IDG CLOUD

COMPUTING SURVEY
2016
Insight into the Emerging Tools and Technologies
Creating Continuous Cloud Exploration
Purpose and Methodology

1
Source: 2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Use of Cloud Technology Continuously Expanding

69% 72%
70%
61%
57%
51%

25% 24%
20% 18% 16% 16%
21%
18% 14%
15% 13% 11%
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Have at least one application or a portion Plan to use cloud-based applications Plan to use cloud-based applications
of our computing infrastructure in the cloud and/or computing infrastructure via the and/or computing infrastructure
(for example, CRM, application development cloud within the next 12 months via the cloud within 1 to 3 years
and testing and disaster recovery)

Q. What are your organization's plans with regard to utilizing computing infrastructure or applications via the cloud?

2
Source: 2011 - 2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Cloud Commands a Significant Percent of IT Budgets,
With Greater Investments Made by Large Players

Q. What percent of your organization’s total IT budget will be allocated to cloud computing over the next 12 months? AND Q. What percent of
the total IT budget your organization is dedicating to cloud computing will be allocated to each of the following cloud service models over the
next 12 months? AND Q. Approximately how much will your organization invest in cloud-based services computing (including software,
services, training and other related costs) in the next 12 months?
3
Source: 2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Cloud is a C-Suite Investment
INFLUENCE
ENTERPRISE SMB

CIO or Top IT Executive 68% 84% 16% 7% 9% 90% 79%
CEO 49% 77% 28% 12% 11% 74% 81%
CTO 46% 20% 15% 19% 77% 56%
CSO/CISO or Head of IT
Security 40% 29% 16% 15% 80% 59%
IT Architect 37% 72% 35% 16% 12% 84% 62%
CFO 35% 72% 37% 16% 12% 73% 71%
IT/Networking Management 34% 37% 14% 14% 81% 64%
COO 29% 29% 23% 18% 60% 57%
Chief Digital Officer 19% 23% 29% 29% 48% 37%
Engineer 18% 41% 26% 15% 67% 50%
System Integrator 13% 38% 30% 18% 57% 46%
Application/Software
12% 41% 31% 16% 58% 48%
Developer
Line of Business Management 11% 41% 30% 18% 61% 44%

Chief Marketing Officer 9% 29% 39% 22% 41% 36%

Other IT/Networking Staff 9% 40% 31% 19% 55% 44%

Human Resources 4% 21% 56% 19% 28% 23%

Significant Influence Some Influence No Influence Don't Know

Q. How influential are the following groups/individuals during the cloud computing purchase process?
4
Source: 2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Lowering Costs Driving Investments in Cloud

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) 42%
Replacing on-premise legacy
technology 35%
26% 1,000+
Enabling business continuity 33% 39% <1,000
Speed of development 32% Development of new products or
16%
services
Improving customer support or services 27%
Savings on CAPEX (captial Need for real-time information 15%
expenditures) 27%
Gaining a competitive edge 13%
Reducing resource waste 23%
Greater flexibility to react 13%
to changing market conditions 23% To enable big data strategy

Enabling DevOps (Continuous
Enabling innovation 22% Integration/ Continuous 11%
Development)
18% 1,000+
Improve security 22% 25% <1,000 Expanding revenue
10%
Enabling digital business opportunities
transformation 20%
Faster return on investment 9%

Q. What business goals or objectives are driving investments for cloud initiatives at your organization?

5
Source: 2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
But Security & Data Concerns Trump Cost Savings

Challenges to Implementing a Cloud Strategy 2016 2015 2014
Concerns about where data is stored 53% 1 N/A N/A

Concerns about the security of cloud computing solutions (risk of unauthorized access, data integrity and protection) 52% 2 67% 1 61% 1

Concerns about vendor lock-in 44% 3 N/A N/A
Concerns surrounding integration (making info. available to applications outside the cloud, preserving a uniform set of
access privileges)
39% 43% 2 46% 2

Lack of the right skill sets to manage and derive the maximum value from cloud investments 37% N/A N/A

Concerns about the ability of cloud computing solutions to meet enterprise and/or industry standards (compliance) 34% 35% 3 27%

Difficulty measuring ROI/determining accurate economic value of cloud solutions 33% 27% 30%

Concerns about information governance (eDiscovery and other information management requirements) 32% 30% 35% 3

Lack of clear strategy or help from key vendors in adapting their applications to cloud computing platforms 31% 16% 20%

Business leaders are not receptive to cloud computing solutions 25% 15% 11%

Employees are not receptive to cloud computing solutions 18% 10% 10%

Q. What are the top three challenges or barriers to implementing a cloud computing strategy for your IT organization?

6
Source: 2014-2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Focus on Sensitivity & Importance of Data Before Migrating
Applications to the Cloud

The sensitivity of the data accessing or
being accessed by the application 82% 13% 6%

The importance of the application to daily business
operations (mission-critical versus non mission-critical) 76% 17% 7%
The cost associated with migrating the application
(e.g. new technology investments, staff time, training, 74% 19% 7%
etc.)

Ease of use compared to previous method/solution 65% 25% 10%

The amount of legacy code accessed/
used (ability to integrate) 51% 30% 18%

Pressure or requests from LOB leaders, users or other
stakeholders 45% 34% 21%

The age of application 42% 34% 25%

Critical/very important Somewhat important Not at all/not very important

Q. How important are the following at your organization when determining which applications to migrate to the cloud?

7
Source: 2016 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Continue the Conversation

To receive a briefing on the full results from this study, or for more information, please contact your IDG
sales executive or contact us.

For more information on content marketing and lead nurture, explore our resources on this site under
marketing tools, or contact us. We have additional primary research, blogs and white papers to make you
smarter about tech decision makers, and targeted products and programs to help you reach them!

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO STAY ON TOP OF INFORMATION FROM IDG :

To get results from IDG research when it happens,
or any other news, follow us on Twitter: @IDGWorld

Sign up to receive our monthly marketing
newsletter at www.idg.com/newsletter

Visit us on LinkedIn here:
https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/3731/

8

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful