Cited by 48% of enterprises, enabling mobile users to connect to
cloud services and enterprise networks was the
primary motivation for rolling out software-as-a-service
systems, a 92% year-to-year increase, according to a Yankee Group
survey. Thirty-eight percent of enterprises expect over half
their software applications will be running on a cloud platform
within three years, as compared to just 11% today.
"Mobility is the driving force to cloud adoption," said George
Hamilton, Yankee Group principal analyst and author of the report "
2011 Fast View Survey: Cloud Computing Motivations Evolve to
Mobility and Productivity."
Adoption of private cloud services still outweighs that of public
cloud and managed public cloud services, 63% to
58% and 51%, respectively, though the latter two categories are
making gains, according to the report. These are encouraging
numbers for CHR Solutions clients.
Another step higher in terms of functionality, and complexity, 41%
of very large enterprises (>100,000 employees) have already
deployed or are considering deployment of platform-as-a-service
within the next 12 months. That compares to the 32% of respondents
a year ago.
The familiarity consumers have gained, and continue gaining,
regarding cloud services and mobile applications is driving big
businesses to introduce applications and platforms with the same
capabilities and ease of use, Yankee Group analysts note.