A recent Cloud Computing survey of over 10,500 participants from 88 countries, highlighted the fact that Global NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) have similar reasons to other industries, for why they have or have not adopted Cloud Computing, and NGOs may in fact be taking the lead in adopting this new technology, with 90% of respondents worldwide indicating they are using Cloud Computing.
Why should other industries care? Generally NGO’s…
- Are stretched thin on resources
- Have smaller IT budgets
- Cannot afford a “Redo” on any IT mistake
Sound familiar? Granted, outside of core IT and business applications like HR, CRM, accounting/financial management, social collaboration, etc., most, if not all industries unique needs do not align with NGOs. However, when considering any new technology, there is always value in gaining insight into what others perceive as advantages or deterrents for that technology.
The highlights from this TechSoup Global study, were that Simplified Administration, Rapid Deployment, and improved Costs, were identified as the Primary Advantages of Cloud Computing. While Lack of Knowledge, was identified as the Primary Barrier. Also, as in other studies, Costs and Data Security, were listed both as an Advantage, as well as a Deterrent, highlighting potential variances by solution or provider.
Reported Major Advantages
Reported Major Deterrents
Examples of other (industry neutral) Cloud Computing survey findings and introductions can be found via…
- North Bridge 2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey results
- What IT & Business Managers Want in Cloud Computing (blog that references multiple surveys)
- Cloud Benefits 101: What’s In It For You
- Morgan Stanley Cloud Computing Blue Paper.
Or, more in-depth findings for NGOs can be found in the Full 2012 Global Cloud NGO Computing Survey Results by TechSoup Global.