Has your organization migrated to the cloud? If yes, you“™re in good company: A new survey reveals that 28 percent of U.S. organizations are using cloud computing, with 73 percent reporting their introduction to the cloud was through using an implementation of a single cloud application.
Applications found to be the most used in the cloud included email with 50 percent of cloud users, file storage with 39 percent, web and video conferencing with 36 and 32 percent, and online learning at 34 percent.
“Many organizations are carefully and selectively moving into cloud computing, as well they should, because it represents a significant shift in how computing resources are provided and managed,“ said David Cottingham, senior director of managed services at CDW. “With thoughtful planning, organizations can realize benefits that align directly with their organizational goals: consolidated IT infrastructure, reduced IT energy and capital costs and “˜anywhere“™ access to documents and applications.“
Cost reduction seems to be a large incentive for companies who jump into the cloud. About 84 percent of cloud users said they cut application costs by moving to the cloud, saving 21 percent annually on those applications. Cloud respondents, about 34 percent, said they plan to use no more than one-third of the company“™s IT budget for cloud computing by 2016.
Noncloud users reported they plan to spend slightly more than one-quarter of their IT budget in the same time frame.