2015 Tech Predictions with an Asian Flavour

In the past year, I’ve seen tremendous growth in the technology space and witnessed governments moving faster to make their cities more efficient, productive and safer. From the automated road pricing system to the efficient cashless transportation network, Singapore is a prime example of integrating technology into infrastructure, policies and services to strive to be a Smart City or “Smart Nation”. Reflecting on NetApp CTO’s, Jay Kidd’s 2015 predictions, here are some key takeaways on the tech forces driving Asian businesses and governments in the New Year.


Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics are Fueling the Smart City Movement

Jay's top prediction resonates highly with the Smart City movement. The Internet of Things coupled with Big Data Analytics are providing new insights for businesses, incremental growth and even new channels of revenues. Every device and tool is now a connected one – governments and businesses alike are leveraging on the data captured by sensors embedded in them. Cities like Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney are leading the pack in becoming Smart Cities by integrating technology into the infrastructure, transportation and citizen services. Singapore is a natural candidate for a Smart City and has embarked on a host of initiatives to be a truly technologically integrated nation – a Smart Nation. Singapore is also collaborating with other countries in the region such as China to implement smart and sustainable initiatives. Another Southeast Asian city to watch out for is Bandung, Indonesia, where the mayor has taken a keen interest to integrate data analytics with the management of the city.


Video Analytics is Taking Traditional Data Analytics to the Next Level

There is a lot of data captured currently by means of video surveillance cameras that could offer an information jackpot. Today’s high resolution cameras coupled with analytics, can detect faces, determine the approximate age and even the gender of customers. Retailers can learn a lot from the profile and movement of a customer to maximize in-store displays and sales.


Singapore is also employing video analytics to improve the quality of life for elderly citizens. In fact, its Housing Development Board (HDB) is setting a monitoring system to track for irregular patterns in behaviour of elderly citizens to instantly alert family members or neighbours. There is great potential for hospitals to conduct remote therapy sessions for the less mobile.


The New Data Center is the Hybrid Cloud

Enterprises are looking to do more with less economically and the cloud has emerged as a great tool to keep many organizations across sectors, from healthcare to financial services. It is a must have environment to be more productive and competitive. However Cloud has evolved in pockets of resources – some in-house and some in the public domain.


A key agenda for businesses to address in 2015 will be how to utilize private and public clouds, effectively and transparently. Irrespective of where the data or application lies, businesses need to engage the most appropriate underlying infrastructure. The infrastructure needs to be more agile by employing hybrid cloud with building blocks like Converged infrastructure , HCI (hyper converged infrastructure) and scalable storage features like SDS (software defined storage) and consistent quality of service. That presents a fabric, which helps mobility of data across the various clouds for businesses. This infrastructure would thus move data quickly and cheaply across to where the business needs it. And increasingly, a combination of on-premises cloud and a multi-vendor cloud is the only hybrid cloud that will matter.


To review all of Jay's 2015 CTO Predictions, view the infographic below. Let me know what your predictions are in the comments below.



Karthik Ramarao is the CTO for NetApp Asia Pacific and is also the Director of Strategy and Technology. In his role, he is responsible for evangelizing NetApp’s technology and advocating NetApp solutions to customers and partners.