IBM Pulse 2012: Cloud computing use to double by 2015

The number of businesses using cloud-based delivery models will double over the next three years, according to research published this week by IBM.

IBM Pulse logo

Business use of cloud computing will more than double between now and 2015, as companies look to drive greater agility and competitive advantage.

So claims research by IBM, published this week at its Pulse event in Las Vegas, which suggested those embracing the cloud will find it more advantageous than their non-cloud-focused peers when it comes to launching new products and services and seeking out new revenue streams.

It's a major transition in the industry that will fundamentally transform how business operate and how they can be successful in the future.

The drivers behind this impending surge in cloud adoption all point towards recognition that cloud computing can add an immense amount of value to many areas of business.

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of research respondents cited the ability to increase collaboration with external partners as driving force behind their cloud focus. Costs benefits through vertical integration and new delivery channel and market opportunities were also cited as key drivers by 57 and 56 per cent respectively of business and technology executives.

"Businesses are now looking at leveraging the cloud for business differentiation. This is very exciting," said Angel Diaz, IBM's vice president for software standards.

"It's the movement of cloud as a cost-cutting measure to a competitive differentiator."

While it's clear cloud computing is gaining momentum in the enterprise space, businesses must be mindful of how to approach it from a skills perspective. Indeed, employees need to equip themselves with T-shaped skills, according to Diaz.

"[This is] where you have gone deep in something but you have to be able to surface and understand what business you're in. This is recursive. It happens from the developer and CIO perspective," he said.

"People in the line of business need to be willing to understand the business and people in technology need to be willing to understand a little bit about business. Folks who obtain and use those skills will go far in the organisation."

Scott Hebner, vice president of marketing for IBM's Tivoli software echoed the results finding, adding that cloud computing was here to stay. He likened its arrival, and its stickiness, to that of the advent of the web and ecommerce.

"A decade later, today, we're seeing the same thing occur with cloud computing," he said. "It's a major transition in the industry that will fundamentally transform how business operate and how they can be successful in the future."

Featured Resources

Key considerations for implementing secure telework at scale

Identifying the security risks and advanced requirements of a remote workforce

Download now

The State of Salesforce 2020

Your guide to getting the most from Salesforce

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Rethink your cybersecurity strategy for the new world

5 steps to secure the enterprise and be fit for a flexible future

Download now

Recommended

IBM Cloud launches centralised security and compliance hub
cloud computing

IBM Cloud launches centralised security and compliance hub

22 Jul 2020
IBM teams with Adobe and Red Hat to drive personalized customer experiences
Cloud

IBM teams with Adobe and Red Hat to drive personalized customer experiences

20 Jul 2020
IBM unveils AI-powered inventory control system
artificial intelligence (AI)

IBM unveils AI-powered inventory control system

2 Jul 2020
Mercedes heads to the cloud as Daimler expands IBM agreement
cloud computing

Mercedes heads to the cloud as Daimler expands IBM agreement

2 Jul 2020

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

3 Aug 2020
How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

4 Aug 2020
How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

3 Aug 2020