Photo - (From left) Tan Tze Meng, Head of Policy Planning & Advocacy, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC); Victor Lim, Vice President, Consulting Operations, IDC Asia/Pacific; Wan Murdani Mohamad, Head of Digital Enablement Division, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC); Simon Piff, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific; Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Office, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC); Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC); Avneesh Saxena, Group Vice President, Domain Research Group, IDC Asia/Pacific; Chin Jun Fwu, Research Manager, Datacenter & Virtualization, IDC Asia/Pacific; and Eric Ho, Project Manager, EPP3, Data Centre, NKEA Business Services, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
According to an IDC study commissioned by the Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), only 18.8 percent of IT management is implementing IT that is aligned to business needs though they do demonstrate a reasonable grasp of their organisation's core business requirements.
During the release of results of the study of IT decision makers and influencers in 101 large Malaysian companies, IDC Asia/Pacific's associate vice president, enterprise infrastructure, Simon Piff said: "Whilst 32.3 percent of respondents indicated a robust approach to IT planning and based it on the changing business needs, 46.7 percent of respondents were less forward looking and based IT decisions around available budget or on legacy applications and skills."
Piff shared the results with more than 40 senior ICT decision-makers during the first workshop of the recently-announced CIO Survival Guide series, themed 'The Information Enabled Enterprise,' which is part of a series of forums and workshops held by MDeC in partnership with IDC to help Malaysian CIOs to better meet the challenges of surviving and thriving in a rapidly changing marketplace.
He said while the respondents were able to communicate the key business strategies, which were around growth and acquisition, all IT strategy and tactics were designed focused on improving efficiency, reducing cost and none called out any project or IT strategy that directly supported business expansion plans.
Piff added that data centre outsourcing is not well thought of with cost/price being cited as the main inhibitor. However, a significant number of respondents have never considered it. Other forms of outsourcing are well-established, with cloud computing on the radar of all respondents.
CIOs on the cutting edge
MDeC's chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said: "To kick off the CIO Survival Guide series, today's workshop is focused on how businesses can improve their ability to be more strategic with ICT investments so as to ensure that ICT strategy is better aligned to business strategy and goals".
"As we move towards a developed digital economy, it is imperative for businesses to fully leverage on ICT for enterprise development," said Badlisham. "This is especially relevant today as the Malaysian ICT sector continues to be transformed by the intersection of the four major trends of Mobile, Cloud, Social and Big Data".
IDC Asia/Pacific group vice president, domain research group, Avneesh Saxena, said CIOs need to evolve with the changing business landscape and play a key role in using IT to drive business. "IDC believes a number of important stakeholders will appear and become strong influencers of the kind of IT a business will have in the next four years. In this regard, businesses will expect the CIOs to be on the cutting edge of adoption of new IT services."
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