Read the CIO Research Center’s survey report on Cloud Computing in India.
Disclosures (as per our full disclosure policy): This research initiative is supported by Microsoft.
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Summary of Key Findings:
- Cloud Computing is no longer considered “hype” by most CIOs. Almost 80% of CIOs believe that it will be an important constituent of their IT strategy within the next one year.
- More than half of the CIO respondents have started evaluating Cloud Computing.
- ‘Cost Savings’ is the most important benefit CIOs are expecting from Cloud Computing. This is followed by better scalability and the ability to switch from Capex to Opex.
- Security continues to be the biggest concern for CIOs when looking at Cloud adoption.
- It’s not about Public Cloud or Private Cloud; it is about both.
- Application Hosting (59%) and E-mail (48%) are seen as preferred services that CIOs expect to have on the Cloud in the near-term.
- According to CIOs, Microsoft is best suited for their organization’s Cloud Computing needs, followed by Amazon, IBM, Google, and Salesforce.
- In Large Enterprises (more than 500 PCs), Microsoft (24%) has emerged the strongest contender for providing Cloud based services, followed by Salesforce (13%) and Amazon (12%).
- In SMEs (less than 500 PCs), Amazon (16%) and Microsoft (16%) have a marginal lead over Google (15%). Google has a much stronger perception among SMEs than among Large Enterprises.
- One out of every four organizations is currently using Cloud Computing for (parts of) its IT.
- Among existing Cloud users, ‘Hosting of Applications’ is the most used service.
- Among existing users (overall), Amazon is the leading vendor, closely followed by Microsoft and Google.
- In Large Enterprises (more than 500 PCs) that are existing users, Microsoft is leading Cloud Computing adoption.
- In existing SME users, Google has gained the most ground as the Cloud Computing vendor.