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Partnerships important for growth in APJ application economy

Anuradha Shukla | Aug. 3, 2016
Lack of tech talent, training are barriers to adapting to application economy, says survey.

Public and private sector collaboration are important to growing application economy in Asia Pacific and Japan, according to a global Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey commissioned by CA Technologies.

The study has identified lack of tech talent and training as top barriers to digital transformation and adapting to application economy.

Significant collaboration exists between the public and private sectors across APJ, with more than 95 percent of government respondents, 90 percent of enterprises and 81 percent of start-ups in the region agreeing that they have seen collaboration among the three groups.

Over 74 percent of government respondents in APJ said that application start-ups are important in driving growth of the application economy. Seventy nine percent say the same for large enterprises who have application-based products and services.

"Across Asia Pacific and Japan, we are witnessing digital transformation becoming an integral part of the national agenda for many governments. In the application economy, where every business is a software business, growing digital capabilities has become the key to staying competitive," said Kenneth Arredondo, president and general manager, APJ, CA Technologies. "Governments, start-ups and even large enterprises are not only beginning to understand the necessity of this, but that partnerships, be it technology integration or B2B sales, can be a boon to their growth."

Impact on job growth

Seventy-one percent of government respondents in APJ said that the application economy has positively impacted job growth and the ability to provide better services to citizens. 

Eighty-five percent of government respondents in APJ see the technology sector as an important driver of economic growth in their regions.

Fifty-seven percent of government respondents in APJ said there are specific initiatives, policies or regulations for the application economy in their jurisdiction.

Eighty-seven percent of enterprises and 64 percent of start-ups in APJ characterise their relationships with each other as slightly or very helpful. However, they also identify competitive threats posed by each other.

Fifty-seven percent of start-ups and 67 percent of enterprise respondents in APJ expect cybersecurity risks to increase over the next two years and pose a threat to their success.


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