What Do You know? Our Survey Results
Earlier this month we harnessed the power of social media by running a short survey on Twitter to find out what our followers think about cloud computing.
The results are a snapshot of what a selection of our Twitter followers know and their opinions about cloud computing. Around 100 people from all over the world completed the survey did find out some interesting things that we’d like to share with you.
According to our survey, all business owners know what cloud computing is, compared to roughly 4 in 5 other people. This is great news, showing that business owners are well up to speed and others are not far behind, with the vast majority knowing what cloud computing is.
Apple's iCloud was the least well-known of the three cloud services we asked about. Considering their trendy reputation we were surprised about this, but it’s worth remembering that the iCloud is the most consumer-focused brand, with Google and Microsoft catering more for businesses. Google Apps came out on top overall as the most well-known cloud service, closely followed by Microsoft’s Office 365. Directors and business owners had all heard of at least one cloud service, but of the managers and professionals who completed the survey there were a few who had never heard of any of them.
The most interesting result from the survey was that the vast majority of those who answered believed cloud computing to be relevant to small and medium sized businesses.
Here are some of the comments we received on this question:
‘[The cloud is] crucial to small and medium businesses!’
‘I work in a small company, and we are going to the cloud.’
‘Gets rid of those server and maintenance issues.’
‘Opens a world of opportunity, but security and resilience are critical issues.’
Despite the fact that security concerns appear to be one of the main drawbacks to the cloud from the blogs and articles we read (not for us – see our blog Security and the Cloud) during the survey people overwhelming said that they would feel safe storing their person or company data on the cloud, with almost 50% of people asked saying yes. The second largest group of 25% said they thought it would ‘sometimes’ be safe to store your company or personal data on the cloud.
We might have mentioned before that we’re Microsoft partners, and the results show that nearly 80% of people who answered the survey use Microsoft Office on a daily basis. All the migrations we’ve carried out have been to Office 365, and last week four people signed up to switch in just two days.
The idea behind the survey was to find out if there’s a link between how much people know about the cloud and their job description. In general we found that out of the people who took our survey there was a trend that business owners and directors were aware of more cloud services than managers and professionals. This means that people who are involved in making strategic decisions relating to the business were more aware of what technology is on offer, which makes perfect sense.
We were also interested in people's thoughts on security and the cloud. In question 7 we asked people where they would feel safest storing their data, and while overall people felt safest storing their data on an internally managed server, the cloud came a close second to the more traditional memory stick, CD Rom or hard drive.
We were also interested in whether people thought that a cloud migration would be expensive for their company, and a significant portion of people were confident that it wouldn’t be expensive. We received some comments on this question too which pretty much sum up what we think about the cloud:
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