The Growing Influence of Cloud

by July 9, 2015 0 comments

Whether it’s SMEs or large enterprises, various market research surveys done in India and abroad suggest that cloud is gradually gaining priority amongst most organizations. Here we present some of these findings
– compiled by Preeti Gaur
With the total addressable market expected to grow to $88 billion by 2017, Indian SMEs look for cloud, analytics and mobile solutions to improve operations, become more efficient and ensure business success, according to a Circle Research Global report sponsored by SAP SE. The company interviewed 800 senior decision makers in SMEs with up to 1,000 people as part of its survey.
“SMEs have greater opportunities than before for expansion and diversification. They utilise technology to support business growth and achieve operational excellence,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, President, SAP Asia Pacific Japan. “SAP’s charter is to bring innovative technology that can help them get a step closer to be a faster, smarter and sustainable business,” she added.
The rising ambitions of SMEs that cater to diverse expectations of employers, the workplace and the market itself, are forcing them to completely reconsider traditional business models and adopt cutting edge technologies like cloud.
Key findings from the research include:
•    SMEs recognise the value of cloud and have begun their transition. 90% SMEs in India feel cloud adoption is increasingly important for enabling business success. The adoption of cloud is helping them to innovate, to do things faster, smarter and in a more sustained manner.  Additionally, 87% of very ambitious Indian SMEs believe enterprise applications, analytics and mobile solutions will play an important role in achieving their ambitions.
•    SMEs in India are the most ambitious and have the desire to initiate the adoption of new technologies. The biggest single ambition for SMEs in India is customer success (44%), followed by 34% who are keen on achieving growth and 12% for business improvement, the report said.
•    For Indian SMEs, growth is primarily driven by new products. 76% of those for whom achieving growth is an ambition, give utmost importance to the introduction of new products while 74% focus on increasing revenue.
•    Indian SMEs show good progress in being market ready. On average, Indian SMEs are 77% of the way along to being ready for achieving their growth ambitions.

Cloud Services – The Top Investment Priority among Indian enterprises
According to new study by Current Analysis titled Enterprise ICT Investment Insights Study 2014, a significant 68 percent of enterprises in India, with 100-plus employees, are using Cloud-based services, while the remaining 32 percent plan to do so over the next 24 months. This is in line with trends in the larger Asia Pacific market where the adoption of Cloud-based services is as high as 65 percent. To give a perspective, in North America this number is 68 percent, says the study that spanned in 19 countries across four key regions globally. The study was conducted online through web survey, targeting the enterprises between 100 and 10,000 employees as applicable. Survey respondents include CxOs, Line of business managers, department heads and IT Managers, who either are directly responsible for taking IT purchase decisions or influence those decisions. The study covered comprehensive range of enterprise investment priorities including Cloud, Mobility, Collaboration, Big Data, Network Services and Security.
“India is fast emerging as a high-growth market for Cloud services, led thus far by the private Cloud segment. However, there is a huge potential for adoption of public Cloud services, which are in their early stages of market development and would need greater thrust from players such as IBM SoftLayer, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, NTT Communications and Rackspace, to win enterprise trust and confidence for moving their workloads on the public Cloud,” said Harish Taori, Research Director for the Asia Pacific region at Current Analysis.
The study also finds that the scale of Cloud services adoption easily surpasses those of other new-generation ICT services including Big Data and Enterprise Mobility. While a significant 39 percent of the respondents ranked Cloud as their no. 1 investment priority in India, 16 percent said it would be Big Data while 12 percent favoured Enterprise Mobility. Network Security jointly ranked as the no. 2 investment priority, along with Big Data.
It is highly notable that Cloud has emerged as a leading investment priority for Indian enterprises, surpassing even Network Security investments. However, this certainly doesn’t amount to the ICT decision makers lowering their guards when it comes to the all-vital area of IT security. It is just that they have gotten comfortable with the private clouds set up by their long-standing IT service partners like TCS, IBM, HP, Wipro and Tech Mahindra, among others,” said Deepak Kumar, Principal Analyst, APAC, Current Analysis.
That also explains why Indian enterprises favoured
IT service players over public cloud players when it came to choosing partners for the deployment of Cloud, Big Data, Network Security, Enterprise Mobility and other such solutions.

Other key findings of the Enterprise ICT Investment Insights Study 2014 include:
•    For Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), 38 percent respondents said they opted for a single cloud service provider while 35 percent said they are using two service providers and another 8 percent said they have three service providers. Around 12 percent enterprises have even gone for four or more suppliers.
•    For Platform as a Service (PaaS), the enterprises that had opted for one, two, three and more service providers, stood at 35 percent, 37 percent, 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
•    For Software as a Service (SaaS), the enterprises that had opted for one, two, three and more service providers, stood at 35 percent, 29 percent, 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

•    Microsoft, IBM SoftLayer, HP, AWS, Google,, Red Hat, Oracle and SAP were among the leading cloud service providers across the IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud market segments.
•    When moving a workload to cloud, security (62 percent) continued to be the biggest concern for enterprises, followed by data privacy (42 percent).
•    IT service providers were also preferred partners for Managed Network Services, Enterprise Mobility and Big Data and Analytics solutions. However, Consulting Companies like Accenture, Capgemini and Deloitte came close enough as preferred partners for implementing Enterprise Mobility solutions.
•    Similarly, for Managed Secure Network-to-Cloud Solutions too, Consulting companies were a close
No. 2 as preferred partners and Equipment Vendors like Cisco, Avaya and Oracle were not a distant
No. 3 either.
•    Data Center investments showed clear signs of falling behind on enterprises priority list, with a sizable 33 percent saying it was a last investment priority for them and a mere four percent said it was still a No. 1 investment priority.
This finding alludes that enterprise priorities are moving from capex to opex model with cloud services being the highest investment priority for enterprises
in India.
Source: Current Analysis

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