23 Jan ASOCIO RESEARCH REPORT 2017
REIMAGINING THE DIGITAL ERA
On 12 September 2017, the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) launched its inaugural research report on the state of the digital adoption in the Asia Pacific Region. The report was unveiled at the concurrent World ICT Congress on IT (WCIT) and the ASOCIO Summit in Taipei, Taiwan. This initiative is in collaboration with its research partner, the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA).
Titled, Reimagining the Digital Era: Digital Transformation Agendas & Initiatives Within The Asia Pacific Economies, the report covers 12 economies namely Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The objectives of the research paper can be described as follows:
a) Recognize the significance of digital transformation in some of the countries in Asia Pacific region;
b) Learn and leverage from each other’s success;
c) Propose affirmative actions and initiatives towards a truly digital region.
The research focuses on a number of core areas in the ICT industry comprising of IT services and software; hardware; telecommunications; e-Commerce and fintech.
The report also outlines the countries’ strategies, roadmaps and key initiatives in their digitalization agenda including the accompanying challenges and hurdles. Some of the common challenges cited include digital infrastructure, digital security and human resources.
After providing an understanding of the landscape for the digital transformation of these 12 economies, deep-dive analyses were carried out on these data collectively; followed by an endeavour to draw some parallels and synergies among these countries in their journey towards a digitized world.
Learning from success and avoiding ‘pitfalls’ are the guiding principles of this analysis. As a result, eight key proposals have been developed for consideration and these are reflected in the final section of the report. In essence, it is fair to note that the value propositions of this inaugural research are entrenched in these eight proposals.