Surprisingly, business owners and business line C-level executives increasingly become the driving force of cloud adoption in the organizations-
In the last couple of years, business around the world have witnessed the shift toward cloud computing. They have seen the advent of cloud technology, from simple usage such as store personal data to a more complex one such as being used by government to store public data (healthcare and social security data), as well as business to extend the functionalities of their current IT system.
In Asia Pacific’s business world, according to a Frost & Sullivan’s study in collaboration with F5 Networks: The New Language of Cloud Computing, only 9% of enterprise don’t have plans for usage of cloud technology at the moment, while the rest: 23.8% are at the planning stage, 32.6% are in the process of implementing cloud technology, and 34.5% are currently using cloud services.
Looking from business standpoint, beyond ‘only’ cost saving reason, there are three key business factors that drive the growing adoption of cloud technology. The three factors are:
Business Owners: They become the main driving forces of cloud adoption in organization as they are starting to roll out more services through application to both of their customer and employees. The New Language of Cloud Computing also reveal the growing involvement of other C-level executive -apart from CTO/IT director- in the cloud service purchase lifecycle. Business-line executive are heavily involved at every stage of the cloud service purchase lifecycle with the percentage that close to IT-line executives.
The transformation of IT consumption in business: as enterprise begins to embrace outsourcing IT workloads and also cloud computing, everything as a service IT environment will “disrupt” the way technology is consumed and inspire business model of innovation. Today’s businesses are looking to implement new services and functionality using as-a service model rather than they have to pay for new infrastructure (hardware and software) and expert to operate it. They extend their IT functionality through cloud platform and combine it with the current on-premise infrastructure.
Internet of things: as smartphone and other smart devices – such as smart wearable device and even smart toothbrush – adoption is proliferating, users demands that the services and data that offered through these platform is highly available and have fast access. For these reasons, many business are deploy their application and store data in cloud.
Nevertheless, with the growing popularity and adoption of cloud computing in business, applications become increasingly critical in IT infrastructure. For users, the application accessibility has become the sole factor that count and can massively impact their experience.
To tackle that challenge, the Enterprises need to have the means to deliver applications in a fast, secure and highly available manner to users regardless of the of deployment model that business has chosen; whether on-premises, hybrid, and/or as-a-service. Specifically In the cloud and hybrid deployment model, F5 provides the application delivery capabilities through F5 Silverline™ and F5® BIG-IQ™ Cloud which specifically developed to help businesses seamlessly configure and automate application delivery services in cloud and hybrid infrastructures.