IIA call to action on cloud computing

13 Aug 2010

The Irish Internet Association is calling for firms to take part in its Cloud Computing Survey 2010, which will see how cloud computing views and adoption have changed in the year since its first survey.

The Irish Internet Association (IIA) Cloud Computing Working Group is running the survey, in association with Sysco and ReadyDynamics.com, to gather information and increase understanding of cloud adoption in Ireland.

“The survey is the only Irish-focused market research of its kind and the result will give a clear indication of the state of the Irish market,” said Jerry Power of Sysco and leader of the Cloud Computing Working Group.

The whitepaper published by the Irish Internet Association (IIA) last year revealed that few Irish businesses or public bodies see the cloud-computing opportunity as a way of saving money and being more productive.

The barriers, the IIA report says, to every business in Ireland being able to access the cloud opportunity are obvious: lack of understanding and a lack of quality, ubiquitous broadband. Failure to get this right could mean Irish firms, in sore need of a revival, may miss out on productivity opportunities.

The IIA document also points out that 43pc of Irish IT managers and some 85pc of finance managers are unclear of what cloud computing actually is.

Power said that all respondents will receive a complimentary (updated) copy of the IIA whitepaper Cloud Business which is being written in collaboration with major cloud vendors Google, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Supplierforce and some major Irish enterprises.

One respondent – chosen randomly – will receive two tickets for the Cloud Computing Summit, on 9 September in Croke Park.

To participate in the survey visit www.readydynamics.com/survey

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years