Intelligent infrastructure on the agenda for 2012

By Freya Purnell

The Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) ICT infrastructure market will see further revitalisation and transformation in ICT initiatives in 2012, according to analyst firm IDC.

IDC expects growth in the region and investment in ICT to continue, despite ongoing market volatility and uncertainty.

“Whilst the industry has been undergoing a period of transformation and cost reduction, 2012 will be the year Australian organisations look to reap rewards of the infrastructure investments and transformation they have undergone in the past two years,” said IDC senior analyst, Trevor Clarke.

IDC also said companies are likely to hedge their bets when investing in ICT infrastructure in 2012.

“As consumers and workforces are becoming smarter and more demanding, companies will need to match their efforts with intelligent infrastructure spending,” said IDC analyst, Cheryl Looi.

Among IDC’s ANZ infrastructure predictions for 2012 are that client virtualisation will broaden to mobile virtualisation as a result of the ‘bring your own device’ and consumerisation of IT trends. IDC believes in 2012, corporate users will introduce more consumer mobile device types than IT could effectively manage.

IDC also believes mobility will top the CIO priority list in 2012 – either in the form of application requirements or hardware device strategies in the workspace. It has forecasted that by 2013, commercial media tablet adoption in Australia will rise to over 14.5 per cent of total shipments.

IDC has also predicted 2012 will be the year enterprises automate their environments en masse, in an attempt to escape the constraints of an IT workforce that will grow slower than the number of devices managed, information created and networked interactions between customers.

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