IDC Publishes Cloud Services Benefits and Challenges

Two charts that will no doubt appear in many ISV and IT PowerPoint slides in the coming months were published this week by IDC:  New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges.

IDC Cloud Services Benefits:
IDC Cloud Services Benefits

IDC Cloud Services Challenges:
IDC Cloud Services Challenges
When it comes to Cloud Services Challenges, it’s interesting to see how Security and Availability ranked so much higher than “In-House Integration.” I’d like to understand how far along some of the IT executives surveyed were when it comes to implementing cloud-based applications, platforms and infrastructure. In my experience, cloud integration is often a checkbox in a SaaS application sales cycle to the line of business, but a significant challenge downstream if not properly managed as early as possible. I completely agree with Chris Boorman in his 2010 Predictions from the World of Data Integration:

“Cloud represents a unique collaborative dilemma for the business and IT. Business users want the ease of use and perceived freedom, while IT is and HAS TO BE concerned with availability, security and data ownership. Security and availability are being resolved to the extent that we now hear of on- premise downtime more frequently than cloud downtime, while security concerns are becoming less worrysome for broad ranges of computing needs. However, the final hurdle is in remaining in control of your most important asset – your data. 2010 will be the year when data integration delivers for the cloud and provides the ease of use that business users require together with the trust and control that IT demands.”

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