Honed by competition in their home and regional markets, multi-national corporations (MNCs) from Asia are expected to become more dominant in the global environment. This expansionist view was reflected in IDC's survey of major business concerns in 2012. The main areas of focus revolved around acquiring new customers, reducing churn, expanding into new markets, and identifying new innovations which would provide a competitive edge. Cost concerns (which topped a similar survey in the previous year) remained but had dropped off the list of priorities.
"Clearly, Asian competitors are looking beyond the uncertainties of the global crisis and are focusing their attention on creating demand for the future," said Mortensen. "Such growth in Asia opens opportunities for IT companies as these MNCs are using technology to create a competitive edge for themselves. Enterprises in the region have identified four main areas of priorities when considering IT changes -- cloud, mobility, social media and big data."
Flexibility and speed
"Cloud provides enterprises with options which are crucial as they move to meet fast-changing market demands," said Craig Slattery, Director, Enterprise Product Solution Management, Asia Pacific & Japan, Dell. "Speed, efficiency, flexibility and agility are hallmarks of virtualisation and the cloud."
Photo: Craig Slattery, Dell.
He added that today's organisation typically used 80 percent of its IT budget for maintenance of existing infrastructure. This left little leeway for initiative and innovation. To correct such imbalance, enterprises would need to look at improving its infrastructure and processes as a whole.
"Pervasive convergence tracks every part of infrastructure, operations management, application management and service management to deliver tangible efficiencies, savings and improved IT service delivery," he said. "This can be achieved through a combination of hardware, management and packaging convergences."
Hardware and management convergences unified infrastructure and resources. Packaging convergence provided integration within existing infrastructures and was delivered as pre-engineered or customised reference architectures, or as fully pre-integrated solutions. The result was a converged architecture which provided rapid response, strengthens quality and maximises data centre efficiency.
While many organisations had adopted the cloud and were reaping its benefits, concerns about the cloud remain. Kevin Chin, Country Manager, F5 Networks listed factors organisations should consider before moving into a cloud environment. "Security remains a key roadblock. This applies to infrastructure, end-point devices and applications as security has to be ensured at each point. Organisations have to work out how to control access to their cloud and how to maintain its privacy over the long term as security will have to keep up with the pace of innovation. Standards will change, new operating systems will be released, and new devices will be introduced over time," he said. "For IT to continue supporting such new devices and systems, organisations have to ensure that their cloud architecture is flexible enough to continue supporting new changes, and to put in place a viable business continuity plan tailored for the cloud."
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