Business impacts of cloud 

Cloud computing has the potential to be one of the most significant forces of change impacting  business in the next decade.
Business impacts of cloud

It's significance is broader still when considering the likely economic impacts to be created as adoption levels increase. KPMG estimates that Information Communication Technology (ICT) spend will reduce considerably in the long term (ten years plus) yet output is likely to increase, resulting in an increase in GDP as a result of a productivity gain.

Ian Hancock

Ian Hancock

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Cloud survey series

A series of KPMG publications that address the challenges and opportunities facing users and providers of cloud.

More mature markets such as the USA suggest the adoption of cloud platforms is likely to be between 50 and 75 percent of relevant ICT requirements. At 75 percent adoption, and based on current Australian GDP, this would result in opex and capex savings of 25 percent and 50 percent respectively.


The transformative impact of cloud
Cloud is transformative in that it is creating new business opportunities as companies harness its power to efficiently facilitate new revenue, services and businesses. It is breaking down barriers in the supply chain and creating more effective and timely interaction between clients and suppliers. It is delivering speed, agility and cost reduction to IT and other functional areas within the enterprise. Its transformative impact can readily be seen in areas such as HR, CRM and IT Infrastructure.


Addressing the risk equation
Any change requires an evaluation of the inherent risks and a strategy to mitigate them. The cloud is not different. In addition to service delivery models and policies, a robust matrix should consider the storage of sensitive data, regulatory compliance issues, new data security and data controls and disaster recovery scenarios. Tax implications and international data access laws should also be considered.


Key participants in the cloud
As enterprises first approach the cloud, their tendency is to perceive the work as primarily IT-centric. But in reality the cloud is being driven by an ecosystem of participants. It is therefore vital to think of the evolution of cloud environments in terms of three broad sets of people and principals: service providers, business users and IT users. Any cloud implementation requires cooperation, agreement and compromise.

How we can help
Cloud calls for executives to challenge their thinking, to look at old problems in a new light and to create new opportunities. KPMG's Technology Advisory group assists enterprises to balance their objectives, needs and wants against real capabilities and risks.


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