If you were listening to many people within the IT industry, you could have some anxiety. The IT industry currently has so much hype around cloud services you could be forgiven thinking that if I don’t get into the cloud ASAP my business is going to go bust.
But is that really the case? What’s true what’s false? How do I tell?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collected data on the use of cloud services from 6640 Australian business for the first time in 2013-14 and published the results of its survey last week.
Interestingly the results showed the commercial adoption for cloud computing is much more subdued than industry hype may suggest.
Here are some interesting facts:
- According to the data less than one in five reported using paid cloud services.
- Across all company size categories – 59% said “no factors” limited or prevented their use of paid cloud services.
- Among those that did have limitations the most common reason was insufficient knowledge of what is on offer.
- The stats show an interesting proportion of those using cloud services steadily increased across sole traders and small business with fewer than four employees and businesses employing upwards of 200 people.
- The Media and Telecommunication businesses are the nation’s most consistent buyers of cloud computer services.
- Another point was that even in the larger businesses surveyed, those not using cloud services outnumbered those who do.
Amongst the 200+ employee category, the threat of security breach topped the list of cloud fears with more than 30 percent of respondents nominating it as an obstacle. Within this same group concerns over location of data and also the high cost of cloud services were also nominated as hurdles.
Across the whole spectrum, cloud adopters picked simplicity as the most tangible benefit of their business decision over increased productivity, while cost benefits and flexibility came next.
Software-as-a-service was the most popular cloud based product in all business sizes, followed by storage (backup).
More detail on the cloud survey can be found on the ABS website.
To be fair there has been some time lapse since ABS issued this survey however the findings mirror image what we see in our client base. The majority of our clients operate under a hybrid solution maximising the advantages of some cloud offerings while still utilising their on premise capabilities.
So what of the ABS findings?
If I think back to what our clients are telling us – there seems to be a lot of noise around/within the whole IT marketplace. Technology capabilities seem to evolve daily, obviously there has to be some real advantages that the business can realise from these improvements (but what are they and how do you find them?).
The real skill is being able to identify the portion of technology that will deliver real change within your business. And for that you need to engage with a trusted IT partner who understands technology and how to use it, while at the same time and most importantly understand your business needs.
Is your IT partner delivering value?
For independent advice, please contact Tech Precision. We’ll help you relax.
I will leave you with this quote:
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
– Jimmy Dean,
singer, actor and businessman