IDG Contributor Network: Cloud is now a core strategy — are you onboard?

What are clouds?

That’s a question a child might ask, but for CIOs today, the answer centers on a completely different meaning. Top tech chiefs and company executives are trying to figure out how to use cloud technology and to what degree it should be part of their company strategy.

Without a doubt, statistics show the cloud can no longer be ignored:

  • According to a Gartner study cited by Information Age, public cloud spending increased 32 percent in 2015 and is expected to reach $ 16.5 billion this year
  • A Forbes survey found 93 percent of organizations run cloud applications, and 82 percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy
  • A Verizon survey found that cloud strategies enabled 69 percent of respondents to reengineer their business processes

Security, however, remains a top concern. To find out more about the use of cloud, I connected with Bryce Austin, CIO and CISO at Digineer and a cybersecurity expert. We talked about cloud strategies, misinformation about security issues, and why public and private clouds are part of a sound strategy. 

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