During my brief talk, I highlighted some recent research - which involved 480 IT decision makers across the globe - which found that cloud computing has "ascended from a solution not fully understood by nearly a third of IT decision makers globally, to one that 82 per cent of enterprises are using today".
Interestingly the study, by research house Vanson Bourne, found that the Lion City Singapore is a leading market for cloud adoption. The study found that more than 90 per cent of Singapore enterprises surveyed are using cloud infrastructure services today, compared to 76 per cent in 2010.
To me, amazing structures like the Marina Bay Sands and the SkyPark should be a source of great pride and confidence for enterprises and entrepreneurs alike. Because these mind-blowing projects are clear evidence that inspiration can turn to innovation.
And, with the application of technology, innovation can be built into amazing practical facilities.
Moshe Safdie and Associates
This amazing architectural feature of Singapore was conceived and designed by Moshe Safdie and Associates with Aedas Architects. A brilliant job which creates a very uplifting experience.
Far from being just another five-star hotel, Marina Bay Sands made the decision to be outstanding, to be an icon and a key feature of the Singapore skyline. Move over the Merlion, I don't think it will be long before the MBS complex becomes the symbol of Singapore.
I told the CIOciety members too that it was appropriate that Cisco was hosting them at this architectural masterpiece. After all, Cisco's own corporate logo is based on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, itself an architectural icon in the US.
And, I suggested to the CIOciety members that this incredible setting should inspire them to produce even bigger and better achievements in their enterprises.
Just like the Skypark cantilever and the infinity pool make this Marina Bay Sands complex so special, the senior IT executives present had the opportunity to consider the cloud and virtualisation as creative strategies to differentiate their enterprises from the competition.
Just like the Marina Bay Sands complex clearly differentiates Singapore from other Southeast Asian capitals.
What do you think?
Ross O. Storey - firstname.lastname@example.org - is the managing editor of all FBM Asia publications and the Editor of CIO Asia and MIS Asia magazines.
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