A new survey shows that enterprises around the world are starting to pay more attention to the data recovery implications of shifting key business processes to the cloud.
According to KPMG’s 2014 Cloud Survey, published last week (December 23rd) and comprising the opinions of more than 500 global executives, the risk of data loss and compromised privacy are currently considered the biggest barriers to cloud computing. Some 53 per cent of respondents cited these as their greatest concerns.
When the poll was last conducted in 2012, respondents put cost at the top of the list, indicating that businesses have since become more inclined to see the cloud as a source of efficiency improvements. Security, however, still appears to weigh on decision-makers’ minds.
Nonetheless, the KPMG survey found that a growing number of enterprises are beginning to adopt the cloud for core business processes and to enact “large-scale change”.
For example, 42 per cent of respondents had implemented cloud solutions to enable a more flexible and mobile workforce, while 37 per cent had chosen outsourced IT to improve alignment and interaction with customers, suppliers and business partners.
Asked to describe the gains they had achieved to date, more than half (54 per cent) of executives stated that mobility-focused projects had resulted in an increase in productivity, while 48 per cent pointed to an uptick in employee satisfaction.
Commenting on the survey’s findings, KPMG principal and global cloud enablement leader Rick Wright said: “The clear trend in the data that we have collected shows that, even in the face of significant media attention paid to recent data breaches, global leaders are still willing to embrace the transformative potential of the cloud.”
Last month, UK body the Cloud Industry Forum forecast that 90 per cent of the country’s businesses will have adopted some form of cloud computing by the end of 2015.
It also claimed that 60 per cent will close the year with two or more services in active use, meaning that their data might end up spread across more sources than ever before.
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