To cloud or not to cloud. That is the question. The cloud is most certainly the future but perhaps not just yet plug and play. In a recent KPMG survey, ‘Enabling Business in the Cloud’, the concerns of moving to the cloud are still not diminishing. According to the research, 53% of enterprise executives say that data loss and privacy, risk of intellectual privacy theft (50%), and the impact on their IT organization (49%) are their top three challenges in adopting cloud computing.
Most organizations who use the cloud do so primarily for email. Despite vendor hype I doubt there are many organizations who plop their on-premise environment into the cloud. Over the past year, the cloud has not quite met expectations and has opened new holes to be filled. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and what I call Bring Your Own Application (BYOA), is proving to increase risks in the cloud that are going unmanaged. IT can’t manage what they don’t know exists.
New statistics being published indicate the cloud needs to be managed even more than an on-premise environment. Consider the following:
- The average number of cloud applications in use per organization grew to 508 this quarter (2014) from 461 last quarter
- IT underestimates cloud application usage by 90%
- 36% of business critical applications are in the cloud, and IT isn’t aware of at least half of them
- The majority of data breaches are caused internally, either intentionally or unintentionally. Remember Edward Snowden?
- 100,000 international laws and regulations apply to Fortune 1000, cloud business processes must be developed to address compliance (Ryley, Carlock, & Applewhite, PC)
- Users are still spending 10 hours per week searching for information
- Garbage in – garbage out – up to 69% of information can and should be deleted
I would consider the cloud a challenge, would you?
(Sources: BitGlass, Sky High Networks, Ponemon Institute)