MALAYSIA: According to a recent survey conducted by the global information technology research and advisory company Gartner Inc. (Gartner), greater adoption of on-premises and software as a service (SaaS) found will drive a modest increase in worldwide software spending through 2014.
The survey results show North America has higher interest in SaaS/public cloud compared with other regions with more than 60 per cent of respondents increasing their budget in SaaS/public cloud within the next two years. Other regions especially Asia-Pacific found showing more interest in hosted applications (single tenant) with 34 per cent of respondents increasing their budget on it through 2014.
The survey also revealed that new software licenses (on-premises, including applications) continue as an important priority in emerging regions such as Eastern Europe Latin America and Asia-Pacific, with 69 per cent of respondents expecting new software license budgets to increase in 2014, compared with 47 percent from mature regions such as North America and Western Europe.
Survey respondents indicate that their top three application software investment initiatives for 2013 are customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and office and personal productivity tools.