Retailers in Central and Eastern Europe Need More Information for Cloud Computing to Take Off, Says IDC
Prague, April 25, 2012 – The hype surrounding cloud has yet to penetrate deeply into the Central and Eastern European retail sector. In a recent survey by international marketing research company IDC covering the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia, more than half of the IT professionals working in retail indicated that none of their budget will be allocated to cloud in 2012. (Another 6.3% say they "don't know" how much is allocated.) This low figure reflects a lack of awareness about the cloud, as well as concerns over security, with the latter by far the number one inhibitor to cloud adoption.
"There is a sense that cloud computing is the same old technology with a new name," says Hana Chmelova, senior research analyst at IDC CEMA. "Some think of it as shared services, some as outsourcing, some as a mix of the two. Given that security concerns can be easily addressed through private and hybrid cloud models, this suggests that providers are not doing all they can to inform retailers of the benefits – not just for standard, backend IT, but also for retail-specific applications that can be quickly scaled up or changed as needed."
The survey also revealed that:
IDC believes that the market for cloud-based services among retailers in CEE is just getting started. Regular articles about cloud in retail trade publications and clearly defined value propositions (including case studies) will be needed for adoption to really take off. "In a sense, it is up to suppliers," says Chmelova. "The market is still fairly open. A supplier that can create an easy-to-use package that addresses security and regulations could walk away with it."
IDC's Retail Insights: Central and Eastern European Retail in the Cloud, 2012 (IDC #CEMA18430) presents insight into the attitudes of retail companies in selected CEE countries toward cloud computing. Based on a survey designed to ascertain the degree to which these organizations are using, or plan to use, cloud computing, the study reveals essential trends and attitudes among retailers in the still limited CEE cloud market. While cloud is not a priority, many retailers believe that deploying cloud services in their companies could reduce IT staff and save money.
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