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Cloud opens up to reveal security, compliance issues

Posted: 12 Apr 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Evolve IP  cloud  security  compliance  supply chain 

Cloud services are becoming an attractive option for organisations to improve supply chain process. By offering ease of use, flexibility and cost savings, the technology is increasingly becoming essential. However, a natural scepticism remains, as organisations try to insure that they can secure their data and meet compliance requirements.

"As supply chain managers target even greater efficiencies, one overarching cloud-based strategy can be used to enhance cost improvements and performance: establishing a 'control tower' to coordinate and orchestrate the elements that make up the supply chain," stated a recent report from Accenture, titled Supply Chain Management in the Cloud.

The growth of cloud-based solutions of all types is experiencing startling growth. By 2018, 59 per cent of the total cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads, up from 41 per cent in 2013, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2013-2018.

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Figure 1: Infographic from Evolve IP

To reach these adoption levels, though, organisations need to overcome some basic concerns. In a survey released last month, cloud services company Evolve IP released findings of its 3rd annual cloud survey, which polled 1,000 respondents in North America about the current state of cloud adoption. Security was identified as the key concern by more than half of those polled (55 per cent), a figure that hasn't budged since the start of the survey. In addition, seven out of 10 of those companies that had not yet deployed a cloud solution cited security as a top concern.

Meanwhile, more people than ever before pointed to compliance as a concern, with 40 per cent of those surveyed pointing to it as a concern, compared to 31 per cent last year and the same 40 per cent in 2013.

- Hailey Lynne McKeefry

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