Singapore organisations move further into the cloud
By Digital News Asia April 5, 2017
- Sixty-one percent say the onset of hybrid IT has required them to acquire new skills
- Eleven percent of IT professionals say it has altered their career path
SOLARWINDS, a provider of IT management software, today revealed the findings of its SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organisation.
Overall, Singapore organisations have moved further into the cloud, with 90% having migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure over the past year.
However, nearly three-fourths (71%) spend less than half of their annual IT budgets on cloud technology.
Furthermore, nearly two-thirds (61%) of IT professionals said the cloud and hybrid IT have had at least somewhat of an impact on their careers, while 11% went so far as to say it has altered their career path.
More than half (58%) of organisations have already hired/reassigned IT personnel, or plan to do so, for the specific purpose of managing cloud technologies.
“No job is more affected by ongoing technology disruptions than the role of the IT professional, which is why we explore these dynamics year after year,” said SolarWinds senior vice president and chief technology officer Joe Kim.
“By creating this portrait of today’s hybrid IT organisation, we get to the heart of the shifts occurring so we can better understand and cater to the unique needs of these unsung heroes of business. For today’s IT professionals, it’s absolutely critical not only to put the right solutions in place to best manage hybrid IT environments, but to prepare organisations — and themselves — for continued technology advancements, even as we move beyond cloud.”
2017 key findings
The SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organisation explores significant trends, developments, and movements related to and directly affecting IT and IT professionals.
For the 2017 report specifically, the study explores the variety of ways in which IT departments in Singapore — and around the world — are integrating the cloud, and the effect hybrid IT has had on their organisations and IT job roles.
Key findings show that Singapore’s hybrid IT organisations are:
1. Moving applications, storage, and databases further into the cloud.
- In the past 12 months, IT professionals have migrated applications (71%), storage (29%), and databases (27%) to the cloud more than any other areas of IT.
- By weighted rank, the top three reasons for prioritising these areas of their IT environments for migration were greatest potential for ROI/cost efficiency, availability, and not being mission critical, respectively.
2. Experiencing the cost efficiencies of the cloud.
- Nearly all (90%) organisations have migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud over the past year, yet nearly three-fourths (71%) spend less than 40% of their annual IT budgets on cloud technology.
- Nearly half (46%) of organisations spend 70% or more of their annual IT budgets on on-premises (traditional) applications and infrastructure.
- Nearly half (45%) organisations have received either most or all expected cloud benefits (i.e., cost efficiency, availability, and scalability).
- Cost efficiency is at times not enough to justify migration to the cloud: 37% migrated areas to the cloud that were ultimately brought back on-premises due mostly to security/compliance issues and poor performance.
3. Building and expanding cloud roles and skillsets for IT professionals.
- Nearly two-thirds (61%) of IT professionals indicated that hybrid IT has required them to acquire new skills, while 11% say it has altered their career path.
- More than half (58%) of organisations have already hired/reassigned IT personnel, or plan to do so, for the specific purpose of managing cloud technologies.
- The top cloud-related skill IT professionals improved over the past 12 months was vendor management, with more than two-fifths (42%) focusing on it, followed by hybrid monitoring/management tools and metrics (35%)
- Fifty-two percent said an IT staff skills gap was one of the five biggest hybrid IT challenges, while 39% said increased workload/responsibilities.
- Nearly half (48%) do not believe that IT professionals entering the workforce now possess the skills necessary to manage hybrid IT environments.
4. Increasing in complexity and lacking visibility across the entire hybrid IT infrastructure.
- Two-thirds (66%) said their organisations currently use up to three cloud provider environments, with the largest percentage using two to three; however, 4% use 10 or more.
- By weighted rank, the number one challenge created by hybrid IT is lack of control/visibility into security, followed by regulation/compliance issues and lack of control/visibility into performance, respectively.
To explore and interact with all of the 2017 findings, visit the SolarWinds IT Trends Index, a dynamic web experience that presents the study’s findings by region, including charts, graphs, socially shareable elements, and additional insights into the data.
The findings of this year’s Singapore report are based on a survey fielded in December 2016, which yielded responses from 96 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in Singapore from public and private sector small, mid-size, and enterprise companies whose organisations are leveraging cloud-based services for at least some IT infrastructure.
All regions studied in 2017, as reported on the SolarWinds IT Trends Index, were North America, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, with 868 respondents across all geographies combined.