Addressing the woes of 2014’s enterprise tech trends in AP: Dimension Data

Nurdianah Md Nur

Andy Cocks
Andy Cocks, CTO of Dimension Data Asia Pacific

Cloud technology, the Internet of Things, virtualisation of networks, mobility and social media are set to be the disruptive forces for enterprises in Asia Pacific this year. Andy Cocks, CTO of Dimension Data Asia Pacific, discusses the challenges associated with these trends and provides advice on how to overcome the challenges so that enterprises could reap the full benefits when they embrace these technologies.

How will the cloud landscape in the region look this year?
In our opinion, cloud services and adoption will continue to gain significant momentum this year. We expect that global providers will continue to expand their footprint in Asia, and new applications will be available for cloud based consumption. Most enterprise clients will be building their cloud strategy and blueprints, as they begin to move and grow their workloads to the cloud.

We expect the regulators to align the regulations with the new models that cloud represents. The need for more mature hybrid cloud platforms, cloud friendly application development frameworks will push vendors to come up with more innovative solutions. Cloud Consulting and Integration services will increase and so will the introduction of cloud first applications.

What are the main barriers of cloud adoption for organisations in Asia Pacific and how should enterprises overcome them?
Cloud adoption continues to accelerate in the Asia Pacific region. Organisations are deploying initiatives primarily determined by business requirements and executives driving top down initiatives to benefit from the economic value that the cloud represents.

There are, however, challenges that are faced by organisations in the adoption. The key challenges as per our understanding and experience are as follows:

Application Segregation and Migration is one of the concerns, where the CIO is ascertaining the existing application landscape, and trying to determine which applications to move to cloud, while maintaining the interdependencies with the rest of the applications within the organisation. Also, CIOs need support and advice on achieving the business benefits that the cloud promises, as they move to the cloud.

Moving to the cloud represents a significant shift in the internal processes for an organisation, specifically around IT operations, procurement processes, and how applications need to be architected or re-architected. As cloud computing is based on a consumption model, the procurement teams need to change their procurement and budgeting models. The IT operations team now has to deal with a service and service level agreement (SLA) instead of a product, and therefore the level of control on architecture and service delivery is shifting. This is one of the reasons why the initial adopters of cloud have been mid-market clients, or new, non-legacy projects within large enterprises and government.

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