Diversif-Asia Part 5: Expanding Your Technological Awareness

20/11/2019 15:30:55
4.3 billion people speaking 2,300 languages. Oil and opium. Citrus, coconut and coal. Rice, rubber and iron. 48 countries with 3,500 years of written history. A microcosm of a macrocosm surging toward change, growth, and yes – diversification. A dichotomy of the wealthiest and the most impoverished. The ebb and flow of the world’s busiest cities, superimposed over the trickle and drip speed-of-life, where friendships are made over years, marriages are arranged in a day, millions are made in an hour, and the past is marked in millenniums.

Before the Industrial Revolution, the Asian economy accounted for almost 60% of the global GDP. The early 1950’s saw this number drop to 10% followed by the “flying geese” pattern of development and the 1960s “Four Tigers” growth spurt, punctuated by the Asian Currency Crisis of 1997. “What then makes the Asian economy so strong and resilient?” asks Hiroshi Nakaso, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan, at the Securities Analysts Association of Japan International Seminar in 2015. In a vast oversimplification, it’s diversification on the global market. It’s the inherent ability to adapt, adopt and develop, written in the thousands of years of history and at work in the daily lives of every member of this society, from the fruit vendors of Ho Chi Minh and Jakarta to the financial magnates of Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The education industry shifted from the recital of facts and texts to the interactive guidance of lectures and the use of ICT software. The medical industry has adopted technologies capable of faster diagnosis, less painful and prolonged treatment and information sharing over oceans. Social care no longer stores the older citizens like cattle, but provides them an independent life through the use of alarms, monitoring and other assistive technologies.

Asia is obviously comfortable with evolving their thinking and technology to meet the speed and demands of today’s world, but,

“Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

There are several undeniable facts in the world of information technology. Risk is evolving just as quickly as technological capabilities, cloud computing is paramount to driving business and will continue to become more so, and hulking, legacy infrastructure is not the sign of a forward thinking enterprise. The speed at which your business grows is certainly important, but it would be short-sighted to believe that current profitability is a precursor to successful permanence. As many know, Alibaba, the Chinese MNC specializing in e-commerce, retail, internet and technology has “revealed the potential of small and mid-sized businesses across the globe.” Imagine if Jack Ma had decided to rest in complacency after his first internet company – or his second? Embrace the possibilities of the future of information technology, where solutions and innovations are available, affordable, and reliable – especially in the APAC region – a world with a history of resilience and adaptability.

Cyber Security
Cyber-attack, malware, ransomware, insider threat and hacking are old news. 31% of organizations have faced a cyber-attack at some point. Modern network security is comprised of a vast network of interconnected elements designed to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of both software and hardware. Adoption of SWG’s like IAM, next-generation firewall like NGAF, and endpoint protection as from Endpoint Secure, are the next step forward into the new world of cyber threat and defence.

Cloud-Computing
The Cloud has revolutionized the way the entire globe collects, stores, protects, accesses and distributes data – delivering the servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence needed for immeasurable growth and development. This revolution is due in part to technological advances like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Infrastructure Optimization
The optimization of infrastructure has taken stadium sized technology and warehouse sized data centres,and consolidated them into a single bank of super-powered servers. Enterprise has shifted from a more reactive or “Basic” infrastructure stage, to the optimized, proactive, self-assessing “Dynamic” stage of infrastructure maturity. With products like SD-WAN gaining significant traction in this realm, it’s easy to see how interconnectivity is becoming second nature.

“The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is, where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.”
-Martha Beck

Why Sangfor?
Sangfor wants to take your business to the next level of success. Founded by 3 visionaries, in 19 short years Sangfor has embraced the concept of eternal optimism and continued growth. Recognized globally for their NGAF and IAM products, both listed in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, and with a strong foothold in the APAC region, Sangfor’s technology partners across Asia are aware of the unique challenges you face as an APAC business owner or CIO – and want to work with you to overcome them. We localize our support, solutions, communication and experience, while supplying world-class products.

Founded in 2000 and a publicly traded company as of 2018 (SANGFOR STOCK CODE: 300454 (CH)), Sangfor Technologies is an APAC-based, global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Network Security and Cloud Computing. Visit us at www.sangfor.com to learn more about your internet security options, benefits and functions, and make your IT simpler, more secure and more valuable.

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