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Vol. 10 Num. 1 March 2011

Cloud projects climbing IT priority list

A recent ESG survey indicates that investments in cloud services and related infrastructure will increase in 2011, meaning the much-hyped technology may start to hit its stride in the real world. Spending on cloud infrastructure and services is expected to increase this year, according to ESG's recent 2011 spending intentions survey. In late 2009, when we asked survey respondents about their organization's IT priorities for 2010 and the first half of 2011, cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) ranked 22 and 24, respectively, out of the 24 priorities listed. In late 2010, when asked about IT priorities in 2011 and the first half of 2012, respondents ranked cloud computing in the top half of the priority list (number 12) and placed SaaS in spot 14. That bodes well for cloud infrastructure and service providers, and indicates that the cloud investigations users conducted in 2010 could translate to real investments in 2011. Background To assess IT spending priorities over the next 12 to 18 months, ESG recently surveyed ...

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