An IDC survey has some insights on the topic. The survey was of 332 IT and line-of-business executives, predominantly based in North America, and spread across large, medium and small enterprises. The results are:
- Almost half of the respondents claimed there would be no impact But over half of the executives stated that they are, indeed, adjusting their approach to market conditions.
- Twenty-four percent are reacting to the recession by moving more aggressively in the cloud/SaaS direction: either doing more evaluation, beginning to adopt, or increasing their adoption of IT cloud services.
- Fourteen percent are reducing their pace of cloud/SaaS adoption
- The largest portion of customers leaning more aggressively toward the cloud model are in the “more evaluation” stage. This makes 2009 and 2010 a very important time for suppliers to be actively educating the marketplace about the cloud model and their cloud offerings
Source: IDC Blog