Businesses that have adopted a mature approach to Cloud computing tend to be more focused on business growth than cost reduction, according to a new IBM report written by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The study, named Mapping the Cloud maturity curve, surveyed 784 IT and business executives globally on how mature their organisations are in their approach to Cloud computing. It also forms part of an ongoing EIU research programme, launched in December 2014.
The survey assessed organisations’ progress in achieving five fundamentals of Cloud maturity – aligned strategy, organisational harmony, digital culture, dynamic infrastructure, and good governance.
The study showed Cloud is poised to become the dominant model for IT service delivery, with two in three respondents predicting that 60 per cent or more of the technology services will be delivered via the Cloud in the next three years.
The Economist Intelligence Unit senior editor, Pete Swabey, mentioned that it also indicated high Cloud-maturity organisations are more likely to view “boosting customer demand” and “expanding sales channels” as drivers to Cloud adoption.
In addition, they are also more likely to have achieved revenue growth as a result of their use of the Cloud. This is compared to low Cloud-maturity organisations that are typically more focused on cost reduction and efficiency.
The research also found they are also more likely to say they have the data governance measures required by Cloud in place.
However, Swabey said that security, privacy, and compliance will continue to be the chief barriers to Cloud adoption in the next three years, even among high Cloud-maturity organisations.
“This research reveals that there is still work to be done by IT departments in educating their peers in other divisions about the risks and realities of Cloud,” Swabey added.