IT Takes Charge of the Enterprise's Cloud Strategy
Either the "shadow IT" component of the cloud has been overplayed, or IT departments have made a concerted effort to take the reins of their enterprise cloud strategy. That's one of the conclusions that can be drawn from Verizon's "State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2014", the second annual cloud report to come out of the telecommunications giant. Verizon drew data from a variety of sources, including a survey of 200 of its enterprise customers, research it commissioned on nearly 1,000 other companies, its own usage logs and several third-party research reports. The research shows that enterprises are taking a more sophisticated and formalized approach to cloud adoption, including establishing more IT oversight. "When it comes to enterprise IT and cloud computing, the discussion has decidedly shifted from 'if' to 'how' and 'what,'" says Siki Giunta, senior vice president of cloud services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Increasingly, organizations are adopting a planned life cycle approach to the cloud, recognizing that each and every application has its own unique considerations and cloud migration path."