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IDC, MDeC launch second volume of CIO Survival Guide

AvantiKumar | April 11, 2014
Themed 'Survival of the Cloud Fittest,' the second volume of this initiative will help Malaysian CIOs overcome a capability gap, says IDC's Chris Morris.

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


A second volume of workshops and forums called the CIO Survival Guide has been launched by Malaysia's national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] together technology market research firm International Data Corporation [IDC].

The first workshop, which will be held on 22 May 2014 at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, further examines the different adoptions of cloud computing by Malaysian IT organisations, said MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, adding that the theme is 'Survival of the Cloud Fittest.'

Selected CIOs will work with MDeC and IDC, said Badlisham. "The cloud continues to radically modify technology engagement and uptake among enterprises through a highly accessible and flexible internet-based technology."

"Malaysian SMEs are also starting to embrace the idea of subscription-based business solutions delivered over the Internet," he said. "While cloud adoption in Malaysia is on the upward trend, countries such as Singapore and South Korea are still ahead of us. Thus, it is important for us to step up our efforts."

"This is the fundamental goal of the second volume of the CIO Survival Guide. MDeC, via MSC Malaysia, and Digital Malaysia, will continue to provide avenues for both enterprises and local SMEs to seek the right type of cloud services that are suited to their needs as we migrate into a digital economy," said Badlisham.

Capability gap

IDC Australia associate vice president, services Asia Pacific, lead analyst, cloud services & technologies, Chris Morris said the fast acceptance of four key technologies (Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Social Media) that change the delivery, control, management and security of the IT environment is one of the challenges faced by most CIOs.

The key for enterprises to effectively overcome the challenge is the need to use these new technologies effectively and to adopt a new delivery model that is flexible, scalable and cost effective rapid deployment. Cloud models fulfil the underlying needs of enterprises; however, many CIOs are ill-prepared for the new challenges that come with cloud, said Morris.

"For Malaysian enterprises, a rapidly expanding range of cloud services are readily available - from those that replace basic infrastructure through to advanced mobile apps," he said. "However, IDC has observed a gap between the often extensive potential of the available cloud services and the legacy app-focused capabilities of Malaysian IT groups."

"The gap is apparent as a lack of experience and skills to implement and manage cloud environments effectively," Morris said. "To overcome this capability gap, it is necessary to invest not just in technology, but in people and processes too. With Line-of-Business (LoB) managers now frequently funding 50 percent of a cloud project, their different expectations must be met; they're indifferent to the technology and only seek improvement in their business results. Cloud services must be managed and optimised for the target business environment to deliver full value."

The first CIO Survival Guide workshop, 'The Information Enabled Enterprise Summit' was held in June last year and attended by 59 senior ICT decision-makers.


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