IT consumerization to drive cloud adoption: study

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 13, 2013

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Consumerization of IT is turning out to be a key driver for enterprise cloud adoption. Nearly 75 per cent of IT heads believe that their employees’ personal use of mobile and cloud applications have significantly influenced their decisions to adopt cloud computing, according to a latest CDW survey. Moreover, in its recent report titled “2013 State of the Cloud Report”, 68 per cent respondents mentioned that employee requests for cloud services have gone up in the last two years.

The CDW report indicates that cloud computing is clearly on the rise with 39 per cent businesses reported to have deployed cloud based solutions in 2012 as against 28 per cent in 2011 and the biggest reason for cloud adoption is the consumerization of IT including the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend that has more or less blurred the lines between an employee’s work and personal life.

“By aligning cloud services with critical applications and preferences of employees that use mobile devices, organizations can better capture business value that includes cost savings, increased efficiency, improved employee mobility, and an increased ability to create innovative new products and services,” said Stephen Braat, General Manager, Cloud Solutions at CDW.

However, CDW observes that although cloud adoption is on the rise, there are some basic challenges that continue to plague businesses. Most enterprises still see security as a key factor in cloud adoption that needs to be addressed. Apart from this, 32 per cent respondents cited cloud service performance as a key factor and another 25 per cent pointed out that technical integration of cloud applications and infrastructure with legacy systems are other major barriers to cloud adoption.

Despite these challenges, CDW sees a considerable increase in cloud investment in the next one year. According to Braat, “Although the continued migration to cloud computing has presented new challenges, the benefits continue to outweigh the risks.

Braat said that the fact that personal use of cloud computing among employees and IT professionals is influencing the rate of adoption within enterprises speaks volumes about the emerging business case for cloud computing, and the need for solutions providers to take steps, to expand their portfolio of cloud services.