The move to cloud computing continues to accelerate as organizations advance from limited deployments to more comprehensive cloud strategies, according to new research from CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for the IT industry.

More than half (56%) of the 500 U.S.-based IT and business professionals surveyed in June for CompTIA’s Second Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study say their organization’s investment in cloud computing will increase by 10% or more over the next 12 months.

“This additional investment will likely be accompanied by greater complexity in the overall cloud strategy, such as moving to a hybrid cloud model or adopting more advanced services beyond software-as-a-service,” Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, said in a statement. “Organizations may begin exploring options such as infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, which will allow them to experiment with custom application development.”

While IT departments continue to be the main drivers behind the push to the cloud, the study suggests there’s significant momentum building for individual business groups within organizations to pursue cloud computing solutions. About 21% of the organizations surveyed say they have lines of business that pursue cloud offerings independently of the IT department.

“Most software-as-a-service applications are easily accessible through the Internet, making it relatively easy for business employees to use them without involving the IT staff,” Robinson said. “But there are risks in this approach, as lines of business often do not have the same awareness of security and reliability as the IT department. This has the potential to cause issues with business continuity and data leakage.”

The survey indicates that the increased interest in cloud computing is accompanied by a desire for more education about the technology. Although general understanding of cloud computing has improved dramatically, CompTIA says, many users continue to have questions regarding details of cloud implementation.

The study found that 60% of end users want a clearer definition of cloud computing. Areas where they want more clarity include the types of cloud computing offerings and the types of deployment models.




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