2 May 2016

Asia Pacific sees improvements with future-ready IT

· Future-ready enterprises can be divided into four categories: Current Focused, Future Aware, Future Focused and Future Creators

· Future Creators outperform Current Focused peers in key performance indicators

· The most future-ready enterprises in APJ report improvements in eight different business indicators

Source: Dell infographic. The four things that future-ready organisations are more likely to do.
Source: Dell infographic. The four things that future-ready organisations are more likely to do.

Dell has announced the Asia Pacific findings of a global study* by analyst firm IDC - commissioned by Dell - which underscores the association between IT innovation and business results for organisation's in this region. The research discovered measurable business improvements as a result of future-ready IT adoption, tracked over a three-year period from 2012 to 2015.

The most future-ready organisations in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) cite the following benefits:

· Over 50% increase in customer satisfaction/retention and growth in revenue from new products

· More than 40% increase in revenue or sales/bookings, on-time customer delivery, regulatory compliance, reduction in time to market for new products and services as well as new customer acquisition

· Improved employee productivity by 39%

Based on the data, IDC has classed 16% of all companies as Current Focused; 32% as Future Aware; one-third are Future Focused, while the remaining 18% are called Future Creators. Future Creators are the most future-ready enterprises who lead with agile platforms and big data, while Current Focused organisations are defined as those that are still focused on traditional IT or still at the beginning of their technology journey.

“The Future Ready Enterprise Index has shown that the most future-ready organisations are able to successfully promote agility, scalability, and innovation in their business through the adoption of converged infrastructures, cloud, big data and analytics (BDA) solutions. Mapping out four different stages in the future-ready journey, the white paper clearly highlights that being a ‘Future Creator’ in Asia Pacific is a clear competitive advantage, while staying ‘Current Focused’ tends to be a competitive disadvantage. Businesses that pay attention to where they are on their journey and adapt suitable practices within their unique business context will make the most of their technology investment,” said Peter Marrs, Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Dell APJ.

Strategies that produce deeper business insights

According to the survey, organisations need real-time visibility to make effective decisions for successful business outcomes. Traditionally, solutions that can cross and bridge multiple data types and sources so that they have the right data at their fingertips, at the right time to make the right decisions, do not exist off-the-shelf, and require specialised expertise to conceptualise and develop.

The Future Ready Enterprise Index has found that Current Focused organisations have little or no BDA strategy, and any BDA outputs typically have little or no influence on decision makers. In contrast, Future Creators have implemented enterprise-wide BDA strategy, with findings treated seriously by decision makers. In Asia Pacific, 98% of decision-makers from Future Creators have access to BDA at the right time compared to 58% of executives at a Current Focused organisation. This has led to faster organisational reaction times to change, driving improved business outcomes.

Enabling better use of infrastructure and data resources

The research found that business units at Current Focused organisations do not execute IT-led cloud strategies, but instead use public software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings on an ad hoc basis. In contrast, Future Creators maintain cross-cloud catalogues, plus audit/security and data control.

In APJ, over 50% of Future Creators noted that cloud adoption has enabled BDA within their business, and most have seen more effective use of infrastructure and data resources. These have allowed the respondents to track usage and performance, leading to greater productivity and optimised outputs.

An example of a Future Creator that has successfully deployed cloud technologies to better utilise its IT and data resources is Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok. The private healthcare provider operates a network of facilities in Thailand, employing 3,000 healthcare professionals. The hospital has upgraded IT infrastructure, such as data centre storage, cloud computing and data recovery functions. This enabled the institution to be future-ready, delivering better, faster, and more cost-effective patient services.

Optimising IT and business assets

Future Creator respondents from Asia Pacific highlighted greater resource utilisation, greater IT staff productivity, improved business agility and flexibility to adapt to change in the market as the top four benefits of using hyperconverged infrastructures.

eResearch South Australia, a joint venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia, has for example created an open-source cloud and high-performance computing infrastructure to improve its research methodologies. Becoming a Future Creator has enabled cost savings and empowered its researchers to collaborate across distance and disciplines to share insights and gain access to data to be more innovative.

Adopting advanced technologies which enable future readiness can benefit businesses, but organisations which are structured to be the most future ready - Future Creators - benefit the most.


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*The IDC Future-Ready Enterprise Index studied the current state of digital transformation, surveying 2,529 IT executives across 20 industries in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Brazil and Mexico. Companies were evenly divided between those with 100 to 999 employees; 1,000 to 4,999 employees; and 5,000 or more employees. Results were weighted by country/company size using GDP and employment distribution.

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