A new Gartner survey shows that the majority of cloud application buyers cited cost, innovation and agility as the primary reasons they adopt cloud solutions.

Gartner also found software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments are quickly becoming "mission critical" for organizations across the globe.

"The most commonly cited reasons the survey found for deploying SaaS were for development and testing production/mission-critical workloads," Gartner Research Vice President Joanne Correia said in a prepared statement. "This is an affirmation that more businesses are comfortable with cloud deployments beyond the front office running salesforce automation (SFA) and email."

Survey researchers also pointed out that many chief information officers (CIOs) are focused on using the cloud "to establish a modern, innovative IT environment."

Non-IT professionals, however, often view the cloud strictly as a tool that they can use to reduce their operating costs, according to survey officials.

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Other survey results included:

  • 44 percent of respondents said overall cost reduction is their main reason for investing in cloud apps. Senior business executives (excluding CIOs) also rated cost reduction as a key benefit for investing in cloud apps, but not at the same rate as IT professionals.
  • Researchers said the key drivers for SaaS included the fact that "hands-off" IT enables an organization to redirect a limited in-house staff to other responsibilities since the SaaS provider is responsible for ongoing IT support.
  • Security, privacy and fear of government snooping remain leading concerns for respondents that do not use public cloud-based models.
  • The traditional deployment model for on-premises software is expected to shrink from 34 percent today to 18 percent by 2017.

The Gartner survey included responses from cloud app buyers across 10 countries.

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