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Thirty five percent of C-level respondents in a global survey have identified significant investments in legacy infrastructure as the reason they are not adopting cloud computing.

The survey, the fourth Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT) - 2011, conducted by the non-profit, IT Governance Institute (ITGI) polled 834 executives from 21 countries, divided almost evenly between business executives (CEOs, CFOs and COOs) and IT executives (CIOs and heads of IT).

According to the report, "Six out of 10 respondents currently use or plan to use cloud computing for non-mission-critical IT services, compared to four out of 10 who use it or plan to use it for mission-critical IT services. Those respondents not planning to use cloud computing cited data privacy and security concerns as the main reasons.

"It is also noteworthy that a significant number of respondents have concerns about reliability and one-third have significant legacy infrastructure investments that are influencing their cloud computing plans."

According to GEIT, "The top outcomes cited in this year's study are improved management of IT-related risk (mentioned by 42 percent of respondents) and better communication and relationships between business and IT (37 percent)."

It says: "The study analyses the degree to which the concept of GEIT is accepted by the C-suite and determines GEIT maturity levels, recognised frameworks, required/preferred certifications, and impact of current special-interest, GEIT-related topics.

"Of the C-level executives surveyed, 95 percent consider governance of enterprise IT important. This reveals an almost universally shared perception of IT as a critical contributor to overall business strategy, no matter where the organisation is on the path of GEIT maturity."

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