Thanks in large part to the increasing use of mobile devices for business purposes, the majority of companies in the United States and Europe have made the move to the cloud, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan. Although U.S. organizations lead Europeans in the rate of cloud adoption, the results published in “Future of Cloud Computing Technologies in Enterprises in the United States and Europe” show that companies in both regions are clearly becoming more aware of the benefits of the cloud.
More than half the businesses surveyed have already moved 50% or more of their enterprise communications solutions – particularly e-mail servers and collaborative applications – to the cloud. A quarter of those companies expect that percentage to increase to more than 75% over the next three years.
The study determined that 57% of U.S. and European cloud users are “cloud reliant.” Furthermore, 70% of U.S. and 56% of European respondents currently using cloud technologies find them to be highly effective, indicating that increased exposure to cloud technologies could lead to wider adoption.
The majority of cloud-reliant users are in the United States, particularly in manufacturing and in businesses of 20-500 employees and businesses of more than 10,000 employees, according to Frost & Sullivan research analyst Karolina Olszewska. In the future, the largest growth areas will likely be the government sector and small businesses.
"The share of remote and mobile workers is expected to increase over the next three years and change business technology requirements," concluded Olszewska. "The cost impact of supporting these new business needs will be felt more intensely by IT decision-makers in the United States than those in Europe.
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