With that in mind, a recent survey was published showing the current trends in cloud, which appear to have grabbed the attention of a growing number of businesses who believe this is the way to go.
The research asked around 350 CIOs and IT experts what they believed were the hot topics in cloud and how they would benefit the business community. The respondents told researchers that cloud-based business intelligence is probably the major feature that will help grow their businesses in the future. They were particularly interested in the development of Software as a Service.
While enthusiastic, the same business people did sound a note of caution about adopting new systems. The authors of the report, Diane Hagglund told marketwatch.com: “Businesses are investing heavily in cloud computing today.”
She added: “Our research reveals high optimism and expectations among CIOs and IT executives for cloud adoption and value, but also hurdles including the anticipation that IT will end up operating cloud applications bought by other areas of the business and without input from IT.
“In overcoming these and other hurdles to adoption, good communication is essential, but…[there is] one silver lining: BI can help solve problems…”
While the business fraternity that took part in this survey were enthusiastic about the future, ironically only 31% of respondents said that their own business was primarily using web-based operations.
On the other hand a majority – 74% – believe a common business intelligence service will transform their own organisations.