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cloud innovation survey 2013North America is still viewed as the leader in cloud innovation – thanks to the extensive support on startups, although the Asian region is still the leader in term of cloud-related job creations.

According to a recent cloud computing survey, Informa Cloud World Forum Global Insights Survey, commissioned by Informa Telecoms & Media and the Cloud World Forum, despite the fact that cloud computing is viewed as a key driver of economic competitiveness, European countries are losing in the cloud innovation race.

North America is still the leader of cloud computing market development and innovation (mentioned by 70% of respondents,) followed by Asia (15%)

How about Europe? Only 8 percent of respondents believe that European countries lead in cloud innovation.

The United Kingdom is viewed as the most innovative in the European region; The United States is leading in North America while Japan and Singapore are the two cloud innovation giants in Asia.

What are the main issues causing the lack of cloud innovation in the Europe?

The main culprit is said to be the Government’s support. The lack of incentives and the overall entrepreneurial culture in Europe has made access to funding difficult.

“Europe produces many cloud innovators, but they often leave to get funding – usually to the United States which has an excellent start-up culture,” said Camille Mendler, principal analyst at Informa.

One thing for sure, we can’t deny the fact that the cloud rules in a region’s economy; it also responsible for job creation, which also a strong indicator of economic competitiveness of a country/region.

By 2015, cloud computing sector will contribute 1 million cloud-related jobs in the U.S. In Asia, China, India and Indonesia will contribute 7 million new cloud-related jobs by 2015. Worldwide cloud job creations total: 14 million by 2015.

As you can see, the cloud plays a big role, indeed. European countries seem to get just the crumbs of the cloud job pie. This has got to change for the better or European region’s economy.

Released as part of the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum, London, UK. on 26-27 June 2013, The Informa Cloud World Forum Global Insights Survey is an ongoing review of the marketplace.

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cloud computing roiIDG Enterprise has just released cloud computing survey results regarding cloud computing adoption, usage, investment plans and vendor requirements, according to a Marketwire press release. The survey on 1,650 IT and security decision makers reveals some interesting fact – one of them is with regard to the costs of cloud computing adoption.

First off, the survey reveals that there is a strong growth in cloud computing investments, indicating that the cloud will remain businesses’ key to competitiveness in the future. 34 percent of respondents’ IT budget is allocated to cloud computing solutions and 63 percent will increase their IT spending in the next 12 months, averaging an increase of 16 percent in spending.

Businesses are ready to spend more on the cloud for the future

Here’s the highlight of the survey, with regard to cloud computing adoption return on investment (ROI): Businesses are ready for an increased short term costs related to cloud computing in exchange for a long term cost savings.

Check it out – 63 percent of survey respondents are either agree or strongly agree that they are focusing on the future, willing to spend more on cloud computing implementation for the future.

Some thoughts on the IDG Enterprise survey results

With regard to cloud adoption ROI, that’s still a cloudy area in cloud computing adoption. I personally not sure that many organizations really calculate the cloud ROI – the lingering uncertainty related to cloud computing, such as cloud security and implementation issues among others contributes to the complexity of cloud ROI calculations.

Here’s a question yet to answer: Is the cloud as good as what’s shown on paper? Will the cloud delivers its promises? Is the cloud really save money in the long term?

Further cloud computing researches will reveal those in time. Meanwhile, it seems that if you are really want to bring your business to the cloud, you need to do your due diligence using the available tools, referring to case studies of others successfully adopting the cloud and save money in the process.

To help you gaining insight, try this white paper on the cloud’s promises and realities – download for free here.

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cloud computing for small businessDespite small and medium businesses (SMBs) are said to be slow adopters of cloud computing compared to personal users, things are about to change. One thing for sure: For SMBs, it’s jump into the cloud bandwagon or die – eventually.

