Other survey findings showed more systems of records are being moved to the cloud despite notions that they never would. The survey revealed 38% of respondents have already deployed systems of records apps to the public cloud, and 89% plan to increase their systems of records to the cloud.

“The idea that only systems of engagement will be fast, will be responsive, I think is just nonsense,” said Rymer. “We need all of our applications to be responsive, even systems of records.”

The survey also reported private and internal clouds are going to play a greater role in enterprise cloud strategies over the next two years.

For those wondering when to get started in the cloud, Rymer believes the time is now. “If you haven’t started yet [or] if you are early in your adoption, this is extremely good news because it means that there are a lot of people out there, a lot of pioneers out there that haven taken arrows in their backs,” he said. “There is a lot of expertise available to help create a strategy, implement a strategy and start really using the cloud.”

The study surveyed 200 IT leaders in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. More information is available here.

“This is the next platform for all of us,” Rymer said. “The hard work here is really organizing ourselves and designing our own transformation to take advantage of the benefits that cloud offers.”