Ahead in the Cloud: The CSC Cloud Usage Index
- Information access to multiple computing devices is the top driver. 33% of companies adopted cloud primarily to access information from any device rather than cut costs. Top reasons for adopting cloud computing:
mobility - 33%; cost - 17%.
- Few companies downsize IT after cloud adoption. After cloud adoption: downsized - 14%; hired - 20%. Only 14% of companies downsized IT after adopting cloud - 20% hired more cloud experts.
- The majority of businesses save money with cloud, but savings are small: 82% of all companies saved money on their last cloud adoption project; 23% of U.S. businesses, and 45% of U.S. small businesses (less than 50
employees) reported no savings while 35% of U.S. businesses saved less than $20.000. Dollars saved, percent of U.S. businesses ($0 - 23%, <$20k - 35%); Percentage of business saving: Brazil - 92%; Australia - 70%.
Brazilian businesses reap the most cost benefit with 92% saving money, while only 70% of Australian businesses saved money.
- Businesses are into the cloud for the long term. 65% of companies choose cloud subscriptions lasting one year or more.
- Cloud computing gives businesses a green boost. 64% of companies say that adopting cloud has helped them reduce waste and lower energy consumption.
- Nearly all businesses boost improvements in IT performance after cloud adoption: Percent of companies seeing improvement - 93%. 93% of all companies saw at least one area of improvement in their IT department
since adopting cloud; Companies reporting 52% increased efficiency and 47% lower costs. 52% reported increased data center efficiency and utilization, while 47% of companies said they witnessed lower operating costs
after cloud adoption; 80% experienced improvements within six months of moving to the cloud.
- Small businesses face less workforce resistance to cloud adoption. 74% of small businesses say that no one in their company resisted the move to the cloud.
- Employee preparation in advance of cloud implementation varies widely: % of companies that prepared employees (United States - 80%, Australia - 81%, Brazil - 97%). U.S. and Australian businesses lag in preparing
employees for cloud adoption with 80% and 81% of companies providing any information or training, while 97% of Brazilian companies prepared their employees.
- Data security concerns do not change significantly after adopting cloud computing: Only 25% of companies expressed more concern about data security after adopting cloud services; 47% of businesses in Singapore
expressed more concern about data security following cloud adoption; 47% of Brazilian companies said they are less concerned after switching to the cloud
- Half of U.S. government IT workers say they've moved work to the cloud: 48% of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that U.S. federal agencies adopt a
"cloud-first" policy; % of U.S. agencies that moved a workflow to the cloud - 48% moved.
These key findings are from a global survey of 3.645 IT decision makers in eight countries conducted independently by TNS and funded by CSC.
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