Cloud Adoption Still in Early Stages for Many Businesses
The research also indicated that, unchecked by IT, many businesses buy cloud solutions without much thought as to how multiple systems will share data.While widespread knowledge of cloud computing benefits has led most to believe that all businesses today live in the cloud, many firms are still in the early stages of adopting the technology, according to a Financial Force-sponsored survey of nearly 150 IT pros. The survey, conducted by ThinkJar and Beagle Research Group, found that 40 percent of survey respondents admitted to using more than four cloud applications at a time, leading to poor internal communication and workflows. "The most surprising finding from the survey was that while we know there's still a long way to go for companies to fully and strategically embrace the cloud, the results showed most organizations are a lot further off than even we realized," Kevin Roberts, director of platform technology at FinancialForce, told eWEEK. "If you add up the numbers in the survey, over 85 percent of companies are using two or more cloud applications to run their business—most use even more." The research also indicated that, unchecked by IT, many business units buy cloud solutions without much thought as to how multiple systems will share data.
"In addition to the obvious budget constraints, some additional hurdles that small businesses face when deploying cloud solutions include failure to look at their deployments strategically," Roberts said.