Asia: IT infrastructure problems may get fixed post-pandemic

We discuss our Asian and African coronavirus research findings.

Not surprisingly, recent IDG Connect research showed that IT leaders in Asia and Africa were more likely to highlight IT infrastructure as their biggest lockdown challenge, than other parts of the world. We look at why this may change in Asia post-pandemic but could be slower to move in Africa.

There is a stark divide across Africa and Asia between the developed and undeveloped areas. This mirrors the gap between rich and poor, which is especially apparent in these regions, and like every other division, is thrown into sharper relief by the fallout from the pandemic.

The big question that emerges though is, are things likely to change afterwards? This has been the subject of intense debate in numerous spheres over the last few months, but here are some thoughts on why the pandemic may have a positive impact on IT infrastructure in Asia.

Lessons from SARS

The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) between 2002 to 2003 had a profound impact on East Asia, particularly China, which bore the brunt. And via necessity had a positive effect on the country's e-commerce sector. This was particularly useful for Alibaba, which gave the world its highest IPO of $25M in 2014 and has been likened to Amazon, eBay, PayPal, and Google all rolled into one.

Online is more important than ever before. Any post-pandemic changes which result in solid financial gain or regional competitive advantage will clearly be worth the investment. This may not be directed at the poor and underserved but might help them indirectly.

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