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Hybrid cloud realities 2015: Avanade interview

AvantiKumar | Dec. 19, 2014
Speaking with Computerworld Malaysia, Avanade's ASEAN SVP & GM Kevin Wo talks about the latest hybrid cloud adoption study's findings for Malaysia in tandem with the outlook for companies in Asia.

Speaking with Computerworld Malaysia, business technology solutions, cloud and managed services provider Avanade's ASEAN senior vice president & general manager, Kevin Wo, dives deeper into findings from the company's latest hybrid cloud adoption study for Malaysia as well as the 2015 outlook for companies in Asia.

Wo said that more than 80 per cent of Malaysian businesses believe hybrid cloud should be one of the biggest areas of focus for their company next year, according to global survey of 1,000 global C-level executives, business unit leaders and IT decision-makers in 21 countries.

As Malaysian executive optimism has turned up the spotlight on hybrid cloud as a focus area in 2015, he said organisations can concentrate better on core business issues. Wo also talks about the newly announced offering to speed up cloud adoption as a result of a collaboration between Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft.

Kevin Wo - Avanade Asean - mod

Photo - Kevin Wo, Senior Vice President and General Manager ASEAN, Avanade.

Could you give a more detailed breakdown of some of the Malaysia findings of your global report on hybrid cloud adoption levels in 2015?

A.    Executive optimism in the C-suite has helped to bring about the tipping point for hybrid cloud adoption. Some of the hard data is that:

  • 51 percent of respondents reported that their companies currently do not have a hybrid cloud strategy in place, yet 84 percent believe that hybrid cloud should be one of the biggest areas of focus for their company in 2015.
  • Among those companies who use cloud solutions, 40 percent believe that they are using a hybrid cloud approach today, compared to 22 percent who use private cloud and 18 percent who use public cloud.

B. In addition, companies see hybrid cloud as a 'competitive advantage enabler,' which will help them better position their organisations to focus on issues that are core to the growth of the business. Customization and flexibility were cited as the top benefits. The findings here include:

  • 91 percent agree that adopting a hybrid cloud solution will give their organization an edge over competitors.
  • 96 percent agree that hybrid cloud will enable their companies to focus on issues that are core to the growth of the business.
  • More than half of respondents (53 percent) indicated that customization and flexibility was an advantage of hybrid cloud over public-only cloud.

C. Also, with business and IT leadership's positive views on organisational readiness, hybrid cloud will give IT the tools, capabilities and control they need to stay relevant to the business.

  • In terms of organisational readiness, 38 percent of respondents believe that up to one quarter of technology investments will be controlled by departments other than IT in the future. This echoes Avanade's April 2014 report, which highlighted the shift in technology spend from IT to other parts of the business.
  • Hybrid cloud will also help IT become more relevant to the business:
  • 42 percent indicated that if they could put any functions on hybrid cloud tomorrow, they would prioritise customer-facing applications, followed by data and analytics, office and e-commerce applications.
  • 93 percent agreed that in the next 3 to 5 years, more critical applications for their businesses will be hosted on a hybrid cloud than on public cloud services.
  • 31 percent of respondents indicated that the ability to incorporate services into infrastructure controlled by IT staff is a significant advantage of hybrid cloud over public-only cloud.


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