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IT skills gap widest in APJ, drives rise of hybrid cloud: EMC survey

Zafirah Salim | March 2, 2015
The survey reports an increasing adoption of cloud computing globally, with the majority of respondents in APJ citing hybrid cloud as their preferred option for greater agility and security.

The survey also unveiled that the applications that most respondents would not be willing to put in the public cloud include financial planning (39 percent), human capital management (35 percent) and ERP (32 percent).

Based on the survey, EMC finds that developed markets with more advanced IT economies lead the charge for cloud adoption, while emerging markets appear to be more risk averse with lower levels of cloud uptake overall.

Emerging markets are, however, more positive about the IT department and hybrid cloud - 79 percent say they expect a competitive advantage from megatrends such as cloud, mobile, social and big data; and 67 percent think combining public and private cloud will improve security and agility.

"This survey shows that IT decisions makers around the globe are adopting a common vision for the future of IT," said Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, EMC Corporation.

"First, the vast majority believe technology will create a competitive advantage as more and more business moves online. Second, there is a conviction that IT must become an in-house provider of on-demand services to truly enable the business. And finally, that the best way to improve agility and security is to combine public and private clouds in IT service offerings," he added.


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