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Good Cloud news to kick off 2015

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Here’s some good news to start the year on: companies that are moving most aggressively to adopt cloud computing are being rewarded with competitive advantage through increased business agility. That’s the finding of a recent survey of 527 Harvard Business Review readers in large and midsize organisations around the world.

HBR found a”remarkable” 74 percent of respondents saying that cloud computing had provided their organisation with competitive advantage, with 30 percent seeing significant advantage, 33 percent seeing some advantage, and 11 percent seeing a little advantage.

Forty-one percent of respondents primarily use private clouds, 35 percent describe their use as hybrid – across both public and private clouds. Only 13 percent said their use of cloud was primarily public.

Business agility led the list of drivers for adopting cloud computing, with 32 percent of respondents saying it was their primary reason for pursuing cloud. This was followed by increased innovation (14 percent), lower costs (14 percent), and the ability to scale up and down in response to variations in business demand (13 percent).Agility, HBR says, is enabled by a reduction in business complexity, and respondents overwhelmingly believed that cloud would help on that front. Twenty-four percent said cloud would reduce business complexity significantly and 47 percent somewhat. Sixty-six percent believed it would reduce complexity in their company’s IT operations and reduce costs. Sixty-one percent believed it would increase employee productivity, and 53 percent believed it would increase responsiveness to customers.

Agility, HBR says, is enabled by a reduction in business complexity, and respondents overwhelmingly believed that cloud would help on that front. Twenty-four percent said cloud would reduce business complexity significantly and 47 percent somewhat. Sixty-six percent believed it would reduce complexity in their company’s IT operations and reduce costs. Sixty-one percent believed it would increase employee productivity, and 53 percent believed it would increase responsiveness to customers.

“Topping the list of realised benefits are the simplification of internal operations, named by 37 percent of respondents; better delivery of internal resources (33 percent); and new ways for employees to work, connect, and collaborate (31 percent),” HBR said. These were followed by faster rollout of new business initiatives to exploit new opportunities (ie agility, at 23 percent) and improved ability to acquire, share, analyse and act on data (including big data, also at 23 percent).

And finally, the myth of cloud insecurity seems to have been firmly busted. “One clear sign that cloud is becoming a trustworthy part of enterprise computing is evident in respondents’ answers around security,” HBR said. “Close to two-thirds (65 percent) say that cloud either increases security (24 percent somewhat and 11.5 percent significantly) or that its impact on security is neutral (29.5 percent).”

If cloud is now a no-brainer, the choice of cloud provider is not. As the foreword from the report’s sponsor notes: “If you want the rewards of cloud, there’s no shortcut: you need the right partner and you need the right plan.”

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