Seismic Shift in Demands for Cloud Computing
A seismic shift is occurring in cloud computing demands as businesses around the globe want to connect employees through a myriad of computing devices. This seismic shift turns worldly wisdom on its head according to research conducted by TNS and funded by CSC.
In a survey of more than 3,500 IT decision makers in eight countries, thirty-three percent of survey respondents said that accessibility to information through multiple devices was the most important reason for their decision to convert to cloud computing. The other key motivating factors were accelerating the speed of business at twenty-one percent and cutting costs at seventeen percent.
In the United States, nearly one-half of survey of small businesses said that information access through many devices is the most important reason for converting to cloud computing. Yet, only ten percent cited cutting costs as the most important reason.
The countries surveyed besides the United States included: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
The other key findings of this survey include: 1) 82% of businesses saved money with the investment in their last cloud computing project; 2) More businesses increased IT staff than decreased IT staff; 3) Developing countries such as Brazil reaped the most savings from implementing cloud computing projects; 4) Most businesses signed multi-year subscriptions with their cloud computing providers; 5) Most business say that adopting cloud computing makes them a greener corporation with regards to physical waste and energy consumption; 6) Nearly all businesses saw improvement in IT performance after utilizing more cloud computing; 7) Most small businesses have zero resistance to moves to cloud computing; 8) Security concerns are about the same before and after adopting cloud computing; 9) An overwhelming majority of businesses provide employees with advance preparation for moves to cloud computing; and 10) Nearly one-half of of U.S. government agencies moved at least one work-flow to the cloud following the requirement that U.S. federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.