Indian Businesses Seem to be In Love with Cloud

Computerworld October 29, 2013

A VMware study had 9 of every 10 respondents in India saying Cloud Computing, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, is relevant to their organization

Nearly 9 of every 10 (89 percent) respondents in India believe that Cloud Computing, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, is relevant to their organization. Nearly 8 of every 10 (79 percent) respondents in India say they currently have a cloud-related initiative in place within the organization, or are planning to implement cloud, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, in the next 12 months, according to 4th annual VMware Cloud Index, a study that was conducted by Forrester Research across 12 Asia Pacific countries.

An interesting trend according to the VMware Cloud Index 2013 is that Indian organizations are turning to IT to help them grow the business in the current economic environment.  IT is seen as a change enabler and source of business value for organizations by 85 percent of the respondents. In terms of the top business priorities in India over the next 12 months, 87 percent of IT decision makers said improving the quality and capabilities of their products and 85 percent said addressing the rising expectations of customers and improving customer satisfaction. The study also shows that the current perception of IT remains positive in India with 63 percent of respondents noting that the perceived credibility, influence and power of the CIO in their organization is increasing.

“Business priorities are clearly shifting at a time when optimism is slowly returning to the Indian economy. Business leaders recognize and expect IT to deliver much more ROI; they want the agility and flexibility to adapt to the dynamics of the marketplace while continuing to lower operating costs,” said T Srinivasan, managing director, VMware India and SAARC at the launch of the study in Mumbai. “Our customers have been on a journey towards IT–as-a-Service and VMware has been at the forefront of assisting companies through the phases of IT transformation to realize the business benefits of virtualization in the mobile cloud era in India. We remain committed to evolving the software-defined data center architecture to address IT’s critical needs - enabling businesses to build infrastructure that is radically simpler and more efficient,” he added.