Aug 04, 2014
General Electric and Airbnb take very different approaches to measuring cloud computing's value. Their strategies, plus data from our exclusive survey, show that calculating cloud ROI is far from an exact science.
Among the 392 respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Cloud ROI Survey, 52% of companies say they're using software-as-a-service; 38% use infrastructure-as-a-service. Other data points:
>> 33% of respondents using IaaS say it delivers better results at lower cost than in-house IT, while 37% of SaaS users say the same.
>> 89% of respondents using or evaluating cloud computing say they're somewhat concerned, concerned, or very concerned about runaway cloud costs.
In this report, we:
>> Take a close look at Airbnb's and GE's approaches to cloud computing
>> Provide additional survey data on how other companies are addressing cloud ROI calculations
Respondent breakdown: 32% have 5,000 or more employees; 23% are over 10,000. Education, financial services, and government are well-represented, and 34% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R8050814)
Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 Cloud ROI Survey
Survey Date July 2014
Region North America
Number of Respondents 392
Purpose To determine the extent of cloud computing ROI analysis in the enterprise
Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.