70 Percent of Companies Using Cloud-Based Services plan on using more
® Mimecast, a holistic email management company offering SaaS-based email archiving, continuity, security and policy control, today announced the results of its Survey of Adoption of Cloud Computing, which examined the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among the 565 respondents responsible for managing their IT operations organization and budget through the U.S. and Canada in the fall of 2009.
Data from the recently completed online survey highlights the complex, often conflicting, thought process of decision-makers regarding cloud computing. While security and integration issues are clearly larger user fears about cloud computing, these concerns have not deterred companies from the application of cloud-based applications in your corporate infrastructure. The popular fears cloud computing seem at odds with reality, as the survey results indicate strong satisfaction with cloud computing, once it is installed. 70 percent of decision makers are already using cloud computing additional solutions are planning to move to the cloud-most in the next 12 months, indicating that respondents have quickly come to recognize the intrinsic ease of implementation, characteristics robust security and savings of cloud computing.
Those who have used cloud-based services are Coming Back for More
• 70 percent of companies that already use cloud computing solutions is planning to move additional applications into the clouds and most of them are looking for it in the next 12 months. This shows that respondents who have used the cloud-based solutions have seen their business and operations of securities and want to extend that success to other application areas.
Fears Cloud businesses are shrinking …
• 62 percent of respondents have considered or are considering cloud computing.
• When asked what he would change his mind about cloud computing, respondents rated the most mature solutions and better integration with existing systems and their two needs (33 per cent to maturity, 32 per cent for integration) .
… But security concerns and existing investments remain major obstacles to wider adoption
• The companies remain hesitant due to perceived security problems. The results show that security concerns were the main reason given by respondents in all categories for not moving with the cloud-based applications. The 46 percent of respondents who had considered cloud-based applications chosen security as the main reason for not moving. This was also true in most industries, including financial services (76 percent), energy (75 percent), government (67 percent), trade (61 percent) and technology (40 percent).
• Investments made in existing IT infrastructure and concerns about integration also barred the companies to take the next step towards cloud computing. 32 percent of respondents who had considered cloud-based applications on behalf of existing infrastructure investments as the reason for moving to the cloud, while 26 percent said the / legacy integration concerns prevented them from going beyond . Between the time and effort to build its existing infrastructure and fears about the integration of existing systems in the cloud, respondents and their companies have been afraid to abandon what they know to what does not.
• The cost also remained a concern for those considering cloud computing, especially between the government (67 percent), health (52 percent) and legal (40 percent) of respondents. This may have more to do with this year’s IT budgets decreased spending on cloud services.
• However, for those who have already applied the cloud, 81 percent of legal, 77 percent retail, 75 percent of the government, 74 percent of technology, 72 percent of the healthcare and 68 percent of those surveyed financial services were planning to move to other applications in the future, showing that these fears can be overcome.
Some industries are moving faster than others
• The top three industries in the adoption of cloud computing solutions are technology (with 53 percent), financial services (40 percent) and legal (37 percent). This statistic shows that participants in heavily regulated markets such as legal and financial services do not share the belief that the cloud-based services make it harder to demonstrate compliance with industry regulations.
• The government has the lowest approval with only 19 percent using the cloud-based solutions.
E-mail and CRM applications add the most value
• Among respondents who already use cloud computing solutions, e-mail (23 percent) and CRM (18 percent) was the most valuable.
• 33 percent of this group have moved beyond e-mail management to the cloud, 26 percent of clouds deployed CRM systems, 26 percent moved from mail file and 22 percent have moved storage functions.
Cost remains the main motivation for the achievement of the cloud, but is gaining agility
• Cost savings (54 percent) remain the primary motivation behind the adoption of cloud-based services. However, there is evidence that the business benefits of cloud computing other are gaining ground. One of the main advantages of the cloud is its ability to make a company better prepared to react and respond to unexpected changes, or to easily add new services, as needed. The results show that 49 percent of respondents support this idea, indicating the agility / scalability as the main reason for moving services to the cloud. In addition, respondents also rated efficiency (39 percent) and streamlining the administration (36 percent) as major reasons. Since the adoption of cloud-based services, makes the understanding of its value.
“This research shows that once the cloud business applications based on experience, their fears about integration, reliability and costs are immediately relieved,” said Mimecast chief executive, Peter Bauer. “The survey results point to a bright future for cloud computing, companies increasingly seek to create a cloud of efficient and agile organization.”
For a brief survey detailing the results of the inquiry, please go to www.mimecast.com / cloudsurvey
Mimecast (www.mimecast.com) SaaS-based delivery of enterprise email management including archiving, discovery, continuity, security and politics. By unifying the disparate e-mail environments and fragmented in a solution that is always available in the cloud, Mimecast minimizes risk and reduces the cost and complexity, while providing total end to end control of the email. Founded in the UK in 2003, Mimecast provides services to approximately 2,500 customers worldwide and has offices in Europe, North Africa, Middle East and the Channel Islands.
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