Like any business, we’re constantly looking at how the market demand for our services is changing. Right now, we don’t think anyone could deny that cloud computing is the topic de jour in IT, possibly in business in general, but what we’re interested in is how people are planning on using cloud services, and what they want and expect from cloud computing to help deliver value in their IT infrastructure.
As such, we recently surveyed enterprise level businesses from across the world in the latest version of our Global Cloud Adoption Study. Over 1,000 IT decision-makers at enterprise companies were questioned, and the findings make for interesting reading. Top of the results was the stat that respondents indicated they plan to spend almost one-third of their annual enterprise IT budget on cloud computing over the next eighteen months. In percentage a term, that’s 31 per cent, up from 26% per cent last year, and underlines what we’ve been hearing from our customers – organisations are looking to deliver a more agile, connected, and productive enterprise.
Despite global perceptions that cloud computing represents a more agile, flexible approach to IT, EMEA organisations still lag behind the worldwide average of deployment of cloud management adoption by at least 10% in each case, across functions such as service-level management (42% in EMEA vs. 51% globally); cost visibility and financial management (36% vs. 47%); and automated disaster recovery (30% vs. 42%). In addition, control of data and security are still a concern: 52% of EMEA organisations say security is their number one barrier to cloud adoption.
With a report of this size there’s always more stats and stories than can be covered in one blog, so it’s something we’ll be coming back to over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can see what the reaction has been in the press to the news here and here.