Companies have to be able to accumulate data and use them in the best possible way to achieve better meet consumers make better business decisions and be able to anticipate the needs of its customers and requests that they have service and new products. The data have become a sort of element that can make the success or failure of a company and its strategy. Read more about Fusionex big data here.
But the data are not available to everyone, or at least that’s what it seems at first glance. Large companies, those questions both muscle and reach, manage to accumulate much more data are in a more privileged position than that occupied by the smaller companies that do not have easy access to information and they do not have so easy to accumulate data.
It is a somewhat logical question. As the size of a company grows, so does its potential number of customers and their actual customers, which makes potential data at your fingertips are much greater and the possibilities that can develop when playing with the data being even higher.
The issue is not limited to data and possible have access to, but also is marked by another element, the monetary. In order to succeed in the world of big data, brands have to make a prior investment. Expenses are varied and touch many areas as companies need to sign specific talent, they need to make an investment in technology infrastructure because, even though the cloud has made the least expensive prices, brands need room to store all that data and need, also, the technology required to read and manage these data.
The investment has grown, but not interested companies
All this means that despite everything there is a border between those who can and who are unable to take benefits of big data. There is more to look at, in fact, the latest study by Gartner on the issue to see it. The overall grows of investment showing that this tool has great potential for businesses.
What do the numbers say? As noted in the findings of the Gartner, investments in big data continue to grow (although starting to show signs of shrinking market) and, although investments are on the rise, the number of companies willing to invest in this tool is going down.
Overall, 48% of companies have invested in big data for 2016, representing an increase of 3% over the previous year. If you look who plan to do so in the near future, things are not so buoyant. The percentage of companies planning to invest has risen from 31% in 2015 to 26% in 2016.
Here is a rhyming query: How smart can a smart city be? As smart as Songdo? Or as smart as the proposed traffic controls in Amaravati? Forget London, New York, San Francisco and Paris for a moment. Will it be as smart as the ones being planned in Kuala Lumpur and Smart City Iskandar Malaysia?
If you think that sounds corny, think again. All these cities are in the global smart city sweepstakes. Songdo, in South Korea, was the world’s first smart city and Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, India, is being built from the ground up to be the country’s first futuristic, hyper-connected and Singapore-supported smart city. There are about 1,000 cities worldwide, including 100 in India and 500 in China, that want to be “smart” — and as soon as possible, beefed up by stupendous investments.
Here are some stupendous numbers, for a start. International Data Corp (IDC) forecasts that global investments in the technologies that enable smart-city initiatives will reach US$80 billion this year. By 2021, that spending will cross US$135 billion, according to the first IDC Worldwide Semi-Annual Smart Cities Spending Guide, released in February.
Research firm MarketsandMarkets says the global market for smart cities will jump from US$425 billion in 2017 to US$1.2 trillion by 2022 — seeing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% during the period — due mainly to rapid telecommunications connectivity and hyper-urbanisation.
San Francisco-headquartered Grand View Research reports that the smart-city marketplace will skyrocket to US$2.57 trillion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 18.4% between now and then. “Rising demand for smart-city solutions is anticipated to be driven by factors such as a growing urban population, the need to better manage limited natural resources and an increasing focus on environmental sustainability,” says the firm.
What is smart?
What is a smart city? Mark Deakin, author of From Intelligent to Smart Cities, defines a smart city as one that utilises information communications technology (ICT) to meet the demands of the market, which comprises the citizens of the city. “Community involvement in the process is necessary for a smart city. A smart city would thus be one that not only possesses ICT in particular areas but has also implemented the technology in a manner that positively impacts the local community,” writes Deakin.
IDC defines smart cities as those that attain digital transformation in an urban ecosystem to meet environmental, financial and social outcomes. A smart city begins to be developed when multiple smart or intelligent initiatives are coordinated to leverage technology investments across an entire city, use common platforms to decrease service time or maintenance costs, share data across systems and tie IT investments clearly to smart missions.
“Smart cities have evolved from a collection of discrete flagship projects to a sizeable market opportunity that will drive significant tech investments in 2018 and beyond. Strategic priorities include intelligent transport, data-driven public safety and resilient energy and infrastructure,” says Serena Da Rold, programme manager for customer insights and analysis at IDC.
The smart city concept covers sectors such as healthcare, transport, assisted living, security and utilities. “Their implementation varies from city to city due to technological penetration in specific regions. A high amount of initial financial investments, the need for consolidation of different departments and sectors and a lack of a systemic approach may threaten industry growth. Nevertheless, the market is set to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years, driven by the industries’ renewed interest, availability of technology and all-inclusive participation of industry stakeholders,” notes Grand View Research.
Which geographies lead in smart-city implementation? The US is the largest market with a total spend of US$22 billion this year, reports IDC. China is rapidly closing the gap and will invest nearly as much — about US$21 billion — on smart-city technologies and integration in 2018 alone.
China started smart-city pilots way back in 2012 to boost the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in areas such as traffic management, law enforcement and energy efficiency in public buildings. Management consultancy Deloitte says China aims to nurture 100 new smart cities from 2016 to 2020 to lead the country’s urban planning and development.
China is reaching outside its borders, first to Malaysia. Early this year, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd tied up with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to launch the Malaysia City Brain initiative. The first task: improve KL’s congested traffic flow. The solution will include AI and IoT in due course.
More brainpower is set to come from the Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Programme, also from Alibaba. This will expose big data professionals in the country to best practices and software from around the world to tackle smart-city problems. The aim? Incubate 500 data professionals and 300 start-ups in two years in Malaysia by collaborating with Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchi global community, which has 120,000 developers from 77 countries and regions.
