IT Management Slideshow: Data Security, Cloud Sprawl Are Top IT Concerns

By Bob Violino  |  Posted 06-10-2011

Data Security, Cloud Sprawl Are Top IT Concerns

Growing budgets55% of respondents say their IT budgets will grow in 2011 compared with 2010.

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Primary IT focus areas in the next 12 months (percent respondents)Cloud computing (60%)Security (58%) IT consolidation (31%)

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74% of respondents say their firms are using some form of cloud services. That represents a 25% increase since Avanade's September 2009 survey.

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Going privateNearly half of all respondents (43%) say they use private clouds, and another 34% say they will begin to do so in the next 12 months.

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More training64% of respondents say they are investing in training for new and current employees to increase their expertise in cloud technologies.

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More spending74% of respondents say they have allocated up to 30% of their overall IT budget to cloud computing annually. For 10% of resppondents, this means spending $2 million or more on cloud computing each year.

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HesitationDespite widespread adoption of cloud services, nearly one-quarter of respondents (24%) still say cloud computing currently is not in their plans.

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Security concerns51% of respondents say concern about security is the top reason not to move to the cloud.

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Security breachesNearly one-fourth of respondents report that their company has had a security breach with a cloud service.

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20% of respondents say they have turned off a cloud service in their organization and moved back to on-premise applications, with security concerns the biggest driver for this move.

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Cloud sprawl60% of respondents are worried about unmanaged cloud sprawl. More than one in four respondents don't have a centralized system to identify and track their IT cloud service providers.

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