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Collabouration key to coping with pace of industry change in Asia Pacific

February 12, 2015  |  Written by Digital Realty
By: Jihann Pedersen, Marketing Director, APAC

Rapid change has always been a constant in the IT sector, but now the pace of that change is creating unprecedented challenges.

For those of us involved in the industry, it can sometimes be easy to forget just how quickly things are evolving. For example, Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform has only existed for five years, as has the ubiquitous iPad. Google unveiled its first Nexus smartphone just five years ago, and the popular Fitbit has only been on people’s wrists for three years.

Mega trends such as cloud computing and mobility are ramping up this rate of change even further. Work methods that seemed normal just a few years ago are now looked on as almost archaic. Being able to access data and communicate from any location is not only possible, but expected.

The latest trend to capture industry attention is the Internet of Things (IoT). Involving the connexion of millions of devices and the capture of vast amounts of data, the IoT will reshape the world in ways we can’t even imagine.

And it’s all going to happen much faster than many people realise. The already rapid pace of change in our industry is about to crank up another notch.

So here’s the challenge: How do companies that already rely on technology for their daily operations position themselves to deal with massive new trends such as the IoT? How do they ensure they have the infrastructure in place that will support their growth plans for the next 12 months … five years … decade?

One powerful method is collabouration. By sharing knowledge and experiences, companies can learn from each other and gain fresh insights into how technology is changing the game. Such collabouration can become a win-win scenario that leads to benefits for all involved.

With this in mind, Digital Realty is conducting a series of quarterly round table discussions across the Asia Pacific region. Bringing together groups of like-minded industry leaders, the round tables are designed as a forum where ideas can be exchanged and industry trends analysed. Each event is built around a particular topic or theme.

The topic for our first round table was the IoT.  We invited a group of Asia Pacific based CIOs, CTOs and IT infrastructure and facilities managers to give their perspectives on the trend and what it means for their organisations.

The results were fascinating. While the group agreed on a range of points, there were divergent views around what impact the IoT will have across the region. A white paper summarising the discussion is available here.

Despite their differing views in some areas, the group did agree on one vital point: when it comes to harnessing the potential of the IoT, having a tailored data centre strategy is critical. Such a strategy must balance an organisation’s current needs with its future requirements.

We look forward to sharing insights gained through future round tables. Like our first event, they will provide a fascinating insight into the trends shaping our industry and what it means for organisations trying to take advantage of them.

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