One encouraging development MuleSoft saw in the Australian market last year was the gradual move to the Cloud by the public sector.
Driven by the lower cost and utility of the investment, Asia-Pacific vice-president, Will Bosma said many government agencies are now looking at Cloud first for any new initiatives.
“From meeting with IT leaders here, I’ve been surprised at how often I’m hearing the speed with which government agencies appear to be moving towards Cloud,” he said.
Following the establishment of a local footprint by Amazon Web Services, where its solutions are now available in local datacentres, Bosma expects this to be the beginning for further Cloud adoption in Australia.
CIOs growing role
Bosma has also pegged 2014 as the year when companies will start to realise what is holding them back is connectivity.
This outlook is attributed to last year’s industry buzz around how Big Data, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and mobile are converging.
“Companies threw themselves into projects to capitalise on these mega trends, only to hit a wall and end up with nothing to show for their investments,” he said.
Bosma also warns that it will not be enough for CIOs to be in charge of information, and they will be forced into also becoming “chief integration officers.”
By this, the focus for CIOs will be on making their legacy systems, SaaS applications and APIs all work for the business.
Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.