Cloud Strategies Rank as #1 Priority for IT Departments in 2011


Got your IT department's heads in the cloud yet?

Well according to Unisys, that is where your head should be. They announced the results of two online polls; the first of which found that cloud computing (44%) ranks as organizations’ biggest priority for IT investment in 2011 – followed by support for mobile/end-user devices (24%) and cyber security (17%). The second poll found that 88% of respondents said their organizations was planning some kind of cloud, with close to half (45%) citing a private cloud.

 

These results complement a number of recent findings by other recently conducted surveys:

·         Gartner’s 2011 CIO Agenda Survey which found CIOs expect to adopt new cloud services much faster than originally expected. Currently, 3 percent of CIOs have the majority of IT running in the cloud or on SaaS technologies, a number which is expected to increase to 43% over the next four years; the following represents the top 10 business and technology findings from this survey:

 

Top 10 Business Priorities

Ranking

Top 10 Technology Priorities

Ranking

Increasing enterprise growth

1

Cloud computing

1

Attracting and retaining new customers

2

Virtualization

2

Reducing enterprise costs

3

Mobile technologies

3

Creating new products and services (innovation)

4

IT management

4

Improving business processes

5

Business intelligence

5

Implementing and updating business applications

6

Networking, voice and data communications

6

Improving technical infrastructure

7

Enterprise applications

7

Improving enterprise efficiency

8

Collaboration technologies

8

Improve operations

9

Infrastructure

9

Improving business continuity, risk and security

10

Web 2.0

10

 

·         Unisys’ 2011 Technology Predictions which ranked cloud computing (and more specifically private clouds) as one of the top 6 technology trends, signaling that 2011 will be the year of practicality as organizations turn to technology to make their employees more productive and their mission-critical systems more secure and cost-efficient.

 

In case you have not noticed, all of the large IT vendors are make a big move into offering competitive cloud services.

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