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November 13, 2014

Cloud adoption is trial and error, says research

Businesses still challenged by choice of cloud business models.

By Ben Sullivan

Despite the boom in cloud computing adoption, 59% of IT businesses that are now on cloud felt challenged by the need to find the correct cloud business model for their needs.

The stats, drawn from CompTIA research in the IT channel, show that more than 90% of IT firms feel themselves to be at a mature stage in their cloud solutions adoption. They do, however, still have to make structural changes to really transform their business.

"The channel’s thinking has clearly evolved from viewing the cloud as something to fear to embracing it as a catalyst for business transformation and new opportunities," said Carolyn April, senior director, industry analysis, CompTIA.

"This is a positive development, but there’s is much more work to be done," April continued. "While cloud computing may be the the overarching driver of business transformation among IT channel firms, it is not a single, isolated offering. It requires big structural change."

Nearly six in 10 channel firms cite the need to determine the correct business model as a challenge to launching their cloud business. That’s up from 45 percent in the 2013 CompTIA study.

"This suggests a degree of trial and error is going on, with companies casting about for the right fit," April said. "It’s not an easy exercise. In fact, it appears to be getting more difficult."

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