Though ANZ leads in cloud maturity compared with its counterparts in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), more than 68 per cent of organisations continue to be in the first two stages of maturity – defined by IDC as ‘ad hoc’ and ‘opportunistic’.
In these stages, organisations are still trying to understand how the use of cloud services can help them achieve cost reduction and business agility while taking calculated risks.
Despite a significant proportion being in these early stages, ANZ still has the highest percentage of respondents in the advanced stages of maturity, with the analyst firm observing steady progression up the maturity scale.
“The goal of IT organisations has been and will continue to be the provision of policy-based access for users to the best IT resources available – whether those resources are developed in-house or sourced externally and best of breed – in order to drive business value,” said Chris Morris, VP, cloud services, IDC Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan).
“Mastering operations in a ‘multicloud’ world requires gradual step changes up the maturity scale, but the outcomes – including greater agility, higher revenue, and better business responsiveness – will determine the losers and winners of the next 10 years.”
According to IDC, the technology dimension is where most ANZ respondents are lagging, with more in the ad hoc stage relative to all other dimensions.
“There are significant challenges to reaching the most optimised levels of cloud adoption. These challenges require strategic discussions between organisation executives, business leaders, and their IT counterparts to fully understand the transformative potential that cloud can deliver – for both the business and the development and operations of the technology resources,” said Prabhitha Dcruz, senior market analyst, cloud services, IDC Australia.