CDW Report finds 11 Perecent Increase in Cloud Computing since 2011

March 1, 2013

It's no secret that cloud computing is on the rise, but a new report from CDW has the specifics: 39 percent of organizations have implemented cloud solutions, up from 28 percent in 2011, according to the new State of the Cloud Report.

Furthermore, a Manchester Business School study obtained by USA Today indicates that 62 percent of American companies say cloud computing has improved their bottom lines, with technology costs decreasing by an average of 26 percent. Apple's iTunes, Google's Gmail and Ford cars were cited as leaders in the cloud computing boom.

Many IT professionals surveyed for this year's CDW report indicated that as individuals have increasingly turned to cloud computing, their employers have followed suit – 73 percent of those polled said that employees' cloud use has significantly influenced their decisions.

Stephen Braat, CDW's general manager of cloud solutions, emphasized that this uptick in cloud use will work wonders for productivity in the workplace.

"By aligning cloud services with critical applications and preferences of employees that use mobile devices, organizations can better capture business value that includes cost savings, increased efficiency, improved employee mobility, and an increased ability to create innovative new products and services," Braat said.

While cloud computing is not without its difficulties – those polled cited problems with cloud service performance and with technical integration of the cloud – the message is clear that the cloud's benefits outweigh its costs.