The steady growth of cloud computing technologies in the Asia-Pacific region has helped to address complex business challenges. More and more organizations are now adopting cloud in their IT environment to become more productive. According to Oracle Cloud Agility study, business agility is one of the primary concerns on the minds of industry experts. The survey explored the impact that cloud has on business agility and how it improves overall profits and scales up operations. Robert Shimp, group vice-president Asia, Oracle, says, “Businesses clearly know agility holds the key to their success, but there is an awareness gap around exactly how this agility can be realized through the right technology investments.”
However, the research also found out a stark contrast between ASEAN organizations and their Asia-Pacific counterparts. The study states, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are slower to harness cloud computing while Asian organizations are building greater business capabilities through smart technology adoption. Most ASEAN countries are still behind other APAC countries on an average in terms of adopting cloud technologies, said Naveen Chhabra, senior analyst, Forrester. “In terms of cloud adoption, ASEAN countries fall behind Australia, China, Japan and India, due to factors such as network connectivity, services availability in the local market, business and customer maturity,” Naveen added.
ASEAN businesses are still viewed as less-advanced when it comes to maximizing benefits from cloud services. But, what’s more important is that several researches have singled out their ability to exploit cloud opportunities in the same way like the successful Asian companies. The important aspect to understand here is ASEAN organizations have a clear advantage over their Asian neighbors because they do not have the same levels of legacy systems to deal with.