Enterprise mobility and cloud are the two most popular third platform technologies in Asia in 2013 and Bruce Dahlgren, senior VP of HP Enterprise Services in Asia Pacific, predicts this trend to continue in 2014.
The third platform is a term coined by IDC that refers to mobility, social media, big data and cloud computing as a whole.
According to Dahlgren, the consumerisation of IT drove the adoption of enterprise mobility technologies in this year. As employees, especially the millennials, are increasingly using their own mobile devices for work, enterprises will need to invest more in mobile security solutions in 2014 to protect their data on those devices.
Cloud technologies were usually adopted due to the cost savings it provide. Its pay per use model is advantageous for small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia that do not have huge capitals to invest in IT solutions or data centres, said Dahlgren. More enterprises are expected to adopt the cloud in 2014 as it enables them to scale whenever required, without the need to invest in legacy systems. This thus allows enterprises to lower their capital expenditure.
Despite the benefits, not many CIOs in the region are investing in these technologies as they are spending "almost 80 percent of their budget on maintenance," said Dahlgren. CIOs should thus look at how third platform technologies can help to lower their maintenance cost. For instance, outsourcing and technology services specialist VFS Global managed to enhance their customer service experience and lower its cost of ownership by consolidating its business applications and IT infrastructure and moving to HP's virtual private cloud.
Dahlgren also advised CIOs to work towards aligning third platform technologies with business goals to get the buy in of the management. This is because these technologies not only enable enterprises in Asia to enjoy cost savings, but are also able to help them grow their business quickly.
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