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Who are Major Cloud Adopters: Industries at Glance

Published on 27 August 14
Powerful technology as it is, the cloud is able to deliver services and applications to different platforms and make them available to millions of end-users anytime. Whether youâre an individual user, or a member of a large organization, chances are you already use a cloud-powered service in at least one aspect of your daily life.
Precisely because of this ability to handle a great diversity of personal or professional needs, cloud computing has become a popular business or productivity enhancement tool in different industries. Over the last few years, it has entered organizations of all sizes, from one-man businesses to large enterprises, bringing growth opportunities and advanced tech resources.
According to the last yearâs CDWâs report, cloud adoption rates are highest in large businesses and higher education, while other sectors closely follow the lead. The survey examined the views of 1,242 IT professionals and revealed in which industries the cloud has gained most prominence.

  • Large businesses with 44% adoption rate

  • Higher education with 43% adoption rate

  • SMBs, Federal government and K-12 with 42%

  • Medium businesses with 40%

  • Healthcare with 35%

  • State and local government with 27%

The trend of adopting cloud-based solutions is by no means negligible, and itâs unsurprising that an increasing number of services penetrates the market. While many organizations are still in the cloud exploration phase, others have already found the ways to use the potential of the emerging technology to facilitate collaboration, innovate marketing or IT support systems, and otherwise enhance internal business processes.
Quite expectedly, cloud adoption rates differ per locations as well. In the last several years, the U.S. has been leading the cloud adoption, which is reasonable given the fact that most cloud providers are located exactly here. However, the stats have changed in the last couple of years. Whereas Europe used to lag behind the U.S. only several years ago, it has now climbed to a higher ladder in the cloud computing adoption hierarchy.
According to Gartner, the following regions are expected to become the major cloud adopters:

  • North America remains the leader in the cloud services market, accounting for 59 percent of all new spending on cloud services in 2013.

  • Western Europe that has overcame growth challenges is now the second-largest region, expected to account for 24% of all new spending from 2013 to 2016.

  • Asia/Pacific (led by Indonesia and India), Greater China and Latin America (led by Argentina, Mexico and Brazil) are seen as the emerging markets for cloud services, where the growth rates are expected to get higher in the following years.

The future
From the data presented above, it is clear that the cloud is gaining ground in a wide variety of industries across all the worldâs regions. Contrary to some earlier predictions, businesses seem to have overcome the fears of security threats and now readily adopt cloud solutions. This trend, however, is not at all slowing down. The more the industries explore the power of the cloud, the more likely they seem to be to adopt new services. Given this tendency, itâs natural to expect that the cloud will at some point in future become the default place for storing data and business applications, with even more organizations trusting their data to it.
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