As organizations search for ways to get better supply chain technology, cloud services are becoming a natural choice for ease of use, flexibility, and cost. At the same time, a natural skepticism remains, as organizations try to insure that they can secure their data and meet compliance obligations.
“As supply chain managers target even greater efficiencies, one overarching cloud-based strategy can be used to enhance cost improvements and performance: establishing a 'control tower' to coordinate and orchestrate the elements that make up the supply chain,” said a recent report from Accenture titled Supply Chain Management in the Cloud.
The growth of cloud-based solutions of all types is experiencing startling growth. By 2018, 59% of the total cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads, up from 41% in 2013, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2013–2018.
To reach these adoption levels, though, organizations need to overcome some basic concerns. In survey released last month, cloud services company Evolve IP released findings of its 3rd annual cloud survey, which polled 1,000 respondents in North America about the current state of cloud adoption. Security was identified as the key concern by more than half of those polled (55%), a figure that hasn't budged since the start of the survey. In addition, seven out of ten of those companies that had not yet deployed a cloud solution cited security as a top concern.
Meanwhile, more people than ever before pointed to compliance as a concern, with 40% of those surveyed pointing to it as a concern, compared to 31% last year and the same 40% in 2013.
Take a look at the infographic below from Evolve IP for more detailed statistics. Then let us know about your biggest concerns and best practices around security and compliance when putting supply chain apps in the cloud in the comments section below.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN
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