The adoption of cloud technology by companies of all sizes is hitting mainstream levels. New research indicates that at least 42% of companies are adopting a cloud-first or cloud only strategy. An additional 49% of companies are adopting cloud technologies in key aspects of their business infrastructure.
Recent research, led by North Bridge Growth Equity Venture Partners and research analyst firm Wikibon, shows that over 90 percent of companies are using the cloud in a meaningful way. It’s clear that the cloud discussion has shifted from “should we move to the cloud?” to “when are we moving to the cloud and how will we do it?”.
In this series, we look at four trends to look out for in 2017 that will aid in your company’s transition and ultimately it’s adoption of a cloud based, cloud-first business infrastructure. If you haven’t already read Part 1 of our Azure Cloud Adoption Trends for 2017 take a moment to read it first.
Part 3 : SaaS is only the start?
Often, getting started with SaaS business applications is the first step into using cloud for a company’s digital transformation. We see many enterprise customers start with Office 365 and then adopt Azure to run other existing business apps on IaaS, and then tap into the development efficiency to create new solutions using Azure PaaS offerings.
With this, it’s not too surprising that 7 in 10 companies said they are using SaaS in their organisation, followed by Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) with 58 percent of respondents deploying IaaS for compute.
Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is deployed by 45 percent of respondents, but is expected to show the highest increase over the next two years growing by 19 percent. Despite plenty of market focus on IaaS technology, customers prefer the efficiency of using SaaS and PaaS technologies.
This has been a fundamental reason why, across the Microsoft cloud, there is a significant focus on these areas – across Office 365, Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Flow, Azure IoT, and Cortana Intelligence services.
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Get up and running quickly. Get your business on track faster. Hosted solutions offer faster deployment options than onsite solutions. Explore Microsoft Azure >
Manage your cash flow with low monthly fees. Just like leasing a car, you can implement a robust financial solution that will support your business as it grows with a low monthly fee. Explore Microsoft Azure >
Reduce dependence on internal IT resources. If your organization has limited technology resources available to implement, manage, and maintain an ERP/CRM solution, a hosted solution might be right for you. Explore Microsoft Azure >
Provide employees with instant access from anywhere. Because they can be accessed through any Internet connection, hosted systems can be particularly beneficial for companies that have users, such as salespeople, who need to work remotely. Explore Microsoft Azure >
Make changes on demand. You can easily add or remove users as your business needs change, receive product upgrades quickly, and be assured that your technology environment is up and running. This flexibility can be particularly beneficial for growing, seasonal, or cyclical businesses that need to quickly change their user base to meet unique business requirements. Explore Microsoft Azure >
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