Four out of five companies now using cloud

News Rene Millman Nov 29, 2012

But doubts over who should drive adoption, report finds.

Over 80 per cent of companies are using the cloud within their infrastructure to some degree, according to a new report.

The study, carried out by IT services company Capgemini, discovered that 81 per cent of organisations are using cloud technologies to some degree and are either maturing or are close to maturity in terms of their cloud adoption.

But nearly a third of organisations said that while the IT department is currently the main driver of Cloud adoption, responsibility for driving cloud adoption is increasingly shifting away from the IT department to the business. Already 45 per cent of all organisations report that individual business units are ultimately responsible for Cloud adoption strategies.

The firm said that the survey of 460 IT leaders and senior business managers at major enterprises worldwide highlighted the growing strategic importance of cloud, with over three quarters (76 per cent) of companies now having a formal strategy in place for cloud computing.

But the company said that confusion still existed around who should be the main driver of cloud adoption strategies within an organisation.

The board is seen as both a driver (29 per cent) and a blocker (28 per cent) suggesting that in many cases, benefiting from the Cloud is still being hindered by a lack of appropriate senior level understanding and commitment.

Ron Tolido, Applications chief technology officer at Capgemini said that the initiative for driving the cloud is shifting from the IT department to the business unit as companies focus more on tangible business value,

“It is safe to conclude that by now the benefits of the cloud are clear and widely understood. The adoption of cloud from an enterprise perspective is however set for major change, increasingly taking a truly strategic role in the organisation - a phenomenon we call ‘Business Cloud’," he said.

“The cloud has rapidly established a new benchmark in terms of how easy, quick and flexible solutions should be available to the business and it puts the alignment between business and IT in a whole new perspective.”

The survey found that cloud migration is being impacted by persistent concerns around cloud adoption, with over 40 per cent of respondents citing continued fears around security as an impediment to the uptake of cloud and only 56 per cent saying they trust the cloud for storing data.

Over a third (35 per cent) also cited issues with data sovereignty around the physical location of data stored in the cloud as a key barrier to adoption, particularly in EMEA. As a result, the report highlights still a preference for private cloud: 40 per cent of organisations cited their preference for off-premise and partner-hosted private cloud and a further 26 per cent cited a preference for on-premise private cloud.