IDG ENTERPRISE

CLOUD COMPUTING SURVEY
2016
Insight into the Emerging Tools and Technologies
Creating Continuous Cloud Exploration

Purpose and Methodology

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Source: 2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Use of Cloud Technology Continuously Expanding
69%
51%

20%
21%

2011

57%

25%

18%

2012

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)

72%

70%

61%

24%

18%

16%

15%

13%

11%

2013

2014

2015

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

16%
14%
2016

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

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

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Source: 2011 - 2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Cloud Commands a Significant Percent of IT Budgets,
With Greater Investments Made by Large Players

Q. What percent of your organization’s total IT budget will be allocated to cloud computing over the next 12 months? AND Q. What percent of
the total IT budget your organization is dedicating to cloud computing will be allocated to each of the following cloud service models over the
next 12 months? AND 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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Source: 2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Cloud is a C-Suite Investment
INFLUENCE

49%

CEO

CFO

35%

IT/Networking Management

34%

72%

37%
23%

18%

Engineer
System Integrator
Application/Software
Developer

38%

12%

41%

11%

Line of Business Management
Chief Marketing Officer

9%

Other IT/Networking Staff

9%
4%

Significant Influence

56%

80%

59%

73%

71%

81%

64%

60%

57%

48%

37%

67%

50%

57%

46%

58%

48%

61%

44%

41%

36%

19%

55%

44%

19%

28%

23%

14%
18%
29%
15%
18%

31%

16%

30%

18%
22%

31%

No Influence

77%

12%

56%
Some Influence

81%

16%

39%

21%

74%

62%

30%

40%

79%

84%

26%

29%

90%

12%

29%

41%

SMB

16%

23%

41%

13%

15%

14%

29%

19%

Chief Digital Officer

16%

37%

29%

COO

19%

35%

72%

9%

11%

15%

29%

37%

IT Architect

7%

12%

20%

40%

16%

28%

77%

46%

CTO
CSO/CISO or Head of IT
Security

Human Resources

84%

68%

CIO or Top IT Executive

ENTERPRISE

Don't Know

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

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Source: 2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Lowering Costs Driving Investments in Cloud
42%

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
Replacing on-premise legacy
technology

35%
32%

Speed of development
Improving customer support or services
Savings on CAPEX (captial
expenditures)

26% 1,000+
39% <1,000

33%

Enabling business continuity

27%

Development of new
products or services

16%

27%

Need for real-time
information

15%

Reducing resource waste

23%

Gaining a competitive edge

13%

Greater flexibility to react
to changing market conditions

23%

To enable big data strategy

13%

Enabling DevOps
(Continuous Integration/
Continuous Development)

11%

Expanding revenue
opportunities

10%

Faster return on
investment

9%

Enabling innovation

22%

Improve security

22%

Enabling digital business
transformation

18% 1,000+
25% <1,000

20%

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

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Source: 2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

But Security & Data Concerns Trump Cost Savings
Challenges to Implementing a Cloud Strategy

2016

Concerns about where data is stored

53%

1

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

52%

2

Concerns about vendor lock-in

44%

3

2015

2014

N/A

N/A

67%

1

61% 1

N/A

N/A

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

39%

43% 2

46% 2

Lack of the right skill sets to manage and derive the maximum value from cloud investments

37%

N/A

N/A

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

34%

35% 3

27%

Difficulty measuring ROI/determining accurate economic value of cloud solutions

33%

27%

30%

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

32%

30%

Lack of clear strategy or help from key vendors in adapting their applications to cloud computing platforms

31%

16%

20%

Business leaders are not receptive to cloud computing solutions

25%

15%

11%

Employees are not receptive to cloud computing solutions

18%

10%

10%

35%

3

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

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Source: 2014-2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Focus on Sensitivity & Importance of Data Before
Migrating Applications to the Cloud
The sensitivity of the data accessing or
being accessed by the application

82%

The importance of the application to daily business
operations (mission-critical versus non mission-critical)
The cost associated with migrating the application
(e.g. new technology investments, staff time, training,
etc.)

Pressure or requests from LOB leaders, users or other
stakeholders
The age of application

Critical/very important

76%

17%

7%

74%

19%

7%

65%

Ease of use compared to previous method/solution
The amount of legacy code accessed/
used (ability to integrate)

13% 6%

25%

51%
45%
42%
Somewhat important

10%

30%
34%
34%

18%
21%
25%

Not at all/not very important

Q. How important are the following at your organization when determining which applications to migrate to the cloud?

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Source: 2016 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Conclusion

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