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Asian Businesses Expected to Fuel ICT Transformation in 2011
Source: channelnewsasia.com
Source Date: Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Created: Dec 13, 2010

SINGAPORE: Business spending on information technology will grow by 12 to 15 per cent in Asia next year, according to industry analyst IDC.

The spending will come on top of similar growth in 2010.

In IDC's top 10 predictions for the IT industry which was released on Tuesday, the company also pointed out that tablet computers and smartphones could be big winners from corporate IT spending next year.

Another solid year of growth for Asian businesses means more investment in IT.

As competition heats up, companies will increasingly rely on sophisticated tools to track and study what consumers do and say online.

Therefore, one part of corporate IT investments will be flowing into applications that combine social media and business analytics.

Sandra Ng, Group VP, Practice Group, IDC, said: "Its going to basically bring social media collaboration closer to business application and business process meaning the business users.

"From a CIO IT perspective, it's really going to deliver the kind of business value that IT has been talking about and which is what business lines and business managers have been asking for for many many years."

IDC also expects mobility to be a top theme of corporate IT investments next year.

What will make such investments possible are tablets such as Apple's iPad and the RIM's PlayBook, which are expected to be almost fully functional in running enterprise software.

This is also likely to come on the back of an increasing take-up of cloud computing, where companies can keep applications and data on external servers which saves them managing such services themselves.

"Companies are trying to spend less by managing a less complex environment as far as their customer care initiative is concerned. The other is catalogue IT with regards to smart enterprises, that allows the provisioning of IT resources on a real time basis," said Ng.

IDC expects China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to see the strongest rise in IT spending in 2011.
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