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Technology  26, Dec 2013

Will Cloud find its place in the Indonesian digital sky?

Virtualisation may save APAC US$98 billion from 2003 to 2020. VMware explains the What, Who, When, and How of doing cloud business in Indonesia

Reaching the year end, cloud infrastructure enabler and global virtualisation enterprise, VMware Inc, talked about the What, Who, When, and How of doing cloud business in Indonesia. “In the near future, technology driven and cost efficiency will be a priority in Indonesia businesses,” said Andreas Kagawa, Country Manager of VMware Indonesia. “Virtualisation, cloud services, software-defined data centre, and end-user computing will enable companies benefit on costs and make companies agile,” he said.

So what makes Kagawa so confident? Here he explained.

WHAT: the IT Enterprise Landscape in Indonesia in 2013
According to IDC Economies Index Server 2013, with virtualisation, APAC is expected to save US$98 billion between 2003 and 2020 in the areas of server spending, power and cooling, floor space and cost of manpower and overheads. Indonesia is expected to save US$ 1.25 billion alone.

VMware Cloud Index 2013 also found that 80 per cent of respondents in Indonesia see cloud as a top priority or very relevant in their company. Also, in addition to this, 89 per cent of Indonesian respondents believe that utilising cloud and approach ‘as-a – service’ will help or has helped their company to become more efficient.

WHO: The Companies with BYOD will grow in Indonesia
Kagawa said that cloud will grow in Indonesia as the industry is moving to a software-defined approach for managing Data Centres. In a survey this year, VMware found that two-thirds of respondents said they were successful in generating new revenue streams for their businesses after moving to virtualisation. Looking beyond the numbers, companies can become agile and utilise both public and private cloud services, besides allowing employees to work from anywhere (BYOD).

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A research ‘New Way of Life 2013′ found that 93 per cent of respondents in Indonesia prefer to bring personal devices to work and use it to do their job.

Having said that, Kagawa did warn that expecting the traditional workforce to become agile with BYOD wouldn’t be easy. “It requires a cultural shift in the mindset of the company,” Kagawa said.

According to the Country Manager, heavy traffic and frequent flooding in Jakarta too will force employers to adopt a work from anywhere culture. If a company can provide a safe application required by employees to perform their work using their personal devices, then it could bring a positive impact for the company as a whole, along with the employees’ satisfaction,” he continued.

HOW AND WHEN: Predictions and Plans in 2014
Virtualisation, cloud, and software-defined data centres will continue to grow in 2014 as the country is aware of its benefits. According to VMware Cloud Index 2013, Indonesian respondents believed that utilising cloud ‘as-a-service’ will or has helped them to become more efficient and agile. In addition, the Indonesian respondents also believe that software-defined approach and managing data centre resources (ie. servers, storage, and networks) will have a significant impact on their organisation in the next 2-3 years.

CIOs and IT decision makers talked about the challenges they faced with rising numbers of personal devices (BYOD) at a workplace. The availability of different types and models of mobile computing devices in the market requires an overhaul in the IT infrastructure. Enterprise policy on the use of employee-owned hardware should really be reviewed, updated, and expanded. With an increased adoption of BYOD, employees can use a variety of devices, with the PC as one of many options, but none of the devices that will be the primary interface. Hence, the cloud will become a bridge to connect the various devices.

Gartner too, in its annual research believes that the potential market for SaaS (Software as a service) in Indonesia next year will reach US$ 50.7 million, noting that 50 per cent of it will be coming from cloud services.

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Christine Siagian

Christine Siagian

Christine is a life-long digital learner: she spends most of her day and night getting to understand all things about internet! Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, she is interested in research, big data, digital start-up, technology, and entrepreneurship. If she is not working with data, you can find her running on treadmill, on the road, or in the hills. Currently training for ultra marathon this year.

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