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Cloud computing adoption is expected to expand 24% between now and end-2012 among midsize Brazilian companies, Bruno Arrial, consulting analyst at Frost & Sullivan, told BNamericas.
The analyst was basing his forecast on a study conducted of 90 midsize companies in the country to identify cloud computing adoption trends and penetration, as well as the drivers and barriers to investment in this market.
According to the report, lack of knowledge regarding the use and benefits of cloud computing are the main barriers to adoption in Brazilian midsize companies.
"We initially asked them if they've ever heard about cloud computing. The majority of them said yes, but most also said that they don't have much information about how it works, so they didn't feel confident on deciding whether to adopt the technology. They have a notion of the benefits, but they don't make the connection between the benefits and the impact of this technology on their business," Arrial said.
From the total, 55.6% of respondents are currently using partial solutions, like emails.
"Another of the issues we identified was that most of the companies don't have a full-time IT employee, who is an important decision maker. So the decision to adopt [the cloud] is left to management or the board of directors," Arrial said.
Frost said that 68.8% of respondents were interested in purchasing cloud computing solutions during the next year; most of these companies said they preferred to do it with the help of external specialists.