IT and Business Execs Differ on Cloud Advantages
The cloud has established itself as a valid, value-enhancing computing option rather than just another techno buzzword. Four out of every five new commercial enterprise applications are deployed on cloud platforms, according to industry research, and more than half of Global 1000 companies will store customer-sensitive data in the public cloud by the end of 2016. Yet, while cloud adoption appears to be a must-have for many organizations, the motivating factors that drive this trend differ among IT and business executives, according to a recent survey from Host Analytics. Technology leaders primarily turn to the cloud to achieve better ways to meet compliance requirements, with a secondary goal of improving ROI on IT investments. The business side, however, focuses primarily on ROI. IT execs and their staffs also view the cloud as a means to resolve a lingering issue that affects the bottom line: the abundance of outdated—yet business-critical—on-premise applications. More than 325 CIOs, IT managers and business executives took part in the research, which was conducted by Dimensional Research for Host Analytics.