“We needed a way to drive down costs and time to market for our applications by at least an order of magnitude without sacrificing quality.”

- Ian Penny, Global Head of Distributed Technology Engineering and Architecture, JP Morgan Chase.

about the big bank’s decision to use Platform as a Service technology.

More from our global survey:

  • Well over half (58%) of respondents use the cloud to collaborate with partners on creating new products and services.
  • Roughly the same number build and host applications for customer service.
  • Nearly as many (54%) build and host applications for business collaboration.

Our global survey shows that cloud strategies have yielded substantial benefits to date, and expectations are high for the next three years. Among the results:

  • Over half of respondents (54%) have developed new products via the cloud, while 41% have developed new lines of business.
  • Planned adoption rates will bring rapid growth of cloud platforms across multiple business functions (e.g., HR, Finance) in the next three years, and will result in some functions being mostly cloud-based.

Think of private PaaS as cloud middleware for the enterprise — Platform-as-a-Service technology for on-premise service delivery behind a firewall, or an operating system for an enterprise private cloud.

From “Platform-as-a-Service: 6 Ways PaaS Will Change The Enterprise,” an article that discusses some of the basic ideas behind our research project.

Wait, why would the CIO of a business software giant take the time to attend a consumer electronics show? SAP’s Oliver Bussmann explains that we’re all consumers now.

Cloud platforms are transforming IT, according to our global survey.

  • More than two-thirds of respondents (69%) say cloud platforms have turned IT into a more strategic partner for the business.
  • A sizable majority (63%) say cloud platforms have transformed IT into a profit center.

We’ll continue to publish data and analysis from the survey here as we work on a series of papers about cloud platforms. Another part of our research — covered here and also informing those papers — involves a series of interviews with executives about the meaning of this data in the real world. More on that in the days and weeks ahead.

What concerns executives about moving to the cloud? Our global survey shows that security is the number one worry, and integration is a challenge.

  • The list of challenges associated with the use of business networks in the cloud is topped by security, cited by nearly two-thirds of respondents.
  • Ensuring consistent security is the most problematic area for respondents, with 42% calling it their biggest challenge—far and away the highest response to this question.
  • Well over half (58%) of respondents have purchased integration tools. A like number (55%) have a dedicated team that is focused on cloud integration, while 52% use integration-service providers.

As promised, some data from the survey on ways cloud platforms support mobile strategies across multiple areas.

    • Mobile cloud strategies are focused foremost on customers (31% of respondents), followed by internal productivity (23%).
    • Using the cloud to create new services around mobile devices or mobile apps has involved developing new, cloud-based offerings for 61% of respondents.

Check this site for more detail on this and other survey topics as we get deeper into the results.