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Whats next for IT in 2009

MIS Asia Staff | Jan. 16, 2009
Steven Leonard, President, EMC Asia Pacific & Japan, shares his views with MIS Asia readers. 

What does EMC think will define the environment for IT in 2009? What will dominate the thinking of enterprise IT decision makers?

CIOs and IT decision makers will be concerned with the financial stability of their organizations by doing more with less. Though we are seeing some signs of a slowdown in IT spending in many parts of the world, we expect to see an increase in government spending and intervention, especially in markets such as China, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

We expect substantial investment in key areas such as virtualization and Web 2.0 technologies as these are very attractive, cost effective solutions. We are expecting a major transformation in the enterprise computing landscape in the next 6 to 12 months.

Is there anything else you'd like to add that you think should be included in our 'What's Next for IT in 2009' feature article?

It is important for CIOs to focus on aligning information storage, disposal, backup, archival, security and risk management using a holistic enterprise framework. Information is the organisations most important asset, but its usually not managed that way.

With the explosion of information growth, to keep IT costs low, it becomes necessary to automate and virtualize the information infrastructure and extend its capabilities across all devices and applications in the enterprise.

As I said earlier, CIOs should consider adopting an information infrastructure approach of storing data intelligently, protecting them against lost and misuse, virtualize and automate, and derive intelligence from information.


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