CLOUD COMPUTING SURVEY

2015

Insights into the Advancements of Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Purpose and Methodology & Respondent Profile

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Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Steady Increase in Cloud Utilization

72%
69%

Have at least one application or a portion
of our computing infrastructure in the cloud
(for example, CRM, application development
and testing and disaster recovery)

61%
57%
16%
18%
24%
25%

Plan to use cloud-based applications
and/or computing infrastructure via the
cloud within the next 12 months

11%
13%
15%
18%

Plan to use cloud-based applications
and/or computing infrastructure
via the cloud within 1 to 3 years

2015

2014

2013

2012

Q. What are your organization's plans with regard to utilizing computing infrastructure or applications via the cloud?

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Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Investments Tied to Lowering
Ongoing & New Costs
Replacing on-premise legacy technology

48%

34%

Speed of deployment

37%

43%
44%

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
Savings on CAPEX (capital expenditures)

35%

26%

34%

Improving customer support or services

Reducing resource waste

29%

50%

32%

29%
28%

Greater flexibility to react to changing market conditions

27%
26%

Enabling innovation
Development of new products or services

19%
18%

Gaining a competitive edge

24%

1,000+

<1,000

22%

15%

Need for real-time information

Expanding revenue opportunities

38%

33%

Enabling business continuity

Faster return on investment

46%

20%
10%
11%

13%
16%

Q. What business goals or objectives are driving investments for cloud initiatives at your organization?

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Wide Range in Cloud Investments

AVERAGE

43%

$1.56M
22%

21%

11%

18%
13%

11%

7%
1%
$10 million or more

6%

6%

5%

6%
1,000+

1%
$5 milllion to $9.9
million

<1,000
$1 million to $4.9
million

$500,000 to
$999,999

$100,000 to
$499,999

$50,000 to $99,999

Less than $50,000

Q. Approximately how much will your organization invest in cloud-based services computing (including software, services, training and other
related costs) in the next 12 months?

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CIO Leads Collaborative Cloud Purchase Process

CIO or top IT executive

73%

CTO/architect/engineer

55%

CSO/CISO or head of IT security

48%

IT management

47%

CEO

System integrator

14%

Line of business management

13%

Application/software developer

13%

IT/networking staff

5%

24%
30%
28%

47%

26%

45%

30%

48%

26%

32%

41%

26%

Significant Influence

54%

Some Influence

No Influence

9%
15%

31%

44%

8%

8%

17%

35%

12%

8%

15%

41%

20%

11%

9%

36%

20%

6%
10%

12%

35%

25%

Chief digital officer

6%
10%

29%

33%

COO

Human resources

25%

41%

CFO

CMO

15%

14%
13%
12%
14%
19%
15%

Don't Know

Q. How influential are the following groups/individuals during the cloud computing purchase process?

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Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Relinquishing Control of Cloud Solutions Keeps Security a
Top Challenge
CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENTING A CLOUD STRATEGY

2015

Concerns about the security of cloud computing solutions (risk of unauthorized access,
data integrity and protection)

67%

Concerns surrounding integration (making information available to applications outside
the cloud preserving a uniform set of access privileges)

43%

Concerns about the ability of cloud computing solutions to meet enterprise and/or
industry standards

35%

Concerns about information governance (eDiscovery and other information management
requirements)

30%

Difficulty measuring ROI/determining accurate economic value of cloud solutions

27%

Lack of clear strategy or help from key vendors
in adapting their applications to cloud computing platforms
Business leaders are not receptive to cloud computing solutions

Employees are not receptive to cloud computing solutions

16%
15%
10%

UP FROM

61%
IN 2014
DOWN FROM

46%
IN 2014
UP FROM

27%
IN 2014
DOWN FROM

35%
IN 2014
DOWN FROM

30%
IN 2014
DOWN FROM

20%
IN 2014
UP FROM

11%
IN 2014

REMAINED
THE SAME

ENTERPRISE

SMB

64%

1

69%

1

41%

3

45%

2

42%

2

30%

3

38%

24%

27%

27%

16%

15%

14%

16%

12%

9%

78%
FINANCE

54%
HEALTH
CARE

Q. What are the top three challenges or barriers to implementing a cloud computing strategy for your IT organization?

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Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Evidence of Lower TCO Still Needed from Vendors
Public Cloud

Private Cloud

INVESTMENT
DRIVERS

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

23%

21%

#1

Enabling business continuity

16%

18%

#1

Replacing on-premise legacy technology

15%

15%

#3

Improving customer support or services

14%

13%

#4

Enabling innovation

14%

12%

Speed of deployment

13%

14%

Savings on CAPEX (capital expenditures)

13%

15%

Gaining a competitive edge

10%

9%

Faster return on investment

10%

11%

Reducing resource waste

10%

11%

Greater flexibility to react to changing market conditions

10%

6%

Expanding revenue opportunities

9%

7%

Need for real-time information

9%

9%

Development of new products or services

8%

7%

Areas Where Help is Needed Selling Public/Private Cloud to Internal Stakeholders

#2

#5

Q. In which of the following areas would you most appreciate support of ammunition from vendors to help you sell the benefits of cloud to
internal stakeholders at your company/organization?

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Conclusion





Cloud investments continue to rise and enterprise organizations are investing significantly more than
SMBs.
Cloud computing investments continue to be driven by lower total cost of ownership, enablement of
business continuity and speed of deployment.
Traditional “as-a-service” models remain significant, and there’s movement towards Storage-as-aService, Monitoring-as-a-Service and Disaster Recovery as-a-Service.
Sensitivity of data and importance to business determine which applications are migrating to the cloud.
Security remains the top adoption challenge, with over half of organizations saying that vendors must
ensure their security can meet their compliance requirements.
Organizations have strong relationships with cloud vendors, but vendor support is still needed to fully
embrace cloud solutions.

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