In November 2017, the world’s first e-commerce platform outside China — the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) — was announced by the Malaysian government and Alibaba. Malaysia-headquartered Fusionex International plc will provide the big-data engine. “The DFTZ brings together a multitude of key parties, including trade facilitation firms, e-marketplace players, government agencies, logistics providers, freight forwarders and small and medium enterprises,” said Fusionex Founder and CEO Ivan Teh.
Smart-city projects are also popping up in Johor. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has teamed up with Mimos Bhd to develop smart technologies to be deployed in Kulai and Sedenak. IRDA has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the SAS Institute to design and deploy the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory — a one-stop centre to collect and analyse data for a smart-city rollout.
KL made the list in the 2017 Smart Cities Index by Europe-based EasyPark Group, which offers smart car-park services in 600 cities. The firm listed 19 criteria, including smartphone penetration, smart traffic sensors, 4G connectivity, parking options and car-sharing apps. The study analysed 500 cities and ranked the top 100. “To round off the study, we asked 20,000 technology and urban planning journalists for their expert opinion on how the cities where they have lived are moving with the curve of digitalisation,” said the firm.
The top six smartest cities? Copenhagen, Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich, Boston and Tokyo — in that order. Taipei was ranked No 57, Hong Kong No 68, Beijing No 81, Kuala Lumpur No 84 and Shanghai No 85. “Big data has changed the face of the world as we know it because it allows us to create better solutions to real-world problems. Every city on this index deserves to be applauded for its efforts. While the results indicate those cities that are leaps and bounds ahead, it also brings to attention the admirable efforts of many cities looking forward to a smart future,” says Mauritz Börjeson, chief big data officer at EasyPark Group.
Last month, Intel Corp commissioned Juniper Research to rank 20 cities in terms of smartness measured by IoT integration and interconnected services in mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity. Singapore was ranked No 1, followed by London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, Berlin, Tokyo, Barcelona and Melbourne.
The Big S
The big S in “Smartness” is security, points out management consultancy McKinsey & Co. Cities will never be 100% secure, nor can they avoid dangers entirely. But they can be resilient in the face of a wide range of stresses and shocks by making the right investments, in both the physical and cyber domains, to prepare for crises, react to restore normalcy and learn from and adapt to the new status quo.
“While city leaders tend to have a solid understanding of the physical threats facing them — from earthquakes to terrorism — their understanding of how to mitigate against cyberrisks is often spottier. Building cyberresilience requires a profound shift in the way cyberthreats are dealt with and assets protected — from focusing on breach prevention to understanding that cybersecurity failures will happen, and that quick and efficient recovery capabilities are needed,” notes a McKinsey commentary.
Resilience can make a huge difference in the wake of a cyberattack. “Consider the UK National Health Service, which suffered a ransomware attack last year. But the hospital system had built in enough redundancies, backed up data and stayed on top of software updates. It was able to continue functioning with only a slight delay,” writes Paul Nicholas, a senior director at Microsoft.
“Its resilient data and security practices ensured that it could continue operations even in the face of an attack. On the flipside, a similar attack on several companies across the globe resulted in losses of millions of dollars due to significant business interruption.
Would it be smarter to include climate change into the city’s “smartness” equation? By 2020, half of all smart-city objectives will include climate change, resilience and sustainability factors, says research firm Gartner. Cities are defining new objectives and placing them into tangible programmes. This creates measurable outcomes that meet the targets agreed upon in Paris to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“With the Horizon 2020 goals of energy efficiency, carbon-emission reductions and renewable energy in mind, many cities in Europe have launched energy sustainability, resource management, social inclusion and community prosperity initiatives. The uptake of ride sharing, electrification of public transport, support infrastructure for e-vehicles and congestion charging for combustion engines — all of those examples are driving cleaner air, producing fewer greenhouse emissions and saving energy while cutting noise levels and improving ambience on streets,” says Bettina Tratz-Ryan, a vice-president of research at Gartner.
PETALING JAYA, Malaysia – Fusionex received the Outstanding Achiever Award 2018 at the Platinum Business Awards (PBA) 2018. The premier awards ceremony recognized Fusionex for its outstanding growth, excellent business practices, and prominent presence in the IT industry.
The award was presented to Fusionex during the PBA 2018 Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. Witnessing the award presentation was guest of honor Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof. The PBA was launched in 2002 by the SME Association of Malaysia and has gained extensive recognition among SMEs, the business community, as well as the public sector.
Fusionex has grown from an ASEAN-based IT company, to its present status as the largest Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data technology company in the region. Fusionex helps many conglomerates and SMEs across the world to improve their businesses with humanized and effective use of technology. Fusionex has led, and been involved in, numerous initiatives to advance technology adoption in local businesses to drive Industry 4.0. This has given its clients in Malaysia the ability to compete and succeed at a regional and global level.
Fusionex technologies are being used to power up Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) eServices Platform. This government-endorsed initiative is expected to benefit local businesses, SMEs, and the country as a whole. The platform aims to double Malaysia’s e-commerce growth rate, and to reach a GDP contribution of RM211 billion by 2020.
Fusionex Founder and Group CEO Dato’ Seri Ivan Teh commented, “We are delighted and honored to receive this award. Credit goes to our phenomenal Fusionex team members for their relentless dedication in driving innovation for our valued customers and partners via Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. This award is for all of you and I hope it continues to spur us all towards realizing the potential of Industry 4.0 via the digital economy, towards the betterment of all businesses.” https://www.owler.com/company/fusionex-international