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The rise of big data in ASEAN manufacturing

25/11/2014 by Sharon Shahzad


A region marked by contracts in socio-economic conditions but unified by high growth prospects, South-east Asia is gaining ground as an early adopter of technological advancement in every field of business. One of the strongest game-changing trends to have hit the region is Big Data.

South-East Asia manufacturers are quite accustomed to having huge amounts of data flowing throughout their organizations, but have historically lacked the context that gives that data actionable meaning. The potential for previously unknown correlations to be discovered, for informational silos to be demolished, is accelerating. But the more important part of the riddle is to identify, isolate and apply the right information from the exponentially increasing data. To go beyond Big Data and employ Smart Data.

As companies increasingly start to uncover the true potential of business intelligence for increased productivity and profitability, it is not surprising then that spending on Big Data and Analytics in the ASEAN region is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30 per cent between 2013 and 2017. Putting things into perspective, that 37 percent of Asian manufacturers are already using Big Data and Analytics technologies to improve production quality management and 29 percent for inventory management, as reported by the International Data Corporation (IDC) reports.

An Upswing Trend

The principal expenditure of manufacturing companies revolved around land, labor and capital, but the additional capex on Big Data and Analytics is increasing steadily. Business owners are now seeing tangible results of looking at the latent data collected over the years and analyzing it from many different angles to bolster their production capabilities.

In response to the growing impact of Big Data Analytics on business, IDC stated that large public cloud providers are already expanding their footprints in countries like Australia and Singapore boosting the implementation of Big Data as a Service (BDaaS). Observing similar patterns throughout the region, IDC expects that the high adoption rate in manufacturing will lead to more agile organizations leveraging BDaaS for production.

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