Two areas of the tech world that have received a lot of attention recently are the cloud and mobility. Indeed, both cloud-based and mobile solutions such as Office 365 have changed the way that businesses function significantly and for the better. Here's an interesting question, though: Which is more important to businesses right now, being hosted in the cloud or fully mobile?
A recent survey from Cloud Sherpas, a cloud services provider and Google (News - Alert) partner, may have answered this question, though not definitively. The survey actually gauges whether Australian and New Zealand organizations prefer Google Apps or Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365 by identifying major trends and priorities for IT departments in the region — which is where it gets interesting.
Drawing responses from 233 executives, findings show that most indicated strong support for cloud computing. Indeed, 75 percent of respondents said they are considering cloud storage or are in the process of moving to the cloud from their current storage systems. However, mobility was considered by this group as being of greater importance, favored by 70 percent of respondents. Comparatively, only 56 percent cited cloud computing as their current number one priority.
This mobile priority may mean that many organizations in this area will choose or have chosen Google Apps over Office 365 for productivity due to Google's extensive mobile integration with its own Android (News - Alert) platform as well as Apple devices, although to a lesser degree. That said, Office 365 is by no means down and out in this fight as Windows 8 tablets are on their way. The Windows Phone (News - Alert) 8, meanwhile, may very well offer excellent Office 365 integration, but Microsoft has remained silent in regards to the mobile OS' upcoming update.
In March, Cloud Sherpas merged with GlobalOne Group, a cloud solution provider offering strategy, implementation, and support services with a focus on client management, cloud computing and social business. Around that time, Cloud Sherpas raised $20 million in a funding round from Columbia Capital.
Edited by Jamie Epstein