New CSC Survey of More Than 3,500 Cloud Computing Users
A survey of information technology (IT) decision makers around the globe found that the shift to cloud computing is driven primarily by a desire to connect employees through the multitude of computing devices in use today. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, 33 percent of survey respondents cited accessibility to information through multiple devices as the most important reason for their decision to adopt cloud computing.
- Only 14 percent of companies downsized their IT departments after adopting cloud, while 20 percent of organizations hired more cloud experts.
- 82 percent of all organizations saved money on their last cloud adoption project.
- 23 percent of US organizations and 45 percent of US small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) reported no savings, while 35 percent of US organizations saved less than $20,000.
- Brazilian organizations reaped the most cost benefit with 92 percent saving money, while 70 percent of Australian organizations saved money.
- 65 percent of companies choose cloud subscriptions lasting one year or more.
- 64 percent of organizations say that adopting cloud has helped them reduce waste and lower energy consumption.
- 93 percent of all organizations saw at least one area of improvement in their IT department since adopting cloud.
- 52 percent reported increased data center efficiency and utilization, while 47 percent of companies said they witnessed lower operating costs after cloud adoption.
- 80 percent experienced improvements within six months of moving to the cloud.
- 74 percent of small businesses say that no one in their company resisted the move to the cloud.
- 25 percent of organizations expressed more concern about data security after adopting cloud services.
- 47 percent of organizations in Singapore expressed more concern about data security following cloud adoption, while 47 percent of Brazilian organizations said they are less concerned after switching to cloud.
- United States and Australia lag in preparing employees for cloud adoption with 80 percent and 81 percent of organizations providing any information or training, while 97 percent of Brazilian organizations prepared their employees.
- 48 percent of US government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that US federal agencies adopt a "cloud-first" policy.