May 4, 2011 – New survey results show that while cloud is getting a lot of hype, most IT professionals do not feel ready to manage it effectively.

In a vendor survey conducted via Web poll by Axios Systems, provider of IT service management, more than half (51 percent) of IT professional respondents did not think their IT service management processes are mature enough to effectively manage cloud-based services. Twenty-six percent of IT professionals think their organizations are ready, while the remaining 23 percent feel unsure.

Adoption of cloud is not in the majority yet, the survey showed. Less than one-third of respondents (28 percent) indicate that their organizations have already adopted a cloud strategy in one or more areas.

Despite the current low rate of use, the market appears to be showing signs of widespread interest in cloud adoption.

In the press release about the survey, Axios cited a Gartner research report "Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing," which identified a "hype cycle" currently affecting cloud-driven business and IT services. In the trajectory of the hype cycle, Gartner holds that cloud use is still emerging.

According to report author David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow, “The hype and momentum around the use of cloud-computing technologies will drive an accelerated pace and movement of cloud-driven business and IT services through the hype cycle milestones at a much faster velocity than other typical items that we normally track. As such, we believe that in less than five years, there will be major shifts and higher adoption ratios,” as quoted in the Axios news release.

Regarding future plans for cloud-based services, 5 percent of respondents have plans to implement cloud services in the next three months. Another 16 percent also have short-term plans to adopt cloud strategies in three-to-six months, with an additional 20 percent of respondents planning to roll out cloud services in six months or beyond.

Some organizations remain unmoved by the cloud hype, as 32 percent of professionals surveyed expressed no current plans to adopt a cloud strategy.

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