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How disruption can revolutionise


10 . Mai  2017

Matt Allcoat

Posts nach Autoren: Matt Allcoat , Chief Architect, Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, BT


For organisations based in areas like South-East Asia, digital transformation can be difficult. Technology can help, welcome to Dynamic Network Services.

In 2017, the ten countries of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrate 50 years of deepening unity and rising prosperity.

With 630 million people, of whom more than half are under the age of 30, and ten varied countries, the region is not without its challenges. Indonesia alone has 13,466 islands and more than 700 languages; the Philippines, where the economy is transitioning from being one based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing; and Vietnam remains one of the world's four remaining one-party socialist states officially espousing communism. Each one part of ASEAN, yet very different.

Organisations working in the region have to cope with multiple different legal, legislative and political environments, implemented in different ways. Without sounding trite, it really is unlike anywhere else in the world.

And yet it also has huge potential. Just look at Indonesia. Part of the G20, it has a rapidly growing middle class and relative wealth, yet the digital infrastructure is not as advanced – there are no cloud providers, and strict laws regarding data sovereignty.

Responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digitally transforming organisations to take advantage of new channels to market, new technologies or the demands of employees and customers is hard in such regions.

Pay as you go models using on-premise private clouds can bypass the Capex demands that would otherwise be faced, unlocking the potential of digital transformation.

But there is something far cooler and more disruptive that will revolutionise how we help organisations become digital businesses. Dynamic Network Services. For me, it’s the most exciting thing that’s hit our industry in more than fifteen years. Why?

Across the ASEAN, there remains complex import and export rules that can hold up delivery of hardware to customers. That’s bad for them, and bad for us.

Network function virtualisation, or NFV, radically simplifies the way organisations try and buy hardware. Gone will be the days of crowded server rooms with hardware piled high. And gone will be the days of taking trips to the server room every time you want to change blades in a server rack or add a new firewall.

With NFV, you can make changes at the touch of a button, delivery becomes virtual. Customers get the services they need immediately, and are able to enjoy the same benefits others enjoy globally.

Scale the challenges faced in ASEAN up, and across the Asia, Middle East and Africa region, the full gamut of telecoms regulation extremes become real – from lightly regulated to monopoly.

That’s where using a hybrid network – choosing whether your data goes over public or private networks – really does bring the best of both worlds. You can choose put your lowest priority traffic over the lowest cost network. And vice versa.

Our purpose at BT is to use the power of communications to make a better world. Dynamic Network Services are accelerating growth opportunities for businesses and helping bring people together. They are why I am so excited about them. Bring together a young demographic with a greater appetite to embrace new technology and fresh approaches to delivering digital infrastructure and transformation is on the horizon.

Take a look at our paper “Building networks for the digital age” to read more about our vision for the future of networks.

Find out more about World Economic Forum’s ASEAN 2017 event.