This Executive Brief is a summary of the white paper:
The Normalisation of Cloud in a Hybrid IT Market UK Cloud Adoption Snapshot & Trends for 2015
• Hybrid IT is an approach to enterprise computing in which an organisation provides and manages some information technology (IT) resources in-house but uses cloud-based services for others.
• A 2014 survey of 250 senior IT and business decision makers across small to medium sized busi- nesses and public sector organisations in the UK was commissioned by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). Its purpose was to reveal trends in the end user community with respect to adoption of cloud services.
• Of the surveyed organisations 20% had 5 to 20 employees and 8% had more than 5,000 employ- ees. The remainder of the organisations fell in between with the largest percentile (26%) having 51 to 200 employees.
• The surveyed organisations operated in a variety of sectors from IT and technology (15%) to hospi- tality (1%).
• The vast majority of organisations (79%) consider the cloud as part of their IT strategy. 72% of or- ganisations consider the cloud when refreshing infrastructure. 61% of organisations run Windows Server 2003 for which support will terminate in July 2015.
• 78% of organisations report running IT with in-house staff. 22% use a managed service provider with the highest concentration of these among organisations with less than 20 employees.
• The survey found that the primary business objective in migrating to the cloud was increasing flexibility in access to technology (80%) and increasing speed of access to technology (79%).
• The major inhibitors to migrating services to the cloud were reported as lack of budget (37%) and investment in legacy systems (34%) followed by security and privacy concerns (31%) and difficul- ties integrating legacy systems with cloud services (27%)
• 75% of organisations surveyed stated that they had security concerns in migrating specific appli- cations to the cloud. 59% reported concerns over data protection and 47% cited as a reason for not using cloud services that they had investments in on-premise systems.
• 9% of respondents reported cost savings in using cloud services but 18% anticipated cost savings in the next 5 years. The greatest number reporting expected cost savings were organisations with under 20 employees.
• 47% of organisations reported that they had a significant competitive advantage using cloud services. Among public sector organisations 71% reported that they had some advantage.
• Almost half the organisations surveyed that did not already use cloud services reported that they anticipated using cloud service applications within the next 12 months.
View the full document here: UK Cloud Adoption Trends For 2015