A 50-country survey conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) has found that business enablers are the primary factors in making cloud decisions, ahead of financial considerations.
Environmental considerations are the least important, at least in the minds of the 250 respondents (85% of whom were cloud users).
The issues that respondents felt least confident about were (with the least listed first):
Government regulations keeping pace with the market
International data privacy
Contract lock in
Data ownership and custodian responsibilities
Longevity of suppliers
Integration of cloud with internal systems
Credibility of suppliers
Testing and assurance
"One of the most interesting findings is that governance issues recur repeatedly on the list of the top 10 concerns," said Greg Grocholski, CISA, international president of ISACA.
"As cloud services continue to evolve, it is critical that we work together as an industry to provide insights and recommendations on these issues so that service and solution providers can look to innovate and deliver what the cloud services market needs to advance and what enterprises need to succeed," he added.
Respondents felt it would be take around four years before cloud is regarded as a mature technology.
The survey report is available here.