In 2017, IDC Government Insights expects Asia/Pacific (AP) government IT investments to be channeled into: streamlining redundant processes and optimizing IT resources through next-generation analytics (e.g., embedded analytics, big data, cognitive intelligence, and artificial intelligence) for better performance and efficiency; spurring domestic industry IT innovation and export growth; exploring blockchain and digital asset initiatives for greater transparency and accountability; as well as intensifying drives to boost national sovereignty and cybersecurity resilience efforts.
AP governments will eventually have to explore innovative sourcing techniques and justifications for 3rd Platform technology pilots and investments. However, it is essential that AP governments continue to ensure prudence in procurement practices for IT investments such as fairness-for-all goals, transparency and accountability drives, as well as value-for-money choices.
"IDC Government Insights believes the APeJ will see is more APeJ governments putting in place clear ICT masterplans that encompasses a well-aligned nationwide government strategy and entity, which is well-positioned toward attaining socio-economic goals as well as sufficiently agile and empowered to respond to constantly changing business technology landscapes. In addition, these plans will increasingly take into account non-traditional AP government IT buyers (e.g., government program and policy owners) that are procuring and managing IT initiatives today as compared with traditional IT department buyers," shares Peng Ma, Research Manager, IDC Government Insights.
Gerald Wang, Head, Asia/Pacific Government and Education expects to see an increase of the level of regional socioeconomic and political volatility in the next three to four years due to 2016 U.S. presidential election results and the end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement between the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) and the United States will bring about several trade implications to APeJ economies. He adds, "APeJ government executives will most probably push for a more resilient national security and cybersecurity domestic ecosystem to protect national interests as well as put in place more protectionist approaches toward US-based suppliers as a reaction to protect their domestic industries. This could affect the uptake of ICT solutions and much needed innovation, especially with digital transformation goals to assimilate cloud and next-generation analytics solutions in particular."