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Research: 2011 State of Cloud

Research: Cloud Optimization

State of Cloud 2011: Time for Process Maturation

Cloud computing clearly has legs. Our 2011 InformationWeek Analytics State of Cloud Computing Survey showed a 67%  increase in the number of organizations using these services, from 18% in February 2009 to 30% in October 2010; an additional 13% say they plan to use cloud services within 12 months. Initial cost savings and speed to market remain the biggest drivers.

But are we rushing in without rational process, even a clear understanding of problems that need to be addressed? In many cases, yes. There are ominous indicators, in our data and in our work with a range of companies, that organizations continue to underfund or ignore integration, management and monitoring, potentially setting themselves up for a fall. In this report, we’ll delve into six major areas that IT must focus on to avert problems: integration, security, connectivity, monitoring, continuity planning and long-term staffing.

We’ll also discuss a more, dare we say, existential threat. OK, so that’s overstating things. But we do see a disturbing unwillingness of IT teams to fully take ownership of the cloud as a core part of the enterprise technology fabric. Only 29% of organizations using or planning to use the cloud have evaluated its impact on their architectures. Just 20% implement monitoring that watches applications and throughput; 40% don’t have any monitoring program in place. Talk about blind trust.

Finally, how rigorous is your ROI analysis when scoping the cost of deploying a new service in the cloud vs. internally? Unless you go out five years and include our 11 critical areas of consideration, it could be more thorough. We’ll delve into  what CIOs must consider when deciding where any given IT function belongs and explain why standards don’t matter in
the cloud. (R1610111)

PLUS: Exclusive ROI analysis and customizable worksheet

Survey Name: InformationWeek Analytics 2011 State of Cloud
Computing Survey
Survey Date: October 2010
Region: North America
Number of Respondents: 607

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