Cloud Remains Top Technology Investment Priority for ASEAN Organizations

Article By : IDC

IDC forecasts a five-year CAGR of 19.8% for 2020-2024 in ASEAN for IaaS, and organisations has indicated a strong sentiment towards increasing investments towards cloud services in 2020...

Cloud services are set to remain resilient and maintain a robust growth in ASEAN, with a projected growth by 26% in 2020 for IaaS. As organisations in ASEAN are looking to rebound from the pandemic, there are changes that many businesses are looking to adapt to moving forward.

Remote working and distributed workforce will be prominent owing to the prolonged effect of the pandemic, as well as organisations building business continuity and resiliency on cloud technologies. This sets precedence to sustained growth of cloud services in ASEAN for 2020.

IDC forecast a five-year Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.8% for 2020-2024 in ASEAN for IaaS. In a recent survey conducted by IDC, organisations has indicated a strong sentiment towards increasing investments towards cloud services in 2020.

Cloud alleviated woes for many organisations during the lockdown where IT had to scramble in short period of time to support remote working by providing the scalability and elasticity required. This included ensuring applications and data was accessible remotely and proper tools for communications, which included video conferencing were working in a secured environment.

“It is clear that organisations have benefited from cloud technology during this crisis. As ICT spending overall is seeing a decline, we are expecting to see more organisations shift budgets towards cloud based applications and technologies in the near future” said Duncan Tan, a Senior Research Manager at IDC Malaysia.

% YoY Growth 2019 2020 2021
IaaS +28.4% +26.0% +22.7%
PaaS +39.3% +38.5% +37.5%
SaaS +25.7% +22.8% +21.5%
Source: IDC Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Guide ASEAN *ID, MY, TH, PH

As ASEAN countries emerge from their respective “lockdown” periods, organizations are re-looking their cloud strategy from the mid to long-term, and a refocusing on how IT budgets will be allocated will occur. The acceleration around the adoption of digital transformation initiatives in the region is expected to be heavily driven by cloud; automation, business resiliency, continuity, communication and collaboration tools, as well as data analytics will see an uptrend owing towards businesses having to respond in a quicker manner in the future.

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