We’ve spoken a lot in recent weeks on the rise in cloud adoption and it seems that not only are more companies adopting the technology, but many are feeling a lot more positive about it than they were a year ago. IT industry association CompTIA recently surveyed 500 IT decision-makers to measure how they feel about cloud and found that 85% now feel more positive about moving to the cloud, as opposed to 72% in 2011.
The survey also found that over 8 in 10 companies use cloud, although this is mostly taken up by web email services, as far as other SaaS services go, around 25% said that services such as cloud desktops make up for around 30-50% of their overall IT architecture.
However, over half of those that responded to the survey said they plan to increase spending by 10% over the coming year on improving or deploying cloud services. Whilst half of them also said that cost cutting was high on the agenda as a driver for cloud adoption, others said that they consider cloud a “better option” and a “modernisation of legacy IT”.
However, the downside to the survey showed that some companies have made staff cuts thanks to the adoption of cloud, whilst others have simply restructured their IT team. However, the report pointed out that: “Overall, the complexity in management of new business processes may prove that cloud is not a destroyer of jobs after all, they are simply jobs for new skills in new areas.”
“In some cases, it’s more of a functional shift from not having to do as much maintenance and doing more innovation” survey author Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis at CompTIA, told CIO Journal.
He went on to say that training is being implemented in many cases to ensure staff are up to dealing with every aspect of cloud services and in some cases, extra staff are being taken on to deal with integration and compliance.
The survey highlights the increase in cloud take-up, as more companies come to realise the benefits. This is largely due to a better understanding of how the technology works, how it can help with issues such as backup and compliance.
“This may entail changes to policies and procedures, restructuring of IT departments and use of outside companies,” said Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis, CompTIA.
“This is one of the truly disruptive aspects of the cloud model,” said Carolyn April, director, industry analysis, CompTIA.
“Advanced software for analytics, unified communications, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and other sophisticated technology solutions were often out of the price range or skill set of many businesses,” April continued.
“With cloud-based solutions and delivery and either set monthly pricing or a pay-as-you-go model, these technologies come within the financial reach of even the smallest of small businesses.”
Whilst moving to the cloud may be disruptive for larger organisations who have large, hardware-based infrastructures in place, the positives can’t be denied for either those or small business, the beauty of services such as cloud desktops is that it opens up IT resources previously not available to many.