More and more companies rely on cloud solutions

According to a current Bitkom survey, the majority of German companies want to obtain the majority of their IT applications from the cloud in just 5 years. Already today, 9 out of 10 companies use cloud applications.

In five years, 56 percent of all companies want to operate more than half of their IT applications from the cloud. Only 15 percent of companies currently achieve this proportion. This is the result of a current Bitkom survey of 554 companies with 20 or more employees from all economic sectors.

According to this, every second company (54 percent) wants to invest in cloud solutions this year, two thirds (69 percent) plan to do so for 2024 or later. 89 percent are currently using cloud computing, and another 8 percent are planning or discussing it. Cloud is not an issue for only 3 percent.

“Already today almost all companies use cloud applications. However, the intensity of use will increase significantly in the coming years. Cloud is the new normal of the digital world,” says Bitkom CEO Bernhard Rohleder. “At the same time, however, it is also true that companies will not move all IT applications to the cloud, at least in the medium term.”

Additional findings from the survey: One in nine companies (11 percent) using the cloud has a “cloud only” strategy. This means that cloud computing is used for all applications and systems and existing solutions are transferred to the cloud. Another 36 percent rely on “cloud first”, which means that cloud solutions are preferred for new projects and existing applications are moved to the cloud if necessary. “Cloud too” applies to 35 percent, i.e. the at least partial addition of cloud applications to existing IT solutions.

Storage space in the cloud is used most frequently (92 percent), followed by web conferencing (76 percent), general computing power for a wide variety of applications and office software (73 percent each) and software for human resources, accounting and financial planning (72 percent). Cloud-based databases use 60 percent, ERP systems 30 percent. But special applications such as IoT (37 percent) or AI services (32 percent) also come from the cloud.

Cloud should save costs

The most important goal for companies in their cloud activities is to reduce costs (64 percent) and reduce CO2 emissions (63 percent). A majority of 57 percent each want to convert IT applications to platforms and software-as-a-service and increase IT security. Other important goals are the development of platforms for cooperation with third parties (49 percent), the digitization of internal processes (46 percent) and the development of innovative products or services (43 percent). 39 percent also see a way out of the existing hardware shortage that has hampered the expansion of their own data centers, 38 percent hope the cloud will give them access to innovative technologies such as IoT or AI.

Rohleder: “The cloud offers small and medium-sized companies in particular access to innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence – without high investment costs or special technical know-how in your own company.”

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