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Surprising results were just released in a survey commissioned by Citrix and the survey goes on to highlight a few more astonishing items.
I was rather alarmed at the results from this national survey that found most Americans are still confused by cloud computing. Even though “the cloud” has become an everyday buzzword and people seem to (or pretend to) know what the cloud is. This survey showed that most respondents believe the cloud is related to weather, while some referred to pillows, drugs and even toilet paper.
First – the results
- 95% of those who think they’re not using the cloud, actually are
- 59% (3 in 5) believe the “workplace of the future” will exist entirely in the cloud
- 40% believe accessing work information at home in their “birthday suit” would be an advantage
- 51% of people believe stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing
- More than 1/3 agree that the cloud allows them to share information with people they’d rather not be interacting with in person
- 68% recognized its economic benefits after being provided with the definition of the cloud
- 14% have pretended to know what the cloud is during a job interview
As you can see from the above findings there is still a lot of confusion about the cloud and what it does and does not do.
If you do your banking online, shop online, use a social media website or store music or photos online – you are using the cloud and 95% of people didn’t know they were using the cloud.
The survey which was conducted this month, asked over 1000 people nationwide about the cloud.
Many believe that the cloud can save our economy with 68% recognizing the economic benefits after learning more about the cloud. Many believe that the cloud can help small business and consumers alike by lowering cost and gaining immediate access to services and products.
One of the major things this survey shows is the fact that the cloud is becoming mainstream, but some perceptions and realities of cloud computing still need to be cleared up.
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