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Cloud Computing Trends Report: Understanding IT Maturity Patterns and Practices

As cloud
computing matures, a growing number of organizations are moving to cloud
environments to help lower IT costs, increase efficiencies, and realize greater
flexibility.

Many
organizations considering cloud adoption can benefit from timely trends
analysis research; and simple, well-organized information about their IT
environment to understand their current IT state and where they will be if they
adopt a particular cloud service. 

Today Microsoft releases the Trends in cloud computing report, which
analyzes the results of current IT maturity and adoption practices of
organizations worldwide that have used the free Cloud Security Readiness Tool (CSRT).
The data consists of answers provided by people who used the CSRT over a
six-month period between October 2012 and March 2013. Approximately 5700
anonymous responses to the CSRT’s 27 questions were received from around the
world. 

In October
2012, Microsoft released the free Cloud Security Readiness Tool (CSRT) to help organizations assess
their IT environment and evaluate the benefits of cloud adoption. Organizations
are using the CSRT to better understand their systems, processes, policies, and
practices. The tool provides a survey and a custom, noncommercial report to
understand and improve an organization’s current IT state, learn about relevant
industry regulations, and receive guidance on how to evaluate different cloud
options. 

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