Research has found that despite ongoing discussion around the ‘risks’ involving cloud computing, 94 per cent of UK organisations believe that the technology holds the key to success. Without it, they believe that they will lose the ability to capitalise on new opportunities, fail to keep pace with industry developments and will be constrained by IT, stunting their ability to grow.

In a study, which surveyed 1,500 private and public sector organisations in the UK only seven per cent of organisations said that cloud technology did not form any part of their IT strategy. The significant level of planned investment, with 84 per cent of UK respondents citing that cloud will definitely form part of their IT plan, further cements the cloud’s recognition by organisations as an established and powerful technology asset.

Key findings from the cloud computing research include:

  • Amongst key benefits of the technology that will help contribute to delivering this competitive edge for organisations is the ability to increase speed, and ease of use when it comes to accessing business applications as the most important reason for moving to the cloud (86 per cent)
  • The ability to reduce costs also remains high on the agenda for both public and private sector organisations, at 82 per cent
  • Over two thirds (73 per cent) cited enabling greater business capability as a key consideration when developing cloud strategies
  • Three quarters (76 per cent) believe that moving their IT to the cloud will help to create a technology platform that powers more creative services

Whilst the majority of organisations plan to implement cloud technology, the youth of the market was reflected in respondents’ views on planned spending, with 41 per cent still unsure of exactly what their spend might look like.

With cloud computing technology still in the early stages of adoption, these findings indicate the continuing need for technology providers to offer support for businesses and governments, which reinforces trust in cloud technologies, and enables private and public sector organisations to build long-term cloud strategies with confidence.

These results support the rapid level of adoption we’re seeing for cloud technology. An increasing number of organisations are recognising the benefits that the cloud could bring, not only in business productivity, cost saving, and innovation, but in helping organisations to become more agile, and more competitive too.

But in order to reap the benefits, both public and private sector organisations need to take steps now to establish clearly defined strategies for how this technology will fit within their existing investment, and how it will shape their IT spending going forward.

A hybrid model that combines cloud and on-premise technology offers the best of both worlds, allowing organisations to quickly benefit from cloud innovation while ensuring that data fragmentation across cloud and on-premise IT systems does not inhibit success. The first step toward doing that is to have a clear integration plan in place.

In addition to looking at adoption attitudes towards cloud technology, the research project also sought to gain an insight into what motivates CIOs and CTOs when it comes to selecting and implementing new technology services. The study found that when it comes to investing in new technologies, trust was top of the list for 80 per cent of respondents.

It’s no surprise that trust plays a key role when it comes to an organisation’s investment in new services – these are important, long-term decisions, not to be taken lightly. This research highlights the need to establish and nurture trust in new technologies, to help organisations define and implement new IT strategies and capture the benefits of new innovations.

The cloud has instigated a fundamental shift in the way that information technology has traditionally operated and is for many companies a move into unchartered territory. This provides an opportunity for technology companies to guide organisations through the transition in a transparent manner that promotes confidence and trust.