A survey conducted by Business Web Hosting Plans on 500 of its customers reveals that SMBs are cloud-literate and have been using cloud computing solutions for quite some time. The term “cloud computing solutions” here are not only referring to true-cloud solutions, but also web-based apps we use in our everyday life – Yahoo! mail, Google Docs, Facebook, etc.

As expected, all of the respondents are using cloud computing solutions in one way or another. What’s surprising is the fact that 75 percent of respondents have been using cloud-based technology for at least 30 months (2.5 years.) The majority has been using cloud solutions for 30 months (25 percent), followed by 36 months (20 percent.)

In the other hand, regarding cloud computing concerns, the majority of respondents say that security is their top concern (20 percent,) followed by interoperability, compliance and vendor lock-in concerns.

It seems that the future of the cloud is bright; as cloud vendors are working hard to improve their solutions to handle cloud issues, like security, data loss, vendor lock-in, etc., there is no reason why SMBs decide not to adopt cloud computing.

To conclude, here’s a cloud computing testimonial coming from one of the respondents of the survey:

“Around two years ago we switched our data backup from an on-site solution to a cloud based on. Our old setup was comprised of a six-disk array that required its own power source and power backup. While the backups were automatic we were always concerned about having all of our precious data stored on site in case of a fire or natural disaster. Now that all of our staff’s computers are running backup software that sends files to the cloud we have almost nothing to think about when it comes to operating our backup infrastructure.”

– Jack M., Perry Auto Leasing LLC – BusinessWebHostingPlans.com customer

That’s pretty much explaining with regard to the benefits of cloud computing for business. So, what do you think? Are you ready to embrace the cloud?

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cloud computing integration issuesCloud services can boost a business’ performance at minimal capital investment on IT infrastructure. However, the price to pay for such perks is rather expensive, I suppose.

As reported by Sooraj Shah of Computing.co.uk, according to a recent research commissioned by Opsview 67 percent of UK IT decision makers worry about how easy their staffs to sign up and install cloud services – almost at will.

Consider this most probable scenario: It seem that due to the affordability and ease of use of cloud services, employees take too much liberty of signing up with a particular cloud service, pay with their credit cards, and charge the unnecessary expenses back to their companies.

Unnecessary expenses? Yes.

Businesses need to pay for expenses on the cloud services that can, allegedly, improve their productivity. Consider this: If your business employs 10 staffs who are proactively signing up with cloud services they think the best for them and their companies, you would end up paying for 10 different cloud services. This is actually the worry of 57 percent respondents of the survey.

The risks of cloud sprawl

To further the above issue – we do know the staffs are just trying their best to work well for their companies. So, they use their newly founded “the ultimate” cloud service and start working on projects and other business tasks with the help of the cloud app.

Alas, not many loyal staffs these days; some of them will quit after a year or two, and decide to take on better jobs elsewhere. The ex-employer is now facing a headache: The projects those staffs are working on are now on different cloud services! And they left without telling their employer how to access the data – if possible. Welcome to cloud sprawl!

So – what to do with the cloud services?

Those issues are headaches to UK’s IT directors – not mentioning other issues raised from such situation: Inability to connect each cloud service (e.g. due to the different cloud apps development platforms) and manage them in such a way that they can work together as a packaged solution. What worse: The have important data get stuck in the ex-employees’ cloud services.

Unfortunately, those are inevitable. Introducing IT policies on signing up cloud services could help, but as we all know, rules are meant to be broken. In my opinion, there is no way a company can control how its staffs should do with cloud services. The same survey confirms: Over 75 percent organizations confess that employees defy IT policy regarding the use of cloud services.

Regarding the survey results, James Peel of Opsview advises for businesses to have a monitoring system allowing them to see the big picture; what cloud services are being used in the business.

One thing for sure, cloud sprawl and counter-productive cloud services sign ups are major issues businesses need to take care about. Establishing a well-defined IT policy and adopting a cloud apps usage monitoring system might help your business.

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cloud computing survey reportI have stumbled on an insightful report from Harvard Business Review on cloud computing. It is a survey on 1,500 global business and technology leaders about their views on cloud computing for business.

