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Yiru Zhong - Analyst Profile

Senior Industry Analyst
Frost & Sullivan
Information & Communication Technologies

Summary

YiruZhong is an analyst with Frost & Sullivan’s Information & Communications Technologies Practice where she focuses on communications infrastructure and services. In recent years, she is extremely interested in the evolution of IT and communications around #SmartCommunities, #M2M, #IoT and #SmartEnergy discussions. She has published several M2M papers in the last three years and regularly speaks at industry conferences and roundtables in Europe.   In the last two years, she has also focussed on growth sector of IT & Communications within a smart energy future. This investigation resulted in a flagship market sizing analysis of expected IT and Communications spending by energy companies in Europe.

 

Prior to her role as a telecoms analyst, she was a working macro-economist covering Southeast Asia and China in several financial institutions in Singapore.



Recent items from Yiru Zhong

Threat Detection and Remediation to Emerge as a Key Market Engine During the Forecast Period
Frost & Sullivan’s research, Global Managed Security Services Market, Forecast to 2021, analyses current market dynamics, external challenges, drivers, restraints, forecasts, and trends. Market share and competitive analysis of key participants are provided. This research service provides a consolidated, top-level view of Frost & Sullivan’s regional research into the global Managed Security Services (MSS) market. It draws on previous detailed research by Frost & Sullivan’s security experts across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America, and North America. For more in-depth analysis on each of these regions, please see the following region-specific studies: • 2016 Managed Security Services in North America (K12F-74) • EMEA Managed Security Services Market (MA60-74) • Asia-Pacific Managed Security Services Market, Forecast to 2020 (P811-74) • Managed Security Services Market in Latin America, Forecast to 2021 (K167-72) The global MSS market grew 17.0% in 2016, after a 16.8% year-on-year increase in 2015. The trend for number of suppliers has remained on an upward path, while the combined market share of the top 3 participants has fallen. Mergers and acquisition activity continued in 2016, with several similar-sized companies pooling their expertise to compete with improved geographic scope, scale, and product breadth. At least 2 leading telecoms service providers (Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom) relaunched their security services in 2016, and every other security vendor is also offering services to counter an expected decline in the growth momentum for security hardware. All these supply-side activities are reflective of a buoyant market; however, the key to longevity and success is an MSS provider agile that is astute enough to stay ahead of the competition by demonstrating the following characteristics: • Positioned to capture the next wave of higher value MSS: According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, the 2 growth MSS segments in the next 5 years are threat intelligence and research and detection services. • Strong ability to retain security talent: Retaining security experts through not only competitive remuneration, but also with the nature of jobs by providing interesting, varied, and collaborative work. • Grow the mid-sized market segment with the right pricing strategy: According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, the mid-sized market segment is relatively underdeveloped; largely ignored by many tier I MSS providers and underserved by the niche, pure-play vendors. • A customer-centric approach: Retaining existing customers and attracting new ones by delivering solutions that meet customer demands. • Technology-led approach to service delivery: Unburden tedious tasks from security staff through automation and a collaborative solution approach.
Published: Oct 26 2017 Market Research
IoT Shifts to Using Sentient Tools and Cognition or ‘Predictive Computing’
The IoT market continued to witness more new launches, investments and ecosystem partnership news than announcements related to new customer wins/deployment news in 2016. Almost a third of such news were related to a product or service or solution or organisation launch. The next largest group of news, around 20%, is about investment flows, be they related to funds made available to support research and development efforts or committed finances to acquire companies from chips to application technologies. The third largest group of news, just under 20%, is related to ecosystem news as the IoT community seek partnerships and alliance to address the missing gaps such as portfolio reach and joint business case creation. In turn, such market development in 2016 also reflected the top 3 most active IoT application areas. In 2016, Frost & Sullivan’s forecast of global IoT connections in 2016 were dominated by usage in connected car, smart cities and asset management areas. The commercialisation of a standardised cellular communications technology (NB-IoT) using licensed spectrum is expected to give an extra boost to IoT momentum in 2017. IoT ecosystem participants anticipate wider adoption because NB-IoT offers a standardised low power wide area network that can help to capture previously untapped segments of the market. Frost & Sullivan expects this to be one of 8 key growth drivers for the IoT sector in 2017; innovation resulting from significant funding in the last 18 months also suggests that the IoT market is poised for another shift in adoption curve. Looking ahead, if 2016 was a year of healthy market development, 2017 must show revenue successes and clear leadership. IoT applications integrate the consumer into the wider connected system to truly reflect a true intelligent society. Those IoT applications and use cases that touch consumers directly or indirectly have better data and privacy protection. IoT ecosystem stakeholders report profits in their IoT proposition. End-user enterprises deploy IoT technologies as part of their broader digital transformation journeys. Previous R&D innovation efforts succeed in creating new IoT use cases that are also relevant to end-user enterprises. Research Scope: • 2016 IoT market recap • New development in IoT application areas • IoT investment funding areas • Enterprise attitudes to IoT adoption • 8 Predictions for IoT in 2017 Key learnings from this outlook report 1. Understand the current landscape of IoT in 2016 in terms of adoption, applications and key market players. 2. Understand the IoT market forecast. 3. Discover what emerging areas are in development in IoT for 2017 and beyond. 4. Learn about current enterprise adoption trends. 5. Understand next steps for IoT market development.
