A new International Data Corporation (IDC) multi-client study, CloudView 2016, shows that 58% of 6,159 organizations surveyed worldwide in December 2015 and January 2016 are embracing the cloud, using public or private cloud services for more than two small applications or workloads. That’s up from just 24% 14 months ago, the firm says.

The top drivers of cloud adoption are around improving resource utilization and staff productivity, the study shows. Despite the increase in organizations embracing and investing in the cloud, only 5% of respondents think they have an "optimized" cloud strategy.

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