For the fourth year running, spending on cloud computing is increasing, according to the 2012 CA Technologies Channel Index, the annual study tracking the IT industry outlook of CA Technologies EMEA channel partners.
Over two thirds (69%) of EMEA partners predict an increase in cloud expenditure this year, up from 60% in 2011 and 48% in 2010. Partners report that almost two thirds (62%) of customers are now using some form of cloud service, with a further 20% expected to do so by the end of this year. The survey findings strongly indicate that organisations are turning to cloud to achieve higher business agility and scalability.
When asked about key customer benefits of cloud, two thirds (67%) of CA Technologies EMEA partners pinpointed scalability: businesses using the cloud are experiencing greater flexibility to extend or contract IT services as required. A further 54% highlighted the significance of increased agility, again emphasising the importance of being able to deliver new services in a shorter period of time.
The 2012 CA Technologies Channel Index also explored the cost savings to be gained from cloud services EMEA partners say that cloud customers are realising savings of 11.5% of annual IT budgets, up from 9.7% reported in last year study.
When asked what type of cloud will be predominantly used in five years time, almost half (47%) answered hybrid cloud, compared with 37% for private and just 16% for public.
The 2012 CA Technologies Channel Index surveyed 902 of CA Technologies EMEA partners in January and February 2012.