Why Businesses Need to Fully Adapt to Cloud Migration

Alibaba Cloud spearheads the adoption of cloud migration by partnering with local businesses, providing them with solutions, and empowering their digital skills.

Technology continues to drive people towards a more-advanced economy filled with solutions. Among those that have been making waves in the tech industry is the rise of cloud computing technology to which 61% of businesses have migrated their workloads to. It is also believed that adoption continues to grow this year at around 94%. 

Cloud computing technology is capable of storing and accessing data and programs over the internet, instead of having it on a hard drive. With this technology, users can access storage, files, software, and servers through interconnected online devices. This makes it easier for businesses to have more powerful software and IT infrastructure without the need to make large investments in equipment. 

With that in mind, Alibaba Cloud hosted a roundtable event with some of its partners to share their key findings about the Philippine market and share their collective plans for cloud migration.

Cloud Migration in the Philippines

As the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud offers a complete suite of cloud computing services. And just recently, they conducted a survey entitled “The Next-Generation Cloud Strategy in Asia,” where results showed that around 85% of Philippine businesses plan a full-scale cloud migration in two years, while more than nine in ten (91%) of them will increase their investment in the cloud in 2023. 

The survey also showed that the surge of interest among local businesses is driven mainly by the rapid growth of the local data center market (78%) and the government’s steadfast plan for digitalization (79%). When it comes to selecting cloud vendors, security (85%), availability (74%), and expertise (62%) are the key factors considered by Philippine businesses.

Providing New Solutions for Efficiency and Sustainability

“Alibaba Cloud has prioritized providing highly scalable, robust, and secure infrastructure to Philippine businesses. As we anticipate a rise in cloud adoption, Alibaba Cloud is committed to offering innovative and proven cloud solutions and services to Philippine businesses,” said Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Country Manager for the Philippines Allen Guo.

He also elaborated on the latest sustainability solutions that they have been working on. This includes Wuying Workspace, a cloud-based solution that enables the creation and management of desktop environments, and Energy Expert, which analyzes and manages the carbon emissions of business activities and products. 

“There are three factors that clients choose for their cloud partners. First is security, the second is stability, and the third is expertise. So also we need to build more local partner networking two years [ahead],” he emphasized when asked about how local entrepreneurs adapt to cloud technology. 

Nurturing IT Talent and Growing With Partners 

Addressing the insufficient employee training issue that will hinder the progress of cloud adoption. This is the reason why they partnered with IT-focused educational institutions like Asia Pacific College. Moreover, they plan to train and strengthen the competency of teachers and students in terms of digital talent empowerment. 

“The future landscape of cloud computing lies in the hands of the next generation, and as educators, it is our duty to foster and nurture their digital talents. Our recent collaboration with Alibaba Cloud has been instrumental in accelerating our mission to equip students with the essential tools to thrive in the current scenario, especially with the rising demand for cloud computing in local businesses,” stated Rhea-Luz Valbuena, the Executive Director of School of Computing and Information Technologies at the Asia Pacific College. 

Aside from the academe, Alibaba Cloud also works with partner companies to serve digital transformation in the Philippines. In line with its objective to offer localized solutions, the company has established a strategic partnership with Globe Business and GCash as the company aims to pave the way for digital transformation.

“As a key player in the local telecommunications industry, we partnered with Alibaba Cloud to deliver enhanced efficiency, reduced latency and strengthened data sovereignty to our customers. Globe’s strategic move to a ‘techco’ from a telco allows us to expertly pave the way for the digital transformation of enterprises, solidifying our position at the forefront of the industry,” said Kristofferson de Ocampo, Field CTO for Cloud and Cybersecurity, Globe Business. 

Meanwhile, Gcash Vice President for Technology and DevOps Greg Igaya emphasized the significance of security in cloud adoption. “As a client from the financial industry, Alibaba Cloud has enabled us to fortify our technology infrastructure, reinforcing our ability to offer reliable and secure financial services.”

Key Takeaways

Cloud technology adoption is something that more people will have to study and be more aware of. Though businesses are less likely to adapt to it immediately, learning more about it can be a breakthrough in the local technology scene.

With that, people should take some time to understand the potential of harnessing cloud technology in their operations while analyzing it enough to find a great and reliable provider should they decide to adopt it for themselves.