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Will Cloud Kill The CIO? Survey Says No

Results from the third annual Enterprise Cloud Adoption survey dispel tabloid cloud headlines.

If supermarket tabloids covered enterprise cloud adoption, their headlines would scream “The CIO is Dead,” “Security Concerns are Old News,” and “Cloud Makes Consumption Easy—No External Help Required.” And as we perused these headlines in the checkout line, we would wonder how much truth lay behind the hype.

To distill fact from fiction, the Everest Group launched the Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey in 2012, in conjunction with Cloud Connect and UBM TechWeb. We have just completed the third annual survey of enterprises and vendors and will share the results in Las Vegas on Monday, March 31, at Cloud Connect Summit, co-located with Interop.

Would the supermarket tabloids have it right? Actually, over 75 percent of enterprises believe the IT role is critical for the cloud services ecosystem, which suggests that the CIO’s role is far from reduced.

Our survey also found that more than 70 percent of enterprises prefer private cloud because it offers higher security—a clear indication that security concerns still weigh heavily on the minds of enterprise leaders.

With regard to the issue of simple consumption and self-sufficiency, our survey found that more than 65 percent of enterprises require ‘external help’ for cloud services.

As you can see, our data suggest that many common perceptions about enterprise cloud adoption are far from reality. Fortunately, as salacious as the hype may be, the facts are far more interesting. The survey findings offer valuable perspective on how enterprises are adopting and leveraging cloud computing for competitive advantage.

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas for the Cloud Connect presentation, you can hear the full results of the Enterprise Cloud Adoption survey by tuning in to a free Cloud Connect webcast.

 We won’t have pictures of two-headed aliens or celebrities without their makeup, but we think you’ll find the discussion quite interesting nonetheless.

Join Ivan Pepelnjak for the half-day workshop Infrastructure for Private Clouds. Ivan will cover optimal compute capacity, storage, failure domains and availability zones, network infrastructure, security and more. Register now for Interop Las Vegas and the Cloud Connect Summit. Use the code SMBLOG to get $200 off the current price of Total Access and Conference Passes.

Jimit Arora leads the IT Services research practice, focused on applications, infrastructure, cloud services, and next-generation IT. Jimit's does research on banking, financial services, insurance, and healthcare outsourcing. Before joining Everest in 2005, he managed client ... View Full Bio

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