Public vs. Private: Battle for the Cloud
Generally, in terms of technology, where the US goes, Australia and the rest of the world follow.
That's why when considering trends in the IT jobs market here, it is good to have a look at what is happening up-over.
And in the spirit of looking towards the US for an IT forecast, a recent survey carried out by business process automation firm PMG may hold clues for which way the wind will blow in terms of cloud services governance in businesses.
The 2013 PMG Cloud Sprawl Survey canvassed the opinions of 234 corporate IT professionals on the important topic of the cloud security.
Private cloud services can offer businesses secure storage of their valuable data and applications, yet when employees then use the public cloud, security concerns can arise.
The survey revealed that IT professionals were all to aware of the risks of using unauthorised cloud services.
Respondents were most concerned about public cloud storage (70 per cent), cloud synchronisation (68 per cent) and cloud-based collaboration apps (53 per cent).
So how can businesses ensure that their staff don't compromise corporate security when using these unauthorised cloud services?
Education will clearly have to play a role, as well as governance - 54 per cent of respondents said that their companies have a policy already in place regarding public cloud use.
Interestingly however, 43 per cent admitted to being only 'somewhat effective' in explaining the risks of using unauthorised cloud services.
Joe LeCompte, principal at PMG, said that a hybrid strategy of public and private cloud computing was cited as 'the wave of the future' by 69 per cent of IT executives.
"Savvy IT departments are focusing on finding better ways to offer enterprise-grade cloud services to internal users as a way to stem cloud sprawl and safeguard corporate information," said Mr LeCompte in a May 7 statement.
He says that the key to achieving this while safeguarding business information is to implement cloud services in a structured manner with an appropriate governance policy in place.