We’ve just closed our survey of 350 C-level business and technology executives about the strategies, opportunities, and challenges of migrating to the cloud.
Next we’ll segment responses by industry, company size, region, profitability, and other parameters, and analyze the data to identify broad trends and connections as well as key variations between and among categories.
This will allow us to understand cloud migration strategies for companies from around the United States, approaches to security across industries, and the wants and needs of executives who are looking for cloud and managed services providers.
Check back with us for initial analyses, interesting findings, and other insights we’ll glean from this data. By next month, we’ll have our initial briefing paper, with think pieces and infographics to follow.
Yesterday, we attended the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit here in New York City. Not surprisingly, the cloud—its implications, uses, and future—was a hot topic. Notably, there were opposing viewpoints on the future of the private cloud datacenter model.
Benjamin Fried, Google’s CIO, and Scott Weiss, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, both contended that the private cloud model was dead, saying that public clouds are safer, more secure, and allow for scaled used that private companies cannot compete with or afford. Long live Google and Amazon!
Not so fast, said the senior technology executives on another panel. Mike Capone, Corporate Vice President of Product Development and CIO at ADP and Stephen Little, Xerox’s CIO, disagreed with the death-knell predictions for the private cloud. Both are using private and hybrid-cloud solutions to secure the massive amount of data their respective companies hold and see value in continuing that arrangement.
Other topics also led back to the cloud.
“Big data solutions have been solutions in search of problems,” said Fried.
Confused about all the different clouds floating around out there?
Check out this video for a lucid explanation of the hybrid cloud and how it works.
We can build so much more complex stuff when the basics that bog down deploying and maintaining servers get simplified and commoditized.
Thoughts from Dave Winer, one of the key developers of the tools behind what we now call social media, on the future of cloud services.
The full promise of cloud technology will be realized when it’s delivered the way end-users and developers want it. Getting there will require vendors to listen, not just sell.
This infographic features some big numbers about cloud adoption. For example: 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within six months of migrating to the cloud; the average organization uses 545 cloud services; and the majority of workloads are expected to be processed on the cloud this year.
It’s a little rah-rah for our taste — count on our survey to include more details about challenges and costs — but interesting nonetheless.
Click the image above or here for the full infographic or more statistics.