IDC: Vietnam leads cloud adoption in Southeast Asia

IDC: Vietnam leads cloud adoption in Southeast Asia.(Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

IDC: Vietnam leads cloud adoption in Southeast Asia

  • Businesses in Southeast Asia are increasing their stakes in cloud adoption, with Vietnam leading the way with a CAGR of 32% between 2018 to 2023.
  • IDC said that by 2023 digital will rule in Southeast Asia, as one in three companies is expected to generate more than 15% of their revenue from digital products and services.
  • Total public cloud services market in Southeast Asia is expected to grow and reach US$11 billion by 2025 at a five-year CAGR of 21.5%.

Vietnam has been shaping up as Southeast Asia’s most impressive economic success story over the last few years. Even during the pandemic, it maintained steady positive growth while other economies struggled to recover. While the nation has been outperforming all its regional peers in many segments, the International Data Corporation (IDC) now predicts that Vietnam is expected to surpass the rest in Southeast Asia when it comes to cloud adoption.

In a briefing titled ‘An Outlook on Southeast Asia’s Cloud Trends, Adoption and Opportunities’ last week, Prapussorn Pechkaew, research manager, data & analytics group at IDC told reporters that “Despite the uncertainties (of the post-pandemic landscape), cloud spending [in Southeast Asia] remains strong.” Leading the way are businesses in Vietnam, whose cloud market has seen a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% between 2018 to 2023. 

Pechkaew said it is not the least bit surprising that organizations in the region are turning to the cloud more and more. Companies in Indonesia and the Philippines are not far behind Vietnam, with a cloud market CAGR of 31% over the same period. Meanwhile, Thailand (26%), Malaysia (25%) and Singapore (22%) are doing much the same, underscoring the continuing rise of cloud adoption in the region.

To top it off, in a separate report titled Top ICT Predictions for 2022 and Beyond at IDC FutureScape 2022, IDC foresees that by 2023, digital will rule in Southeast Asia, with one in three companies expected to generate more than 15% of their revenue from digital products and services. Pechkaew further explained that leveraging the cloud is crucial to remain competitive in the so-called new normal, in which uncertainty is compounded by geopolitical tension, inflation and other global issues. 

Source IDC Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker Forecast Release 2021H2, 12

Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker Forecast.
Source: IDC

The cloud, according to Peckaew, helps in realigning IT services to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic business landscape and in enabling digital transformation in a digitalising world.  The trend will not only continue in the next few years according to IDC, but also intensify, with as much as 76% of organizations in the region planning to spend their cloud spending. Thailand leads the way in this case, with 92% of businesses surveyed by IDC admitting their plans to spend more on the cloud, followed by Malaysia (86%) and Indonesia (81%).

What sort of cloud adoption is happening around the region?

According to IDC, Much of the cloud migration is happening in the public cloud, with ASEAN organizations opting to use public clouds via the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) deployment models. Of the US$5.4 billion spent on cloud services, in fact, 55.5% was spent on SaaS cloud deployment, while 32.4% was spent on the IaaS model. The remaining 12.1%, meanwhile, was spent on the third cloud deployment model, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

That spending is forecast to more than double to US$$11 billion by 2025, driven primarily by seven key drivers— the most notable being the rise of the digital economy and tech startups in the region, IDC said. This is closely followed by the growing need for infrastructure modernisation and the emergence of low code/no code platforms, both of which are keys to digitalisation and modernisation. 

Peckaew also noted that what is driving greater cloud adoption is the need to improve customer experience and in-house development capacity, the growing reliance on cloud enterprise resource planning and the growing availability of cloud regions or data centers. Interestingly, it was highlighted during the briefing that Southeast Asian governments are also keenly aware of the benefits of being in the cloud, with their push for cloud adoption through government mandates and initiatives. 

Government Policies and Initiatives in Southeast Asia

Government Policies and Initiatives in Southeast Asia.

For instance, Indonesia has the National Data Center for Government to promote data-driven policymaking and safe and efficient data operations. Malaysia, which is in the midst of a government-initiated digitalisation journey, has instituted the Light Touch Regulation on Cloud Services, while Vietnam has included cloud adoption under its larger Digital Government Strategy for 2021–2025.