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Most Malaysian organisations will use cloud by 2017: MDeC, IDC CIO Survival Guide

AvantiKumar | May 26, 2014
MDeC and IDC's second edition of the CIO Survival Guide focuses on why Malaysian CIOs need to shift cloud focus from IT efficiency to IT effectiveness.

Chris Morris - IDC modified 

Photo - Chris Morris, Associate Vice President, Services Asia Pacific, Lead Analyst Cloud Services & Technologies, IDC Asia/Pacific

 Current cloud development

Morris said other findings of Malaysian IT enterprises indicate:

  • Shift of IT investment focus from cost minimization to IT departments: This will be an additional pressure for any CIOs from new directions. In 2014, it is believed that CIOs must externally source more of the required IT services which will often be delivered from the cloud.
  • IT departments react slowly when moving from a tactical focus on efficiency: Malaysian enterprises must move from delivering cost-effective services to a more challenging goal of being more strategic and effective. This is a vital transition for any businesses because the best solution is not the cheapest when assessed against the business goals.
  • The awareness level of cloud benefits in medium-sized organisations is higher compared to larger organisations: LOB managers are more interested in high-value business services delivered by IT to meet business goals. CIOs will start looking at service delivery in a different way when assessing IT on this basis. This heightened awareness means LOB managers are less burdened by legacy systems, allowing medium-sized organisations to be able to position themselves advantageously for future growth and competitiveness.
  • Not ready to use cloud services for business-critical functions: There is a lingering focus on tactical goals for cloud deployment but slowly growing understanding on the importance of the strategic value of cloud services in Malaysia; however, large enterprises are still not well advanced about how cloud services can best be used. These could be caused by a number of factors:

-  Opaque legislation
-  Lack of cloud skills
-  Low understanding of building a business case based on business value instead of cost saving

This edition of CIO Survival Guide Series examined different stages of cloud development among Malaysian IT organisations. For more information, please visit


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