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Cloud frees more innovation time for Malaysian CIOs

AvantiKumar | Feb. 24, 2012
CA Technologies study ‘Future Role of the CIO’ shows that 'a new savvy breed of technology leaders' are using cloud computing to enhance their business value to their organisations.

Victor Cheng - CA Technologies Vice President for Sales Asia South

PHOTO - Victor Cheng - CA Technologies vice president for sales Asia South.


IT solutions provider CA Technologies' new global study, 'The Future Role of the CIO', shows that cloud computing has freed more time for Malaysian CIOs to make a greater contribution to business strategy and innovation.

Speaking on 21 February 2012, CA Technologies vice president for sales Asia South, Victor Cheng, said: "Of the Malaysian CIOs who were surveyed for the report, 57 percent agreed that cloud computing has a significant impact on their role and 53 percent of them believe cloud computing has enabled them to spend more time on business strategy and innovation."

"It is those CIOs who are already embracing cloud that report they have more time to spend on innovation and strategy (100 percent) compared to just 30 percent of the non-cloud adopters," said Cheng. "More than half (53 percent) of the CIOs surveyed see their role as a gateway to other roles, demonstrating the positive impact cloud is having on the role of technology. The CIOs feel more enabled to focus on strategy and business services than to focus solely on technology."

He said the report has also indicated that to remain effective in this dynamic cloud environment, CIOs recognise that they need new skills with 63 percent of the CIOs agreeing with this statement. "The skills required range from regulatory and compliance, understanding risk, negotiation and sales skills to commercial procurement skills."

"Interestingly, 71 percent of those CIOs who have adopted cloud computing felt that commercial procurement skills were vital, compared to 58 percent of non-cloud adopting CIOs," said Cheng. "This suggests that the purchasing of external cloud services is driving CIOs to acquire more business centric skills rather than to remain a pure technologist."

"We already know that cloud computing is 'revolutionary' in terms of what it can do for business, but it is also breeding a new type of technology leader, one that clearly understands what adopting cloud computing can do for the organisation, and one who believes that the cloud can empower them to become a more complete technology leader of tomorrow," he said.

CA Technologies commissioned independent specialist technology market research company Vanson Bourne to undertake the research, which is based on 615 telephone interviews, conducted during summer 2011 among CIOs in organisations of 500 or more employees in the telecoms, retail, financial and manufacturing sectors. Thirty CIOs were interviewed in each of the following countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Austria/Switzerland, Israel, the Nordics, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, the U.S., and 15 in Portugal.


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