Most companies investing in a cloud solution still look at it as a cost saving model, which is absolutely true. However, there are now a lot of enterprises who are embracing cloud in general and specific virtualization platforms depending on their individual needs and goals. According to a new KPMG study, mobility is now one of the top advantages which enterprises look to leverage by adopting a cloud solution across their infrastructure.
As per the same study, the top reasons with significant percentage of responders marking it as a reason to move to cloud are as below
1. Drive Cost Efficiencies
2. Better Enable Workforce
3. Improve Alignment with Customers / Partners
4. Leverage Data to Provide Insight
5. New Product Development & Innovation
6. Develop New Business Models
7. Shifting To a Global Shared Services Model
8. Faster Time to Market Target
According to KPMG, the executives’ responses indicate much greater cloud usage than what the 2012 survey revealed. And the drivers are far more varied and pivotal to business transformation. While driving cost efficiency remains the primary objective behind rolling out a cloud solution, a surprising objective which came to light is 42 percent of respondents said they are using cloud to better enable a flexible and mobile workforce. 37 percent said their use of cloud is about improving alignment and interaction with customers, suppliers and business partners and 35 percent said they use cloud to better leverage data so they can make better business decisions.
A glance at earlier surveys would tell us that these reasons existed before as well, however, the striking aspect is the different levels of importance each reason for adopting the cloud has. The 2012 survey ranked cost savings at 48% of all responses as the reason to opt for a cloud, while only 28% polled in citing the speed with which a cloud could be rolled out. As Rick Wright, Principal and Global Cloud Enablement Leader at KPMG says “It’s clear now that while organizations may have come to the cloud to reduce costs, it’s not why they stay. The true potential of cloud lies in an organization’s ability to leverage this agile delivery model to transform the business”.
More and more enterprises are discovering newer reasons to implement cloud within their organization. All this goes to show a very important fact – Cost was always the most powerful driver pushing decision makers towards a cloud, but as the technology matures and garners more reliability, enterprises are coming up with innovative and unique reasons to justify an investment in a cloud infrastructure. It only goes to show that virtualization and cloud computing both are here to stay for the longest of all runs!
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