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Business Strategy: Taking Cloud in Utilities to the Next Level

Business Strategy: Taking Cloud in Utilities to the Next Level

This IDC Energy Insights report analyzes the current and future application of cloud computing in utilities. The study — based on the IDC's 2014 CloudView Survey which interviewed 38 international senior utility executives — provides context for understanding why cloud remains an area of heightened attention at the highest levels of utility organizations. The information provided in this report will help utilities update their cloud road maps and ensure investments benefit the business.

"The utilities industry can no longer afford to deny the advantages of 'going into the cloud.' As security concerns are further debunked, utilities expect to see a significant push in their cloud strategy maturity in the next 24 months, so much so that they expect to make up lost ground and even supersede other industries," said Gaia Gallotti, research manager, IDC Energy Insights.

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IDC Energy Insights Opinion
In This Study
Definitions
Utilities Industry
Cloud Computing
The Eight Key Attributes of Cloud Services
Cloud Services Deployment Models
Survey Respondent Profiles
Situation Overview
Utilities' Cloud Strategies Lag Today
Utilities Leveraging Private Cloud Architectures
Utilities Leveraging Public Cloud Architectures
Utilities Leveraging Hybrid Cloud Architectures
Cloud Purchase Trends: The Battle Between IT and LOB
The Approach
Utilities' General Attitude Toward Cloud
Lack of IT Skill Sets is the Greatest Cloud Challenge for Utilities
Security Concerns Top Utilities' Cloud Inhibitors List
Reducing Costs and Headcount Top Utilities' Cloud Drivers
Future Outlook
Utilities Expect Service Providers to Have an Important Role in Their Cloud Strategies
Essential Guidance
Actions to Consider
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Related Research
Synopsis
Table: Utilities Respondent Job Titles
Table: Utilities Respondents' Influence over Decisions Related to Organization's Choices to Buy IT Products (Including Cloud Computing)
Figure: Cloud Services Deployment Models
Figure: Utilities Organizations' Age (% of Companies)
Figure: Utilities' Cloud Strategies Lag Today
Figure: Utilities' Current Use of Private Cloud
Figure: Utilities' Use of Private Cloud Architectures
Figure: Utilities' Current Use of Public Cloud
Figure: Utilities' Use of Public SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS
Figure: Utilities' Definition of Hybrid Cloud
Figure: Utilities' Current Use of Hybrid Cloud
Figure: Utilities' Cloud Purchases: The Battle Between IT and LOB
Figure: Utilities' General Attitude Toward Cloud
Figure: Most Difficult Challenges for Utilities When Implementing Cloud
Figure: Top Inhibitors for Utilities to Go into the Cloud
Figure: Top Drivers for Utilities to Go into the Cloud
Figure: Utilities' Cloud Strategies to Make a Leap in 24 Months

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