Sunday, October 11, 2009

Google: IT Departments Moving Toward the Cloud | WebProNews

Google: IT Departments Moving Toward the Cloud WebProNews: "The poll covered 1,125 IT decision-makers. Google has prepared an entire report based on the findings, which is available for perusal here (pdf).

The report covers measurement of IT success, IT's role in communications security and compliance, mapping cloud computing benefits to IT performance metrics, barriers to cloud computing adoption, etc.

'The findings provide some insights on what types of organizations are moving to the cloud, what value they find there, and what the key drivers for and barriers to adoption are,' says Adam Swidler of the Google Postini Services team.

On the Google Enterprise Blog, the company shares some key findings from the survey:

- More than 60% of respondents indicated that the IT department holds the majority of the responsibility for communications security and compliance, but fewer than 20% feel they are well equipped to handle it.

- Email security, web security, and messaging are the cloud applications most widely adopted, and organizations using these applications in the cloud report higher satisfaction than users of traditional platforms.

- Ease of use is cited as the key motivator for transitioning to cloud-based applications.

- Although price is mentioned as a key deterrent for respondents who are not yet using cloud-based apps, value is cited as a key benefit by respondents who already work in the cloud."

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