Global Study: 63% of Digital Leaders in Asia-Pacific Expect Long-term Changes to Where and How People Work
Equinix report reveals changing working patterns spark surge in digital infrastructure investment
by Shrutee K/DNS
India – May 11, 2021 – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world's digital infrastructure company™, today announced the findings of its annual global study of the views of IT decision-makers on the biggest technology trends affecting businesses worldwide and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on digital infrastructure plans.
Surveying 2,600 IT decision-makers from diverse enterprises across 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. In Asia-Pacific, the study reveals:
· 57% of businesses have rearchitected their IT infrastructure to meet new remote and hybrid working demands, with tech budgets increasing to accelerate digital transformation
· 63% of digital leaders believe there will be long-term changes to where and how people work within their organization
· More than half (60%) of the companies still intend to expand into new regions, countries or metros, despite the disruption experienced as a result of COVID-19
Digital transformation in the post-pandemic future
Digitization and business investment in digital infrastructure have increased as a result of COVID-19. 46% of the digital leaders surveyed in Asia-Pacific said they have accelerated digital transformation plans because of the pandemic, while 44% said their budgets have been increased to satisfy the rapid growth in digital demands.
There has also been a major overhaul of IT strategies to meet the challenges emerging from the pandemic. In Asia-Pacific, about two thirds said they have revised their IT strategy as a result of COVID-19, while 64% said they want to invest in technology to be more agile post-COVID.
Asked about their biggest priorities for their organization’s digital strategy, 76% of respondents in Asia-Pacific reported digitizing their IT infrastructure was a top priority, with 61% saying they see interconnection as a key facilitator of digital transformation—up 12% on last year’s results.
Concerns that the pandemic will have put the brakes on companies’ expansion plans—lessened
60% of businesses still have plans to expand into new regions, countries or metros, according to the digital leaders surveyed in Asia-Pacific.
· Of that 60%, 57% of digital leaders plan to achieve this virtually, rather than by investing in physical IT infrastructure in-market.
Utilizing interconnection for success
61% of IT leaders said they believe interconnection—the direct and private exchange of data between organizations—will help them to navigate the challenges they face due to COVID-19.
· Those stating interconnection was key to their organization’s survival increased to 57%, up from 44% last year.
Jeremy Deutsch, President, Asia-Pacific, Equinix, said: “During the pandemic, Asia-Pacific has seen demands for interconnection from digital leaders to manage distributed workforce and make the best use of resources. This is reflected in the findings of our study with over 60% of IT decision-makers in Asia-Pacific confirming that interconnection will help them to navigate the challenges faced as a result of COVID-19, and 56% believing interconnection can help their business gain competitive advantage within the marketplace. With our global footprint, robust ecosystem and a wide array of interconnection solutions, we plan to continue to bring and interconnect the digital infrastructure to help digital leaders thrive in the new era.”
The Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 4, a market study recently published by Equinix, forecasts that overall interconnection bandwidth—the measure of private connectivity for the transfer of data between organizations in Asia-Pacific will achieve a 47% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023. The expected growth is driven by digital transformation, and specifically by greater demands from enterprises extending their digital infrastructure from centralized locations to distributed edge locations.
About the Study:The independent study, commissioned by Equinix, surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers in diverse enterprises across the Americas (Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, U.S.), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore) and EMEA (Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, U.K.). Respondents were selected for participation from Dynata’s online panel. The survey was conducted online between December 17, 2020 and January 8, 2021.
About Equinix:Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) is the world’s digital infrastructure company, enabling digital leaders to harness a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. Equinix enables today’s businesses to access all the right places, partners and possibilities they need to accelerate advantage. With Equinix, they can scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value.