Photo - Goh Kiang Kian (KK), Director, G-AP
According to Malaysian cloud advisory and brokerage specialist G-Asiapacific (G-AP), the adoption of Cloud as the computing model of choice for enterprise business applications has jumped a record 100 percent growth since June 2015.
G-AP's director KK Goh confirmed that the company there has seen a doubling of cloud adoption on its books from local businesses, large conglomerates, SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and public sector organisations during the last 12 months.
Goh attributed the main driver for this rapid growth to "a tipping point" that been reached for the enterprise IT solution market in Malaysia. "Finally, the decision makers are convinced that Cloud computing is the best way to move forward."
"Malaysian businesses are now taking the plunge to free themselves from legacy, CAPEX-heavy ICT investments that have burdened them over the last two decades," he said.
"Cloud computing immediately offers a much 'lighter', quickly scalable OPEX-based system that is powerful and reliable," said Goh. "It is no wonder that G-AP's deployment of Cloud-based applications has easily doubled over the past 12 months and with a growing queue of genuine organisations eager to convert."
He said that G-AP was currently in the final stages of deploying Cloud-based office productivity systems for a major municipal council, one of the largest hyper-mart chains in Malaysia and was looking forward to a successful second year anniversary of its cloud deployment in the largest worldwide low-cost carrier (AirAsia) and 4th year anniversary of cloud adoption in SapuraKencana Petroleum.
G-AP's double digit growth is “25x fold in annual revenue growth, since the company was established in year 2008," said Goh, adding that G-AP has chalked up more than 120,000 cloud installations for more than 3000 businesses and organisations.
How Cloud Brands fare in Malaysia
Goh said G-AP "is the only certified Cloud solution provider in the country that provides all major Cloud brand - Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. The popularity of these three global Cloud brands vary at the different layers of the organisations' IT structure."
"Currently, AWS and Microsoft are the strongest for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) while for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Google and Microsoft easily dominate current market now," he said
In terms of specific cloud applications, Goh said that broad-based enterprise functionalities such as email and data backup applications, to sales & marketing (S&M) and customer relationship management (CRM) are the most popular systems to be migrated to the Cloud.
"A very encouraging trend that we are noticing is that many of the Malaysian Cloud adopters from non-traditional, brick-and-mortar businesses -are finally moving to the Cloud in order to cope with anticipation of sluggish economic conditions over the next two years," he added.
Some remaining Cloud hurdles
Despite the uptake in Cloud adoption in the local market, Goh said that some fears remained. "IT security and data integrity is still the No.1 concern of large conglomerates. Meanwhile for the smaller SMEs, the lack of knowledge of how to migrate to cloud is the biggest hurdle."
Additionally, there was the perception of being 'locked down' to a specific Cloud technology - that still hinders the decision to move to the Cloud," he said.
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