Cloud Adoption Met With 'Cautious Optimism'

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-01-2012

Cloud Adoption Met With 'Cautious Optimism'

Just one-third of the 250 participants in the ISACA-Cloud Security Alliance study say that innovation in the cloud-services business is “significant.”

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According to ISACA and the Cloud Security Alliance, 43 percent of respondents say that there is currently a “moderate level of innovation” in the cloud industry.

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One in four respondents said that they are seeing “no or limited” amounts of innovation in the cloud industry.

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The chief reason a company might adopt the cloud is to enable enhanced business activity, according to data from ISACA and the Cloud Security Alliance.

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Beyond that, financial considerations will determine cloud decisions in the enterprise, according to the study.

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Looking ahead, respondents indicated that they were least confident in the government’s regulations keeping pace with the cloud market.

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According to IT professionals, they lack confidence in exit strategies available to them in the cloud, scoring a possible 1.88 out of five. According to ISACA and the Cloud Security Alliance, the scale ranges from zero to five, from least to most confident.

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Although testing and assurance inspired the most confidence among IT professionals, it scored only 2.3 out of 5, indicating middling confidence, at most.

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CIOs might be able to relate to this: legal issues, international data privacy, and contract lock-ins were cited among the most concerning issues related to cloud adoption.

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Finally, ISACA and the Cloud Security Alliance found that there is “cautious optimism” in cloud strategy and problem resolution.

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