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Survey reveals Canadian firms among top cloud computing adopters

Results of a global survey conducted by business technology services provider Avanada reveal the rapid growth in the use of public cloud services. Cloud services are becoming more mainstream, which is causing growing pains for many companies.


June 8, 2011  


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Results of a global survey conducted by business technology services provider Avanada reveal the rapid growth in the use of public cloud services. Cloud services are becoming more mainstream, which is causing growing pains for many companies.

One in five executives says it is impossible to manage the disparate cloud services within their organization, while another 60% globally and 71% in Canada are worried about cloud sprawl — the unmanaged adoption of public cloud services within an organization.

Despite these challenges, the survey shows cloud computing is maturing in the enterprise as CIOs increasingly look to cloud services to achieve business benefits, such as improved flexibility, reduced costs and helping to speed  up time to market.

“Just two years ago, Avanade’s 2009 survey found Canada was among the slowest cloud adopters and this year we are one of the top three,” said Benoit Bertrand, vice president and chief technology officer at Avanade Canada. “Further, our 2011 survey shows the barrier to entry for many cloud capabilities continues to lower. In fact, our research shows some cloud services are so easy to use, they are outpacing IT’s ability to manage and control them.”

One in five respondents say they have personally purchased a cloud service without the IT department’s knowledge. While 60% of companies globally and 77% in Canada report they have policies in place that prohibit such actions, respondents say there are no real deterrents for purchasing cloud services by stealth.

The survey also reveals a communication chasm. One-quarter of executives report they don’t have open communication with the departments and business unit leaders that may be provisioning their own cloud services.

“While policy is a place to start, managing cloud sprawl requires a real cooperation and dialogue between CIOs and their business counterparts,” said Tyson Hartman, global chief technology officer at Avanade. “It’s important that companies define a user-centric cloud strategy. With that strategy in hand, it’s much easier to have an open dialogue in discovering what cloud services are already being used, where the gaps are and what new technologies the company should leverage to drive business value.”