave of DevOps adoption in the region and will make agile development the de-facto norm.
5) The digital experience in 2015 will separate market leaders from followers - Agility is the new business hygiene
Organisations are experimenting with “immersive experiences” and virtual brand experiences. These initiatives attempt to drive different conversations, promote digital channels, reduce the cost per transaction, and positively change the brand and perception of the organisation.
Ultimately, the goal is to improve the overall customer experience.
IDC predicts that in 2015, the digital experience will separate market leaders from followers. Agility will become the new business hygiene.
6) 3rd Platform technology mash-ups go on steroids in 2015, driving new business models and fundamental organisational change
The mash-ups of Cloud, Social Business, Big Data Analytics and Mobile will continue to come together at a more intensified rate of adoption in 2015.
IDC predicts that as the list of adopters expands, 2015 will see the greatest disruption yet across all industries.
Organisations will magnify the power of the 3rd Platform technologies by integrating them.
7) Creating new markets with branded IoT
During the past year, IDC has witnessed an explosion in the consumer wearables market with new fitness bands, smart watches and smart clothing being launched from traditional OEM vendors and a multitude of tech startups and 3rd platform-born players.
IDC believes that in 2015, the market will see a flux of consumer IoT embedded into consumer retail brands/products.
Partnerships between IoT vendors (including ODM/OEM manufacturers) and non-tech consumer goods’ brands will emerge rapidly to create a sizable market opportunity for the IT industry.