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Lenovo says 2018 will be the year that will see fundamental technological shifts in Asia

By John Law - on 13 Dec 2017, 4:17pm

Lenovo says 2018 will be the year that will see fundamental technological shifts in Asia

From L-R: Sharath Sreenivasan, Director, Commercial Council and Product Management, Lenovo Central Asia Pacific; Khoo Hung Chuan, General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia and Singapore; and Kenneth Liew, Senior Research manager Client Devices, IDC Asia Pacific.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad is celebrating its 25th anniversary, but instead of just celebrating, the company has gone above and beyond to share with us what they think are going to be five fundamental technological shifts that they believe will be the driving force behind the engine of innovation in Asia from 2018 onwards.

According to Lenovo:

  • 20 percent will have a device as a service (DaaS) agreement in place by 2019, and one percent will have completely transitioned to DaaS.
  • Two-thirds of Windows 10 devices (PCs and tablets) can and will be managed via unified endpoint management (UEM) platforms by 2019, and one in every three enterprises will have consolidated its desktop and mobile management IT teams into a single operations unit.
  • By 2020, 40 percent of all digital transformation initiatives in Asia will have cognitive AI capabilities, allowing companies to gain critical insight on-time for new operating and monetization models.
  • Again, by the year 202, Asia 1000 firms will use open innovation to allocate occupational expertise by up to 15 percent of new projects, with aims to increase new product introduction success rates by 50 percent.
  • Lastly, over 20 percent of information workers will be using Augmented Reality (AR), either on their desktops or on mobile, in order to manipulate digital information and to interact with real-world objects on in the open, or even to collaborate with their colleagues.


The shifts were first listed in the International Data Corporation (IDC) InfoBrief, and it was noted in the report that Asia’s millennials will make up more than 50 percent of the region’s workforce by 2020 (excluding Japan).

In the same report, it was mentioned it is the millennials who would bring forwards a competitive advantage to the industry, which in turn would fuel adoption of high potential innovation accelerators, such as AR and VR, artificial intelligence (AI), as well as robotics.

Lenovo says that these changes are crucial for all current companies that wish to stay both relevant and competitive. More specifically, companies in Asia will have to take a holistic approach and be even more open to the idea of creating and having a smart office that spans across three criteria: physical space, work culture, and work technologies.

This, in turn, will require companies to cut across five areas, which are:

  • Operating model transformation
  • Information transformation
  • Leadership transformation
  • Omni-experience transformation
  • Worksource transformation


In Lenovo’s case, the company will be investing and approximate amount of US$1.4 billion in R&D globally. This investment will allow Lneovo to focus its efforts on innovation, and also to help its customer base to transform the workforce from 2018 onwards.

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