Cloud Computing

The 2012 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing survey details enterprise cloud strategy and vendor opportunities; examining cloud computing implementation, usage, investment plans, and vendor requirements across a wide range of industries. As the value of cloud computing becomes more apparent to organizations and investments continue to grow, vendors will be able to take advantage of these opportunities as long as they meet specific implementation requirements.

Key findings include:

  • Sixty-three percent of organizations plan to increase their IT budget allocation for cloud computing initiatives over the next 12 months. On average organizations plan to increase cloud computing spending by 16%.
  • Private cloud deployments are currently where the majority of information is stored in the cloud (24%), and the trend will continue to dominate 18 months from now (33%). Additionally, information is stored in other cloud deployment models including public cloud (10% currently, and 16% 18 months from now), community cloud (9% and 8% respectively) and hybrid cloud (8% and 14% respectively).
  • In addition to investing in cloud computing solutions, 68% of organizations strongly agree/agree that the IT organization had to grow skill sets to keep up with cloud developments.
  • Two-thirds of organizations (66%) believe that cloud computing is a very/somewhat important enabler of business innovation.
  • By a significant margin, the number one barrier to implementing cloud strategies is security (70%), followed by concerns about accessing information (40%) and concerns about information governance (37%).

IDG Enterprise’s 2012 Cloud Computing survey was conducted online among the audience of six IDG Enterprise brands – CIO, Computerworld, Network World, CSO, InfoWorld and ITworld, between December 20, 2011 – January 12, 2012. Results are based on 1,682 respondents.

For more information on this study, view the excerpt below. To receive the complete study results contact Sue Yanovitch