In stark contrast to many large firms, medium-sized German companies have, up until now, been very restrained as far as using Cloud Computing is concerned. To find out why and to what extent confidence building could encourage the more widespread use in medium-sized German firms, we carried out a reprsentative survey with IT decision makers together with Deutsche Telekom.
The biggest influence on the use of Cloud Computing is misgivings with regards to data protection. It’s an issue, which in times of more and more bugging scandals and spectacular computer hacking, is not easy to ignore. „The trend towards Cloud Computing continues, but the NSA affair puts a dampener on the growth“, according to BITKOM President Prof. Dieter Kempf*. A more widespread use of Cloud Computing in medium-sized firms can only be expected, when the companies can be assured that their data really is safe in the cloud. A further bigger factor which makes German firms hold back is the quality of the service, but also the customisation and customer focus.
According to the survey participants, it is up to the private providers to implement specific measures to address concerns which would encourage firms to use Cloud Computing. They would also like to see the state introduce a legal framework to ensure the quality of the measures being implemented.
Comprehensive results can be found in the thesis by Christian Rüsch; which provided the framework for our own survey. Please contact us, if you would like to know more.
*Source: Bitkom, 2014