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2014 Cloud Readiness Index

The 2014 Cloud Readiness Index was launched regionally on 26 May 2014. Download it today!


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Press Release: 

Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines the big winners in the latest Cloud Readiness Index

SINGAPORE, 26 May 2014 – The Asia Cloud Computing Association’s Cloud Readiness Index 2014 (CRI 2014) finds Asia Pacific divided into three development groups, offering new insight into where the growth opportunities in the region lie.


The Index, now in its third iteration, assesses 14 countries against ten indicators which contribute to the infrastructural and regulatory preparedness for cloud computing adoption in the region. While Japan maintained its lead at the top of the Index for the third time running, the big improvers were New Zealand, Australia and Thailand, all whom moved up four places, and the Philippines, moving up two places for the third consecutive go. Between 2011 and 2014 the Philippines has now moved from bottom of the table to tenth. 


Common to all of the improvers seems to be the presence of an overarching ICT and cloud policy plan. New Zealand is particularly noteworthy for its all-of-government “cloud first” policy – a position the ACCA strongly champions and calls on other regional governments to study and subsequently adapt and adopt. 


“Government has generally been tentative in its adoption of cloud computing, sending conflicting signals to the market,” says Lim May-Ann, Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association. “A proactive government-led cloud first policy will have profound and productive implications right across the economy – as we are now seeing from the policies adopted by the successful economies.” 




Asia Pacific Clouds: The Ready, Dedi and Steady


The Index assesses countries against ten indicators: privacy, data sovereignty, international connectivity, broadband quality, government regulatory environment and usage, power grid and green policy, intellectual property protection, business sophistication, data centre risk, and freedom of information access. Ranked against these criteria we now see Asia Pacific economies separating out into three distinct groups. 


At the top, the Ready Leaders, comprise Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. These countries have retained, and in some cases extended, their lead by fostering innovation and fresh approaches towards next generation and cloud computing services. South Korea and Hong Kong have been consistently delivering excellent broadband quality in their countries; Singapore and Japan have impressive scores in protecting intellectual property, and Australia and New Zealand have developed whole-of-government cloud computing policies.


A clear middle band of economies, the Dedicated Improvers, includes Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. The Philippines leads in terms of freedom of information access; Taiwan in international connectivity and business sophistication; Thailand in green policy and power grids; and Malaysia with a low data centre risk index.


The final collection of economies, the Steady Developing group, encompasses China, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam. This group of countries are not standing still in terms of cloud readiness, all have been developing, steadily, particularly in terms of tech policies and physical infrastructure. China’s “Broadband China” policy is expected to provide nationwide coverage by 2020; various cities in Vietnam have been forming public-private partnerships (PPP) to roll-out city-wide free wi-fi services; India has a nascent national cloud e-government initiative called “Meghraj”; and Indonesia has been seeing good traction, for example, with its tax e-billing system.


Changes in the Cloud Readiness Index League Ladder


South Korea and India recorded the largest falls in the latest Index, tumbling four spots, followed by Hong Kong and Taiwan, dropping two places, and China, Indonesia and Vietnam, who fell by one place. This is not indicative of declining ‘cloud readiness’ but is rather, a demonstration of the speed at which Asia is developing.


“In a region where you have to run just to keep pace, these countries will need to keep their eyes on the goalposts to stay the course,” said Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the Asia Cloud Computing Association.


In addition to league leader Japan, other economies who maintained their position were Singapore also at 4th place, and Malaysia in 8th position.





Key Country Shout-Outs

  • Australia – jumped up four places and finished as one of the biggest improvers in cloud readiness, and boasts a mature legal and investment climate for cloud operations. Should work to improve business sophistication and a more pro-business IT environment.
  • China – recent government programmes have been pro-cloud, although infrastructure build-out remains behind the curve. Cloud adoption is expected to accelerate dramatically in the next few years as mobile devices enable wireless access.
  • Hong Kong – fell two places from previous Index, but excellent fibre connectivity and a forward-looking administration reviewing the Digital 21 Strategy and setup of the Innovation and Technology Bureau looks set to reverse the trend
  • India – one of the largest declines in Cloud Readiness in Asia Pacific, falling four positions to 13th. It must address its weak data risk profile and IPR protection, and focus regulatory reform on creating a stable, pro-ICT business environment.
  • Indonesia – fell by one place in the Index, but in a region developing at a breakneck pace, any slide is not a good thing. While infrastructure remains a challenge, Internet access via mobile devices provide opportunities for cloud market acceleration – provided that recent data localization legislation do not hamper development of international and regional trade and business opportunities.
  • Japan – the top-ranked country, Japan must not rest on its laurels but continue to innovate to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Malaysia – maintaining its 8th position in cloud readiness, recent government efforts to develop Malaysia’s data management policies such as its Personal Data Protection Act and a Big Data Analytics pilot prepare Malaysia to be one of the most cloud-friendly markets in Asia Pacific.
  • New Zealand – a top gainer in this year’s Cloud Readiness Index, New Zealand’s government focus on building out its ICT Strategy and Action Plan 2017 will be key to creating a pro-cloud environment for businesses.
  • Philippines – gained another two places again from the previous index, the Philippines proves to be a steady improver in cloud readiness. A core strategy for success seems to be its focus on developing strong cloud-friendly industries such business process outsourcing.
  • Singapore – maintaining its position at 4th place, it may now need to look beyond infrastructural excellence and develop its “soft infrastructure” such as data privacy and management capacities in order to maintain its lead as one of the most pro-cloud economies in Asia Pacific.
  • South Korea – always a strong leader in technology, Korea surprisingly slipped to its lowest ever ranking, falling four places from its previous rank – a cautionary tale demonstrating the speed which Asia Pacific is developing. South Korea must work on a focused effort to build and enable cloud computing if it is to regain its position as a technological leader in Asia Pacific.
  • Taiwan – its economic policies have always been pro-business, but it is falling behind in the quality of its domestic broadband and datacenter risk.
  • Thailand – the country is one of the top improvers in cloud readiness, jumping four places ahead of its previous rank, especially in its data risk profile. However, the recent announcement of military rule may quickly erode its gains as investors stay away due to the political uncertainty.
  • Vietnam – will have to make considerable improvements before cloud providers will invest and host information within its borders. But the rollout of free wi-fi in cities like Hoi An, Danang, Ha Long, Hue and Haiphong could stimulate demand for cloud services.


