Why IT Leaders Are Cloud Believers

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-11-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why IT Leaders Are Cloud Believers

    Although tech leaders are big backers of cloud services, the cloud’s widespread use can create an issue when they’re put in play without IT’s knowledge.
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    86% of survey respondents believe that cloud computing is the future of IT.
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    68% of IT managers and directors consider themselves "cloud believers," up from 53% in 2013.
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    Widespread Adoption

    91% of survey respondents say their organization has deployed at least one service in the cloud and, on average, companies are deploying 4.1 services in the cloud.
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    Expanded Expenditure

    More than 50% say their cloud budget increased in 2015, and about the same expect such an increase to continue this year.
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    Larger Menu

    75% say their company will likely add new and/or additional cloud services in the next three years.
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    Top Cloud Services Expected to Be Added to Cloud

    Servers/data centers: 23%, Phone systems: 22%, Disaster recovery: 21%
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    Departmental Autonomy

    Only half of survey participants from departments such as sales, marketing, HR or finance say IT was involved in their cloud decision-making process.
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    Top Expected Benefits of the Cloud

    Scalability: 82%, Flexibility: 75%, Lower total cost of ownership: 72%
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    Double Whammy

    55% of survey respondents say security concerns present a top potential barrier to cloud migration, and 40% say the same about possible compliance issues.
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    Half of those surveyed believe their data is more protected in a private cloud than either on-premise or in a public cloud.
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    53% say their company has migrated to the cloud using internal resources, with the rest using a third party.
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    Half of those at companies using internal resources to deploy to the cloud say they would outsource if they had to do it all over again.
 

About a decade ago, the cloud was still considered somewhat of a novelty. Today, it is considered as commonplace—and business-critical—as computing devices, servers or even electricity. For proof, look no further than a recent survey from Evolve IP, which indicates that the vast majority of CIOs, senior tech leaders and other execs say that cloud computing is the future of IT. In fact, an increasing number of IT managers call themselves "cloud believers" now. The accompanying "Adoption of Cloud Services in North America" report reveals that nearly all companies are deploying at least one service in the cloud, if not several. The interest should only grow, as organizations set aside more budgeting for cloud initiatives to accommodate server, data center, phone systems and disaster recovery needs. Whether the tech department is involved in such acquisitions, however, remains in question, as a significant number of non-IT departments are pursuing cloud implementation without consulting IT. A total of 1,080 U.S. CIOs, CTOs, IT managers/directors, CFOs, CEOs and other C-suite/director-level execs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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