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    Surveys indicate maturity of cloud computing

    IT managers are finding new ways to implement the cloud into the daily operations of their enterprise, and businesses are better off for it.

    Now that business leaders across the country have recognized the benefits of cloud computing, the technology is maturing. IT managers are finding new ways to implement the cloud into the daily operations of their enterprise, and businesses are better off for it.

    While initial benefits of the cloud included the improvement of data storage, access, backup and sharing, a number of other advantages are rising to the forefront. Businesses are able to globalize their workforce without the constant expense of international flights. They can reduce their carbon footprint and spend less money on corporate software. Companies that use the cloud also require much less training of personnel because the technology allows fewer people to contribute more work.

    The cloud goes mainstream
    In a recent survey of executives from around the world, software solutions provider SAP found that 69 percent of businesses plan to make moderate-to-heavy investments in their cloud system over the next three years.

    Approximately 99 percent of respondents said that cloud computing is a current part of their business plan. The survey also found that, according to the responses, innovation, research and development and supply chain operations will be at least somewhat if not mostly based in cloud computing three years from now.

    Another 59 percent said that they use the cloud to analyze and manage data points, marking a 10 percent upswing compared to survey results in 2012.

    "As we've long believed, the cloud is far more than a means to lower total cost of ownership; it's a platform for doing business in entirely new ways," said Rob Glickman, a vice president of marketing for SAP. "These survey findings confirm the trend. Early cloud adopters are now seeing strong returns on their initial investments, and they can feel satisfied that their strategy of embracing the cloud is now proving to be extremely beneficial to their business."

    Survey analyzes cloud adoption
    The first LinkedIn cloud survey of IT security professionals found that 71 percent of respondents are investing in their cloud infrastructure, the Computer Business Review reported. The same percentage of respondents said they are spending capital on a hybrid cloud network, while 77 percent are tapping into public cloud services.

    "It's clear from the survey results that a vast majority of organizations are investing aggressively in cloud computing technologies, while at the same time, have not figured out the complete security model to give them continuous, consistent protection in these environments," Holger Schulze, the group founder of LinkedIn's information security community, told the news outlet.