"Spending in 2012 is anticipated to focus on industry-specific applications; upgrades to established, mission-critical software; integrating and securing established systems and infrastructure; and software as a service deployments representing extensions to, or replacement of, existing applications and new solutions," said Tom Eid, Research Vice President at Gartner.
Gartner's report cited the following as the other key enterprise application software market segments in 2012: supply chain management; business intelligence; customer relationship management; content, communications and collaboration; digital content creation; office suites and personal productivity; and, project and portfolio management.
The authors of the report stated their belief that a lot of the investment by organisations in IT will be going to cloud-based systems. They said that organisations were currently searching for ways to shift spending from capital expenditure to operating expenditure, and that factors such as cost optimisation and shifts in spending from "megasuites" to the automation of processes would continue to benefit alternative software acquisition models. They noted that an increasing number of organisations were looking for software functionality as a service or via cloud-based services rather than on-premises. As such, they reasoned, vendors are driven to offer more technology as subscription-based solutions and "pay as you go" offerings.
Get the Picture Yourself
So, do the activities of our lineup of companies on the MIS 100 this year match up to all the forecasts of experts in the field? (Get the September-October 2012 issue of MIS Asia, and take a look inside.) Our guess is, they pretty much do.
2012 MIS 100: THE BRUTALLY HONEST INDEX
How we determined this year's honourees.
Asia's annual index of the region's top enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) users has entered its 16th edition with this issue of MIS Asia magazine. These names came out of a process that included extensive research, a series of in-depth interviews, and a new formula for determining the most effective 100 enterprise ICT users in Asia's most strategic markets, based on how well they have been deriving top dollar value (strategic and tactical/operational benefits included) from their respective investments in ICT.
The formula we used this year incorporates previous metrics for determining the size of each organisation's IT setup and IT organisation, and then sets that against the size of their respective entire user communities and overall business operations. Strategic IT projects with long-term impact were also taken well into consideration before we whittled down the hundreds of organisations in the final evaluation stages to the one hundred you see in the 2012 MIS 100 index.
You can be certain that by the time they appear on the MIS 100 index, these organisations-from the public and private sector, and from the gamut of industries-will have been comprehensively researched and vetted for good governance and best practices. By extension that means you should rest assured that the MIS 100 remains the essential benchmarking and strategy tool for IT decision-makers and business strategists in Southeast Asia, Greater China and beyond.
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