Global demand for cloud professional services is holding strong, with 82% of enterprise respondents adopting cloud professional services in 2014, according to TBR’s (Technology Business Research) Spring 2014 Cloud Professional Services Customer Research report.
Enterprise spending and future expectations were bloated and optimistic in TBR’s 2013 iteration of the study, while thus far in 2014, budgets have contracted due to global pressures and the overall maturation of enterprise clouds. Late adopters caught up in 2013, while in 2014 companies are building on cloud components.
“While public cloud hosting, private cloud and hybrid cloud services drive significant investment in cloud, cloud professional services remain the most adopted cloud service, due to the complexity of environments requiring third-party involvement in the design, implementation and management of customer clouds,” said TBR Cloud Analyst, Cassandra Mooshian.
Pent-up demand in 2014 from lower spending will result in increased cloud professional services spending in 2015, when end users will be better educated and have more realistic expectations.
Top driver: Hybrid integration
TBR research indicates security as a top concern of cloud professional services utilization while hybrid integration is a top driver of adoption.
“Because security continues to top the list of concerns related to adoption, managed and orchestration services are becoming increasingly popular,” added Mooshian. “Organizations realize systems integrators have the expertise to navigate barriers and alleviate concerns regarding cloud adoption.”
Mooshian asserts that vendors with security expertise and the ability to react quickly will succeed in the space, particularly as customers integrate more hybrid capabilities and seek secure management of their cloud environments.
For more information about the Cloud Professional Services Customer Research report, visit: http://www.tbri.com.