Cloud Computing Adoption Grows, but Hurdles Remain
Security continues to be a strong barrier, with fewer than half (49 percent) of respondents concerned about how secure their data is in the cloud.Nearly half of organizations are using the cloud to fuel revenue generation or new product creation, according to a survey of 1,358 respondents conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners in conjunction with Gigaom Research and 72 collaborating organizations. The company’s fourth annual survey, which analyzed the inhibitors and drivers behind cloud adoption, found 45 percent of businesses said they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud showing how integral cloud is to business. "This wave of cloud computing that's revenue- and new-business driven is good news for long-suffering IT execs,” David Card, vice president of Gigaom Research, said in a statement. “If they can offload tedious but necessary cost-center functions, and refocus resources on cloud-driven new business, they might be able to retake their seat at the C-table." In addition, 56 percent of businesses are using infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technologies to harness elastic computing resources, 41 percent of businesses are using platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technologies to prototype and develop new applications, and adoption of software as a service (SaaS) also appears to be reaching a tipping point.
"With four years of data, we're now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS adoption to 74 percent and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS adoption to 41 percent," Michael Skok, founder of the Future of Cloud program and general partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, said in a statement.