New Survey Shows Personal Use Impact on Cloud Computing Adoption

Survey Looks at Cloud Computing for 2013Survey Looks at Cloud Computing for 2013

Technology products and services company CDW has released its 2013 State of the Cloud Report. The report provides an assessment of what will drive cloud computing adoption by U.S. companies for eight specific industries, including healthcare. The report found that over 50% of organizations are or will migrate applications or infrastructure to the cloud.  The report points to the personal use of cloud services as a significant factor in influencing organizational decisions.

Key Findings for Healthcare Sector

Who’s making decisions for implementing cloud computing applications/infrastructure:

  • 68% Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer
  • 63% IT Director
  • 44% Non-IT C-level executives

Cloud computing metrics for healthcare:

  • 67% of  IT pros say personal use of cloud has influenced their recommendation to their organization about cloud adoption
  • 47% Say employees’ use of cloud apps/mobile devices is making their organization move faster to the cloud
  • The average percentage of budget IT pros expect to spend on cloud computing in one year is 19%; in four years 29%
  • The average percentage of budget IT pros say they expect to save on cloud computing in one year is 14%; in four years 21%

The survey also looked at the biggest impeding factors to implementing cloud computing in healthcare:

#1 Concerns with security of proprietary data/applications (51%)
#2 Concerns with performance of cloud services (36%)
#3 Concerns with technical aspects of integrating cloud applications/infrastructure with legacy systems (31%)

According to the report, despite challenges in moving to cloud computing, there is a silver lining for organizations implementing or maintaining cloud services. The company estimates current-year savings from cloud computing adoption increased from 10 percent of  IT budgets in 2011 to 13 percent in 2012. CDW expects this savings trend to continue.

You can download the CDW 2013 State of the Cloud Computing here.