What are the current trends in cloud adoption?

A new survey from Navint Partners has revealed that many CIOs of larger organisations are happy with the results of moving to the cloud.

The survey, which predominantly interviewed chief execs of companies with over 5,000 employees, found that despite the general contentment there were still some misgivings about migration, with security predictably near the top of the list.

Nine out of ten respondents said they had gotten all of the predicted savings when their companies adopted cloud technology, with nearly two in three (64%) noting that bringing in the cloud has had a significant impact on process efficiency and effectiveness.

Four out of five said that the cloud gave their company a competitive advantage.  

But the good news is that most CIOs think the public and private clouds will explode. 36% of respondents thought that the budget for public cloud will increase by up to 20% over two years, and 46% think the budget for the private cloud would increase by the same amount.

“Many [executives and business managers] think it will take five or more years to fully realise the tangible benefits of cloud implementation,” said Robert Summers, CIO of tax preparation firm Jackson Hewitt.

This echoes a recent piece of research from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA, which stated that it would take at least three years for the cloud to reach its full impact.

CSA global research director JR Santos stated at the time: “We as an industry must still work to provide a clearer definition of what cloud is and how the many innovative and secure services can help positively impact today’s businesses.”

However, security issues were once again brought up as a difficult issue, alongside greater vendor flexibility for the survey respondents, noting that data security and privacy were the biggest barriers to public and private cloud adoption.

Regarding vendor flexibility, Summers suggested a pay-as-you-go option as a viable alternative, especially with the widely noted cost savings of the cloud.

“All the agreements were about the same,” he noted, adding: “You pay a standard amount for the entire year, and the provider agrees to handle some spikes in usage as percentage of the base. We needed a more custom arrangement.”

Does this piece of cloud adoption research align with others, and does this research surprise you?

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