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After 2013, all of the “if” questions and “paradigm shift” debates around cloud usage have been supplanted by “it’s only a matter of time.” Virtually every major enterprise is experimenting with or has already adopted cloud to some degree, although few are as heavily invested in cloud platforms as Accenture. While questions about security and privacy persist, such concerns are fading before the most compelling business case of all: increased IT agility. In a large majority of instances, cloud provides a compelling case for speed to delivery, performance enhancements and cost reductions.
Research confirms that if your company wants to take advantage of Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and the many Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications that are flooding the marketplace, you need to become comfortable with the principle of cloud-based delivery. According to Accenture’s latest market study, one-third of high-performance IT organizations say that they are effectively replacing legacy components with private- and public-cloud alternatives while almost one in six (15 percent) already centrally manage a fully virtualized, dynamically provisioned hybrid infrastructure. The result is a measurable gain in IT agility: 62 percent of high performers are seeing better alignment of IT project portfolios with IT and business goals (compared to 45 percent for other organizations). Nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) state that this architectural transformation is leading to cost reduction.
As an integral part of an IT strategy, cloud can make the enterprise business more responsive, more flexible, more scalable, and more competitive, which explains why Accenture has turned to cloud-based solutions with Office 365 for e-mail and team-based SharePoint sites, social collaboration tools (the Stream) and Taleo for human resources, to cite only a few examples.
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March 3, 2014
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