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Industry Insight: Key Enterprise Cloud Computing Trends

Published June 20th, 2016. This is the first in a series of quarterly reports that will track cloud usage trends among enterprise cloud computing users.

From our vantage point, we now see that cloud computing is as significant an enterprise IT phenomenon as the mainframe and client/server computing waves of the past. Enterprise use of cloud computing has evolved from the side lines of shadow IT where departmental users added a specific service to augment ongoing operations (Salesforce.com for example) to the meteoric growth in enterprise usage of private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments for a wide range of applications. Decision making around cloud selection, management and budgeting processes has also evolved from dominance by disparate enterprise Lines of Business (LoB) to centralization and control under enterprise IT. Cloud security was once a major inhibitor to the growth of cloud usage. And while security remains a significant concern, enterprises see a lack of cloud expertise among executives and staff as the primary inhibitor that indicates an overall swing from attitude from negative to positive.

This is the first in a series of quarterly reports that will track cloud usage trends among enterprise cloud computing users. Data gathered for this report includes publically available surveys as well as anecdotal evidence from Evaluator Group’s client base. Here we identify specific trend lines and investigate their implications going forward.

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