It’s almost impossible to browse through a software vendor’s website without coming across the same phrases and words. Cloud is one of those terms (you can find it right here on our site), but shows no sign of fading away.

Cloud is here to stay. It’s everywhere, from AWS to Google Drive, and the biggest stalwarts of the pre-cloud era have now migrated to a cloud structure, such as the switch from Office to Office 365 and Adobe’s switch to Creative Cloud.
Salesforce’s famous ‘end of software’ slogan is finally ringing true. New research from IDG reveals that as of 2016, 70% of organizations have at least one application in the cloud. This marks a rise of 19% in the last five years. Although of course this is a significant shift towards cloud adoption, it’s remarkable that almost a third of businesses still operate entirely ‘on the ground’.
Cloud adoption USA

Like with so many business innovations that end up becoming common practice, it’s the large US firms that are leading the charge. 75% of American enterprises have adopted cloud technology, whereas for SMBs its lagging behind at 65%.
cloud adoption company size
These might seem unsurprising at face value, as innovation can seem costlier at smaller firms, but one of the core advantages of cloud services is that they scale perfectly to match the needs – and budgets – of companies of every size. SMBs clearly have some catching up to do.
IT plans for cloud
Despite growth in cloud adoption everywhere you might care to look, currently only an average of 23% of an organization’s IT environment is in private cloud, although this is expected to rise to 28% next year.

What are businesses actually doing in the cloud?

Lowering costs is the biggest driver for firms switching to the cloud, despite the many other advantages offered.
Storage, traditionally one of the most expensive in-house costs to bear, is popular in IT managers’ plans for new cloud projects.
Reasons for embracing cloud
Brian Glynn, chief revenue officer at IDG Enterprise suggested that “we are at a time where companies are not asking if cloud should be used, but how. Enterprises are leading the way on what is possible. Given their human and capital resources they are able to fully test cloud options to help them innovate and provide strong solutions to their customers.”

Buying power

Staff from all over the enterprise are making use of cloud technology – sometimes without the IT department’s knowledge or consent. This kind of Shadow IT is becoming increasingly prevalent as the barriers to install cloud become ever smaller, and the same is true on mobile.
However, for fully sanctioned and large-scale cloud projects, the decision maker tends to be at the C-level or in the IT department for most enterprises.
For SMBs, understandably, the CEO and CFO are more likely to be directly involved.

CIO – 90% CEO – 81%
IT Architect – 84% CIO – 79%
IT Management – 81% CFO – 71%
CSO/CISO – 80% IT Management – 64%
CTO – 77% IT Architect – 62%


What to consider

IDG present three key considerations for any business looking to adopt cloud technologies.

  • Where the data will be stored
  • General security concerns
  • Vendor lock-in

Data not only needs to be securely stored, but it must also be compliant with the relevant legislation. Check with your vendor about where the data for that solution might be stored – it could prevent problems further down the line.
What is clear is that, with the right considerations in mind, cloud is showing no signs on slowing down and that for most enterprises: the sooner they adopt cloud, the better. Glynn puts it well with the following quote.
“Cloud solution providers have a unique opportunity. Fifty-six percent of organizations are exploring opportunities to migrate more applications to the cloud and budgets are strong,” continued Glynn. “Beyond innovative solutions, security needs to take a leading role for success.”
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