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Europe fastest in cloud growth, says Dell study

According to Dell, Western Europe's mid-market is growing the fastest in adopting cloud, and security can be a selling proposition here as well as an inhibitor. Organisations actively using cloud, mobility and big data technologies are experiencing up to 53% higher revenue growth rates than those that have not invested in these technologies, it says.

Despite this strong link between technology use and revenue growth, cost has joined security as a chief barrier to the adoption and expansion of cloud, mobility, security and big data. In addition to revenue growth, the study found that organizations utilizing these technologies report key benefits related to improved efficiency and organizational growth goals.

The Dell Global Technology Adoption Index 2015 surveyed IT and business decision makers of mid-market organisations around the world to uncover how they perceive, plan for and utilize four key technologies: cloud, mobility, security and big data.

Organisations are recognizing the advantages of security and are becoming more strategic in their investments, with strategic approaches to security gaining ground in North America and Western Europe. The share of North American organizations using security to enable new things or a competitive advantage grew from 25% in 2014 to 35% in 2015. And in Western Europe, the share grew from 26% in 2014 to 30% in 2015.

Cloud use continues to increase globally from 79% in 2014 to 82% in 2015, and Western Europe is at the forefront of this growth, experiencing the greatest increase in cloud use year over year (from 75% in 2014 to 81% in 2015). For organisations using cloud technology globally, the top three benefits experienced include: cost savings (42%), getting things done faster (40%), and better allocation of IT resources (38%).

Organisations globally are, however, moving away from allowing employee-owned devices to access a company’s cloud resources. The proportion of organisations allowing access to cloud from employee-owned smartphones fell from 32% in 2014 to 28% in 2015. Allowing the use of company-owned smartphones rose, perhaps in compensation from 51% in 2014 to 56% in 2015.