Measuring ROI is tricky. In many cases cloud computing will not save money. Yet in appropriate situations the cloud can add value in technology agility and flexibility.
Throughout 2012, Cloud Computing has continued to become commonplace within enterprises worldwide. In order to better understand Cloud adoption and the drivers behind Cloud implementation, The Open Group surveyed IT professionals for the second straight year regarding Cloud initiatives, concerns and ROI measurement mechanisms. The findings of both surveys are compared in this report.
For the Cloud ROI Survey, The Open Group surveyed IT professionals at the C-level, Director and Manager levels - 91.2 percent of whom are either actively researching Cloud Computing for business use or are already implementing Cloud services. According to those surveyed, the key drivers within organizations for implementing Cloud services are cost, timeliness and resource optimization. Other key findings included:
• Private and hybrid clouds remain the most popular deployment options by over 20 percent in 2011 and over 30 percent in 2012
• Fewer organizations have ROI mechanisms in place in 2012 compared to 2011 – 19.5 percent versus 35.4 percent
• Cost, delivered results and speed of operations continue to be the most popular ROI metrics
• The biggest concerns with Cloud continue to be security, integration issues and governance
• A large percentage of respondents in both 2011 and 2012 are creating new information security controls to address security and privacy concerns surrounding the Cloud
• There has been a drop in the level of satisfaction with cloud deployment education (36.6 percent in 2012 v. 51.6 percent in 2011)
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