As business adoption continues to grow, cloud computing and cloud-based systems have again been selected as major technology trends for 2015. Gartner’s recent industry overview focused on how mobile adoption and the need to maintain services and applications across multiple systems will drive more businesses toward cloud-based products. Meanwhile, as analysts continue to predict a $200 billion market for public cloud computing within the next five years, business leaders have begun to embrace cloud services for reasons that extend well beyond promised information technology (IT) cost savings.
In its annual cloud survey of business executives, consultants at KPMG examined why organizations move to the cloud, and even as nearly half cited cost effectiveness, the need to meet the demands of a mobile workplace comes in as a close second. Of IT decision makers surveyed, 42% say that mobile considerations drive the cloud conversion—a jump of nearly 30 points since 2012. The two biggest factors behind mobile adoption are increased productivity and employee satisfaction. These go hand-in-hand as employees are able to use their mobile devices to access their work systems and be productive while on the go.