CIOs in the Asia Pacific region are now seeing IT as a driver of business transformation, revealed a Microsoft study. This is evident from 62 percent of the respondents claiming that they plan to increase their IT investment on new technologies next year.
Titled "Microsoft Asia Pacific CIO Survey", the study polled 291 IT leaders from medium to large enterprises across 10 markets in Asia Pacific in October 2014.
It was found that IT priorities will change over time to meet the needs of the digital world. Currently, top priorities include implementing device and management initiatives (92 percent), putting in place a hybrid IT infrastructure (90 percent), and deploying business intelligence (89 percent). However, in the next three years, Asia Pacific CIOs will focus on implementing cloud services (71 percent), mobility solutions (65 percent), and big data projects (61 percent) to enable them to achieve their business goals.
While CIOs are planning to play a big role in business transformation, they expect to face challenges when executing their vision with disruptive technologies. According to the survey, CIOs said that budget constraints (81 percent), as well as security and compliance concerns around cloud-related solutions (79 percent) will hinder the implementation of new technologies.
Another barrier to the adoption of new technologies is the fact that IT investment decisions no longer sit within the IT department. Sixty percent of the respondents said that the CEO is the most influential stakeholder in driving new technology trends. This is followed by the CFO (57 percent), COO (55 percent) and the CMO (38 percent).
Despite this, Asia Pacific CIOs hope to be perceived as innovators (69 percent) and growth enablers (62 percent). Sixty-four percent of them also want to be seen as playing a key role in empowering the productivity of next generation workforce.
"Organisations today have to change how they operate to serve their customers at a whole new level and CIOs today have a critical role to play in this transformation," said Alvaro Celis, Microsoft Asia Pacific's vice president. "CIOs are thus moving beyond keeping the light on in IT to driving growth and business innovation."
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