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IT skills gap widest in APJ, drives rise of hybrid cloud: EMC survey

Zafirah Salim | March 2, 2015
The survey reports an increasing adoption of cloud computing globally, with the majority of respondents in APJ citing hybrid cloud as their preferred option for greater agility and security.

Hybrid cloud adoption has grown nine percent since 2013, with 27 percent uptake across the globe - the highest being the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region (28 percent), followed by Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) and Latin America at 24 percent.

68 percent of the APJ respondents cited its preference towards hybrid cloud due to the agility and security it provides, but more than half (58 percent) of the region's IT teams also said that they are losing control of technology spending - a figure far higher than in the rest of the world.

These are according to an EMC survey, which polled over 10,000 IT business decision-makers across 33 countries, including APJ countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Challenges and drivers of adoption

While 71 percent of respondents worldwide (and 69 percent in APJ) favour a strategy for IT to serve as an in-house broker of on-demand services, survey data indicates a lack of confidence in IT's own ability to help drive business growth.

35 percent of respondents worldwide also believe their organisation does not possess the right level of skills and knowledge to achieve business priorities. In APJ, this figure is the highest of all at 42 percent.

Consequently, 69 percent of respondents believe training IT staff to keep pace with the implications of megatrends such as cloud, mobile, social and big data, will be a challenge for their organisation over the next one or two years.

EMC said that this has therefore placed the spotlight on automation and innovations such as hybrid cloud. And similar to global trends, APJ is also seeing the uptake in hybrid cloud technologies and automation.

In fact, 74 percent of global respondents believe that increasing automation in their infrastructure is imperative to business growth.

At a global level, respondents believe IT is a business enabler now more than ever before. To help support business growth, majority of the respondents believe IT must act as an in-house broker of on-demand services. This pressure, combined with a widening IT skills gap, appears to be driving interest among IT professionals in pursuing a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

"Enterprise IT continues to be under massive pressure to improve quality of service while reducing cost. As a result, companies are moving toward more advanced levels of IT infrastructure driven by innovation such as hybrid cloud," said Jeremy Burton, President, Products and Marketing, EMC Corporation. "We expect this uptake to continue in 2015 as companies look for agile, simple, and secure services."

Future of cloud and public scepticism

Although organisations are moving increasingly online, only 11 percent in APJ would be willing to host any application on a public cloud.


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