Pressure from all sides to adopt the cloud: CIOs

Grazed from DNA.  Author: Edwin Yapp.

SENIOR technology executives are being increasingly pressured both by vendor pitches and internal management requirements to cut cost in their journey to adopt cloud computing, a group of chief information officers (CIOs) said last week.

Speaking at a panel session entitled Making the Most of the Cloud at the Malaysian leg of the CIO Leaders Summit, Hood Abu Bakar, general manager of ICT for MISC Corp, said vendors introduce something new every now and then, after which they market and push their solutions onto users.   MISC is Malaysia’s leading international shipping organisation and is listed on the Bursa Malaysia bourse...

“The pressure I get comes typically from vendors and consultants,” he said, quickly adding however that internal forces also play a part in setting his agenda as a CIO.   Noting that pressure also comes from top management and CIOs themselves, Hood said, “We are all constantly asked to do more with less.   “Vendors and consultants also keep promising us lower TCO (total cost of ownership), operating cost, saying that this [the new solution] is the way we should go...

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