Cloud adoption statistics

Cloud adoption decisions will be taken in the near future by employees who do not have an IT background. That’s an interesting shift in the IT world! According to a report issued by Capgemini, chief marketing officers, executive and even people from human resource departments, finance or administration departments will be making some of these cloud adoption decisions.  460 organizations globally, 50 of them in the UK were surveyed for this report.

The main reason for this change might be that cloud adoption and implementation into the overall strategy of an organization and in different departments influences the activity of all employees, not only of those from the IT department. Therefore, the decisions will be made by people with – different positions within a company and not necessarily by those having an IT background.  SaaS based solutions for CRM, accounting and marketing solutions for example do not require hardware and software maintained by an IT department so they are able to be managed from within the individual departments.

Even though collaboration between the team members and departments inside an organization is the main purpose for business-and cloud apps, there are some critical points to consider before adopting the cloud and not including someone from the IT department. Here are the top five concerns for organizations moving to the cloud:

·         Security

·         Privacy

·         Federated Identity / Single Sign-On

·         Interoperability and Portability

·         Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Despite these concerns, many organizations have moved to the cloud. It appears that the main reasons they do so are:

  • to increase productivity and efficiency
  • to follow similar companies that have moved applications to the cloud
  • to meet customer requirements.

And according to the Global Cloud Networking Survey by Cisco, the most desired application for cloud migration is Storage, followed by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications, email and collaboration solutions. However, the top three applications that have been moved or are being planned to be moved to public or private clouds in the next year are: email and Web services, storage and collaboration solutions.

Taking into consideration these facts, the next few years are to be quite challenging both for the executives and for the cloud providers. Executives will be taking charge of essential decisions that involve cloud adoption and managing these providers, therefore this is a big step for the industry.

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