Published: Apr 19 2017 Outlook
Tracking ICT Spending as Industries Embark on Digital Transformation Journeys
Information Technology & Communications (ICT) investment across vertical markets will outpace Europe’s average gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Compared to the organisation for economic co-operation and development (OECD) nominal GDP forecast during 2014 to 2016 of 2.2%, the total ICT spending by industries in Europe is expected to grow at faster pace of an average year-on-year (YoY) of 3.3% during 2014 to 2019. This forecast aims to capture the requirements of ICT components by industries across Europe as well as technology adoption trends as enterprises embark on their digital transformation journeys. Five industries offer strategic opportunities for the ICT community. These are the ICT, energy and utilities, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing industries, all of which lead the drive in digitalisation of a connected society. The Energy & Utilities industry is increasingly keen to utilise ICT to complement its smart grid investments in such projects as substation upgrades, renewables, and/or EVs integration and customer satisfaction initiatives. The sector recognises that maturing technology trends such as connectivity, cloud, and Big Data and analytics are key enablers for helping them achieve the same operational outcomes. For example, the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) is a software and cloud-based solution that allows utilities to connect sensors to gain visibility of operational asset status in order to enable demand side management (DSM). By taking an ICT instead of an engineering perspective, utilities learn that different approaches can lead to the same outcome; of having more accurate grasp of operational data for better decision making. The drivers for ICT spending in the healthcare industry are mainly derived from the realisation that M2M, mobility, cloud, and wearables will significantly transform the way healthcare services are delivered and consumed. 2015 is expected to be a critical year for ICT vendors in their healthcare specific propositions. Manufacturing or industrial automation is also another sector to watch for ICT vendors targeting connected industries opportunities. IT-based solutions will drive overall ICT spending in the industry as it becomes smarter with real-time integration of operational and enterprise systems. Use of data analytics, AI, and ML will completely change the way industries interact within a connected society. The ability to integrate consumers into such hyper-connected systems will require the use of these emerging technologies to support the foundation of trust, data privacy, and transaction mechanism. These emerging technologies however still require a robust and resilient IT and communications architecture. For now, enterprises within key industries are still widening their adoption for more established technologies such as next generation communications infrastructure, secure IT architecture, and enterprise mobility. Winners in the ICT community must be agile in organisation, technology portfolio, and customer acquisition. A few notable market leaders are Ericsson, Cisco, and Deutsche Telekom Group. Communications service providers face the biggest challenge in retaining and growing their share of vertical markets ICT investments. Those with limited scale and portfolio offerings face the highest risks of irrelevance. The ICT industry is poised for a shake-up. New types of stakeholders will be formed and the consolidation of traditional market leaders will intensify in 2017, leading to innovations in business models in applying new technology. Key Questions This Study Will Answer · What technology trends are expected to drive digital transformation within connected industries? · What are the top 5 growth opportunities? · Which industries are the top sector opportunities? · What are the key opportunities for ICT and industry vendors? · What are the adoption roadmaps among key industries?
Published: Mar 02 2017 Market Research
Security Plays Catch-Up to Support a Healthier IoT Market Development
Frost & Sullivan’s Internet of Things (IoT) Executive Brief is a series of tracker reports to provide an update of the key IoT and M2M announcements each quarter, highlighting the trends and the direction of growth in the market. Research scope: The technology stack includes market trends in the vendor landscape, products and services, and standards and interoperability. The market landscape includes competitive trends in strategic and business models, partners, mergers and acquisitions, market differentiation, and market forecasts. IoT is differentiated in that it covers the digitisation and virtualisation of objects, people, and places into interoperable data flows, and typically involves open-ended, mediated contractual relationships. The geographic scope is primarily Europe and North America. Key questions this tracker will answer: 1. Who are the stakeholders in the ecosystem? 2. Who are the customers and end users? 3. What use cases and applications are deployed? 4. Why adopt IoT? (industry drivers) 5. When will IoT take off? 6. How big is the market potential and for whom? 7. How is IoT being built? What are the technology roadmaps, go-to-market strategies, funding sources, and standardisation activities?
Published: Jan 19 2017 Other
European Commission proposes individual privacy in General Data Protection Regulation
