AI, AR and VR intriguing Asia Pacific enterprises, argues IDC

The enterprise mobility landscape in Asia Pacific is seeing interesting growth, according to IDC, with the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots, and augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) creating new opportunities and challenges for organisations.

IDC unveiled new findings at its latest Enterprise Mobility Conference in Singapore, featuring responses from more than 1,350 IT and business decision makers in the region. Almost half (48%) of organisations surveyed had already deployed tablets or detachable computers in their organisation, with 45% planning to invest in that area in the coming 18 months. A quarter (24%) of those polled expressed interest in launching or testing new device initiatives, such as AR/VR and wearables.

“Enterprise mobility practices in organisations are maturing across Asia Pacific as the focus shifts from being device-centric to mobility adopting a central role in driving business and digital workplace strategies,” said Avinav Trigunait, IDC Asia Pacific associate research director. “However, the increasing penetration of mobility in business applications, security, and skills shortage are among the top challenges facing organisations.

“In addition, the increasing heterogeneity of devices and platforms is necessitating the need for unified practices for mobility, applications and end user computing management,” Trigunait added.

Elsewhere, Gartner’s latest missive on worldwide device shipments shows ‘steady’ growth patterns. The figures, issued this morning, puts the overall PC market at higher numbers in 2019 than 2016; an odd statistic at first, however the proliferation of what Gartner calls ‘premium ultramobiles’ – Microsoft Windows 10 Intel x86 products, and the Apple MacBook Air – help stem the tide.

Traditional PC sales will continue to fall off a cliff, the analyst firm argues, going from 220 million units in 2016 to 191m in 2019, with mobile phones moving up from 1.893 billion to 1.934bn in the same timeframe. Overall device shipments will rise only 1.3% in the coming three years, to 2.363bn.

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