INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

78% of Singapore companies plan to deploy cloud services

And a survey reveals that 47% of Singapore executives are investing on training employees to increase expertise in cloud technologies.

Avanade, a business technology services provider, today announced the results of a global survey, which reveals the rapid growth in public cloud services. Cloud services are becoming more mainstream, which is causing growing pains for many organizations.

Despite challenges, the survey shows cloud computing is maturing in the enterprise as CIOs increasingly look to cloud services to achieve business benefits, such as improved flexibility, reduced costs and helping to speed time to market.

In Singapore, 27 percent have already deployed private cloud services, while an additional 78 percent say they plan to do so in the future.

The survey also reveals a communication chasm. In Singapore, 40 percent of executives report they don’t have open communication with the departments and business unit leaders that may be provisioning their own cloud services.

In terms of overall cloud computing adoption, the survey found 74 percent of companies worldwide are using some form of cloud services today – a 25 percent growth in adoption since Avanade’s September 2009 survey.

Adoption amongst organizations based in Singapore follows closely behind the global average at 67 percent, and amongst those organizations that have yet to implement cloud, 60 percent say it’s on the horizon.

Executives report they are investing in security solutions as well as people to ensure successful cloud deployments. In fact, 64 percent of executives surveyed worldwide, and 47 percent of executives in Singapore, say they are investing in training for new and current employees to increase expertise in cloud technologies.

The survey also shows private cloud deployments are growing – especially where critical, differentiating internal operations and customer services are at stake. Global results of the survey show that 43 percent of companies utilize private clouds today.

The “Has Cloud Computing Matured?” survey was conducted by Kelton Research, an independent research firm, in March to April 2011, and surveyed 573 C-level executives, IT decision makers and business unit leaders at top companies located in 18 countries across North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. 

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