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You are specially invited to a discussion workshop on “Unlocking Cloud’s Potential for Transformation” in Asia and the Philippines, organised by the Asia Cloud Computing Association
Date: 7 Mar 2014, Friday, 11am-2pm
Venue: New World Hotel, Makati City

 [click here to register for the CRI2014 launch!]


Technology has always been a great leveller of opportunity for businesses, communities and citizens. Growth figures for Asian IT spending have touted the ability of cloud technologies to offer the opportunity to achieve cost efficiencies, lower the time goods take to the market, and exponentially increase the scale and reach of businesses. Many economies in Asia Pacific have yet to unlock cloud’s potential for economic growth, although industry trends show a steady uptick in cloud adoption across Asia. What are the observable trends in the cloud industry across Asia? What are the hot-button topics that will impact cloud and ICT adoption? And what can countries do to adopt and accelerate use of cloud computing in their countries?

In the Philippines, the number of companies who have migrated to the cloud has more than doubled since 2011, and ICT spending in 2014 is expected to be 11%, continuing the momentum from 2013. These figures suggest that the Philippines is ready to become a platform for cloud-based services such as that for global business process outsourcing. What are the growth opportunities for the Philippines? And where are the stumbling blocks?

At this launch event, we invite members from the public and private sector to share their perspectives on the development and growth opportunities for the Philippines. In addition, the ACCA will be releasing the results of our flagship research paper, the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) at this meeting. The ACCA’s CRI comprises 14-countries, and analyses ten key attributes critical to the successful deployment of cloud computing technology.


1030-1100 Registration and networking
1100-1110 Welcome Address by Ms. Katrina Abelarde (tbc), Vice-President/ Head Small and Medium Enterprise, PLDT
1110-1120 Keynote Speech by the Hon. Mr. Louis Napoleon C. Casambre (tbc), Executive Director of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

Cloud Readiness In Asia: The 2014 Launch of the ACCA CRI

What are the key cloud developments in Asia? What are the observable trends in the cloud industry across Asia? What are the hot-button topics that will impact cloud and ICT adoption? And what can countries do to adopt and accelerate the use of cloud computing in their countries?

  • Moderator and Respondent: Ms. Chay F. Hofileña (tbc), Citizen Journalism and Community Engagement director, Rappler Inc., also the founding Editor of Newsbreak
  • Ms. Lim May-Ann, Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, “The ACCA’s 2014 Cloud Readiness Index: Japan Wins, Philippines Storms up the Rankings”
  • Mr. Bernie Trudel, Chairman, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Cloud CTO, Cisco Asia Pacific, “Asia’s Key Cloud Trends for 2014”
  • Mr. Tovia Va'aelua, Business Group Lead - Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft Philippines, “What is driving the Cloud business?”

Moderated Q&A


Seeding the Cloud in the Philippines
Where are the growth opportunities for the Philippines to be found in the cloud sector? How can Filipino companies (both enterprise and SMEs) enter the global supply chain? How can the Philippines take advantage of regional initiatives such as the ASEAN Single Window initiative? What are the prospects for business process outsourcing e.g. call centre, translations and transcriptions? What are the barriers to entry for cloud technologies in the Philippines? What existing initiatives exist to enable access to cloud and other technologies? 

  • Co-Moderator: Mr. Rohan Cook, Senior Director, Service Provider & Cloud Business APJC, EMC Corporation
  • Co-Moderator: Mr. Ramon Isberto, Chief Public Relations Officer, PLDT
  • Lead Speaker: Mr. Joey Limjap, Vice-Presidnet, PLDT ICT-RD
  • Lead Speaker: Mr. MonChito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director, Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO)


  • Mr. Jose Mar Mercado, (tbc), President and CEO , IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines 
  • Mr. Gus Vibal (tbc), President, Vibal Publishing House
  • Mr. Gregory L. Domingo (tbc), Chairman (Public Sector), National Competitiveness Council, Philippines
  • Ms. Julie Keng (tbc), Chief Operating Officer, I-Ripple

Official launch of the ACCA’s Cloud Readiness Index

1300-1400 Lunch and networking, media interviews and questions