Microsoft today named some of the country's top "cloud-friendly" U.S. cities. The rankings are based on the results of an extensive survey in which 2,000 IT decision makers nationwide discussed how they are adopting and using cloud computing.
The forecast for cloud computing across key U.S. cities calls for new lines of business, more need for IT services, and potential job growth, according to a new survey released by Microsoft this week after interviewing more than 2,000 IT decision-makers in 10 U.S. cities.
Among IT decision makers surveyed:
- 24% used the cloud to help start a new line of business.
- 68% in the financial services said they have been asked to find ways for their companies to save money on the IT side.
- 34% in professional services, and 33% in retail and hospitality, believe cloud computing is an opportunity for the IT department to be more strategic.
- 71% in manufacturing said their IT departments must address the business requirement to work anywhere at any time in the next year.
- 33% in professional services said their IT departments must find new ways to enable and support their company's growing workforce.
Reference: Cloud Survey