Although emerging markets like China tend to lag developed markets by 18 to 24 months in terms of technology deployment, Chinese organizations should start embracing new concepts like the software-defined data center (SDDC). The SDDC is an evolving architectural and operational philosophy, not a product you can buy with a demonstrable ROI. Chinese organizations can’t risk ignoring SDDC and falling behind global companies — so they need to pay attention to it, for a few reasons:
- China is following a different evolutionary path toward the age of the customer.Chinese manufacturing and distribution once lagged more developed regions, but recently information and communications technology has been accelerating faster in the country than elsewhere. Companies like Alibaba, Tencent, and Xiaomi have started to disrupt more conventional Chinese firms — forcing the latter to develop new business to boost revenue and transfer existing business operations to adapt to new market imperatives such as the mobile mind shift, big data, predictive analytics, and digital disruption. Chinese organizations aren’t just dipping their toes into the age of the customer; they’re jumping in with both feet. These firms’ tech management teams must provide new or optimized infrastructure as pools of virtual and physical resources to meet business units’ requirements for urgency and flexibility.