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IDG Enterprise completed their Cloud Computing Research Findings (reg required) and there are many insights and information that can be used in sales messaging, demand generation and account based marketing efforts.

Specific topics covered by the research include:

  • Cloud models used today
  • Expectations for the rate of growth of each model
  • Desired business outcomes
  • Cloud computing investments
  • Concerns about cloud computing

Key Cloud Computing Research Findings:

  • Organizations continue the migration of both applications and computing infrastructure
  • Organizations have already moved approximately 45% of their applications and computing infrastructure to the cloud
  • The forecast is that over 50% of IT environments will be in the cloud by 2018
  • On average, IT decision makers plan to allocate more than a 25% of their total IT budgets
    to cloud spending

Below are some of the detailed cloud computing research findings from the study.

Cloud Computing Research Findings – Utilization

Companies Using Cloud Now

  • 2011: 51%
  • 2012: 57%
  • 2013: 61%
  • 2014: 69%
  • 2015: 72%
  • 2016: 70%

Plan to use Cloud in the Next Year

  • 2011: 20%
  • 2012: 25%
  • 2013: 24%
  • 2014: 18%
  • 2015: 16%
  • 2016: 16%

Plan to use Cloud Within the Next 3 Years

  • 2011: 21%
  • 2012: 18%
  • 2013: 15%
  • 2014: 13%
  • 2015: 11%
  • 2016: 14%

The Most Popular Applications for Cloud Solutions

  • Email / Messaging – 47%
  • Collaboration & Conferencing Solutions – 41%
  • Secure File Sharing & Storage – 33%
  • CRM & SFA – 31%
  • Data Storage & Data Management – 29%

Top Factors to Consider With Cloud Migration

  • The sensitivity of the data being accessed by the app – 82%
  • The importance of the app to daily business operations – 76%
  • The cost associated with migrating the app – 74%

Cloud Computing Research Findings – IT Budgets

  • 28% of IT budgets will be allocated to cloud in within the next year
  • The average cloud investment is $1.6M
  • The average cloud investment for an enterprise is $3M
  • The average cloud investment for an SMB is $286K

Cloud Computing Research Findings – Who Influences Cloud Purchases

  • CIO or Top IT Exec – 84%
  • CEO – 77%
  • IT Architect – 72%
  • CFO – 72%
  • CSO / CISO / Head of Security – 69%

Cloud Computing Research Findings – Business Outcomes Desired for Cloud Technologies

  • Lower TCO – 42%
  • Replace on-premise legacy technologies – 35%
  • Enable business continuity – 33%

Cloud Computing Research Findings - Cloud Models in UseCloud Computing Research Findings – Cloud Models in Practice

  • Private Cloud – 62%
  • Public Cloud – 60%
  • Hybrid Cloud – 26%

Cloud Computing Research Findings – Cloud Models Planned (next 18 months)

  • Private Cloud – 23% moving to 28%
  • Public Cloud – 15% moving to 22%
  • Hybrid Cloud – 7% moving to 10%

Cloud Computing Research Findings – New Roles

  • 70% of Enterprise Creating New Cloud Computing Roles
  • 35% are adding Cloud Architect / Engineer
  • 30% are adding Cloud Systems Administrator
  • 29% are adding Security Architect / Engineer

Cloud Computing Research Findings – Top Challenges for Cloud Computing

  • Concerns about where data is stored: 53%
  • Concerns about security: 52%
  • Concerns about vendor lock-in: 44%

Top Challenges for Cloud Computing: Private

  • Concerns about vendor lock-in: 24%
  • Lack of the right skill sets to manage: 22%
  • Concerns about security: 21%
  • Cloud Computing Research – Top Challenges for Cloud Computing: Public
  • Concerns about where data is stored: 43%
  • Concerns about security: 41%
  • Concerns about vendor lock-in: 21%

Top Challenges for Cloud Computing: Hybrid

  • Concerns about security: 24%
  • Concerns about where data is stored: 19%
  • Concerns about vendor lock-in: 18%
  • Lack of the right skill sets to manage: 18%

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