One of the key vendor representatives to speak at our–MIS Asia, CIO Asia and IDC Asia/Pacific's–CIO Summit 2013 Singapore is Jonathan Yeo, GM, Sales HQ of Konica-Minolta Business Solutions Asia. The following are his insights on adoption trends and what his company is doing to help customers solve their current problems and meet new challenges ahead.
What are the top priorities of CIOs at your customer organisations?
Yeo: With the proliferation of smart devices and ubiquitous connectivity, technology has evolved and has made an impact in their lifestyle in one way or another.
Disruptive technologies-mobile, cloud and big data-have changed the way enterprise operates. The CIOs see mobility, cloud and big data as the top priorities and view a need to marry new technology with business goals that translates to business values.
Recognising that, and to gain maximum value from supporting enterprise mobility, and managing big data, businesses need to evaluate their goals, resources and policies. How can they keep up with the evolution of technology and integrate modern technology into their office process to achieve office optimisation. The challenges now are to manage security, corporate data, whilst supporting the growth of mobile workforce and improving the productivity level and new working styles.
How should they go about meeting their challenges?
There should be business value in adoption of these disruptive technologies and to gear up IT function and enabling them to perform as strategic unit to support business growth with the evolution of technologies.
Companies should evaluate their business goals, how new technologies can be integrated and if it provides business value to the organisation. There is a need to evaluate their current state, such as capabilities, infrastructure, and investment cost, processes and assess and map out to their long term vision, whilst coping with the rapidly changing technology landscape.
How are you helping your customers in these areas?
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