Findings: Mobility and Enterprise Collaboration to Drive Cloud Computing
As the mobile culture gains momentum, and mobility and ubiquity become watchwords in the lexicons of Generation Y, the cloud seems to be an attractive proposition. Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert), which examines the future of cloud computing technologies in enterprises across the United States and Europe, confirms the growing migration to the cloud.
"The share of remote and mobile workers is expected to increase over the next three years and change business technology requirements," noted Karolina Olszewska, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
A Web-based survey of 1,028 IT decision-makers working in businesses across the United States and Europe revealed that while an increasing number of businesses were indeed deploying cloud solutions, U.S. companies appeared to be well ahead of their European counterparts because of greater technology advances and better macro-economic conditions.
About 70 percent of U.S. had resorted to using cloud technologies as against 56 percent of European respondents with large enterprises appearing to favor the cloud more than small and medium businesses.
"The majority of cloud-reliant users are in the United States, particularly in manufacturing, and in businesses of 20 to 500 employees, and businesses of over 10,000 employees," noted Olszewska.
Interestingly, when it came to enterprise communications solutions, both the regions exhibited pretty much the same enthusiasm. E-mail servers and collaborative apps appear to have topped the list of enterprise communication solutions that have shifted to the cloud. This perhaps can be partly explained by the growing need to enhance user experience across platforms, networks, services and also enable employees to collaborate in real time and work more effectively.
In spite of the interest being evinced in the cloud, only 57 percent are identified as “cloud reliant”, while 43 percent still view the cloud with trepidation. And, only 27 percent of cloud users have moved their telephony systems to the cloud. Perhaps fragmentation of options creates complexity and challenges for the IT organization, making enterprises hesitate.Still, Frost & Sullivan notes that there are enough reasons to remain optimistic. It observed that although the government vertical sector and small businesses are expected to show the most marked increase in cloud technology adoption, the market for collaborative apps is buoyant.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson