News: CSC Cloud Index Meaningless

Clouds by Michael DrummondHere’s a classic case of what you kind of upbeat message you can produce if you publish the right kind of garbage statistics. CSC, “…a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services,” commissioned ‘independent’ research firm TNS to survey more than 3,500 cloud computing users
in eight countries, for the CSC Cloud Index survey:

  • What drives the shift to cloud?
  • Does cloud deliver cost savings?
  • How quickly do organizations benefit?

You can find the printed results as CSC’s web-site along with an easy-to-digest info-graphic (think info-mercial). Although I can save you the time by saying it’s a meaningless PR puff-piece; an 18-question survey to order for a company which amongst other things is now into… Cloud services! Well I never… AJS

Among the findings:

Few organizations downsized IT after cloud adoption.
o Only 14 percent of companies downsized their IT departments after adopting
cloud while 20 percent of organizations hired more cloud experts.
Well, there’s a surprise!

The majority of organizations save money with cloud, but savings are small.
o 82 percent of all organizations saved money on their last cloud adoption
project.
o 23 percent of U.S. organizations and 45 percent of U.S. small businesses
(fewer than 50 employees) reported no savings while 35 percent of U.S.
organizations saved less than $20,000.
I wonder which consultants they paid to migrate to cloud services?

Organizations are into the cloud for the long term.
o 65 percent of companies choose cloud subscriptions lasting one year or more.
Well, that wil be a minimum contract term of 12 months, then?

Cloud computing gives organizations a green boost.
o 64 percent of organizations say that adopting cloud has helped them reduce
waste and lower energy consumption.
At their own premises? And what about the data-=centres handling cloud services?

Nearly all businesses boost improvements in IT performance after cloud
adoption.
o 93 percent of all organizations saw at least one area of improvement in their IT
department since adopting cloud.
o 52 percent reported increased data center efficiency and utilization, while 47
percent of companies said they witnessed lower operating costs after cloud
adoption.
Presumably this is floor-space and machine rooms?
o 80 percent experienced improvements within six months of moving to the
cloud.
Any technical migration project these days that doesn’t after six weeks is pretty much an abject failure.

Small businesses face less workforce resistance to cloud adoption.
o 74 percent of small businesses say that no one in their company resisted the
move to the cloud.
Because nobody knows what it means and if they do, small business wants the IT kit in someone else’s premises – out of sight, out of mind.

Data security concerns do not change significantly after adopting cloud
computing.
o 25 percent of organizations expressed more concern about data security after
adopting cloud services.
I’d say 25% is significant. ‘You mean, all opur data is at someone else’s premises now?’
o 47 percent of organizations in Singapore expressed more concern about data
security following cloud adoption, while 47 percent of Brazilian organizations
said they are less concerned after switching to cloud.
Is this a cultural thing? Those Latins are just so relaxed.

Half of U.S. government IT workers say they’ve moved work to the cloud.
o 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the
cloud following the new requirement that U.S. federal agencies adopt a
“cloud-first” policy.
Of course they have – it’s a Fedral requirement. And how many IT Consultants’ lobby groups do you suppose paid for that piece of legislation?

‘For the purpose of the survey, cloud computing was defined as a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and promotes convenient, easy access and rapid provision with minimal management or service provider interaction. Its five essential characteristics are: (1) on-demand self-service, (2) broad network access, (3) resource pooling, (4) rapid elasticity, and (5) measured service.’

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