Ok, perhaps the landscape isn't that contentious -- at least, not yet.
- only 10% of respondents' organizations plan to use cloud computing solutions for mission-critical IT services, and
- one in four respondents said their organizations have no plans to use cloud computing for any IT services at all.
So even during this extended period of lean IT budgets, a period when CIOs are stretching their IT imaginations and IT staffs, a solution that is battled-tested in many areas is still in the proving phase for many organizations.
In the view of so many IT pros, cloud computing "just ain't there yet." On the other hand, market research firm IDC is saying that spending on cloud computing services will represent more than $44B in IT spending within three years and will outpace spending on traditional IT solutions through 2015.
"The bottom line is people are scared. Companies have failed spectacularly at this model," said Brian Barnier, a member of the ISACA risk IT development team.
Although nearly half of the IT pros participating in the survey are not sold on cloud computing for mission critical data, Robert Stroud, who doubles as international VP at ISACA and head of the service management business unit at CA, Inc., says IT pros need to remember that "risk and value are two sides of the same coin.
"If cloud computing is treated as a major governance initiative involving a broad set of stakeholders, it has the potential to yield benefits that can equal or outweigh the risks," added Stroud.
In a related side note, many of the IT pros said employees put their company at risk levels that exceed the risk of using cloud computing services. Fifty percent of the respondents said their organization's employees do not protect confidential data appropriately, for example.
I think the cloud could do better than that.