APAC CIO survey on storage
Data Systems Corporation has unveiled the results of a survey conducted amongst
CIOs from the Asia Pacific region.
IT costs today are escalating due to increasing demands for
data and information. CIOs will are under greater pressure to justify IT investments
based on business value rather than cost avoidance. It is no surprise then,
that the survey, which polled 100 respondents from China, Hong Kong, Korea,
Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Korea and Indonesia reveals that
64 percent of respondents said that the best thing vendors could do to support
them was to build ROI assessments for their storage investments.
A Focus for 2007: Meeting Business Needs and Managing Cost
Cost and management issues continue to be a concern amongst
IT leaders within organisations in the region. Going into 2007, 45 percent of
respondents indicated reducing storage management costs as a key challenge they
would like to address, while 38 percent of respondents believe that ensuring
their IT infrastructure will meet business needs will continue to be an important
focus for the coming year.
The following are some of the business issues which will
be of focus, and CIOs will be trying to balance these requirements while managing
- Business continuity: Every CIO fears the
potential loss of company data, and as a result, revenue in the event of an
emergency. Ensuring all files are backed up and kept safe in a separate location
is of paramount importance, and this will be borne out in 2007 as more and
more organisations put business continuity plans into place.
- Security: Regardless
of industry, a companys employee base will continue to use a multitude
of applications. It is the CIOs responsibility to ensure the data supporting
these applications is secure but still easily accessible when needed. With
increasingly strict rules governing data security, and penalties for improper
management, achieving the balance between security and usability is going
to have a place near the top of the priority list.
- Increase in regulation:
The number of regulations companies must comply with is multiplying, creating
exponential growth in the amount of data that needs to be stored. This is
an opportunity for companies to mine and manage their most important assets.
The Next Three Years: Dealing with Convergence and Interoperability
As companies continue to leverage technology to meet business
needs, gearing up the company IT environment will continue to be of importance.
According to the survey, 38 percent of respondents believe that the convergence
of technologies will have the biggest influence over storage growth in the next
three years. In addition, 39 percent of the respondents believe that in the
next three years, the biggest concern of CIOs will be to manage increasingly
complex IT environments with minimal resources. This is especially with the
increase use of various technologies from different vendors as well as shrinking
Within this context, 42 percent of respondents believe that
an important factor influencing business success is the interoperability of
technologies from different vendors, while 23 percent think that adopting a
centralised approach to management as well as a future proof IT infrastructure
are equally important factors.
This is especially crucial as the trend for mergers and acquisitions
among companies across a range of industries is likely to continue in 2007.
This adds complexity as CIOs integrate the different IT infrastructures. Using
a vendor which offers common management across heterogeneous storage devices
will help in this instance. It will also alleviate the problem of different
IT skills in the IT department which can be an inhibitor to an efficient and