IT Management Slideshow: Companies Around the World Turn to the Cloud for Savings

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-14-2012

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36% of survey respondents feel the economy will get worse in 2012, compared to 30% who think it will improve.

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41% of survey participants think their IT budgets will shrink this year, while 23% expect an increase.

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69% of survey respondents anticipate an increase in 2012 on cloud spending, up from 32% in 2009.

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62% of survey participants say their customers are using the cloud, and an additional 20% expect their customers to do so in the next 12 months.

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76% of companies using the cloud are saving money in the process.

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11.5% is the average cost savings for companies using the cloud, up nearly 2% from last year.

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54% of survey respondents use Software-as-a-Service for cloud delivery, up from 42% in 2011.

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32% of survey participants deploy Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), compared to 20% in 2011, making it the fastest-growing cloud solution.

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51% of these companies deploy private clouds, compared to 33% that use public clouds and 22% that use a hybrid model.

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47% of respondents predict the hybrid cloud model will emerge as the preferred version for organizations by 2017, compared to 37% who say the private cloud will dominate, and 16% who pick the public cloud.

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Top Benefits of Cloud Investment• Scalability (as cited by 67% of survey participants)• Improved agility (54%)• Greater ability to focus on improving the business (48%)

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