Seizing the social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technology will help create value and stimulate growth for Vietnamese ICT businesses, according to FPT Software Chairman Hoang Nam Tien.

Speaking at a recent seminar at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi to discuss ways to test the SMAC and ensure the quality of the SMAC-based services, he added that ICT businesses must participate in the global trend, reinforcing they cannot operate outside the "game".

He also revealed that his compnay will need at least 600 IT workers this year, 100 of which will be comprised of engineers with expert understandings of SMAC testing.

Neopost Software Community Director Jerome Modolo said SMAC and SMACT (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, internet of things) are new and rapidly growing trends.

However, SMAC testing is still in the early development stages, with suppliers only using existing resources and gradually adjusting their products and services to meet modern trends and customer needs.

He added that very few companies have made breakthroughs in the field of SMAC testing, which creates an opportunity for young IT workers to find creative solutions through knowledge and ingenuity.

According to IDG and Gartner reports, there will be 2.18 million “social” users by 2015, bringing in 34 billion USD, with the number of "mobile" users expected to increase to 1.3 billion, generating 735 billion USD.

Two of the largest corporations working in the “cloud” sector, Big Data and Cloud, predict large returns and are preparing for increased demand. Big Data intends to hire an additional 4.4 million engineers and expects to earn 232 billion USD, and Cloud hopes for 207 billion USD.

In Vietnam, the SMAC revolution has received special attention for its development and integration of the ICT market, involving numerous businesses and boosting their capacity for production and competition.

Between 2014 and 2016, mobile phone usage, including the number of 3G users, is expected to increase dramatically. Services, such as OTT (over-the-top) and social, will contribute over 80 percent of online communications, online video, and mobile digital content.

These will help enhance multimedia communications via personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.

Recent booms in multimedia communications - now covering more than 50 percent of the Vietnamese population – will present new opportunities to expand and conduct SMAC testing.-VNA