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Lenovo turns attention to IoT

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Lenovo sees IoT as the next big thing, and is developing products for deployment at the edge and in backend systems.

IoT applications in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing are "driving significant improvements in efficiency and cost savings," Lenovo ANZ managing director Matt Codrington told iTWire.

This technology is rapidly unlocking new insights and capabilities, he told iTWire, but the challenge is learning how to use the data effectively. Edge computing will play a big role in this, Codrington predicted.

Lenovo aims to be a leader in the IoT market, he added.

Other areas of interest include the modern workplace (collaboration is "a key area of focus right now" with millennials becoming the largest cohort in the workforce), infrastructure, high performance computing, AI, and big data.

And augmented reality "has real-world applications, right now," he said, pointing to the company's ThinkReality product and uses in the aeronautical, resources, medical and educational sectors.

Lenovo is still a major player in the PC space, accounting for around a quarter of the global market. Its local share is somewhat smaller at around 19%, but that is because the company is a relatively recent entrant to the local consumer market despite its strength in the enterprise and education sectors.

"We're very proud of our products," and even though "the market's relatively flat," Codrington is planning a significant increase in Lenovo's local workforce, with additional sales staff to serve traditional and emerging markets segments, as well as growth in the services headcount.

Codrington said that he has never before seen such growth during his 20 years in the industry.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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