Around 90% of Indian organisations have digital transformation projects in place. This compared to 80% of companies surveyed globally, according to Seattle based application services and security company F5 Networks.
According to the ‘2020 state of application services: Asia Pacific edition’ report, 82% of organisations in APAC are undergoing a digital transformation, with 60% citing applications as essential for business and 38% believing that applications have given them a competitive advantage.
While respondents from Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and India have reported numerous digital transformation projects, geographies such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan are still in the early stages of transformation initiatives. Organisations in these countries also lag behind in technologies such as artificial intelligence or automation of application infrastructures, according to a statement from F5 Networks.
India has emerged as a key adopter of emerging technologies.
“Applications are the most valuable asset driving the Indian economy today. Businesses in India are innovating at speed to deliver secure and frictionless digital experiences that are differentiated and personalised,” Edgar Dias, Managing Director, India and SAARC, F5 Networks, said.
The report was based on data from 2,600 respondents globally with over 1,300 respondents from the Asia Pacific across industries, company sizes, and roles. Participants were asked about challenges and opportunities in their digital transformation journeys.
About 86% of APAC organisations, compared to 87% globally, have a multi-cloud architecture, the survey found. Also, 28% in APAC are confident that they will have more than half of their applications on the cloud by the end of 2020.
However, organisations lack confidence in their ability to withstand an application layer attack on the public cloud as opposed to a data centre attack. In APAC, some 76% respondents reported a skills gap in security.
In a bid to drive IT and business process optimisation, 71% of APAC organisations are automating their networks to boost efficiency. Application infrastructure, application services, and network and security areas are key focus areas for automation solutions.
“From the code that makes up the business logic of an application to the experience on an end user’s device, application services ensure businesses can build, deploy, and manage applications across environments securely and at scale,” Dias said.
Operations and infrastructure teams continue to handle the selection and deployment of application services. Around 63% in APAC and globally still place primary responsibility towards application services with IT operations. However, F5 Networks said this is changing as organisations are now expanding their cloud and container-native app portfolios. DevOps are now beginning to take more responsibility for app services.