The enterprise cloud has fundamentally changed the nature of the company IT department. After all, the cloud is rapidly superseding physical storage platforms as the place companies choose to do business. Where the role of an IT executive was once to control the internal storage and infrastructure of the company, that job has largely shifted toward solidifying the enterprise presence in the cloud.

A recent online survey conducted by Unisys Corporation revealed that company IT leaders including CIOs are moving organizational operations to the enterprise cloud in ever-increasing numbers. The survey found that of the 350 IT personnel polled worldwide, more than 50 percent of companies with 1,000+ employees use a cloud service provider in some capacity. And within the same group of IT workers 53 percent of those surveyed said that their enterprise spending on cloud development is expected to increase over the next year. What the survey also suggested is that businesses are recognizing the distinction between the public and private cloud – and are widely choosing to set up shop in the latter because of the security infrastructure it provides.

"These results show that senior IT leaders are taking a pragmatic, measured approach to cloud adoption, making use of secure private cloud and as-a-service delivery models to ensure secure, consistent delivery of IT services to their employees and customers," said Unisys executive Colin Lacey.

A separate study shows the global appeal of the enterprise cloud
A larger-scale report carried out by 451 Research recently affirmed the broader business move toward the private cloud, and suggested that company sophistication within cloud platforms is growing quickly, according to Enterprise Irregulars. The study – which polled 2,000 companies spanning 11 countries – found that nearly half (45 percent) count sophisticated cloud functionality as part of their operations. Of those surveyed, an even larger number (58 percent) said they were actively looking into cloud application possibilities that could be deployed in the near future.

These numbers point not only to the growing sophistication of the cloud, but also to business' eagerness to join it. One likely reason companies are more comfortable migrating to the cloud is because they have a better understanding of the navigability of the enterprise cloud. Unlike the public cloud – which can deter companies because of the lack of control it offers – the private cloud is specifically tailored to optimizing organizational functionality, and is therefore quickly emerging as the singular platform for business.