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Data consolidation key priority of APAC businesses in 2016: Pivotal

Adrian M. Reodique | Dec. 21, 2015
Majority of the respondents have adopted data technologies.

Data management across businesses in the Asia Pacific region is becoming more mature, Pivotal survey shows.

The survey, released on 14 December 2015, was conducted by the cloud native platform provider with its customers and partners across five countries in the Asia Pacific region.  

According to the survey titled "Data Technology Adoption and Maturity in Asia Pacific", consolidation among data silos in the Asia Pacific region is now mainstream and a priority for businesses in 2016. This shows the growing maturity of enterprises towards data management and the start of modernising IT systems in the Asia Pacific region, it reported.

Majority of respondents (51 percent) have already adopted data technologies for cross-business unit agility and intelligence, while 19 percent responded that real-time processing of data and data analytics is its second priority to applying data technology. 

Traditionally, enterprises have to deploy relational database management and file storage systems which results to managing data within structured and unstructured silos. However, this process is more costly and limits the ability of organisations to make insight-based decisions, said IDC.

Through consolidating data silos, the survey said enterprises will reap the benefits of cross-business unit access and analysis that will make them more agile, efficient and resilient.

"In the face of Digital Disruption, transforming into a data-driven organisation is no longer a choice. Organisations now need to look at transitioning from siloed approaches of managing data assets to consolidating their data across the enterprise in an agile and secure manner to keep with the speed of business," said Melissa Ries, Vice President, Pivotal Asia Pacific and Japan.

When it comes to adopting and implementing technologies, 39 percent of the respondents perceive that their organisation will likely fall short in terms of data readiness, but nine in 10 businesses believe that they will catch up by 2017. Additionally, 58 percent of the respondents said they expected their businesses to be more than 90 percent ready within two years. 

Meanwhile, as businesses implement and deploy data technologies there are still some challenges that they perceived. 

According to the survey, 22 percent of the businesses consider budget, and issues with legacy data infrastructure as the top problems, while IT complexity comes in third at 17 percent.

However, to reduce the barriers in adopting data technology, the businesses believe that a clearly defined co-existing strategy with legacy systems (25 percent), and open-source technologies (22 percent) are useful. While, nearly one in five companies or 18 percent said that relevant skill training is another method to encourage technology implementation.  


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