Research: Cloud Software: Where Next?

Aug 15, 2013


2013 Enterprise Applications Survey

When it comes to enterprise applications, don't get too comfortable with neat lines distinguishing cloud, hybrid and on-premises strategies, or with the idea that core apps stay on premises and others go into the cloud. Creative IT leaders and aggressive vendors already are blurring those distinctions.

Our InformationWeek Enterprise Applications Survey has tracked the rise of the cloud for years. In our latest survey, conducted in June, 263 respondents were evenly split on software-as-a-service: 46% are using enterprise SaaS and 46% aren't. That's up from 38% using enterprise SaaS and 51% not using it in our April 2012 survey. (The rest in each survey "don't know.")

The most likely apps to go into the cloud are the ones you might expect: social networking/collaboration apps; email, calendaring and messaging; and CRM. Next come human capital management (HCM), sales-force automation, asset management, financial management, ERP and supply chain management, our survey finds. Nevertheless, 19% do say they're likely to deploy cloud ERP in the next 12 to 24 months (rating it a 4 or 5 on a scale where 5 is "very likely" and 1 is "not at all likely.") (RR7060813)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2013 Enterprise Applications Survey
Survey Date June 2013
Region North America
Number of Respondents 312
Purpose To gauge the state of enterprise applications and business processes, as well as organizations' priorities, in evolving technology over the next 12 months to 24 months.
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.

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