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Majority of Business Applications to Run over Internet in 2015

Akamai-sponsored study highlights cloud adoption strategies, current BYOD demands

Akamai has released research that shows companies are increasingly transitioning to delivering and consuming business applications via the Internet. Although 50 percent of respondents report running less than 20 percent of their business applications over the Internet today, 43 percent expect to deliver the majority of their applications over the Internet in the next year.

The “Trends in Application Delivery Strategies” survey, which was conducted by Gatepoint Research on Akamai’s behalf earlier this year, polled 350 enterprise IT decision makers. A majority (65 percent) of respondents hold high-level management positions in Fortune 1000 companies and participants hailed from a variety of industries, including business and financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and transportation. Nearly half (46 percent) of respondents represent global enterprises, with more than one-fifth of users operating outside of the U.S.

“Trends such as globalization, telecommuting and mobility continue to drive the shift to Internet-delivered applications, and enterprises today are working hard to keep up,” said Mike Afergan, senior vice president and general manager, Web Experience Business Unit, Akamai. “These survey results reinforce the demand for technology that provides greater security, reliability and speed for their business critical web applications. And as IT decision makers continue to look for ways to maximize the benefits of Internet application delivery, they want access to complementary solutions, such as those delivered by Akamai, that enable improved, global access to information and, ultimately, greater productivity.”

“Whether it’s facilitating global collaboration, making any number of business critical applications available to employees independent of location or device, or transmitting big data sets around the world, enterprises are turning to the Internet to make it happen,” continued Afergan. “Our Web Performance and Web Security Solutions are being used every day to help enterprises engage customers and employees with highly performing, personalized online experiences that are intended to increase productivity, grow revenue and reduce costs.”

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