Highlights of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research as it appears in "Cloud ROI: Calculating Costs, Benefits, Returns," our report and visual case study evaluating the fiscal consideration companies apply before tapping into the public cloud.
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Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they "often" or "occasionally" need to be able to add capacity to apps and other resources fast. But does the price of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-a-b-i-l-i-t-y in the cloud pay off? That depends in part on the technology (it's generally easier to expand or contract native cloud apps than legacy apps, for instance) and comparable costs of in-house systems. Either way, even "quick" expansion is rarely as simple as some cloud vendors make it sound.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.