Cloud awareness and confidence are high in Singapore but there are very few IT decision-makers in the nation who rate cloud as a critical priority.
On the brighter side, the percentage of people in Singapore rating it as a high priority is well above the average in the Asia Pacific region.
Also, there is no significant variation by organisation size or vertical, according to a new report from Forrester on SaaS adoption trends in Asia Pacific for 2013 and 2014.
All these findings show that enterprises in Singapore have begun to see SaaS and other public cloud-based offerings as IT-enabled capability and not as a distinct strategic initiative.
Business decision-makers in Singapore are twice as likely as IT decision-makers to decide about cloud-based storage and backup usage.
Asia Pacific low on SaaS
In his Forrester blog, Michael Barnes says that Asia Pacific organisations have shown complete IT resistance to SaaS over the past 6-12 months.
This resistance has encouraged more pragmatic discussions about this subject and in the coming two years many SaaS solutions will be included in IT portfolios of these organisations.
Changes can be seen already as several SaaS vendors have observed more IT involvement in functions such as procurement, requirements definition, RFP creation, and negotiations.
In the coming months, SaaS vendors will also see an increase in IT involvement in SaaS procurement among multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in the Asia Pacific region.
Organisations in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region should accept that SaaS solutions are now part of the strategic IT portfolio and should thus standardise SaaS selection and procurement processes whenever possible.
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