Ninety-five percent of Singaporeans see the mainframe as a strategic or highly strategic part of their current and future IT plans, as per a global survey from CA Technologies.
The IT landscape has become increasingly complex today and findings of the survey show that the mainframe serves as a cornerstone of growth and innovation within the enterprise infrastructure.
Today, the mainframe plays an increasingly strategic role in managing the evolving needs of the enterprise and is viewed as an enabler of innovation as big data and cloud computing transform the face of enterprise IT.
The report 'The Mainframe as a Mainstay of the Enterprise 2012', also shows that companies now search for candidates with cross-disciplinary skill sets to address their critical mainframe workforce requirements.
Despite the growing importance of mainframe, 85 percent of the Singapore based respondents said their organisations will face a shortage of mainframe skills in the future.
Strategic platform in cloud computing efforts
The coming years will see mainframe as a highly strategic platform in the cloud computing efforts of companies as 63 percent of respondents globally are considering to deploy new tools that enable the rapid deployment and cost-efficient provisioning of private and hybrid cloud services on the mainframe platform in the next 12-36 months.
"Companies around the world are assessing how they can rapidly adapt to new cloud models and enable the delivery of new business services to meet the ever increasing demands on IT," said Victor Cheng, vice president, Asia South, CA Technologies.
In terms of spending, 46 percent of global respondents plan to increase spending for mainframe software in the next 12-18 months.
Thirty-six percent of global respondents anticipate an increase in hardware spending in the next 12-18 months and 44 percent internationally plan to increase spending on mainframe-related services.
Seventy-four percent of global respondents already have or are planning to sanction mobile management of the mainframe within the next 18 months.
"There's an interesting paradigm between a clear shortage of mainframers and the need to support our customers for which the mainframe is growing and evolving," added Cheng. "CA Technologies continues to invest in training programmes to support our customers and closing the educational gap."
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