Cloud use is growing fast, even as the ROI calculations for it remain complicated and fuzzy. This InformationWeek report is a deep dive into how two companies with very different approaches, Airbnb and General Electric, are thinking about cloud computing, with additional survey data on how other companies are approaching ROI calculations.
Among the 392 respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Cloud ROI Survey, 52% of companies say they're using software-as-a-service; 38% use infrastructure-as-a-service. Other data points:
- 33% of respondents using IaaS say it delivers better results at lower cost than in-house IT, while 37% of SaaS users say the same.
- 89% of respondents using or evaluating cloud computing say they're somewhat concerned, concerned, or very concerned about runaway cloud costs.
- At least half of survey respondents consider three financial factors among their top cloud ROI priorities: initial capital costs, operational expense, and future capital costs. A third of respondents consider staff savings a top-three priority.
In this report, we:
- Take a close look at Airbnb's and GE's approaches to cloud computing
- Provide additional survey data on how other companies are addressing cloud ROI calculations
Respondent breakdown: 32% have 5,000 or more employees; 23% are over 10,000. Education, financial services, and government are well-represented, and 34% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level.
Download the InformationWeek 2014 Cloud ROI Survey