Larger enterprises in Australia have been slower in their Cloud adoption but this is starting to change, according to CSC Australia chief technology officer and innovation officer, Bob Hayward.

Hayward, speaking at a media lunch hosted by VMware in Sydney, said larger enterprises have been "inherently conservative" burdened by legacy issues, audits, compliance and regulatory issues, slowing down their rate of adoption despite its touted benefits. In addition, concerns relating to sovereignty, and noise about onshore and offshore Clouds have been a hurdle, he said.

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However, Hayward has seen this attitude change in the last six months, particularly as collaboration increases between teams and projects at companies, he said. Cloud adoption is also happening across several industries including mining, financial services and other sectors.

Natural resources, for instance, is increasingly taking up innovative technology and tapping big data to improve their operations. Security-as-a-Service will likely emerge as an attractive area for mining companies as mining companies expand into more remote locations seeking out natural resources, he added.

However, the government sector in Australia has been seriously lagging compared to some of its Western counterparts such as the UK and US governments in their adoption of Cloud, he said.

VMware Australia vice president and managing director, Duncan Bennet, anticipates a mix of environments including hybrid, public and private Cloud, depending on the specific customer needs.

Crashing barriers to entry

Cloud and big data will also continue to change the business paradigm, pushing the barriers to entry for new businesses lower and lower, noted Orange Business Services managing director, Gordon Makryllos.

He cited Google's efforts to enter the automobile space, as well as LinkedIn's move into the recruitment space as examples of business venture moves that have been helped by the Cloud.

"Mobility and big data enables companies to enter new markets as you don't need a lot of infrastructure," he said.

Hayward added that for many start ups, Cloud will increasingly become a crucial first step for reasons including both costs and efficiency.

"You don't get any venture capital funding now unless you use Cloud," he said.

In addition to the Cloud, the role of CIO continues to change, noted Bennet.

The CIO's role is "far more strategic and interesting," he said, adding that people will increasingly move from connecting any device to connecting to any Cloud along with a faster take up of mobility.