Singaporean firms on the brink of cloud 'computing tipping' point: survey

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Telco SDN/NFV Asia

Singapore is slated to reach tipping point where majority of enterprises will become cloud-first within the next two years, a survey said.

Enterprise cloud solutions company ServiceNow has released the findings of its “Cloud Computing Tipping Point” report in which 225 mid to senior managers evenly split among IT, DevOps and Line-of-Business managers (LOB) in large enterprises to obtain their insights about shifting from traditional data center computing to cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS and PaaS) were surveyed.

The results revealed major implications for IT, with key findings.

For years, pundits have predicted an enterprise shift from traditional data center computing and results have shown that for the first time ever, almost half (44%) of respondents are taking a cloud-first approach. This is specifically with new apps and services being hosted in the cloud as opposed to on infrastructure that the enterprise owns and manages. This is projected to grow to 59% within two years, revealing how quickly this shift is occurring.

DevOps is a recent trend that was born out of the agile development movement that aims to reduce the cycle time between software development releases. This movement aims for early and frequent communication between IT and developers–which had not traditionally been the case–and puts pressure on how enterprises deploy new applications.

Nearly every respondent (97%) reported that they are involved in some way with the DevOps movement, 73% said that the rise of DevOps is driving the IT shift, and 59% of see DevOps more as an operating philosophy to be taught to existing departments, rather than an entirely new division.

The survey further said 85% of companies who have completed making the shift to a cloud-first model said their current IT staff lacked the required skill sets to help them make this shift, 92% feel that the cloud could be a replacement for a formal IT department, 71% of respondents said the cloud shift actually raised IT’s relevancy to the business, and 65% said IT will be completely essential in the future.

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