Security Enhancement and Business Continuity Emerge as Top Themes for IT Services Spending in APeJ in 2016 

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The FINANCIAL — IDC’s findings from its recent IT services end-user survey reveal the top themes for IT services spending in the APeJ region namely security enhancement, business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) services, and IT staff retention and training.

“Since 2015, the APEJ services market has begun a new period of growth under the disruptive influence of the digital transformation wave. The opportunity to drive new business growth with DX technologies will fundamentally alter Asia/Pacific enterprises’ IT sourcing strategies in the next three years,” says Chris Morris Vice President, Cloud Services and Technology, IDC Asia/Pacific.

Rapid and widespread change in the enterprise IT landscape ushered in by the DX wave has brought “security enhancement” to the very top of enterprise considerations driving IT services spend. IT Service providers that are able to adequately address this concern through strong security capabilities, or at least well-defined partnerships with specialized professional security services providers, will be able to set themselves apart as partners of choice for enterprise Digital Transformation initiatives.

“A comparison of two years’ results on the top themes for IT services spend shows that APeJ organizations have moved beyond the infrastructure consolidation phase to focus on improving reliability, security and resilience of the enterprise infrastructure and systems in order to be better prepared for the Digital transformation wave. This is a huge and necessary positive step, allowing the CIO focus to shift from technology to people and process. As a result, we expect IT education & training services market in the region to grow strongly, driven by a huge demand for re-skilling in preparation for DX,” added Cathy Huang, Research Manager, Services and Cloud Research Group, IDC Asia/Pacific.

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The survey data reveals interesting sub-trends within the broader context of enterprise expectations of transformative technologies and services. “Our analysis also indicates that while enterprises are enthusiastic about the use of 3rd platform technologies to deliver digital transformation in pursuit of strategic objectives, they are also singularly focused on leveraging these same technologies to meet and exceed their immediate operational goals such as IT cost management,” says Pushkaraksh Shanbhag, Senior Research Manager for IDC’s Asia/Pacific IT Services research. “This creates a unique challenge for service providers who will need to design and deliver innovative solutions and services that will address both short and long term goals of their customers,” adds Mr. Shanbhag.

“More and more specialised services will be procured. The proportion of IT budgets allocated to external services will increase through 2019, with the increased spend coming from business units and from the savings made from the ongoing shift from a capex to an op-ex operational model for IT,” adds Mr. Morris.

The complete findings of the survey are detailed out in the research document titled IDC Asia/Pacific 2016 IT Services End-User Survey Results I: How Digital Transformation is Reshaping the IT Services Market in the region. The IDC Asia/Pacific 2016 IT Services End-User Survey is an extensive survey of over 1300 CIOs and IT decision makers across 13 countries in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan). The survey ran from November 2015 to January 2016.


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