NTT Integralis have produced a report highlighting the acceptance of Cloud Solutions. The full report can be found here.
The report characterises organisations as fitting five cloud ‘personas’ defined by their level of enthusiasm for cloud computing and maturity of adoption.
Ranging from Embracers at one end of the scale (very active in new technologies for over three years) to ‘Controllers’ at the other (characterized by their lack of cloud deployments), the personas also include Accepters, Experimenters and Believers.
The five cloud personas
- The Embracer – using cloud for 3+ years, very active in seeking out new technologies, dedicates over half budget and is very likely to see an increase in revenues and profits from cloud
- The Believer – very likely to actively seek out new technologies and to have moved the majority of services into the cloud over the next year. Critical to the deployment of services with a third of budget allocated
- The Experimenter – likely to experiment with new technologies and to move the majority of services into the cloud in the next year. Used in half or more departments with a quarter of budget dedicated to cloud
- The Accepter – adopted cloud in the past two years and most likely to adopt technology when there is a clear business case. Cloud is not central to IT strategy
- The Controller – least likely to be using cloud and emerging technologies, more reliant on data centres. Cloud is not currently part of their IT strategy
For them to have completed the survey the respondents must have at least understood the concept of the “Cloud” which is a step in the right direction.