The 2013 edition of MIS Asia's annual IT Nation study was done in the last quarter of last year. And as in previous years, we canvassed the opinions of the most progressive information and communication technology leaders across Asia, with especial focus on the following: Singapore, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand. Also as in all other editions, the IT Nation 2013 study made sure to gather the insights of these IT decision makers of user organisations from the entire spectrum of sectors/industries, including the Public Sector, Financial Services, Transport and Logistics and Manufacturing.
After all that's passed through 2012, what have our leading lights in Asia's ICT got to report on the state of their enterprises and the positive impact their divisions and infrastructures have had in driving their organisations toward a better future?
Spending More on the Same
There is a positive note to this year's figures, and that starts with the majority of respondents-57.7 percent-saying they expect their organisation's overall expenditure on ICT to increase in 2013. (This figure is up from last year's marginal majority of 50.85 percent.) The figure for respondents who expected to decrease their spending on ICT through 2013 is 16.1 percent, and 26.3 percent said they see no change in their spending this year.
No change is registered at the top of priority lists for our respondents too. The highest number of responses to the question, "What actions do you expect to take directly in response to current economic conditions?", went to "Cut costs and optimise efficiency of existing systems (67.9 percent). The remainder of the top five priorities are: "More innovation" (54.7 percent); "Implement new projects" (49.6 percent); "Stronger partnership with vendors (36.5 percent); and, "Restructure IT service agreements" (27 percent).
The list of our respondents' top five areas of focus in ICT through 2013 is almost identical to last year's. They are, in order of importance: Automate more business processes; Improve customer satisfaction; Improve information security; Better manage regulatory compliance; and, Increase my enterprise's competitive edge. This is to be contrasted with last year's: Automate more business processes; Improve customer satisfaction; Improve information security; Make my enterprise more agile; and, Better manage regulatory compliance.
Our respondents also expect to allocate the same way this year as they did in 2012. They chose to once again devote the greater portion of their budgets to the following areas (again in order of importance): New application development and implementation; Network infrastructure; Hardware infrastructure; Security and risk management; and, IT governance and compliance.
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