What’s driving cloud adoption among CIOs?

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New research from Host Analytics and conducted by Dimensional Research has found that for four out of five business execs, the cloud is chosen for its value over anything else.

A similar number of employees surveyed said that it’s beneficial for them to use cloud applications.

The research, which covered over 300 CIOs and business executives, again found various benefits to cloud adoption, which may perhaps shift the balance as IT budgets are being prepared for 2013.

When asked for the reasons a cloud app was chosen over other, on-premise options, the disparity between business executives and CIOs was stark.

Value was the obvious factor for execs (80%), whereas compliance was the most important component for CIOs (58%); value (53%) and greater competitive advantage (51%) completed the top three.

Compliance is a vital, perhaps underrated reason for utilising the cloud. 61% of survey respondents said they have out of date business critical software, and 14% said their on-premise software hadn’t been upgraded in four or more years.

More than one in three CIOs stated that whilst their company didn’t have plans for any solution, the cloud seemed a better fit. Further, the most popular ‘other’ response for business execs choosing cloud was that IT didn’t get involved in the purchase.

The situation appears to be similar with employees. 79% overall believed gaining expertise with cloud apps was useful to employees, with the results again showing disparity between CIOs (95%) and business execs (67%).

Keri Brooke, VP marketing at Host Analytics, said: “Businesses are embracing the cloud and realising it offers tremendous value and advantages over on-premise applications. This new research reinforces the industry’s shift to a more modern, effective and safe way of doing business.”

But how does this compare with other recent research? The obvious study to choose is Navint Partners’ survey back in October looking at the decisions CIOs make in adopting the cloud.

Navint’s research showed four in five CIOs said the cloud gave their company a competitive advantage, and nearly two in three (64%) believed adopting the cloud has had a significant impact on process efficiency and effectiveness.

Is your company looking towards the cloud for 2013?

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