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Cloud computing popularity poised to accelerate

A recent article in InformationWeek  caught my attention for a couple of reasons.  The article is a recap of conclusions reached via surveys conducted by Sandhill Group, a venture capital outfit that reports on computing trends for the investment community. 


Here are the key takeaways from the article:


·         Based on quantitative Web surveys with 511 IT executives and 40 follow-on interviews, spending on the cloud and software-as-a-service is expected to gather speed over the next three years.  And I've seen this really gain pace over the last 12 months, particularly in the area of IT management solutions.


·         Cloud computing will be the “norm”—the way IT is done, via one of five delivery models: SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), private or public clouds and more than likely they will be managed by a set of cloud services enforcing SLAs around security, availability and performance.


·         Business agility is the main reason IT execs will move to the cloud. Development is faster and easier in the cloud, say survey participants.  Cost efficiency (one of the main drivers during the recent recession) is a secondary reason.   Like many people I believe that in the cloud the line between business and IT blurs and to compete IT and business will look to the cloud to decrease time to market and overall agility.


·         The break even point for many SaaS and cloud projects is at three years.  The big savings come from not having to replace infrastructure, one of the survey respondents says.  This is interesting comment because it runs counter to assertion that SaaS is more expensive over time something which I've never found to be true given the competitive environment that SaaS companies face.


The research was conducted by TechWeb, a UBM company that publishes InformationWeek, and by McKinsey & Co. The link to the InformationWeek article is at: http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/app-security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224201242&pgno=1&queryText=&isPrev=


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