Flying Blind

CIOs and IT executives are bullish about the potential benefits of cloud computing for their organizations. However, they remain cautious about adoption because of a lingering fear of challenges. As a result, while businesses do derive value from cloud-based software and services, the roll-out is moving slowly, according to a new survey, "Current Trends in Cloud Adoption: A Survey of CIOs and IT Executives." Nearly 350 CIOs and IT executives participated in the survey, conducted by Dimensional Research and commissioned by Host Analytics. Only 31 percent of respondents say their systems are primarily cloud-based at this time. While many worried about where their data resided, the vast majority felt they would derive great value from business intelligence Software-as-a-Service applications. "Businesses are investing heavily in cloud computing today," says Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst for Dimensional Research and the study's author. "Our research reveals high optimism and expectations among CIOs and IT executives for cloud adoption and value, but also hurdles including the anticipation that IT will end up operating cloud applications bought by other areas of the business and without input from IT. In overcoming these and other hurdles to adoption, good communication is essential, but not always existent. One silver lining: BI can help solve problems caused by siloed SaaS applications."

This article was originally published on 06-27-2012
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