The majority think that cloud computing brings them business value and competitive advantage

The cloud computing report, released by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and sponsored by Microsoft, reveals that 85 percent of respondents are planning to use cloud-based tools moderately to extensively over the next three years. Furthermore, 26 percent decision makers said that their companies are enthusihttp://www.cloudbusinessreview.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpastic toward what the cloud can offer them. Those findings are mainly driven by the ability of cloud computing to make their businesses adapt and respond better to changes while reducing overall business costs; adopting the cloud, businesses are becoming more agile, operating in lower overheads, and being encouraged in business growth, innovation and collaboration.

As a “living testament,” look no further than the pioneers in cloud computing adoption: 7 percent of early cloud adopters who have been using cloud computing for more than five years mentioned that the cloud technology has helped them in achieving faster time to market, encouraging effectiveness, lower costs and improve their ability to acquire and integrate new operations. 57 percent of respondents also believe that those early adopters will enjoy great competitive advantages, especially with the more accessible cloud technologies today.

Cloud computing doubts…

How about the rest?

The rest of respondents are taking more cautious steps because they are willing to wait for the fog to be cleared and wait for more evidence of cloud computing benefits. 57 percent of respondents said that they are using limited or no cloud services today, while 36 percent said that their company is cautious or resistant toward cloud computing.

They said that they have yet to fully understand the benefits and risks of cloud computing, and they concerned about the cloud security, cloud outage and cloud lock-in issues. As cloud businesses solve cloud issues better, business and technology leaders will probably more convinced to adopt the cloud.

Cloud computing consensus

Regardless the pros and cons of cloud computing, it’s a widely-accepted fact that cloud computing can offer better ways for businesses to solve business issues, despite the cloud’s shortcomings.

You can download the Harvard Business Review white paper here: How the Cloud Looks from the Top: Achieving Competitive Advantage In the Age of Cloud Computing

So, what’s your view about cloud computing? Is it a legitimate business problem solver? Can it really increase productivity and reduce costs? Please share your opinions by commenting on this article.

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the cloud knowledgeHere is a relatively new survey revealing that small businesses are not that ready to go cloud (at least, they go cloud probably for the wrong reasons): SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey commissioned by Newtek Business Services. The survey reveals that small business owners need to learn more about cloud computing and everything that comes with it.

The survey is based on a poll of about 1,800 small business respondents, telling us pretty much the big picture of what is going on in cloud computing for small business right now (the survey’s May 2011 results): 71 percent of respondents have never heard about cloud computing.

Of the rest 29 percent who have heard about cloud computing, 74 percent can’t describe what cloud computing is.

Regarding the knowledge about IT security, 78 percent of respondents think that their data is secure; they don’t have complete documentation on critical data, information, software and hardware that are stored on-premise IT system. In relation to that, 71 percent of respondents confess that the important data, software and hardware the have are not being backed up off-site.

The question is, when disaster strikes, will small business owners be able to recover the all important data? What about if their system is hacked and get their important data and information stolen? What if their entire business is going down because the cloud they adopt is proven to be not as stable and/or secure as the think (e.g. the Amazon cloud outage, the Microsoft BPOS outage, etc.)?

It seems that small business owners need to learn more about the cloud and collaborate with more cloud-savvy and IT security-savvy people – including hiring one or two.

The cloud computing – with all the benefits and caveats that come with it – can help small businesses to secure their important data, hardware and software – both off-site and on-site. That being said, small business owners need to understand that they need to secure their data on and off the cloud – typically done by creating backups on on-premise IT system and vice versa.

Some cloud adoption tips for small business owners

Small business owners should dig deeper into the world of cloud computing for business before they make any decisions regarding the cloud adoption. Indeed, with all the adverts on cloud computing these days, it’s hard to make a well-informed decision.

