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.
This is according to a research report titled 'Trends in Application Delivery Strategies' - conducted by Gatepoint Research on behalf of cloud services provider Akamai Technologies, Inc - which polled 350 IT decision makers across a variety of industries.
In addition to providing insight into how quickly enterprises plan to move applications to the Internet, the survey also highlights related concerns. For example, security remains the top concern for respondents (87 percent). Besides that, 66 percent worry about performance and 45 percent are concerned about reliability.
The survey also revealed that the most common applications currently running over the Internet are: websites and web applications (71 percent), email services (57 percent), content and collaboration sites and portals (51 percent), e-Learning (47 percent), and mobile or mobile web back-end apps (46 percent).
In terms of planned investment, big data was cited to be the primary focus for respondents, with 55 percent saying it's their top area of investment in 2014.
Another key finding of the survey is that almost all respondents (96 percent) employ users who access business applications on a mobile device; and 22 percent said more than half of their users access their business applications on a mobile device too.
"Trends such as globalisation, 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 maximise 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," he added.
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