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Today, 72% of organizations have at least one application in the cloud or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud, and they are not stopping there. As 56% of technology decision-makers are still investigating where cloud use can be leveraged, it is important to understand usage plans across various cloud service models, investments and business drivers. The 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing study deeply measures all of these areas and ultimately explains the impact cloud computing has on business strategy.

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  • 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud

    Computing Survey

    Insights into the Advancements of

    Enterprise Cloud Adoption

  • Purpose and Methodology

    1

    Survey Sample

    IDG Enterprise 962 respondents

    Audience Base CIO, Computerworld, CSO,

    InfoWorld, ITworld and Network

    World audiences via site pop-

    ups and email invitations

    Survey Method

    Survey Goal

    To measure cloud computing trends among

    technology decision-makers including usage and

    plans across various cloud service and deployment

    models, investments, business drivers and impact

    on business strategy and plans.

    Collection Online Questionnaire

    Number of

    Questions 29 (incl. demographics)

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

  • Steady Increase in Cloud Utilization

    2

    Q. What are your organization's plans with regard to utilizing computing infrastructure or applications via the cloud?

    18%

    25%

    57%

    15%

    24%

    61%

    13%

    18%

    69%

    11%

    16%

    72%

    Plan to use cloud-based applicationsand/or computing infrastructurevia the cloud within 1 to 3 years

    Plan to use cloud-based applicationsand/or computing infrastructure via the

    cloud within the next 12 months

    Have at least one application or a portionof our computing infrastructure in the cloud

    (for example, CRM, application developmentand testing and disaster recovery)

    2015 2014 2013 2012

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

  • Investments Tied to Lowering

    Ongoing & New Costs

    3

    Q. What business goals or objectives are driving investments for cloud initiatives at your organization?

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

    16%

    10%

    20%

    22%

    19%

    26%

    28%

    29%

    50%

    38%

    26%

    44%

    37%

    34%

    11%

    13%

    15%

    18%

    24%

    27%

    29%

    32%

    33%

    34%

    35%

    43%

    46%

    48%

    Expanding revenue opportunities

    Faster return on investment

    Need for real-time information

    Gaining a competitive edge

    Development of new products or services

    Enabling innovation

    Greater flexibility to react to changing market conditions

    Reducing resource waste

    Enabling business continuity

    Improving customer support or services

    Savings on CAPEX (capital expenditures)

    Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

    Speed of deployment

    Replacing on-premise legacy technology

    1,000+

  • Wide Range in Cloud Investments

    4

    Q. Approximately how much will your organization invest in cloud-based services computing

    (including software, services, training and other related costs) in the next 12 months?

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

    11%

    7%

    22%

    11%

    21%

    5% 6%

    1%

    6% 6%

    18%

    13%

    43%

    $10 million ormore

    $5 milllion to$9.9 million

    $1 million to$4.9 million

    $500,000 to$999,999

    $100,000 to$499,999

    $50,000 to$99,999

    Less than$50,000

    1,000+

  • CIO Leads Collaborative Cloud Purchase Process

    5

    Q. How influential are the following groups/individuals during the cloud computing purchase process?

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

    5%

    8%

    12%

    13%

    13%

    14%

    20%

    25%

    33%

    41%

    47%

    48%

    55%

    73%

    26%

    32%

    48%

    45%

    47%

    44%

    20%

    35%

    41%

    36%

    35%

    29%

    25%

    15%

    54%

    41%

    26%

    30%

    26%

    28%

    30%

    24%

    17%

    15%

    9%

    12%

    10%

    6%

    15%

    19%

    14%

    12%

    13%

    14%

    31%

    15%

    9%

    8%

    8%

    11%

    10%

    6%

    Human resources

    CMO

    IT/networking staff

    Application/software developer

    Line of business management

    System integrator

    Chief digital officer

    COO

    CFO

    CEO

    IT management

    CSO/CISO or head of IT security

    CTO/architect/engineer

    CIO or top IT executive

    Significant Influence Some Influence No Influence Don't Know

  • Relinquishing Control of Cloud Solutions

    Keeps Security a Top Challenge

    6

    Q. What are the top three challenges or barriers to implementing a cloud computing strategy for your IT organization?

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

    CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENTING

    A CLOUD STRATEGY 2015 ENTERPRISE SMB

    Concerns about the security of cloud computing

    solutions (risk of unauthorized access, data integrity

    and protection)67% 64% 69%

    Concerns surrounding integration (making information

    available to applications outside the cloud preserving

    a uniform set of access privileges)43% 41% 45%

    Concerns about the ability of cloud computing

    solutions to meet enterprise and/or industry standards35% 42% 30%

    Concerns about information governance (eDiscovery

    and other information management requirements) 30% 38% 24%

    Difficulty measuring ROI/determining accurate

    economic value of cloud solutions27% 27% 27%

    Lack of clear strategy or help from key vendors

    in adapting their applications to cloud computing

    platforms16% 16% 15%

    Business leaders are not receptive to cloud

    computing solutions15% 14% 16%

    Employees are not receptive to cloud computing

    solutions10% 12% 9%

    1 1

    2

    23

    3

    UP FROM

    61% IN 2014

    DOWN FROM

    46% IN 2014

    UP FROM

    27%IN 2014

    DOWN FROM

    35% IN 2014

    DOWN FROM

    30% IN 2014

    DOWN FROM

    20% IN 2014

    UP FROM

    11%IN 2014

    REMAINED

    THE SAME

  • #3

    #4

    #2

    #5

    #1

    #1

    Evidence of Lower TCO Still

    Needed from Vendors

    7

    Q. In which of the following areas would you most appreciate support of ammunition from vendors

    to help you sell the benefits of cloud to internal stakeholders at your company/organization?

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

    Areas Where Help is Needed Selling Public/Private Cloud to Internal

    StakeholdersPublic Cloud Private Cloud

    Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) 23% 21%

    Enabling business continuity 16% 18%

    Replacing on-premise legacy technology 15% 15%

    Improving customer support or services 14% 13%

    Enabling innovation 14% 12%

    Speed of deployment 13% 14%

    Savings on CAPEX (capital expenditures) 13% 15%

    Gaining a competitive edge 10% 9%

    Faster return on investment 10% 11%

    Reducing resource waste 10% 11%

    Greater flexibility to react to changing market conditions 10% 6%

    Expanding revenue opportunities 9% 7%

    Need for real-time information 9% 9%

    Development of new products or services 8% 7%

    INVESTMENT

    DRIVERS

  • Conclusion

    8

    Source: 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

    Cloud investments continue to rise and enterprise organizations are investing significantly more than SMBs.

    Cloud computing investments continue to be driven by lower total cost of ownership, enablement of business continuity and speed of deployment.

    Traditional as-a-service models remain significant, and theres movement towards Storage-as-a-Service, Monitoring-as-a-Service and Disaster-

    Recovery as-a-Service.

    Sensitivity of data and importance to business determine which applications are migrating to the cloud.

    Security remains the top adoption challenge, with over half of organizations saying that vendors must ensure security measures can meet their

    compliance requirements.

    Organizations have strong relationships with cloud vendors, but vendor support is still needed to fully embrace cloud solutions.

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