How cloudy will APAC organisations be in 2017?

IT experts from Dell EMC, SAP, Nimble Storage, and HPE highlight last year's cloud trends, and the things businesses should expect in 2017.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Jan. 9, 2017

Besides that, the rapid evolution of the customers' business needs also push them to build new cloud native applications using more agile microservices and containers, said Senthil Prakash K, Regional Category Manager of HP Helion in APJ.

Senthil Prakash, HPE
Senthil Prakash K, Regional Category Manager of HP Helion in APJ

As such, businesses are transforming their traditional applications to "as-a-service" models. "This agility is required to deploy more scalable infrastructure and reduce time-to-market for new products, as well as to reduce complexity, allowing IT teams to do more, with less resources and time," explained Prakash.

He added that many companies in APAC have started to leverage the combined benefits of both public and private infrastructures to achieve the required level of agility and performance, while still controlling costs and resources.

Meanwhile, Pozniak said businesses in the region also have increasingly started to leverage cloud analytics.

"Gaining new insights from current and new data assets is something most organisations are doing. However, the ability to act on these insights and create new customer experiences is where our customers are seeing tremendous growth and change," Pozniak expounded.

He added that cloud security has become big on the business agenda, amid numerous hacks and data breaches in 2016.

Tackling data mobility
According to Murthy, data mobility will be a bigger issue for businesses in the region this year, which is the result of high cost, multi-location of data, and 'Brexit'.

"First, data in the cloud is prohibitively expensive to move to another cloud. Second, because global organisations' data now resides in multiple clouds and on-premises locations, they increasingly face serious problems ensuring that data is readily accessible by applications and end-users. And, finally, with Brexit complicating already complex data sovereignty laws in Europe, the ability to move data quickly from one location to another will become even more pressing for global companies. Expect CIOs to place data mobility at the top of their must-have list in 2017," said Murthy. 

Cloud for customers in 2017
Pozniak highlighted existing cloud trends that will continue to grow this year. "The move towards buying platforms and building applications and services on top of their platforms will accelerate."

He also noted that businesses which focus on digital customer interactions and experience will have a significant market advantage. "The cloud -- both public and private -- with its ability to deliver scalable, cost-effective digital power, will spawn a range of new business models by shifting the economics of consumption over traditional asset ownership. The result: the delivery of anything as a service."

Similarly, Dale said APAC businesses of all sizes will embrace the 'Digital UX' experience for both internal and external engagements, which include multi-device interactions, to harmonise the internal user experience and engage in a more direct fashion with their partners and customers.

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