Reaching for the Cloud
The benefits of cloud applications—flexibility, speed of implementation, and lower total cost of ownership—are well documented. However, problems with adoption have troubled some IT and business managers trying to introduce the cloud into their enterprises. Indeed, a recent report from Oracle and independent market research firm Dynamic Markets found that half of the 1,355 global senior decision-makers surveyed had abandoned at least one cloud application in the last three years due to integration problems. Nevertheless, 81 percent of all respondents think it is important that cloud applications are fully integrated with other software. Other key findings from the report, entitled Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, demonstrate that having a formal cloud strategy in place can help companies avoid a number of obstacles to success.