More than 90% of companies CompTIA surveyed claim some form of cloud computing. This percentage has continued to edge up in the past few years.
41% of respondents said cloud computing is pushing them in new directions; 36% pointed to customer demand for different services and IT delivery models as a business transformation catalyst.
93% of respondents said the cloud’s impact on the channel has been positive or extremely positive in the last five years. The preliminary data shows that few saw a negative impact.
Four in 10 channel firms expect their cloud revenue to grow by 15% or more in the coming year.
Security remains a major issue in the cloud. “Sometimes it’s so big [of a challenge] that people don’t know what questions to ask,” said Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA.
The public cloud is taking shape around three main players: Amazon, Microsoft and Google, Robinson said. Solution providers are building offerings around major players’ products as well as those of other cloud vendors in the mix.
In a CompTIA survey on mobility, respondents found that its key benefits were keeping employees connected (58%), higher productivity (55%), the ability to reach employees at any time (55%), the improved availability to engage with customers (48%) and the improved ability to collaborate (46%).
Top challenges included the mobile skill level of the general staff (45%), making systems accessible securely (36%), determining the cost/ROI of mobile solutions (33%), the mobility skill level of IT staff (31%) and users not familiar with company policy (30%).
Eight in 10 executives polled in CompTIA’s big data study agreed with the statement: “If we could harness all of our data, we’d be a much stronger business.”
By 2025, millennials will make up three-fourths of the workforce, said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. Millennials will change the DNA of the workplace, he said.
Millennials are versed in Google Docs, Dropbox apps and related consumer technology, “but they sometimes have sticker shock when it comes to technology specific to a vertical industry,” said Carolyn April, director of industry analysis at CompTIA.
“Millennials still want IT staff or solution providers to help them with technology, but they want a seat at the table,” April said.