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Slow Hong Kong business growth hampers IT budgets

Carol Ko (Computerworld HK) | Feb. 7, 2014
Hong Kong enterprises are on par with their regional counterparts in terms of their cautious business outlook for 2014, but available IT resources may not fully support such growth.

"We see more content-providers like Google and Amazon leveraging open-source cloud solutions," Cheung added. "However, enterprise application-environments are much more complex, and enterprises may not need a 'scale-out' architecture for their thousands of applications—so I believe enterprise use of open-source cloud solutions (like OpenStack or CloudStack) will be limited until some validated use-cases emerge."

Looking forward
Enterprise IT leaders are expecting a slight shake-up of tech investment priorities. Some noticeable drops in tech investment priority, compared to 2013, are data center infrastructure (31% in 2013; 15% in 2014), collaborative tools (24% in 2013; 13% in 2014) and virtualization (20% in 2013; 11% in 2014).

Will these serve as hints that: a large number of local enterprises are already benefiting from efficient facility/data center setups, adoption of collaborative communications tools have matured over the year, and a large number of enterprises have already implemented significant infrastructure virtualization in-house?

On the upside, local IT leaders should be expecting a major advancement in tech investment priority in desktop environments (10% in 2013; 20% in 2014). From what CWHK editors observed, tech leaders would be seriously considering desktop virtualization this year, as it promises a high degree of systems standardization, flexibility and security.


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