Companies investing in cloud, security and Big Data are growing faster

Organizations actively using cloud, mobility, big data or security technologies are experiencing up to 53 percent higher revenue growth rates than those that have not invested in these technologies, according to Dell. Despite this strong link between technology use and revenue growth, cost was cited as a main barrier to implementation or expansion of these technologies.


Organizations that have invested in technology are growing faster, recognizing the advantages of security and are becoming more strategic in their security-related investments.

Globally, organizations actively using big data, cloud and mobility have up to 53 percent higher growth rates than organizations not investing in these technologies. More specifically, those organizations using:

  • Big data experience 50 percent higher growth rates
  • On-premises cloud have 46 percent higher growth rates
  • Off-premises cloud have 51 percent higher growth rates
  • BYOD show 53 percent higher growth rates
  • Mobile applications show 44 percent higher growth rates.

Meanwhile, companies globally are recognizing the advantages of security and are becoming more strategic in their investments.

  • On average, 54 percent of an organization’s security budget is spent on implementing security plans rather than simply reacting to threats.
  • In fact, organizations with ‘better security’ as a business goal are more likely to have security plans in place for some or all types of security incidents (69 percent versus 58 percent of their counterparts where ‘better security’ is not a business goal).

For mobility, improved efficiency is the biggest benefit (39 percent). Other efficiency-related benefits include:

  • Business process improvement (21 percent)
  • Reduction in paperwork (21 percent).

For cloud, the top three benefits are also efficiency related:

  • Cost savings (42 percent)
  • Getting things done faster (40 percent)
  • Better allocation of IT resources (38 percent).

However, for big data, the key benefits are related to driving competitive advantage and customer growth and retention, including:

  • Better targeting of marketing efforts (41 percent – one of last year’s top three goals as well)
  • Optimization of ad spend (37 percent)
  • Optimization of social media marketing (37 percent).

In a similar vein, for security, the ability to more quickly respond to market conditions is a key benefit (77 percent of organizations with fledgling IT security programs, and 78 percent of organizations with established security solutions).

The 2014 report found that security was by far the biggest barrier to adoption of these technologies. This year, cost became a more pressing concern globally.For big data, cost is the biggest obstacle for organizations not yet using big data and also those currently using it.

For organizations that have big data but are not yet using it, the primary barriers are:

  • Not knowing if the benefits are worth the cost (20 percent)
  • The cost of IT infrastructure (18 percent)
  • The cost is too high to outsource analysis or operations (17 percent).

For organizations that are currently using big data, the cost of IT infrastructure is the primary barrier (29 percent). However, for organizations that are currently using big data, security is the second biggest concern (28 percent).


Interestingly, survey respondents with business (i.e., non-IT) titles see the challenges differently. For them:

  • Security is the top barrier (31 percent)
  • Cost is secondary (25 percent).

For cloud adoption and usage, cost and security are both large barriers. The top barrier depends on the perceived security level of the cloud type. Higher costs are most frequently top risks of adopting:

  • Private cloud, with 28% of organizations citing short-term cost risks and 23% citing long-term cost risks
  • Managed private cloud, with 28% of organizations citing short-term cost risks and 23% citing long-term cost risks
  • Hybrid cloud, with 30% of organizations citing short-term cost risks and 24% citing long-term cost risks.

Security is the biggest barrier to adoption of public clouds (44 percent) and SaaS (38 percent). In general, 42 percent of the small portion of organizations not formally using cloud yet said security issues were the reason—far more than any other reason named.

Cost concerns and security challenges seem to go hand in hand. The study found that an organization’s IT budget greatly impacted its level of security planning and implementation.

  • Below the $100,000 IT annual spend level, fewer than one in five organizations have comprehensive security plans.
  • Below the $25,000 IT annual spend level, fewer than half have formal security plans of any kind.
  • Alarmingly, below the $10,000 IT annual spend level, nearly one in five companies have no security policies at all—not even informal guidelines.



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