Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-28-2013

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cost Reductions  Cloud investments have historically been viewed as expensive, but 66% of organizations say the use of cloud computing applications reduces their IT costs.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Hefty Savings  The savings are nothing to scoff at. In fact, IT professionals at U.S. and U.K. organizations say their average savings due to cloud adoption is 23%.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Re-Investing Cloud Savings  One of the best things about saving cash is being able to put it to good use. Six in 10 companies have re-invested cloud savings in their operations after adopting a new solution.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Funding Products and Innovation  Nearly half of the companies that have re-invested cash into their businesses have done so by delivering the funds to current products and innovation.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

New Services, New Products  45% of companies say they have invested the cash saved through cloud computing into new services and products.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

IT Innovation and Strategy  60% of respondents say the reduced hands-on time with cloud solutions allows for IT to focus more on innovation and strategy.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Disaster Recovery and Business Agility  59% of respondents say their IT staff is working on improving disaster recovery and business agility by adopting cloud-computing solutions that require less IT maintenance.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

An Acute Skills Shortage  A whopping 54% of companies say their IT people lack the cloud-computing skills necessary to get the job done right.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

A Lack of Cloud Familiarity  Only 19% of companies say their IT team is familiar with cloud offerings—a far cry from the number they wish they could tally.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Managing Cloud Deployments  Also, 66% of companies are looking to increase the skills of their IT teams so they can do a better job of managing cloud deployments.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

Hiring Outside Talent  Lastly, 42% of companies have hired an outside IT firm for help with cloud computing.

Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage