Cloud Is Transforming The Role Of IT Organizations

by Moumita Deb Choudhury    Dec 26, 2017

Sunil Mehra

Cloud computing has been changing the way enterprises see and approach IT. The technology’s long-term stance is clear and shows promise of additional adoption in varied applications. Sunil Mehra, Vice President-Cloud Platform, Oracle India in a chat with CXOToday elaborates on how Cloud is crusading to seal its footprints further.

CXOToday: How do you perceive the Cloud adoption trends in India as compared to other markets?

Mehra: Indian companies are more bullish on Cloud than some of their peers in other APAC markets. Cloud is transforming the role of IT organizations - from cost centers to value generators for the business, and the role of CIOs has been changing significantly. According to a Gartner report, 84 percent of CIOs at top performing organizations have responsibility for areas of the business outside of traditional IT, the most common being innovation and transformation.

Growth and profitability are two key priorities mentioned by most CIOs, and the cloud is increasingly being looked to as a gateway to modernizing IT. Oracle’s recent research corroborates this trend. While previously cloud infrastructure adoption had been held back in some quarters by the perception that the move to IaaS is complex, 64 percent of experienced IaaS users stated the move was easier than they expected. Cloud is clearly the future, with cloud infrastructure enabling businesses to unlock value and fast-track innovation.

CXOToday: How does your research define the latest trends when it comes to Cloud?

Mehra: Our new research insights reveal that the proportion of Indian businesses reaping the rewards of embracing cloud infrastructure services has increased significantly in the last quarter. The research also found that 78 percent of businesses believe IaaS delivers exceptional operational performance in terms of speed and availability, a 19 percent quarter-over-quarter increase.

Key insights from the report:

·         Over three-quarters of respondents (77 percent), believe IaaS makes it easier for businesses to innovate.

·         78 percent of businesses believe IaaS delivers exceptional operational performance in terms of speed and availability, showcasing a 19 percent quarter-over-quarter increase.

·         Nearly three-quarters of the respondents (70 percent) observed that their organization experienced improved productivity from their migration to cloud, and just under two thirds (62 percent) noted that their IT teams have greater scope to work on other value-adding projects.

·         Nearly three-quarters of businesses (71 percent) believe that companies not investing in IaaS will struggle to keep up with those that are using it.

·         Moving to IaaS has significantly cut time to deployment of new applications and services and slashed maintenance costs for over two-thirds of respondents (74 percent).

CXOToday: How do you see India faring in terms of IaaS adoption?

Mehra:  As per Forrester, the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will continue to grow at a 22% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is evolving as the fastest cloud offering and businesses are rapidly embracing cloud infrastructure to boost performance.

Those resisting the move, need to start challenging the perceptions holding them back, because the longer they wait, the further ahead their competitors will pull.

CXOToday: What is Oracle’s strategies for India and is IaaS a primary focus area for Oracle’s growth strategy?

Mehra: Oracle is now the world’s fastest-growing cloud company at scale and the only company that can offer a complete portfolio across all three layers of the cloud: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. IaaS is definitely a huge focus for us.

IFFCO ebazar, NCDEX eMarkets Ltd, Birlasoft, Zensar Technologies, State Bank of India and Helpage are among the many companies taking advantage of Oracle’s modern, enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure to speed innovation and deliver exceptional customer experiences.

NCDEX e Markets Limited, the leading National Spot Exchange in India wanted to migrate from an on-premises IT environment to a modern, scalable cloud infrastructure and chose Oracle. The migration with NCDEX was highly easier than imagined, while delivering the same top-notch customer experience as before.

Birlasoft, a leading information technology services company, was able to transition quickly to a modern, highly available and flexible cloud infrastructure using our Infrastructure as a Service offering. With our offering, they were able to free up significant time and capital, innovate more and accelerate the growth of its core business.

CXOToday: Do you think IaaS has the potential to disrupt the cloud space in India?

Mehra: India will see Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) eclipse traditional data center outsourcing (DCO) by the end of this year, as per Gartner. The same report states that by 2021, the cloud IaaS market in India will exceed $2.1 billion in end-user spending, which will be nearly three times that of traditional DCO in India.

IaaS is an essential part of any progressive cloud IT strategy, with around half believing in the world-class availability, uptime, and speed it delivers. Outstanding performance isn’t the only benefit IaaS brings. Organizations are saying IaaS helps them respond quickly to change and significantly cuts the time it takes them to deploy new products and services.

CXOToday: What is the magnitude of IaaS adoption among mid-size companies v/s large enterprises?   

Mehra: The beauty of Cloud is that it’s a great equalizer. Mid-size companies and start-ups can change growth orbits using the same modern, enterprise-grade Oracle cloud infrastructure solutions that a large company uses. We’re witnessing an increase in the demand for cloud infrastructure from SMBs. Our strategy to launch the Oracle Digital Hub in India (the first such Oracle Digital Hub in APAC) was to empower Indian SMBs to dream big and focus on innovation, without having to worry about managing IT infrastructure.

Many of our large enterprise customers use public cloud infrastructure for test and development. It’s a matter of time before hybrid IT environments become the norm, and mission-critical, production workloads moving to the cloud.