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CLOUD INSIGHTS

2018
Exploring the next phase of cloud adoption with a
dive into delivery models and applications
Purpose and Methodology

SURVEY
To measure cloud computing trends among technology decision-makers including: usage
and plans across various cloud service and deployment models, investments, business
drivers and impact on business strategy and plans.

Total Respondents Cloud Computing Average
All survey respondents are involved in the Company Size

550
purchase process for cloud computing and
their organization has, or plans to have, at
least one application, or a portion of their
12,297 Employees
infrastructure, in the cloud.

Collection Method Job Titles

Top Represented Industries
High Tech 20%
Online questionnaire Business management
6%
IT professional Financial Services 11%

Number of
Questions 28 IT management

Other
10%
6% Government/Non-profit
Manufacturing
9%
9%
Executive IT Education 7%
3%
Audience Base Services 7%
CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld,
75% Healthcare 7%
ITworld and Network World tech buyer
Telecommunications & Utilities 6%
audiences via email promotions and
communities Retail, Wholesale and Distribution 5%

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IDGIDG
Communications, Inc.Inc.
Communications, Source: 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Cloud Has Come of Age
69% 72% 70% 73% 77% 1,000+
61% 69% <1,000
57%
51%

25% 24%
20% 18% 17%
16% 16% 15% 1,000+
19% <1,000
21%
18% 14%
15% 13% 10% 7% 1,000+
11%
13% <1,000
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018

Have at least one application or a portion Plan to use cloud-based applications Plan to use cloud-based applications
of our computing infrastructure in the cloud and/or computing infrastructure via the and/or computing infrastructure
(for example, CRM, application development cloud within the next 12 months via the cloud within 1 to 3 years
and testing and disaster recovery)

Q. What are your organization's plans with regard to utilizing computing infrastructure or applications via the cloud?

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IDG Communications, Inc. Source: 2011 - 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Budgets Continue to Grow

48% 45%
SaaS

$2.2M
Up from
$1.62M in
2016

30%
IaaS 30%
30%

PaaS 19%
21% Up from
Other 6% $286K
$3.5M $889K in 2016
2018 2016

Q. What percent of the total IT budget your organization is dedicating to cloud computing will be allocated to each of the following cloud service models over the next 12 months? AND Q.
Approximately how much will your organization invest in cloud-based services computing (including software, services, training and other related costs) in the next 12 months?

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IDG Communications, Inc. Source: 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Cloud Solutions Are Feeding the Need for Speed
1,000+ <1,000

Improving the speed of IT service delivery 71% 76% 66%

Greater flexibility to react to changing market conditions 63% 65% 61%

Enabling business continuity 58% 50% 65%

Improving customer support or services 57% 54% 60%

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) 51% 53% 50%

Replacing proprietary technology 39% 43% 36%

Savings on CAPEX (capital expenditures) 38% 38% 38%

Reducing resource waste 35% 36% 35%

Need for real-time information 32% 26% 38%

Faster return on investment 24% 27% 21%

Q. Please rank the top business goals or objectives that are driving investments in cloud computing initiatives at your organization.

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IDG Communications, Inc. Source: 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Enterprise Organizations Under More Pressure
for Total Cloud Migration

38%
62% 44% 1,000+
31% <1,000

feel pressure to migrate
100% to the cloud
(8% feel pressure from both)
56% 1,000+
69% <1,000 25%
21%

30% 1,000+ 25% 1,000+
19% <1,000 17% <1,000

No Yes, pressure Yes, pressure
from executive from individual
management lines of business
Q. Does your IT department feel pressure to migrate 100% to the cloud? (Select all that apply.)

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IDG Communications, Inc. Source: 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
Striking Shift to Move IT Environments to Cloud
% OF RESPONDENTS USING % OF COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT IN DIFFERENT DELIVERY MODELS
DELIVERY MODELS
NOW IN 18 MONTHS

SaaS PaaS IaaS PaaS
PaaS
9%
14% Non-
Now 89% 61% 73% IaaS
16% cloud
In 18 Non- IaaS 31%
Months
95% 73% 83%
cloud 22%
SaaS 52%
23% SaaS
33%

Q. Approximately, what percent of your organization’s total IT environment (i.e., data, applications, infrastructure, etc., throughout the entire organization) presently leverages each of the
following IT service delivery models and what percent do you expect to leverage each model 18 months from now?

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IDG Communications, Inc. Source: 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Survey
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