Albert Chai, Country Manager, Cisco Malaysia (pic), said:
2014 was a year of exciting growth and progress for the Malaysian IT landscape. According to Gartner, IT spending is expected to reach RM67.9 billion by the end of the year, with a projected growth of 11 percent from 2013. This is further strengthened by the allocations under Budget 2015, which will promote high-quality focused investment with specialised incentive packages for projects based on technology, innovation and knowledge. These developments will no doubt provide a solid foundation for Malaysian consumers and businesses to embrace new technology trends in the coming year.
In 2015, Cisco foresees the following trends becoming more prevalent in Malaysia's technology landscape.
Trend 1 - Internet of Things and the Rise of Fog Computing
The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken off in a big way in the past year, and moving into 2015, we foresee greater focus on securing the IoT in Malaysia. The digital security architecture will host dozens of new platform options, hundreds of variations on hybrid IT/IoT integration, new standards per industry, and a new view of an application. As a result, IT leaders will have to accommodate the differences in technologies across these areas and develop a multifaceted technology approach to manage the risk and security aspects of IoT.
As a key part of this effort, the technological landscape will also benefit from Fog Computing. This is a paradigm where cloud computing is extended to the edge of the network; creating a highly virtualised platform that provides computing, storage, and networking services between end-devices and traditional cloud computing data centres. From 2015 and well into the next decade, Cisco foresees that the combination of Real Time Analytics and Fog Computing will extend beyond the technology landscape in Malaysia to other industries that include optimising natural resources exploitation from agriculture to oil fields.
Trend 2 -The New World of Intercloud
As enterprise cloud use extends to public, private, and hybrid clouds, businesses are also realising the need for solutions and services that can seamlessly connect multiple cloud layers. As a result, Intercloud solutions which allows local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty, will be increasingly prevalent in the coming year. Emerging cloud technology will bridge cloud service providers through partnerships and technical underpinnings, to facilitate smooth and highly secure exchanges of applications and data across multiple cloud platforms.
Trend 3 - Technology-driven Workplace of the Future
In 2015 and beyond, the Malaysian workplace will continue the shift towards becoming increasingly mobile, flexible and remote to meet the demands of the next generation of workers who are entering the workforce. As a result, technologies such as Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) will expand further into the Enterprise Collaboration segment, accelerating the current IT transitions towards BYOD and the consumerisation of IT. By 2018, WebRTC will commoditise the billion dollars collaboration market, spurring videoconferencing, instant messaging, blogs, wikis, and activity streams to connect employees across groups, skills, and geographic boundaries.
Malaysia is well on its way to achieving its digital economy aspirations by 2020, and we expect 2015 to be another year of outstanding development and technological advances. Cisco is excited to work with the public and private sector to accelerate our nation's digital transformation, and continue connecting the unconnected.