By blog Jan 22 2020
2019 saw many changes in Japan. A new emperor ushered in the Reiwa Era, bringing the 30-year Heisei Era to an end. The consumption tax increased to 10%. Looking at changing trends in the cloud market, it was the year of cloud solution adoption among companies. In this article, we will examine the future of the cloud market in 2020 with a focus on the upcoming Olympic Games.
Full-scale in 2020? Cloud adoption by Japanese companies
In Japan, business use of the cloud has been less prolific than in Europe and the United States; however, this tide is likely to change this year. One indication of the adoption of cloud systems began in the central government. At the end of last year, the Japanese government announced a new policy to completely shift core systems used by ministries and agencies to the cloud. While the actual system change is scheduled to begin in the fall of this year, it is likely that this “endorsement” of cloud usage by the government will encourage large companies and local governments to follow suit.
The cloud is key to addressing labor shortage and improving productivity
As labor shortages will continue to be an issue in various industries in 2020, the cloud is attracting attention as a solution. The labor shortage problem in Japan has been increasing in recent years, and with the decreasing birthrate and aging population, dramatic improvement is not expected in the future. As a result, there is a growing need to increase productivity as a way to maintain and grow business - the key to that is the cloud.
By utilizing the cloud, it is now possible to automate and improve the efficiency of conventionally manual tasks or those that require a great deal of time and labor, something especially important for small and medium-sized companies that account for the majority of Japanese economy. According to the 2018 White Paper On Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan, the labor productivity of small and medium enterprises is about 56% in the manufacturing industry, about 64% in the information and communication industry, and about 57% in the specialized and technical services industry as compared to large enterprises.(*1) The cloud is expected to play a major role in overcoming this problem in 2020.
Growing importance of cyber security
As cloud adoption in companies is in full swing, the importance of cyber security has never been greater. In particular, a greater focus on Japan because of the Tokyo Olympics later this year may increase the risk of companies being targeted by cyber attacks, increasing the need for caution. In the past, the Rio Olympics and London Olympics saw a sharp increase in cyber attacks in the host countries. Every company will need to implement more thorough security measures in 2020 than ever before.
Tsukaeru’s Cloud solution: safe, easy, and convenient
As a pioneer in the industry, Tsukaeru has a long history of offering cloud products, providing popular solutions that combine the highest levels of security with simplicity and ease of use. For example, Tsukaeru Cloud Backup protects and preserves the entire system, including the OS, and quickly restores all data. It is an ideal solution for BCP and disaster recovery measures and has been adopted by many companies. Our simple and reasonable rate plans are also very attractive.
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(*1) 2018 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan (PDF - The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency)