Security fears are scaring companies away from cloud computing. And while IT execs generally think highly of the cloud idea in abstract, over 80% of companies not yet on the cloud have no plans to integrate “any form of cloud computing” over the next 12 months.
The news comes from a new survey of over 500 C-level execs conducted by Avanade, the Microsoft (MSFT) – Accenture (ACN) joint venture.
Here’s the good news for cloud computing enthusiasts, execs think:
- 71%: Cloud computing is a real technology option
- 80% in US / 65% worldwide: Cloud computing reduces up-front costs
- 70%: Cloud computing makes businesses more flexible
- 62%: Cloud computing helps companies react more quickly to market conditions
So with generally positive views of the cloud, why aren’t execs planning to adopt the tech? The survey found “By a 5-to-1 ratio executives report they trust internal systems over cloud-based systems due to fear about security threats and loss of control of data and systems.”