Manufacturing industry has greatest maturity in cloud adoption

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So says IDC

The manufacturing industry has shown the greatest maturity in cloud adoption across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), IDC has found.

The analyst company also said that this vertical market has also shown significant plans to invest in cloud computing in the future.

In a survey 44 percent of respondents in the manufacturing sector said that some part of their IT budget was now dedicated to cloud, while 40 percent indicated their cloud budget would increase in the next three years.

Senior Research Analyst Craig Simpson at IDC Manufacturing Insights, CEMA, said: “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cloud computing for manufacturers.

“Manufacturers in CEE are beginning to understand this, and it is reflected in their cautious approach to cloud computing.

“They have concentrated on non-business critical processes first, while we are now beginning to see examples of business critical processes moving onto the cloud, as well.”

The company also found that the top business issues cloud is expected to solve outside of IT are those related to operational performance, sales and marketing, and customer relationship management.

It also cited that by using  cloud based deployments, manufacturing companies could more easily control their supply-chain activities and applications.

However, there are still some concerns with this technology, with IDC pointing out that security is still a big worry. It said that this concern had been fuelled further as a result of “a number of high profile security breaches relating to the cloud”.

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