The basic rule of thumb in making any business decisions – including technical ones – is to do your due diligence. Have you explore deeper on the cloud solutions you are going to sign up? Have you read reviews on the cloud solutions? Have you discussed the potential caveats with the cloud services with your IT team? Have you consult with cloud-savvy tech consultants?

Don’t falter with all the free offers and the pitched benefits of any cloud solutions and decide to go all the way to the cloud. Instead, use the free trial offers many cloud solution providers offer to test the water.

Be sure to ask a lot of questions to the support team – heck, ask even the most basic questions, such as “what is cloud computing?” to the cloud solutions support team. A good cloud solution should come with a good support team – remember, you will move part or most of your business on the cloud; you need to know with whom you are dealing with, and how savvy they are when it comes to cloud computing solution implementation and troubleshooting.

Why should we do the above, anyway? Well, it’s because if you decide that you are going cloud, you will likely to stick to that provider for a long, long time. Due to cloud lock-in issues, migrating to other cloud solution providers is not an easy task, even for the most cloud-savvy IT people.

Be well-informed – or else…

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cloud computing surveyLast week ending May 22, 2011 features several survey reports telling us the different stories behind all the hype surrounding the benefits of cloud computing for business. Here are the 3 most interesting cloud computing surveys I have stumbled on last week.

Cloud survey #1: Small businesses lack cloud computing knowledge

Here’s the featured survey of the week: A survey commissioned by Verio (SMB online business solutions provider) on 500 small and medium business (SMB) decision makers reveals that despite being beneficial, more than two-thirds of the respondents are not sure whether they will signup with any cloud solutions in the near future.

It seems that SMB decision makers are making decisions in going cloud based on perceived benefits and trends; they are not making decisions based on enough facts and data – not because they are reckless, but because there are very little resources available today to help them understand the cloud more.

The key here is the provision cloud education to help SMB decision makers to make a well-informed decision in adopting the ever-evolving cloud computing technologies. So, I have to say we need more sites like Cloud Business Review to help non-techie business people to understand the cloud better.

Cloud survey #2: European businesses’ CIOs think cloud adoption does not require any investment

If you think you are technophobia and feel that there is no way you can understand the cloud, don’t lose heart. A recent study conducted by Easynet Global Services (a managed service provider) shows an interesting outcome.

57 percent of CIOs participating in the survey believe that their companies’ existing network can handle the cloud without any additional investment; in other words, they believe that adopting the cloud won’t cost them anything.

From those who believe that going cloud would cost them a certain amount from their IT budget, less that one-third respondents are sure that they are able to measure the return on investment (ROI) of the cloud adoption.

Those being said, the respondents somehow acknowledge that cloud computing is beneficial for their business. 55 percent believe that going cloud will result in cost savings; some other advantages of cloud computing is flexibility and scalability.

Well, how do you know that going cloud will do your business good? One of the important things you should consider is by calculating your cloud computing integration ROI. We have such tool available for free – cloud migration ROI calculator.

Cloud survey #3: 70 percent of Interop Las Vegas 2011 attendees lack confident in their cloud strategy

A survey conducted by ScienceLogic Inc. (IT operations and cloud management solutions provider) during Interop Las Vegas – an IT conference and expo – reveals that almost 70 percent of 150 total respondents admit that they do not have confidence in their cloud strategy.

One of the major concerns of is the cloud security and bandwidth issues – 68 percent worry about unauthorized access to the cloud. Another concern involves the potential issues caused by the complexity in managing both virtual and physical resources.

Again, measuring the cloud performance is a big issue. More than a third of respondents are clueless about how to measure cloud performance.

Cloud computing – beneficial, but…

Cloud computing proves to bring plenty of benefit for businesses. However, it’s rapidly evolving; innovation after innovation is being introduced to the market, making things difficult for decision makers to catch up.

Before deciding to go cloud, it’s only logical for businesses to find out as much as they can about going cloud – particularly weighing the benefits and risks of cloud computing; they shouldn’t decide based on hunches and trends.

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