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Cloudservice usage in National emergency supply organization

This story highlights the contents and findings of a survey, which was conducted In the beginning of the year 2024. Survey was about cloud services usage in National emergency supply organisation i.e. in private companies on various fields of industry. Over 100 companies took part in the survey.

This writing highlights 2024 cloud services usage survey findings - a view to into situational info on the usage of cloud services in NESO (National emergency supply organization) companies. 

 

Cloudservices usage overall!

According to the survey cloud services are here to stay. 60 % of the organisations has adopted cloud services and 80 % plans on increasing the portion of cloud services within the following couple of years. The reason for growth in usage seem to be easiness, flexibility and cost efficiency. This is at least what most of the respondents of the survey say. Overall penetration of the cloud services is already over 65% of the application base and will be over 80% after couple of years. This means that the dependency of the services is growing and it increases the significance of functioning telecommunications.

Penetration of cloudservices
Penetration of cloudservices in NESO 2024

Some good and some challenges

There is lots of good in cloud services. But to be able to seize the advantages reguires knowhow - especially to be able to implement secure cloud services. Respondents reported that implementation of Information security required more work than initially planned for thus creating surprises in the overall costs. 

Cloudservices in critical operations – some caution observed

When talking about the critical operations of any company (Business critical or critical emergency supply chain operations), many are utilizing cloud services cautiously. Only 40 % of the respondents have report operating critical operations in cloud environment. And 12 % are not using cloud services at all in the critical operations. Most common reasoning behind the decision making here is related to the connectivity. Which should not be an issue in Finland, where the connections to surrounding world have been ensured in many ways and telecom operators and officials are working in cooperation to keep the networks up and running.

Decision making related to cloud services - More than just the costs

When asking for the topics affecting the decision making, the price was not the only reason for usage. Easiness and the overall architecture are equally important. Modern architectures often are more easily implemented in cloud services thus supporting the usage. Fortunately many reported emergency supply criticality being one viewpoint in decision making, which it should be. 

The future of cloud service usage?

The usage of cloud services will increase, and as the dependency to them increases so does the need for skills and especially information security capabilities will be underlined. Despite the fact that cloud services will bring flexibility and modern technologies, the preparedness and security of supply needs to be kept in mind.

Commonly asked questions related to cloudservice usage - FAQ

We aim to answer these questions through the knowledge of experts in our could services faction.  

  1. What functions of the company can be taken to clouds?
  2. What limitations there are to the emergency supply critical operations (if any)?
  3. What service prociders or geographical areas should be avoided? 
  4. Is there a national level instruction or plan for cloud based disasters?
  5. How the user can make sure that the information is kept safe?
  6. How easy it is to change between cloud services or service providers?

These were the survey findings from 2024 survey on cloud service usage. Make justifiable decisions which will lead to secure cloud service usage. 

Report on cloud services usage 2024

You can download the report through this link.

The report describes the current usage of cloud services in NESO companies. It gives some estimates on how the companies see the future of cloud services and it also raises topics in which the companies should pay attention to.