The shift to cloud computing is driven mainly by a desire to connect employees through the multitude of computing devices in use today, according to a survey of information technology decision makers by research firm TNS.

A third of respondents cited accessibility to information through multiple devices as the most important reason for their decision to adopt cloud computing, according to the survey of more than 3,600 IT professionals, sponsored by service provider CSC.

Other top motivating factors of cloud adoption within the enterprise were “accelerating the speed of business”, cited by 21% of respondents, and cutting costs, mentioned by 17%. All of the survey respondents had experience implementing cloud computing within their organizations.

Another key survey finding was that few organizations downsized IT after cloud adoption, with only 14% of the companies shrinking their IT departments after adopting cloud while 20% of the organizations hired more cloud experts.

Some 82% of all organizations say they saved money on their last cloud adoption project – although the savings are small, according to the research And about one quarter (23%) of U.S. organizations and 45% of U.S. small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) reported no savings while 35% of U.S. organizations saved less than $20,000.

Other key findings: 65% of companies choose cloud subscriptions lasting one year or more; 64% of organizations say that adopting cloud services has helped them reduce waste and lower energy consumption; 93% of all organizations saw at least one area of improvement in their IT department since adopting cloud; 52% reported increased data center efficiency and utilization; and 25% of organizations expressed more concern about data security after adopting cloud services.

 

 

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