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Clouds, mobile, biometrics and big data top priorities for global innovation, KPMG found

26 Aug '13
Cloud computing, mobile technologies, biometrics and big data processing technologies are the key priorities for high-tech innovation, expected to “continue to gain momentum as the most disruptive technologies in global consumer and business markets over the next three years,” according to a comprehensive survey by KPMG International, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services.

The data came from the polling of 811 top executives at high-tech companies across the planet, including 33 respondents from Russia.

The survey was aimed at identifying the levels the countries polled were at in disruptive and revolutionary technology development, pinpointing global innovation trends, and assessing the scale of change in this broad area. Russia was represented by 14 start-ups, 11 medium-sized and six large-scale IT companies, as well as two business angels.

37% of the polled globally believe the United States has the biggest potential to bring about another major technological disruption in the international markets. 24% tended to favor China in this respect. India had 10% of the ‘for’ votes, followed by Korea (7%), Japan and Israel (6% each). Russia shared the 9th-10th place with the UK with 1% of votes.

Only 33% of the international respondents found it feasible for the global ‘innovation pivot’ to move from Silicon Valley elsewhere in the world. However, those thinking differently said that China would be the States’ most likely successor in this role. 27% of the Russian respondents also believe this will be China; another 33% voted for Russia to also emerge in the next few years as an international leader in innovation technology development. So far, the Russian IT market has been performing modestly, growing last year at a rate of just 4.4%, according to the KPMG survey.

In Russia, 24% of those polled think nanotechnology is the overall most promising area of high-tech research. (Ironically, none others but the Russians referred to nanotechnology as a priority in innovation.) Another 15% of the Russian respondents favored cloud technologies, specifically its PaaS segment (‘platform as a service’).

A priority high-tech area to considerably influence business development in the next three years includes artificial intelligence (15% of votes) and search technologies (12%), the Russian respondents believe. However, the Russians were worried that there would be impediments in the way of spreading these technologies across the economic sectors. The most likely obstacle, according to the Russians, is the perception of corporate managements (33% of the polled said the top managers might think the introduction of such technologies would be too complicated technically; another 18% tended to believe managers might opt to disregard the technologies because the price is deemed too high).
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