January 12, 2011 By News Staff
The future of IT appears cloud friendly, according to a study of the top 10 “cloud-friendly” U.S. cities, with Boston taking the top rank for being the most cloud-friendly for large companies and Washington, D.C., for small and medium business.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, Microsoft released Cloud Computing as an Engine of Growth: Top U.S. Cities, a survey that includes information from 2,000 IT decision-makers in 10 U.S. cities.
The survey’s objective was to “better understand IT decision-makers across multiple industries, and their current and planned adoptions of cloud-based technology solutions to grow revenue, launch new lines of business, hire staff and innovate.”
The survey measured four major areas:
Some major findings in the survey showed that: 54 percent of national respondents said they’re hiring as a result of cloud services; 30 percent of small and medium businesses, and 44 percent of enterprise respondents think companies embracing the cloud are innovative; and while larger companies appear to be using and enjoying the cloud’s benefits, small and medium businesses haven’t fully embraced cloud computing as a business opportunity.
According to the study, the top 10 cloud-friendly cities for enterprise-size companies are:
2. New York City
4. San Francisco
6. Washington, D.C.
8. Los Angeles/Orange County, Calif.
The top 10 cloud-friendly cities for small and medium businesses are:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles/Orange County, Calif.
10. New York City
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