Photo - Michael Barnes, vice president and research director, Forrester Consulting.Singapore.
More than half (54 percent) of Malaysian companies say that they risk falling behind their competitors if they do not pursue cloud initiatives, according to the third annual VMware Cloud Index, which was conducted by research firms Forrester Consulting and ITR.
The Malaysian cut of the annual global study was presented by Forrester Consulting Singapore's vice president and research director, Michael Barnes, during the virtualisation solutions firm's annual event VMware Solutions Symposium (VSS) held in Kuala Lumpur on 1 November 2012.
"The index shows that the majority of respondents based in Malaysia (72 percent) will grow and/or expand their businesses in 2013, and more than half (54 percent) agree that if their company does not pursue cloud initiatives, they risk falling behind their competitors," said Barnes.
"Virtualisation is reaching critical mass in the region and 94 percent of respondents say they adopted or plan to adopt virtualisation within their organisation," he said. "In addition, 77 percent also strongly agreed that virtualisation is critical to enabling cloud computing - compared to 73 percent in 2011."
Barnes said the VMware Cloud Index 2012 showed that the top three barriers to cloud adoption in Malaysia are: data privacy, residency, 'loss of control' (71 percent); security (67 percent); and access to reliable and affordable broadband (64 percent).
He said the study also revealed that top enablers of cloud computing re: the ability to support a more mobile and flexible workforce; the demand to optimise their existing IT management and automation capabilities; and the desire to empower the business by simplifying access to IT resources. In fact, one in two (50 percent) respondents that do not currently have cloud initiatives in place said they plan to implement it within the next 18 months.
"However, only 56 percent of respondents agree that their IT organisation has the skills and infrastructure necessary to create and manage a private cloud," said Barnes. "Likewise, only 53 percent of respondents agreed that their organisation is increasing spending on cloud training for employees."
Now in its third annual edition, the VMware Cloud Index 2012 is conducted by Forrester Consulting and ITR (in Japan). The 2012 study surveyed about 6,500 senior IT practitioners across the APJ region in 11 countries (Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Three new countries were added to the study in 2012 (Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan). The survey was conducted in September and October 2012.
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