43 Percent of Enterprise Decision-makers Plan to Run Majority of Business Applications over the Internet in 2015
Akamai-sponsored Study Highlights Cloud Adoption Strategies, Current BYOD Demands
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today released research that shows companies are increasingly transitioning to delivering and consuming business applications via the Internet. Although 50 percent of respondents report running less than 20 percent of their business applications over the Internet today, 43 percent expect to deliver the majority of their applications over the Internet in the next year.
The "Trends in Application Delivery Strategies" survey, which was conducted by Gatepoint Research on Akamai's behalf earlier this year, polled 350 enterprise IT decision makers. A majority (65 percent) of respondents hold high-level management positions in Fortune 1000 companies and participants hailed from a variety of industries, including business and financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and transportation. Nearly half (46 percent) of respondents represent global enterprises, with more than one-fifth of users operating outside of the U.S.
In addition to providing insight into how quickly enterprises plan to move applications to the Internet, the survey also highlights related concerns. For example, security remains the top concern for respondents (87 percent). Further, 66 percent worry about performance and 45 percent are concerned about reliability.
"Trends such as globalization, telecommuting and mobility continue to drive the shift to Internet-delivered applications, and enterprises today are working hard to keep up," said Mike Afergan, senior vice president and general manager, Web Experience Business Unit, Akamai. "These survey results reinforce the demand for technology that provides greater security, reliability and speed for their business critical web applications. And as IT decision makers continue to look for ways to maximize the benefits of Internet application delivery, they want access to complementary solutions, such as those delivered by Akamai, that enable improved, global access to information and, ultimately, greater productivity."
Additional findings from the "Trends in Application Delivery Strategies" survey include:
The most common applications currently running over the Internet are: websites and web applications (71 percent), email services (57 percent), content and collaboration sites and portals (51 percent), mobile or mobile web back-end apps (46 percent), and e-Learning (47 percent)
In terms of planned investment, big data is the primary focus for respondents, with 55 percent saying it's their top area of investment in 2014
Other key areas of investment in 2014 for respondents include: mobile or mobile web back-end apps (39 percent), websites or web applications (34 percent), content and collaboration sites and portals (34 percent), disaster recovery and backup services (26 percent), and customer relationship management (CRM) (28 percent)
"Whether it's facilitating global collaboration, making any number of business critical applications available to employees independent of location or device, or transmitting big data sets around the world, enterprises are turning to the Internet to make it happen," continued Afergan. "Our Web Performance and Web Security Solutions are being used every day to help enterprises engage customers and employees with highly performing, personalized online experiences that are intended to increase productivity, grow revenue and reduce costs."
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