Verizon Enterprise Solutions is touting a new survey of Harvard Business Review readers which shows that 74% of companies deploying cloud services say they've gained some kind of competitive advantage in the process and another 71% say moving to the cloud reduced complexity of their operations.
The entire report can be downloaded here. Verizon commissioned the survey.
There are still different levels of support for the cloud within the business community, however, as the study shows 35% are enthusiasts, 34% are moderate in their opinion and 22% are still cautious with the remainder reporting no particular standpoint. And those enthusiasts are much more likely to beat the cloud drum -- 56% of them report a significant competitive advantage stemming from using cloud services.
Those same enthusiasts say their companies are more agile and responsive to change since adopting cloud services and cite anytime/anywhere access to data and applications as a plus in enabling greater collaboration.
The other significant chunk of the HBR report looks at how survey respondents are using cloud services to reduce business complexity, which in term is reducing costs. Three-quarters of survey respondents believe cloud will reduce business complexity, two-thirds said it will reduce IT operations complexity and 69% say it will reduce costs. Other perceived benefits are an increase in employee productivity (61%) and responsiveness to customers (53%).
It's also interesting that one of the long-standing concerns about the cloud -- security risks -- is not a problem for this survey group. Almost two-thirds say that cloud either increases security or is neutral in its impact.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading