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Survey: Cloud, mobility top priorities of CxOs

T.C. Seow | Oct. 5, 2012
Findings from CIO Asia's annual State of the CXO Survey show some silver linings. Some old challenges remain, but new ones will require fresh thinking to overcome in the journey ahead.

Table 8
Table 8: Key Roadblocks to Innovation.

In Table 8, the key roadblocks to innovation seem to have merely exchanged positions in 2011 and 2012. While late involvement of IT executives in the decision-making process remains the top item, it is interesting to note that corporate culture now ranks second, up from fourth position in 2011. One can only postulate that there is now conflict between senior management and the younger, so-called Generation Y executives or millennials who do not see eye-to-eye with their bosses. Perhaps there is work to be done to bridge the widening gap between the millennials and the older generation who lack savviness in dealing with their culture. Given another few years, the millennials will be sitting in positions of authority, and the quicker this gap is closed, the better it will be for organisations to move beyond cultural clashes in meeting rooms.

Cloud in the big picture
For the first time, the survey asked about cloud computing in the enterprise space. Table 9 shows the responses gathered when asked about the stage of adoption of hosted solutions. Clearly, most organisations feel hosted solutions are a given, and that will continue into the foreseeable future.

Table 9
Table 9: Stage of adoption of hosted solutions.

Another interesting point garnered from the survey is the importance CXOs accord to cloud computing. In Table 10, infrastructure and compute resources have been highlighted as the top priority for cloud computing, followed by business apps and Big Data. Cloud seems to the way to go for most of the Asian organisations, and going by the findings listed in Table 11, most of them will be capitalising on cloud to implement Big Data solutions like business intelligence and analytics.

Table 10
Table 10: Cloud computing priorities.

Table 11
Table 11: Technologies/solutions to be implemented.

Table 12
Table 12: Technologies to drive growth.

Table 13
Table 13: Major city hubs for cloud computing.

But moving to the cloud will take more than cost efficiencies. Said one respondent: "Cloud is coming in a big way, but the concerns of moving core applications to the cloud remains. This is primarily because of fear of vendor lock-in and licence related complications for ERP and SCM systems."

Mobile communications and wireless technologies are also high on the list. No doubt this is driven very much by the BYOD trend, but also the undeniable fact that the enterprise is undergoing transformation to enable business solutions that can be delivered on smart devices, whether they are the popular Apple iOS or Google Android devices. Coupled with cloud-based business process management (Table 12), organisations are beginning to make a concerted effort to take advantage of cloud services and resources to realise some strategic goals.


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