Research from independent analyst house, Gartner, predicting businesses’ adoption of cloud services will expand rapidly over the next five years. The Gartner 2011 CIO Survey predicts that over the next five years cloud adoption among CIOs will rise by 40%.

Cloud computing’s value proposition is huge and people are beginning to see this. Predictions that there will be a 40% rise in adoption amongst CIOs is very encouraging for the industry and supports my vision that the cloud is on the verge of becoming mainstream for businesses of all sizes. Obstacles such as a lack of trust towards cloud computing has caused businesses to be reluctant to invest in cloud services.

Gartner’s survey, which used 2,014 CIO respondents representing over $160bn in corporate and public-sector IT spending, indicated that CIOs will need to ‘reimagine’ IT’s influence on business success. Gartner Executive Programs research head and group vice-president, Mark McDonald said: “The resource realities indicated in the 2011 CIO Agenda Survey raise the urgency and importance of adopting a new infrastructure and operations technologies, such as cloud services and virtualisation.”

If the survey results prove to be correct, the next five years will dispel the negative myths about loss of control and security as professional service vendors will thrive and the customers that rely on them will become more technically agile and cost efficient. With cloud service providers offering a pay-as-you-use model along with improved service levels, and, portable devices enabling anytime, anywhere use, cloud technology is set to reduce costs, increase scalability and change the way businesses operate and adapt dramatically.