Business Cloud Adoption is Finally Living Up to Hype
Public and Private Clouds Enable Corporate IT to be More Responsive to Business Needs
Boston, MA - June 12, 2012 - The cloud, so often described as a fundamental building block for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by software, hardware vendors and service providers, is finally catching up to the hype. Organizations are increasing spend on public and private clouds, replacing traditional on-premise software deployments for key business applications and infrastructure, according to a recent Strategy Analytics Q1 2012 survey of 1750 organizations in the US, UK, France, Germany, China, India and Brazil, representing more than ten industries.
Key findings from this survey may be found in the Strategy Analytics Extended Enterprise Software Strategies service report, "Business Cloud Adoption Soars According to Enterprise Q1 2012 Survey," including:
"Organizations have been relying on business cloud services including email, CRM, and web and audio conferencing for more than a decade. This Strategy Analytics survey shows that a majority of corporations have abandoned traditional on-premise software deployments for many types of application and infrastructure software. Public and private cloud computing is now the norm, not the exception," said Mark Levitt, Director, Enterprise Software and Communications at Strategy Analytics.
- Software as a Service (SaaS) surges ahead: 64 percent of organizations surveyed report increased cloud spending this year, compared to 37 percent for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and 22 percent for Platform as a Service (PaaS);
- Scalability, visibility, and manageability are essential keys to cloud adoption, so that corporate IT departments may more effectively respond to evolving business user needs and expectations;
- Security, reliability and availability downtime concerns still keep more apps off the cloud;
- Companies are both adopting cloud services and becoming more mobile. However, neither of these trends is a top driver for the other, yet.
"Clouds help companies respond better and faster to business users who expect easier access to applications and information using PCs and mobile devices," said Gina Luk, Senior Analyst, Mobile Workforce Strategies at Strategy Analytics.
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