As this blog covered last week, many businesses and IT decision-makers are embracing cloud computing technology. Companies are able to access information from anywhere and make decisions faster. These features and benefits have introduced a new platform for organizations to take advantage of, but without the right resources to help adopt it, IT Principals can find themselves unable to get the maximum potential out of a solution.
According to a survey from the Information Services Group, the number of cloud-related contracts signed in the third quarter of this year are up 120 percent over the same period in 2011. The report also pointed out that half of the service providers who responded believe that cloud services grow faster than traditional IT outsourcing.
Stanton Jones, ISG's technology analyst, was interviewed by CIO.com about the study. According to Jones, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) could plant itself in the future of IT.
Jones went on to say that a large percentage of the company's HR outsourcing clients are considering SaaS solutions ahead of communication and collaboration tools and cloud-based IT service management. He did note, however, that successful company-wide deployment is a toss-up.
"Units outside of IT want to move these projects forward, but when they get to the real work of building a business case and negotiations, the projects can bog down because they are focused on features, not the impact to IT, legal, finance and procurement," said Jones.
Cloud technology seems poised to become the innovation of the future that all businesses may need to take advantage of. This puts IT Principals in a position where they need be smart in the IT Channel to ensure they have the ability to adopt the innovation. VARs and MSPs can be leaned on to help businesses that do not have the internal resources to handle the change.