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Study: Cloud Adoption Growing, Many Executives Consider Themselves 'Cloud Believers'

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Study: Cloud Adoption Growing, Many Executives Consider Themselves 'Cloud Believers'

August 27, 2014
By Casey Houser
Contributing Writer

A recent study shows that cloud-based applications are making their way into all types of businesses. Even those businesses that claim to be non-believers in the technology are often recipients of the cloud in one way or another.

Evolve IP (News - Alert) recently completed a survey of more than 1,250 IT managers and business executives to find out where their companies stand on cloud adoption. The study, "Cloud of Dreams - Adoption of the Cloud in 2014," shows that 88 percent of survey respondents think the future of business lies in cloud service. Furthermore, 70 percent of c-level, vice president, and IT director-level respondents said they consider themselves to be "cloud believers”—those people most convinced of the need for cloud.

Guy Fardone, general manager and COO of Evolve IP, spoke about the trends indicated in the study.

"We continue to see across the board drops in barriers to moving to the cloud and more support from IT managers as they have become more aligned with business executives," Fardone said. "Also, as we have seen in our business, companies looking to move to the cloud on their own are experiencing some hiccups along the way."

The official survey announcement marks one specific metric above all others. Since it is often IT managers who are in charge of introducing, developing, deploying and maintaining cloud systems for entire companies, it is notable that 58 percent of IT managers said they believed in cloud services. That is an increase of 5 percent over the previous year, and it speaks volumes about businesses as a whole. These are the people who lead businesses from a tech perspective, and they often have a lot of say regarding which technologies to drop and which to adopt, so their collective optimism indicates a possible collective optimism for businesses as a whole.

The hiccups Fardone points out, as the study shows are security and privacy. Those two elements are the top two barriers to cloud adoption, and to enhance their chances of being successful with cloud migration while maintaining security and privacy, companies are turning to third parties to help them switch. Respondents showed that 56.5 percent of businesses migrating services to the cloud took in the services of a third party, and of the businesses that migrated once without assistance, 24 percent said they would use a third party their next time through.

Even of people that consider themselves "non-believers," many showed that their companies used at least one cloud service. Microsoft (News - Alert) solutions such as Exchange, Lync, and Office are among the most popular services, and over the past year, Exchange has seen a 21.5 percent growth in deployment while Lync and Office have seen growth of 53 and 63 percent respectively.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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