Cloud is an urgent business imperative—COVID-19 has driven that home clearly. Companies are aware that cloud offers flexibility, agility and new opportunities for innovation. But are they fast-tracking to the cloud? The reality is that many companies across Asia Pacific are slow and slightly erratic in their uptake of cloud technologies. Concerns over value, security, control and trust are still holding them back.
Our Accenture Future Systems research found that on average more than 90 percent of Leaders in Asia Pacific are approaching the cloud opportunity more aggressively. These Leaders represent the top 10 percent of companies we scored based on their technology adoption, penetration of key technologies and organizational culture.
Rio Tinto is an excellent example. The company moved its core enterprise IT systems—including key applications responsible for financial management, business intelligence and enterprise resource planning—to Microsoft Azure in 2016, as part of a major digital transformation program. The result? Enhanced agility to respond faster to market events, spanning pricing volatility in commodities to exchange rate fluctuations. Rio Tinto is now using the cloud as a foundation to explore future possibilities for mining—think drones, IoT, artificial intelligence and chatbots.
So, what separates these Leaders from the others? It’s the way they approach cloud and how they use it to innovate at scale. These Leaders are convinced that cloud is:
- Not a cheaper data center.
- More, rather than less secure.
- A game you can control.
- A journey you can learn to trust.
Indeed, value, security, control and trust—earlier seen as barriers to cloud adoption, are fast becoming strong incentives for decision makers to move their business to the cloud at speed. Here’s why:
The growing power of cloud computing to drive innovation and unlock transformational value can’t be overstated. While many companies in Asia Pacific have experimented with various cloud solutions over the years, they have not followed through with the same determination as the Leaders in this region and in other markets.
Now is the time to build muscle. Time to build the future of your business in the cloud, with confidence.