While 95 per cent of those surveyed currently manage at least some data in-house, only eight per cent said they will continue to do so in future, as Chart 1 shows. By contrast, the proportion using a fully outsourced cloud service will rise from 13 per cent currently to a staggering 87 per cent in the future. Well over half (60 per cent) plan to use a part-hosted service, compared with 40 per cent who use such a service now. (Respondents were allowed to choose more than one option.)
This dramatic shift towards using third party providers and cloud services is inline with general trends. In May this year, research by analyst firm Ovum found that the proportion of multi-nationals using cloud for at least some of their IT services had nearly doubled in one year, rising from 24 per cent in 2010 to 45 per cent in 2011. Uses of the cloud cited by those questioned include data back-up and storage, communications services, web hosting, corporate IT systems, networking or applications software.