Cloud Computing

Current Developments and Opportunities

Purpose and Methodology
Survey Sample

Survey Method

Total Respondents

1,672

Collection

Online Questionnaire

Margin of Error

+/- 2.7

Audience Base

CIO, Computerworld, CSO,
InfoWorld, ITworld, Network
World and TechWorld sites
–plus IDG UK, IDG
Sweden, email, and
LinkedIn forums.

Number of
Questions

47 (incl. demographics)

Survey Goal
To measure cloud computing trends among
technology decision-makers including usage
and plans across various cloud service and
deployment models, investments, business
drivers and impact on business strategy and
plans.

Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

1

Organizations Continue to Explore
Cloud Opportunities

Q. Which of the following best describes your organization’s current stance on cloud deployments?
Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

2

Cloud Adoption Grows as a Business Staple
69%
61%
57%

Have at least one application or a
portion of our computing infrastructure
in the cloud (for example, CRM, application
development and testing and disaster recovery)

18%
24%
25%

Plan to use cloud-based applications
and/or computing infrastructure via the
cloud within the next 12 months

13%
15%
18%

Plan to use cloud-based applications
and/or computing infrastructure
via the cloud within 1 to 3 years

2014

2013

2012

Q. What are your organization's plans with regard to utilizing computing infrastructure or applications via the cloud? AND Q. Please rate your level of agreement with
the following statement: My organization is evaluating investments in emerging technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization
as a way to get the most agility out of its cloud investments.
Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

3

Cloud Drives Innovation, Collaboration and
Responsiveness

IT agility

63%

IT innovation

61%

Access to critical business data & applications

56%

Employee collaboration

56%

IT complexity

55%

End-user satisfaction

46%

IT costs
17%

Increasing

Decreasing

Q. How is the use of cloud computing technology impacting the following at your organization?

24%

9%

8%

28%

10%

12%
15%

22%
20%

16%

22%
34%
17%
52%

No impact

10%

25%

4%

23%
20%

12%

26%

7%

42%

17%

11%

49%

Demand for new applications

4

6%

51%

Network bandwidth delivery speeds

Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

6%

58%

Need for specialized IT skills

IT headcount

8%

8%
19%
13%
13%

18%
11%

Not sure

Large Gap in Cloud Spending Between
Enterprise and SMB Organizations
40%

20% 20%
17%
14%

14%
10%

9%
5%

7%
5%

6%
1,000+

1%
$10 million or $5 milllion to
more
$9.9 million

<1,000
$1 million to
$4.9 million

$500,000 to
$999,999

$100,000 to
$499,999

$50,000 to
$99,999

Less than
$50,000

Q. Approximately how much will your organization invest in cloud-based services computing (including software, services, training and other related costs) in the next
12 months?
Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

5

IT Environments Quickly Move to the Cloud
61%

47%
Currently
In 18 months

25%
21%

19%
15%

5%

Private Cloud

Public Cloud

7%

Hybrid Cloud

Non-Cloud

Q. Approximately, what percent of your organization’s total IT environment (data, applications, infrastructure, etc.) presently resides in each of the following, and
will in 18 months?
Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

6

Many External Cloud Projects Return to IT
Do Cloud-Related Projects Come
Back into IT Ownership?

10%

Factors Driving Projects Back
Lack of appropriate skill
sets within department

59%

Security concerns

59%

Need for standardization
(on one platform)

45%
45%

50%
35%

Not enough staff/time to manage
Increasing demand on help
desk/problems by users

32%

Need for more effective
contract negotiations

29%

Request/recommendation
by other department(s)
Yes

No

Not sure

Other

23%
6%

Q. Have you encountered instances where a cloud-related project(s) originally initiated outside of the IT organization (i.e., from other areas of your business)
come back into IT ownership? Q. What are the main factors that drove the project(s) back into IT ownership? BASE: Encountered instances where cloudrelated project(s) that originated outside the IT organization come back into IT ownership
Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

7

Majority Confident in Own Information Security

Confidence in Security
of Information Assets
in the Cloud

Q. Considering the current policies and security measures in place at your organization, how confident are you in the security of the information assets your
organization has placed in the cloud?
Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

8

For More Information…

For more information on this study, please contact Sue
Yanovitch, VP of Marketing at syanovitch@idgenterprise.com

Source: 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study

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