The “Collaborating in the Cloud“ survey shows a majority of business leaders believe cloud helps derive business results, cross-time zone partnerships, processes and new innovations beyond information technology, Cisco said Monday.
Forbes Media polled 532 senior executives from companies with $250 million to $20 billion in sales and interviewed 15 executives from D+M Global, the U.K.’s Essex County Council and Virgin Media.
“Leading companies are doing more to foster cloud-based collaboration“”not only internally, but also with an ever-wider swath of external groups including customers, suppliers, partners, and even regulators,“ said Bruce Rogers, Forbes Media chief insights officer.
Sixty-two percent of respondents and 82 percent of CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs and other IT and non-IT executives said cloud tools enabled businesses to reduce time to market, upgrade products and respond to challenges.
Leaders represented 14 percent of respondents within that sample, Cisco said.
Cloud-based collaboration also helped communication, delivery, information sharing and problem solving, according to 55 percent of respondents and 87 percent of leaders.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents and 90 percent of leaders believe businesses can use cloud collaboration to manage processes for purchasing, manufacturing and selling products, as well as support services.
Business innovation can also arise from cloud partnerships, 59 percent of executives said, while 75 percent said non-IT business executives help to choose, implement and manage cloud tools.
Eric Schoch, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s hosted collaboration solution business unit, said cloud-based collaboration helps roll out voice, video and conferencing technologies for companies.
“As clouds and macroeconomic factors increase the speed of business and collaboration, businesses look to clouds as a means to gain a competitive edge,“ Schoch said.