The European Commission (EC) has proposed new rules in its Regulation of Privacy and Electronic Communication, an update of ePrivacy directives last amended in 2009. The proposed rules will be debated by the European Parliament for implementation in line with the 25 May 2018 timeline for the General Data Protection Regulation. Because they are regulations instead of directives, the proposed rules would carry a higher legislative weight, with enforcement by national data protection agencies. This proposal is a crucial step in addressing the privacy component of individual data: the EC provides the legislative framework to guide enterprises and institutions in ensuring confidentiality of private data that is necessary to build trust in any connected environment.
Published: Jan 16 2017 Other
IoT Suppliers Pursue Market Share Goals through Acquisitions, Alliances, and Customer Wins
Frost & Sullivan’s Internet of Things (IoT) Executive Brief is a series of tracker reports to provide an update of the key IoT and M2M announcements each quarter, highlighting the trends and the direction of growth in the market. Research Scope The technology stack includes market trends in the vendor landscape, products and services, and standards and interoperability. The market landscape includes competitive trends in strategic and business models, partners, mergers and acquisitions, market differentiation, and market forecasts. IoT is differentiated in that it covers the digitisation and virtualisation of objects, people, and places into interoperable data flows, and typically involves open-ended, mediated contractual relationships. The geographic scope is Europe and North America. Key Questions This Tracker Will Answer • Who are the stakeholders in the ecosystem? • Who are the customers and end users? • What use cases and applications are deployed? • Why adopt IoT? (industry drivers) • When will IoT take off? • How big is the market potential and for whom? • How is IoT being built? What are the technology roadmaps, go-to-market strategies, funding sources, and standardisation activities?
Published: Jan 05 2017 Other
A European SME Perspective
The IT & communications industry continues to invest heavily in communications and IT solutions. Energy and utilities, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing are also expected to increase ICT spending in the next 5 years. To enable ubiquitous connectivity, large investments need to be made by telecom operators as well as energy and utilities and the public sector. Industries also increasingly demand IT software and services to appy better intelligence for new services creation. Cloud computing is an important delivery mechanism. This in turn simplifies the ways in which enterprises can utilize Big Data to gain more insight into their operations and customers.
Published: Nov 10 2016 Market Research
Striving for New Business Models Built on Trust
Frost & Sullivan defines a digital consumer lifestyle as one that includes the traditional services consumed at home, at work, within a city, and mobility. A set of connected lifestyle services, such as banking and financial payments, retail, social networking, and education occur across these 4 domains. The emergence of a digital lifestyle means there are new business models for companies chasing the consumer revenue. Current business models, such as data monetisation, revenue share, and subscription methods already leverage individual consumer’s data. A more sustainable model will require consumer-enabled privacy levers.
Published: Nov 07 2016 Market Insights
Frost & Sullivan was invited to attend Fortinet’s 3rd EMEA 361° Security Forum in September and we took the opportunity to ask Mr. Michael Xie, Co-founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), a few questions.
Published: Sep 27 2016 Other
The race to fulfil the promise of a smart future — be it the benefits of smart mobility, smart energy, or smart cities — has kick-started rich veins of possible inventions. Start-ups jostle with established technologists for technology leadership and mindshare to enrich the necessary architecture for such smart systems, or the Internet of Things (IoT).
Published: Sep 27 2016 Other
I came in to the office this morning to the news that Google will pay US$3.2 billion / EUR2.3 billion / GBP2.0 billion for Nest, a home automation device manufacturer. My first reaction was celebratory; I was hopeful that Google’s financial and technological reach could finally push what is still a fragmented smart home market to resemble some form...
14 Jan 2014 Blog post
Yiru Zhong, ICT Senior Industry Analyst December 2013 2013 was an interesting year for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market in Europe as there were more market participants from telecommunications service providers to software applications providers addressing the connected industries opportunities. Frost & Sullivan estimated that the European M2...
19 Dec 2013 Blog post
Blackberry and Google recently announced that the wireless communication protocol, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), will be included in their latest releases in Blackberry 10 and Android platforms respectively. The idea that BLE could become the dominant protocol for wireless communication particularly for establishing machine-to-machine applications w...
25 Jul 2013 Blog post
In January 2013, Telefonica Digital revealed an improved version of its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity platform, “Smart M2M Platform”.  This builds on previous iterations of an M2M connectivity platform developed internally, and incorporates expertise from Jasper Wireless.  Enterprise customers seeking machine connectivity have a wider selec...
14 Mar 2013 Blog post
LONDON – April 2011 – On 19 April, Ericsson strengthened its 50 billion Connected Device value proposition by announcing plans to acquire Telenor Connexion’s M2M Technology Platform.  This significant acquisition will buoy the overall M2M market from several angles. This move makes Ericsson a credible force in the M2M market and creates conditions...
11 May 2011 Blog post

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