Non-IT obstacles getting in way of cloud: Survey

Cloud computing isn’t an easy technology to get into. But according to a recent survey, the big roadblocks to getting a project going aren’t IT-related.

People, process, policy and organizational issues are the biggest obstacles to cloud computing, according to respondents to a survey done by TheInfoPro.

While there is no doubt that cloud computing is poised for explosive growth over the next two years, said Peter ffoulkes, the organization’s research director for cloud computing, these roadblocks are impeding the completion of many projects.

Eighty-three per cent of respondents said they are facing significant roadblocks to deploying their cloud computing initiatives, a nine per cent increase since the end of 2012. IT-related roadblocks have declined to 15 per cent. But 68 per cent said non-IT roadblocks were the problem.

According to a news release briefly describing the results, the survey also found
– Sixty percent of respondents view cloud computing as a natural evolution of IT service delivery and do not allocate separate budgets for cloud computing projects;

–Of those that do have separate budgets for cloud computing, 69 per cent expect their spending to increase in both 2013 and 2014 compared with the prior year;

–While internal, private cloud projects still dominate cloud-related activity (cited by 35 per cent of respondents), in just the past six months infrastructure-as-a-service ( IaaS) and software as a service SaaS activity has doubled to about 30 per cent of the projects mentioned;
— Security is the biggest pain point for IT professionals implementing cloud computing projects.

The semi-annual study is based on extensive live interviews with IT professionals and primary decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in North America and Europe.

TheInfoPro is a division of The 451 Group, which also owns 451 Research, the Uptime Institute and Yankee Group.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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