APAC IT leaders spending big on new tech

Enterprise Innovation editors
06 Nov 2014

Asia Pacific's IT leaders are leading the charge to adopt disruptive technologies enabling their transformation to a mobile-first and cloud-first era, according to Microsoft.

The software giant said in a report that more than half (53%) of CIOs polled allocated 11% to 30% of their budget towards using new technologies and another 27% of respondents allocated more than 30%.

The survey, conducted in October, covered 291 CIOs, IT directors and managers across Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Also, the majority of respondents no longer see the cloud as being new and disruptive. Seven in 10 (71%) expect to increase use of the cloud in the next three years, making it a necessary part of their IT strategy.

The survey also saw 62% of respondents highlighting the likelihood of increased IT spending on new technologies next year, indicating that IT leaders in the region are indeed pushing the envelope with new technologies to drive business transformation.

When asked what they were prioritizing as part of their transformation, respondents placed equal importance on enhancing customer experiences, transforming into a digital business, and becoming a more responsive organization.

Also, the Microsoft survey showed that device management is the number one issue which IT leaders are addressing currently, with 92% of those polled saying they have either implemented or are planning to implement device and management initiatives within their organization as a way to manage the growing number of laptops, tablets and smartphones which access company resources.

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