Profile of Survey Participants
Key Observations on Cloud Computing
Motivation for Transitioning to Cloud Computing: When we asked owners what their reasons were for moving to cloud computing their top responses were:
The top two reasons are very positive with business owners seeing productivity improvements and access to data to be the key motivations. We found it to be surprising that only 8% approached cloud computing as a cost savings.
13% of owners said they simply would not consider cloud computing for their business. Also, 33% of respondents have never used cloud computing in their business.
Most Common Platforms
The most commonly used cloud computing platforms are:
Challenges Migrating to Cloud Platform
The conversion to cloud-based systems went fairly well on average:
Significantly more companies found converting to cloud-based system to be more costly rather than less costly than expected. 31% found the conversion to be more costly while 22% found it less costly.
Business owners are generally satisfied with their cloud-based systems. On a scale of 1-to-10, with 10 being most satisfied, respondents rated their satisfaction as follows:
Concerns About Information Security
Even though when cloud computing first became available the main concern was information security, this is not nearly the issue it was a few years back. We asked owners how confident they were or are in the security of their information in the cloud. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 was most secure.
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