The adoption of the enterprise cloud has meant something different to the organizations bringing it in. Some recent reports, one from Verizon and one from Dimensional Research, have shown that the cloud has become popular for both storage and business intelligence for the enterprise.

In the Verizon study titled "State of the Enterprise Cloud Report," the company said that cloud adoption was up 90 percent from 2012 to 2013. The expansion of virtual machines, with a primary use of storage, grew by 35 percent in this same time period. The organization said it is clear that businesses have seen that the cloud can provide a quality service at a low cost, especially for mission-critical applications.

Another report by Dimensional research found that business intelligence and analytics were getting big use in the cloud. Approximately 80 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their use of business intelligence in the cloud, versus 51 percent saying they were satisfied with their on-premises solutions. This report also found that 83 percent of respondents believe the cloud BI solutions offer better and quicker implementation, 80 percent said using on-premises tools involve more people to manage the cloud and 60 percent said BI solutions are more user friendly and require less training.

"These results strongly confirm that cloud business intelligence solutions are strongly preferred, offering faster, easier and much more economical deployment and lower total cost of ownership, along with superior ease of use, which drives broader user adoption within the organization," said Dimensional Research senior analyst Diane Hagglund. "The truth is that regardless of how beautiful your application is, how many features it offers, or how much it costs–if employees don't use it, all of that is irrelevant."