Forecasts for business intelligence (BI) use in Australia suggest that many chief information officers (CIOs) will be focusing on the cloud during 2016. Gartner has found that the majority of experts believe cloud platforms will become one of the most popular technologies for some of Australia’s largest organisations over the coming 12 months.
The latest figures were presented at the Gold Coast’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpro. The data collated was gathered from 2,944 CIOs in more than 84 countries and represents IT budgets worth over $250bn (£162bn). The results revealed that 43% of Australian CIOs rated analytics and BI software as a top three area for investment during 2016 ‒ the largest percentage for any global region. Cloud computing is also being prioritised, with 33% of CIOs in Australia and New Zealand putting this in their top three priorities. Finally, digital marketing and ‘digitisation’ was joint third with mobile, gaining 24% of the interest. In fourth and fifth places were enterprise resource planning (ERP) and modernising legacy platforms.
Meanwhile, in comparison with other regions around the world, CIOs in New Zealand and Australia are far less keen to invest in areas such as data centres and infrastructure. This indicates that these areas have already matured in the countries; however, budgets are becoming a little more flexible, with the average budget having grown by 2.9%. This is slightly more than the 2.2% average seen across the world.
Graham Waller, vice-president of Gartner research, said the newest results suggest digital business has become a modern reality and that companies are investing significantly in this area. “As digitalisation is intensifying, it is becoming clear that hard-coded business and operational models will not suffice and that a more adaptable approach is required,” he said. “Leading businesses and government agencies are looking less like fixed 'systems' and more like platforms. A platform provides the business with a foundation where resources can come together ‒ with the ability to rapidly configure groups of assets both across the business and the broader ecosystem ‒ to create value.”
Gartner also predicts that many Australia CIOs will continue to operate 'bimodal' delivery platforms as a safeguard. In such a scenario officers operate two separate systems simultaneously, the first focusing on agility and the second concentrating on stability. This allows CIOs to be innovative and explore new technological areas while ensuring current business operations remain stable and focussed.
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