How the Cloud Is Driving Business Transformation

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1 - How the Cloud Is Driving Business TransformationHow the Cloud Is Driving Business Transformation

As cloud computing adds complexity into the IT environment, there will be more demand for solution provider expertise to manage it.

2 - Cloud Use ExpandsCloud Use Expands

84% of companies said their cloud use increased in the last year. About half expect they will be using the cloud for 75% of their workloads by 2018.

3 - Types of Cloud In UseTypes of Cloud In Use

27% are using a private cloud, while 24% are using a public cloud. Another 17% plan to implement private cloud, 13% will adopt public clouds, and 27% and 28%, respectively, are evaluating private and public clouds.

4 - Use of Multiple Cloud ProvidersUse of Multiple Cloud Providers

54% use two to four cloud providers. Half (50%) use a “mix of public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT resources,” and 48% can easily move workloads between clouds.

5 - Mission-Critical Apps Move to the CloudMission-Critical Apps Move to the Cloud

56% reported using the cloud for many mission-critical workloads, while another 31% said they have at least one. A full 88% say the primary reason to move mission-critical workloads into the cloud is to improve responsiveness to the business.

6 - Cloud vs. On-PremiseCloud vs. On-Premise

The availability of the cloud environment is much higher than it is on-premise for 33%, while 27% said it’s a little more. Only 20% said security is much higher in cloud vs. on-premise environments for only, while 20% said it’s a bit higher.

7 - Cloud Computing Drives Business Process Re-engineeringCloud Computing Drives Business Process Re-engineering

69% said the cloud has enabled them to significantly re-engineer a business process. A full 77% said the cloud provides them with a competitive advantage. But only 16% say it’s a significant advantage.

8 - Cloud Enables New Business ModelsCloud Enables New Business Models

37% said the cloud enabled them to adapt their business models. Another 19% are working on it and 25% see potential. Beyond potential cost savings, 40% said the cloud has increased revenue, while 36% said cloud computing has increased profit margins.

9 - Drivers of Cloud Computing AdoptionDrivers of Cloud Computing Adoption

68% are investing in cloud/SaaS apps to reach a business goal; 55% said they need to invest in the alignment of business and IT strategy to meet priorities; and 83% see IT as an opportunity to differentiate, disrupt and gain share.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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