ENP Newswire -
Release date- 19062014 -
This year's survey is the largest to date, and is the industry's deepest and broadest examination of the cloud technology revolution. It analyzed the inhibitors and drivers behind cloud adoption, separating the hype surrounding the cloud from genuine industry trends and real world cases across a sample of 1358 respondents. See the complete findings slideshow here: 2014 Future of Cloud Computing survey, along with analysis and commentary on the results here.
'With four years of data, we're now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS adoption to 74 percent and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS adoption to 41 percent.' said
Select Highlights from the Survey Data:
Cloud Adoption is Strategic
49% of respondents in this year's survey using cloud to fuel revenue generation or new product creation.
45% of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud showing how integral cloud is to business.
SaaS Adoption Has More Than Quintupled
From 11% adoption in 2011 to 74% in this year's survey, but in the enterprise, it is still mostly transitioning to existing applications.
The front office is leading the way with sales and marketing at 51% adoption; customer service and analytics both at 43% adoption.
IaaS and PaaS Adoption Reaching a
56% of businesses are using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technologies to harness elastic computing resources.
41% of businesses are using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies to prototype and develop new applications.
Data Wants to be Bigger in the Cloud
Two thirds of respondents believe their data will come to reside in some form of cloud over the next two years as bigger data needs consolidation and collaboration and creation go online.
'This wave of cloud computing that's revenue and new business driven is good news for long-suffering IT execs,' said
'Even though it's largely just a transition of existing apps, the first cloud front has rolled in confidently each year as existing applications transition to the cloud and are adopted as SaaS solutions. Cloud is now integral to business with 45% of executives saying they currently or plan to run their business in the cloud,' said
Transformation In The Cloud -
'With over 11,000 cloud services/APIs, and developer adoption of IaaS at 56% and PaaS at 46% respectively we are going to seeing the birth of new, re-imagined, cloud-native applications,' said Skok. 'These applications, which are only possible in the cloud, will result in an order of magnitude greater value creation than the first cloud front. This second cloud front will be transformative,' Skok continued. Examples of these applications and services can be found here.
For more about this second cloud front please visit the '2014 Future of Cloud Computing' results page.
Data Wants To Be Bigger In The Cloud
'If you get your head out of the sand and into the clouds you'll see the explosion of cloud-created data. It's not just big data it's exhaustive data, as everything from clickstreams to commerce and personal cloud lockers create exabytes of data. According to
Over the last few years, the top three drivers for cloud adoption have remained constant. They are agility, cost and scalability. One area that is changing as a driver is that companies are increasingly moving workloads to the cloud to switch capex for opex. This is especially true for large companies with more than 5,000 employees.
'Companies may have different reasons behind their shift to transition to the cloud, yet the core benefits that are motivating this change, agility, cost and scalability, remain the same,' said
When it comes to inhibitors, security continues to be a strong barrier with 49% of respondents concerned about how secure their data is in the cloud. Of note, interoperability saw a significant decrease from 27% last year to 17% in 2014 with greater attention being paid to issues like data portability. However, fear of vendor lock-in was still 29%, which put focus on open-source cloud projects like OpenStack, which have received a lot more interest in the last year. Lastly, privacy concerns rose once again to 31% in 2014 as increased tension manifested itself between the desire for anonymity and the convenience and utility of personalization. This is an area for vendors and enterprises to distinguish themselves as faithful custodians of personal data and engendering trust.
2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Collaborators:
Amazon Web Services
Cloud Health Technologies
View presentation: 2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Presentation
Learn more about the survey: Future of Cloud Computing Program
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