Cloud Computing – Adoption in the USA

Forbes Business has just published an interesting review of the “IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study 2012“, looking at the adoption of Cloud technologies by enterprises (i.e. companies) in the USA. Being that the USA have been leading development and adoption of Cloud technologies, it paints an interesting picture of the future for cloud adoption here in the in UK.

 

In summary, it found that 69% of companies in 2014 either have applications or infrastructure running in the cloud today, up from 12% in 2012. Of specific interest to us are the following key concerns voiced by IT leaders in these organisations:

  • The three biggest disconnects holding cloud-based infrastructure back from greater adoption from an IT senior management perspective includes concerns about security (61%), integration challenges (46%) and information governance (35%).
  • IT leaders perceive that line-of-business leaders are most concerned about security (52%), difficulty measuring Return on Investment and determining the accurate economic value of cloud solutions (37%) and a tie between information governance and cloud-based applications being able to meet enterprise and/or industry standards (32%).

 

When asked about current versus future plans, the following scores were recorded for current vs planned future adoption of Cloud technologies for core finance applications:

 

Enterprise Resource Management (ERP):

  • 17% currently migrating
  • 14% planning to migrate in the next 12 months
  • 11% planning to migrate in the next 1-3 years
  • 59% have no plans to migrate

 

Business/Data Analytics:

  • 20% currently migrating
  • 16% planning to migrate in the next 12 months
  • 19% planning to migrate in the next 1-3 years
  • 44% have no plans to migrate

 

Data Storage/Management

  • 28% currently migrating
  • 19% planning to migrate in the next 12 months
  • 18% planning to migrate in the next 1-3 years
  • 34% no plans to migrate

 

Click here for the full Forbes review of the IDG survey (opens in a new page).

Click here for the actual IDG Enterprice Cloud Computing Survey (opens in a new page).