Recently, Harvey Nash had one of its busiest and most high profile weeks in Vietnam ever. Among a whirl of high profile events, we launched our world renowned, annual, global CIO survey.
Why there and why now you may wonder?
Quite simply, Vietnam is a key market in the ASEAN region with one of the fastest economic growth rates. Businesses in the country are adopting technology as a business enabler to innovation and profitability. The rapid adoption of mobile technology and internet usage (35% penetration) means the rise in skills base is supersonic. Of course we are also the second largest technology business in Vietnam so have more than a passing interest in the sector. Companies are seeking out strong management skills and seeking answers to the challenges they face through human expertise – net result: The rise of the CIO. Now more than ever, CIOs are at the forefront of delivering growth, change and revenue.
At our events in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi the audience were hungry for information and answers. Over 100 senior IT managers attended looking to learn from the global data contained in the report. From opportunities to salary trends to internal and external destabilising influences, CIOs in Vietnam gained a valuable insight into factors affecting business advantage and profit delivery. In addition to the survey report, Jonathan Mitchell, using his experiences at Rolls Royce, illustrated how a CIO can directly change a business model through technology innovations.
So where next?
With almost 100 responses from Vietnam this year, we presented a more global perspective of CIO challenges and opinions in 2014 than ever before. As the role of the CIO continues to evolve, we anticipate even more responses from Vietnam next year and thereafter. The energy and enquiry displayed on two October evenings only served to reinforce the pace of change and dynamism that is a hallmark of Vietnam and Vietnamese business today.