October 20, 2011 – The percentage of full cloud computing deployments remains small, and the source of resistance comes heavily from non-IT executive managers, according to a new survey from research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey.

The research survey, “Cloud Computing Trends and Needs: How Cloud Adoption is Unfolding and What IT Departments Need as a Result,” questioned IT professionals and business managers at 223 enterprises of various sizes on their cloud strategies and implementations.

The majority of SMBs and large enterprises surveyed were working on a cloud strategy or are in the midst of a deployment. However, adoption of a comprehensive cloud plan within an enterprise was only taken on by 10 percent of large enterprises, 9 percent of mid-sized and 4 percent of small organizations, according to the survey. Greater still was the lack of cloud computing plans at large (12 percent), mid-sized (19 percent) and small (16 percent) of enterprises.

Fifty-two percent of IT managers were the largest group taking proactive approaches to implementing the cloud and championing its possibilities. Most resistant to the cloud were 40 percent of non-IT executive managers and 34 percent of line of business managers, according to the survey. Even with that vast reticence about the cloud from the business side, there are more people on the business side at least thinking critically about cloud options, says Chris Neal, vice president in the technology and telecommunications practice at the research firm.

“This is quite different from just a year or two ago, where they were kind of rolling their eyes at the cloud marketing buzz, saying it was just ASPs or glorified server virtualization. Non-IT executives and LOB managers were just deeply skeptical about public cloud services,” Neal says.

Of those companies moving toward deployment, the top four factors found in the survey were, in order: improvements in cloud-based technologies; logical next step after server virtualization; changing economic conditions; and improvements in security. In addition, 40 percent of respondents from SMBs and large enterprises noted they are or would be likely to pay for third-party security services.

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