With more IT systems mission-critical and increasingly integrated with almost every aspect of a business, it's high time they're considered a country's essential services.
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ZDNet's IT Priorities 2013 panel discussion debated the evolving role of CIOs in Asia as well as the role of ICT as a driver of innovation for organizations in this region.
Companies in the region are expected to increase their IT spend by 7.9 percent next year to US$743 billion, driving growth in all five key segments including devices and data center systems.
Are CIOs willing to let go worries about running a single-vendor environment for tighter integration across their IT infrastructure?
Chinese investors see tremendous potential in India but face challenging market conditions including long wait for government approvals and strained bilateral relations, according to China Daily.
Optimizing customer processes is the top IT priority this year, says CBS Interactive industry analyst Angus Macaskill, who presented key findings from ZDNet's Asia IT Priorities 2013 survey which polled 1,236 respondents from Asia.