IaaS helps businesses innovate, says survey

The proportion of businesses reaping the rewards of embracing cloud infrastructure services has increased significantly in the last quarter, according to a survey by Oracle.

Over 70% of survey respondents believe Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) makes it easier for businesses to innovate, a 10% increase over last quarter.

The research also found that 68 % of businesses believe IaaS delivers exceptional operational performance in terms of speed and availability, a 20% quarter-over-quarter increase.

More than 50% of respondents found their organisation experienced improved productivity from their migration to cloud, while 46% found their IT teams have greater scope to work on other value-adding projects.

‘Cloud infrastructure is paying off’

The study also revealed that 66% of businesses believe that companies not investing in IaaS will struggle to keep up with those that are using it.

The index also highlighted that moving to IaaS has significantly cut time to deployment of new applications and services and slashed maintenance costs for over two-thirds of respondents (68%).

Vice President IaaS product management EMEA and APAC at Oracle, James Stanbridge, said: “The index confirms that investments in cloud infrastructure are paying off. Businesses are seeing the benefits reach far beyond the IT department.

“Organisations are gaining clear productivity improvements, as well as the ability to shift focus from keeping the lights on to projects that make valuable contributions.

‘Agile rivals’

“Given the strong recognition from respondents that IaaS can help deliver on transformation and innovation ambitions, we expect this return on investment to grow.

“However, for the minority of businesses still holding back, the research indicates the clear risk of falling behind more agile rivals.”

In addition, 20% of respondents say IaaS is helping them disrupt their market and competitors.

The survey was created by Oracle and conducted by 1,610 IT professionals around the globe.

Written from press release by Leah Alger