By 2021, companies across industries will devote one-third of their IT budgets to the cloud.
Cloud computing has a significant role to play in businesses across a diverse range of companies. This allows industry players to respond to the current competitive environment as cloud platforms allow operational resilience and provide the required resources. Such platforms also provide an alternative for companies to build their in-house infrastructure. They also allow Internet-based companies to realize the capabilities of plug-and-play scalable computing power. As the pandemic caused by COVID-19 is rapidly expanding, most organizations are now seeking to drive agile services to become resilient during this uncertain time.
In the latest IDG Cloud Computing survey, 81% of the companies involved in the survey are either utilizing a network platform or having at least one cloud application. This pattern is up from 73% in 2018. On the other side, An additional 12 per cent of companies are planning to adopt cloud-enabled applications over the next 12 months, while 6 per cent reported doing so over the next 1 to 3 years.
The survey essentially quantifies the amount of approval to conduct services and applications to the cloud. This is noted that companies’ average cloud spending improved about 59% from 2018 to US$ 73.8 million in 2020. However, the rate of adoption of the cloud has reached over two-thirds in every industry, with higher increasing adoption at 88 per cent in education. The rate of adoption is 87% for manufacturing, 86% for healthcare, and 75% for financial services, with 71% for government and non-profit organizations. The rate of adoption is 87% for manufacturing, 86% for healthcare, and 75% for financial services, with 71% for government and non-profit organizations.
It is no wonder that cloud infrastructure is consistently dominating the corporate world, saving organizations from investing and maintaining costly infrastructure. That’s why most businesses are looking at the cloud as a cost-effective platform, expecting to invest 32 per cent of their overall IT budget in 2021, up from 30 per cent in 2018.
It will also increase the demand for remote support services, both human professional resources and cloud software, in particular security or identification. Essentially, the demand for and adoption of VPNs, collaboration suites, endpoint encryption, and cloud platforms and tools will see a massive uptake.
During this time of crisis, businesses are not only looking to secure their business workflows but also to ensure company continuity. Using cloud-enabled offerings, therefore, allows businesses to maintain high availability and reliability for user applications in a cost-effective manner, in particular, to support mobile workers, telecommuters or field-based workers.
On the “forever WFH” front, the company said 74 per cent of respondents are expecting new challenges caused by a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, so organizations are implementing a variety of technology changes to prepare for future shutdowns, including:.
- The two strategies most implemented are (choosing all that apply): set up remote access for all workers (57 per cent) and move more applications to the cloud (51 per cent).
- 46 % of respondents are implementing “forever” work-from-home (WFH) strategies. European respondents support the introduction of remote access set-ups and permanent WFH strategies as the top two priorities for the battle against pandemic consequences.
- The U.S. respondents agree on the top priority of favouring remote access setup but differ on the second priority, indicating that moving applications to the cloud were No. 2.