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What did half of departmental cloud deployments not include?

March 12, 2016 / Evolve IP

If you looked at information technology as a sports team you’d have a pretty typical cast of characters. You’d rely heavily on Microsoft Mike, the dependable veteran. You’d see David “Desktop” Dell every day in the locker room, after all he’s your annual free-agent signing, and then there would be your franchise player, known only as “The Cloud.” He’s the kid who came up through the ranks practically out of nowhere. The front office loved him from the start, other players were jealous and talked him down but ultimately – he’s delivered and he’s now winning fans across the board.

In Evolve IP’s 2016 survey on cloud adoption we’ve learned that “The Cloud” has gone from promising rookie to the face of the franchise. In fact, based on the results, he has believers in every part of the organization, he is well-liked (even loved), he integrates with virtually everyone, and he is trusted like never before. As you would expect, with this kind of universal appeal, The Cloud is in high demand. 

Monday morning quarterbacks concur. According to Gartner, spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will have a 29.1% CAGR from 2014 – 2019 with sales of $16.5 billion in 2015. Cisco echoes the cheers for The Cloud noting that cloud apps will account for 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019.

Evolve IP’s exclusive research, which also trends statistics going back to 2013, looked at the impact of The Cloud with the following areas of concentration:

  • IT and executive beliefs – Key finding: Executives and IT managers / directors are finally in alignment about the value of the cloud
  • Cloud services adoption trends – Key finding: 91% of all respondents have a service in the cloud
  • Cloud implementations – Key finding: 50% of those that deployed a cloud service ‘in-house’ would outsource the next time
  • Expectations and concerns – Key finding: 62% of respondents feel their data is safest from malicious attacks in the cloud (versus data on premises)/
  • Departmental implementations – Key finding: about 50% of all departmental deployments did not include IT
  • Budgets – Key finding: Over ½ of respondents expect to spend more on the cloud in 2016 than they did in 2015

The survey was exclusively focused on IT professionals and executives involved in approving and/or implementing cloud strategies. 1,080 companies participated in this seminal web-based survey, making it one of the most thorough examinations completed on this topic.

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