The Rise of the Cloud

The Rise of the Cloud

Findings From IDG's 2018 Cloud Computing Survey

More and more companies, both large and small, are using the cloud, and adoption rates are growing across delivery models and applications. Close to 90% of companies use it in their IT environment. By 2021, all companies will default to the cloud.

73% of those surveyed have already adopted the cloud

17% plan to adopt it in the next year

9 out of 10 companies will host part of their applications or infrastructure in the cloud by 2019

Software as a Service (SaaS) is the most common cloud service model across companies of all sizes, with 89% usage

What does this all mean? Companies are devoting a bigger piece of their budgets to the cloud. In two years, budgets are up 36% to $2.2 million in 2018.

Which industries are
migrating applications to the cloud?

Across plenty of industries, IT departments are switching over to the cloud (both their applications and infrastructure). Although the cloud isn't always compatible with older systems, companies, especially those in the healthcare industry, are still exploring it as an option. In fact, 38% of all healthcare companies now use the cloud.

Why are companies
switching to the cloud in the next year?

There are a number of different reasons that companies are turning to the cloud. Among the most popular are:

Disaster recovery

Development and testing

System management / Devops

So far, the products that companies have already migrated or are in the process of migrating include: websites and web apps, communication tools, and backup file services.

How do decision-makers
evaluate cloud vendors?

Those with purchasing power settle on which vendor to use in a variety of ways, including:

Product demos and trials

A vendor's website

Peer recommendations and reviews

What are the hurdles facing the lab?

So far, the products that companies have already migrated or are in the process of migrating include: websites and web apps, communication tools, and backup file services.

How can this be fixed?

Organizations can choose to rewrite the entire enterprise system or figure out how to extract the data so it can be shared. In both cases, it isn't easy.

So what does all this
mean for your institution and the lab?

Children's Mercy Hospital CIO and CDO David Chou says that he has noticed that some healthcare organizations are still hesitant to use the cloud because of:
 
• Security fears (which are often overblown)
• Lack of talent within the organization
• Integration issues with outdated/incompatible technology

What are the hurdles facing the lab?

The benefits of using the cloud outweigh any startup challenges. They include agility, speed to market, seamless data-sharing, higher computation of lab values, long-term cost-savings, as well as the security benefits avoided from an on-site attack.

Cloud adoption will only continue in the coming year, and labs must do what they can to increase adoption, which could mean hiring the right talent and upgrading existing systems.

Source: https://www.idg.com/tools-for-marketers/2018-cloud-computing-survey/.


Additional resources

  • 2018 Cloud Computing Survey
    From IDG
    The 2018 IDG Cloud Computing study was conducted to measure cloud computing trends among technology decision-makers, which includes their usage and plans across various cloud service and deployment models, investments, business drivers and impact on business strategy and plans.

  • Here are the first steps to becoming a cloud-first hospital
    By Tom Sullivan
    Like so many IT projects, it starts with culture, according to David Chou, CIO of Children’s Mercy.

  • 83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020
    By Louis Columbus
    The study’s primary goal is to explore the landscape for cloud services in 2020. While the study’s findings are not statistically significant, they do provide a fascinating glimpse into current and future enterprise cloud computing strategies.

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