Asia/Pacific City Governments Will Kickstart Pervasive Adoption of Internet of Things Technologies in 2015: IDC Government Insights

Asia/Pacific City Governments Will Kickstart Pervasive Adoption of Internet of Things Technologies in 2015: IDC Government Insights

Singapore and Hong Kong – February 3, 2015 – IDC Government Insights predicts that several regional authorities will develop new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as 3rd platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business); for Smart City programs; and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors leading to the eventual construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes.

The very premise of the 3rd platform landscape fundamentally acknowledges the value of digital data as a strategic asset.

While data assets are being collected, analyzed and used more pervasively, IDC Government Insights notes that alarmingly, less than 5% of government authorities are aware of or have made plans to recognize the financial and economic value of these resources.

With public sectors being the largest custodians of citizenry data, there is no better time than now to commence upon the economic quantification, valuation and recognition of information assets.

More details are revealed in the IDC Government Insights report, “Asia/Pacific Public Sector Predictions 2015: Innovation in Government” (Doc # AP250931, January 2015), which reveals major trends that will impact public sector IT investments across Asia/Pacific in 2015.

Asia/Pacific public sectors are under constant pressure to enhance their end-to-end stakeholder experiences; increase productivity and resources optimization; as well as rethink the way their employees work.

“The 3rd platform landscape holds an almost unlimited potential to help public sector organizations to deliver new transformative capabilities in all fields of strategic and operational undertakings. Simultaneously, they are expected to continually help public sector organizations maintain proper controls for considerations such as increased transparency, better accountability and aiding value-for-money decisions,” says Gerald Wang, Research Manager, IDC Government Insights, Asia/Pacific.

“ICT is ultimately, an enabler of organizational transformation. It is, however, most definitely not the technology but the harmony of the entire government ecology that brings about effective public sector transformation – one that will reap benefits for both the private and public spheres. Therefore, the focus on outcomes-based justifications and goals should always be the primary objective of any public sector ICT undertaking.”

Table 1: Three of IDC Government Insights Asia/Pacific’s top 10 Predictions for 2015 (listed in no particular order)

Asia/Pacific City Governments Will Kickstart Pervasive Adoption of IoT Technologies in 15-20% of Smart City Initiatives

Asia Pacific city governments are expected to bring about the first wave of IoT adoptions with initiatives aimed at improving city management operations as well as eServices deliveries. Notably, fund-raising and investments in IoT will become much clearer in 2015 as prices of sensors continue to fall and the value-added services from suppliers continue to grow.

25% of Healthcare Organizations Will Invest in Mobility Including Consumer-facing Mobile Applications, Wearables, and Remote Health Monitoring in 2015

Consumer expectations of convenience, choice, customization, and control when interacting with healthcare organizations is growing based on their experience with other high-touch, customer-centric industries such as retail, hospitality, and financial services. Like these industries, healthcare will also embrace omni-channel strategies to provide a consistent experience across phone calls, actual visits, organization Web site, or mobile apps. While using a unique user identity to access test results on a patient portal has been available in many countries in the region, as technologies develop, and as prescribed wearables become more common, they will be used to feed health monitoring data into the patient portals to manage chronic conditions.

The Region Will See a Greater Uptake of Smart Education and Personalized Learning Initiatives

Internationalization of education has fast become a trend in today’s education systems. Especially at the tertiary levels, the base location of the university is often different from the location of students. At the same time, students are increasingly being exposed to technology in their everyday lives, especially social media, and are increasingly expecting to drive their own educational experience. In this mobile world, ICT has taken on a new significance in transcending the borders and give access to relevant content to students, irrespective of their geographical locations. In the emerging economies in the region, personalized learning will manifest itself through the increase in uptake of mlearning. In mature economies, especially at the tertiary level, ICT is not only supporting seamless access to content, but also triggering a new model of learning that is more personalized.

For more information about this report, “Asia/Pacific Public Sector Predictions 2015: Innovation in Government” (Doc # AP250931, January 2015) please contact Sheryl Fuertez at +65-6829-7758 or sfuertez

About IDC’s Predictions

IDC’s annual Predictions in APEJ draws upon the latest IDC research and a worldwide brainstorming exercise among IDC’s 1000+ analysts. This was followed by an extensive regional review to weigh in on key industry events, user trends, vendor strategies and economic measures that promises to uniquely define the technology trends that would impact and drive the market in APEJ for 2015. Across the globe, following the release of IDC’s global top ten predictions, IDC’s geographic, technology and industry teams will be releasing their own specific predictions in the coming months.

About IDC Government Insights

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