1. The Cloud is the future, the future is now!
2018: 92% of all respondents believe that cloud computing is the future model of IT and 91.5% currently have services deployed in the Cloud.
2012/2013: 87% believed the Cloud was the future for IT and 79% had at least one service in the cloud.
2. In Cloud We Trust.
2018: 72.5% of IT managers consider themselves Cloud believers, the highest number we have recorded since the survey’s inception.
2012/2013: The number was about 20 points lower – just 53% of IT managers said the same.
3. There’s safety in the cloud.
2018: For data security, respondents overwhelmingly pick the Cloud (private and public) over on-premises as the safest solution for their businesses during: environmental incidents (91% vs. 9%), hardware failure (83.5% vs. 16.5%) and malicious attacks (68.5% vs. 31.5%). Private clouds are the preferred option for all three incidents as noted by approximately half of all respondents.
2012/2013: not asked
4. Say “Goodbye” to your telecom closet.
2018: 30% of businesses indicate they will be evaluating or deploying a cloud phone system. Three quarters of them indicate they will do so in the next two years.
2012/2013: Just 17% were considering a cloud phone system
5. Microsoft O365 is hot!
2018: 40% of firms indicate they will be evaluating or deploying Office 365. 70% say this is a project that will happen in the next year.
2012/2013: Only 16.5% were evaluating or deploying Office 365.
6. Compliance is critical.
2018: 72.5% of all respondents note that they have compliance requirements. PCI (38.5%), HIPAA (37%), and SOX (19%) are the top three compliances noted.
2012/2013: not asked
7. Cloud budgets continue to rise.
2018: 46% of businesses indicate their budget for cloud services increased this year while just 7% saw a decrease. This closely mirrors last year’s results where 48% of respondents saw an increase and 5.5% had a decrease.
2012/2013: 43% expected to see an increase in their budget for cloud services. Every year of the survey budgets for “Cloud” have risen.
8. Security concerns continue to fall.
2018: 46.5% cite cloud security as a concern. That’s the lowest reported number since the survey’s inception
2012/2013: 55.5% noted security as a concern
9. I’d like OneCloud provider, please!
2018: 57% of all respondents would prefer having a single cloud service provider handle all of their hosted solutions.
2012/2013: This number has been remarkably consistent every year of the survey. In fact, in 2012 the number was 59%.Click here to download a complimentary copy of our 2018 survey results infographic – complete with custom cloud cartoons.Categories: Cloud Computing