Cloud computing will have significant impact on IT organizations and IT vendors, as well as the enterprises they support, according to an IDC enterpise survey.
72% of the 225 IT executives surveyed say they believed that by 2014, a third of all IT organizations will be providers of cloud services to customers or business partners. More than 80 percent of the respondents said that one-third of Fortune 1000 enterprises will deploy at least one business-critical system in the cloud. More than half of the IT executives surveyed believe that mobile-optimized cloud services will be a primary interface with customers by 2014.
The analyst firm predicts that spending on public IT cloud services will reach $72.9bn in 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 28%.
"We don’t expect everything to go to the cloud, but the early adopters are likely to move a majority of their IT to cloud within the next five years, and the vast majority will follow suit within a few years," said IDC research director Mette Ahorlu.