Innovation Slideshow: Will Economic Recovery Drive Enterprise Cloud Initiatives?
By Dennis McCafferty | Posted 12-13-2010
CIOs and other senior IT managers say they expect demand for cloud-computing solutions to rise in their enterprises as an anticipated economic recovery takes hold. In some cases, these IT decision-makers expect to be the ones driving the cloud initiatives, while in other cases the movement toward the cloud is expected to be driven by other enterprise stakeholders, according to a new report released by Savvis Inc and based on a survey conducted by IDG Research Services and CIO Custom Solutions Group. Respondents say cloud computing is needed in the enterprise computing infrastructure to enhance flexibility, increase competitive advantage and drive innovation, among other perceived benefits. But the majority of respondents also feel it's difficult to find the "just right" cloud solution for their enterprise, according to the report "Enterprise-Grade Cloud Computing Adoption: Trends and Purchase Requirements." The report also indicates that organizations need cloud solutions that can be customized to go beyond the standard application level, as well as address security and service-level needs. More than 170 CIOs and IT managers worldwide took part in the survey, which can be accessed here. The following are selected highlights: