Enterprises are looking poised to increase their investment in cloud technology in the coming year, while cutting back on local systems, according to IDG's 2016 Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey.
The report found that almost all U.S.-based industries have the cloud in their radar. About 70 percent of all organizations have at least one app or platform running in the cloud – and among those who have more than 1,000 employees that increases to 75 percent. In addition, 90 percent of organizations either use cloud apps or plan to within the next one to three years.
"Enterprises are looking poised to increase their investment in cloud technology."
To make this happen, enterprises are boosting their spending levels. On average, they plan to budget $1.77 million for cloud upgrading purposes. The largest firms with more than 1,000 employees plan to spend at least $10 million.
Despite their enthusiasm for the cloud, the survey makes it clear that businesses have concerns about security. For instance, one worry is that it may be difficult for firms to prevent unauthorized access to data once it is no longer stored on site. In addition, some businesses are concerned that they may not be able to hire people with the right skills to ensure that the cloud adoption process proceeds smoothly.
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