US telco, Verizon recently released a report supposedly ‘illustrating’ the competitive advantages that early cloud adopters have been able to achieve. I haven’t read the gory details, but I would suspect it may be just a tad tainted with their own positioning and brand.
Not to say it was totally useless. According to the author, “it’s the usual plethora of survey statistics concerning cloud adoption, although this stat came as a surprise to CloudTech HQ. The most popular cloud deployment is private (41%) according to respondents, followed by hybrid (35%) and public (13%). This goes at odds with greater public cloud deployment, although a recent article from David Linthicum gives credence to the future of the private cloud as a point of control, or interfaces, into public clouds.
The Verizon report notes, correctly, the correlation between companies cautious about the cloud and private cloud uptake. Yet this also correlates with business value derived from cloud, according to the respondents. The biggest win was simplification of HR and CRM (37%), followed by better delivery of internal resources (33%), and greater ways for employee collaboration (31%).”
What I thought was interesting, is HR, CRM, and collaboration were able to deliver the highest value. Of course, it makes sense. It makes you wonder, many vendors are beginning to push applications to the cloud, and quite frankly some just don’t belong there. The cloud is not a panacea to replace all on-premise applications. It should be pick and choose, and choose carefully.