Cloud computing is on the march across multiple business and government sectors, but the healthcare industry and state and local government, while in the cloud parade, are bringing up the rear, a recent survey of technology leaders shows.
Technology seller CDW, Vernon Hills, Ill., asked 1,242 information technology professionals about their views and their organizations' use of cloud computing. The survey also compared cloud adoption rates by industry sector in 2012 with those in 2011. Of the 156 healthcare IT leaders participating in the survey, 74% were from hospitals or medical centers, 14% from physician offices and 12% were with long-term care facilities.
Across all sectors, adoption of cloud computing is growing, with 39% of executives surveyed reporting their organizations were either implementing or maintaining a cloud-based IT system, up from 28% in the 2011 survey. Just 8% were maintaining a cloud system this year, compared with 31% implementing one, the survey data shows.
By industry, big business leads the charge toward the cloud with 44% of its IT leaders reporting that they were implementing or maintaining a cloud system. Higher education followed at 43%. Then came small business, the federal government and schools grades K-12, all at 42%; medium-sized business, 40%; healthcare 35% and state and local government, 27%.