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Handling reduced budgets a top priority for AP CIOs: IDC

Jack Loo | July 25, 2012
Survey also indicates that virtualisation and automation initiatives to be main spending focus.

Dealing with reduced budgets will be the top priority for the region's CIOs in the coming 12 months, according to an IDC survey.

The report, 'Continuum' End-User Survey 2012, was conducted by IDC's End-User Research & Statistics Department. Respondents of the survey are all IT decision makers in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan region.

Out of some 1600 respondents, 25 percent said dealing with lower/reduced budgets was their top IT priority over the next 12 months. In second place is aligning IT to changing business landscape stated by 18 percent of the interviewees, while in the third spot is building better tools that help management make better business decisions with 12 percent.

In the area of IT spending, the surveyed executives expect an increase in IT spending in the following IT trends in the region: Virtualisation and automation-driven needs (39 percent), big data and analytics (34 percent), mobility (34 percent) and data centre expansion (34 percent). To support the IT trends growth, respondents also expected hardware related expenditure to form a large chunk of IT spending.

In the space of mobility, the report found that adoption of media tablets in organisations has increased. Twenty-two percent of the respondents showed intention to procure tablets within the next 12 months as opposed to only 12 percent in 2011.

Respondents were asked if their organisation prints documents using mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets (e.g. iPhone, BlackBerry, iPad etc). Twelve percent of the interviewed organisations replied "yes" and of that at least one-third of the respondents stated they experienced an increase in the print volume and expected to see an increase the next year. However, it is notable that 70 percent of the respondents said their printing infrastructure was not designed and optimised for the unique business processes and document workflow.

 

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