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Innovation in South East Asia

Innovation in South East Asia

The Asia Pacific Region has become a global marketplace for innovation, especially in regards to the Information Technology field. Spending is expected to increase to $40.8 billion by 2017. While many associated the region with help desk call centers, it’s beginning to shift away from that image and focus on the development of its own innovative information technology.

Current Information Technology in Asia

Asia has contributed more than fifty percent toward the world’s economic growth in the last twenty years. Japan remains second in the world in spending and consumption of Information Technology resources globally. Uzebekistan remains poised to become a leader in the software industry and made strides in 2014, more than doubling last year’s IT spending within the first six months of this year.

Malaysia is currently the number one spender in Asia when it comes to advanced MRI technologies. Due in part to General Electric’s presence in the area, Malaysia is poised to become a global leader of healthcare imaging. General Electric posted gains of nearly $2 billion dollars in Asia and is currently the global leader in in the health-tech industry. Information Technology trends have indicated that Asia is poised to become a leader in mobile technology. Information Technology will continue to become more mobile and open sourced.

Asia also dominates in one area of Information Technology that isn’t positive: piracy. In Asia the use of pirated software is high and as it continues to increase so will ways to combat it. Many leading software companies are joining forces with Asian governments to increase education about pirated software and to promote legitimate purchases of software while increasing penalties for those that break the law.

Information Technology Industry, Education, and Work Force

In Uzbekistan where the IT industry is up and coming, a regional center has been established, focusing on teaching students the science behind IT fields like programming, software design, and engineering. There are challenges to be faced such as the need for textbooks in the native language of Uzbekistan and the fact that the government sponsors many of the specialized schools for Information Technology. Asia is also a hub for IT executives to relocate from the United States and growth markets in Asia make it a highly lucrative region for senior executives. Japan currently ranks as the number one Asian country currently hiring in the Information Technology field.

As businesses continue to expand into the Asia-Pacific region, they will begin hiring and the market will grow competitive. Candidates who are looking to move to Asia should make themselves more marketable by ensuring that any IT certifications they possess are up-to-date and current. Product design engineers, software engineers, and application engineers will be highly sought after in Asia.