In general, with all the concerns about cloud security, the full migration of critical files, folders and documents to the cloud is far from becoming an overwhelming choice by the C-level suite.
Instead of an all-or-nothing choice, a large number of SMBs using SharePoint continue to opt for a hybrid solution, or a combination of public and private hosting solutions.
A recent online survey conducted by Redmond Magazine indicated that of the 300 respondents 46.3 percent had huge concerns about cloud security. In fact, 13 percent were choosing to dial down on the use of cloud hosting.
Still, organizations are keenly aware just how cost-effective it is to utilize the cloud. As such, collaboration in the cloud via SharePoint is expected to become a norm in the enterprise.
As Chris Buckley noted in a recent TweetJam certain steps must be adhered to when preparing to use the SharePoint cloud services:
"1) priorities of each workload, 2) governance strategy between cloud and on prem systems, 3) THEN focus on new functionality."
Granted, the 2013 release of SharePoint 2013 has been a driving force behind the Redmond Giant’s $2 billion business.
Still, when it comes to third-party vendors offering workable tools for SharePoint Online, not all of their programs are applicable for the “cloud version of SharePoint, according to Gartner at a recent symposium.
In addition, thanks to the many regulations and need for “custom implementation” a lot of organization’s are not ready to move critical data off-premise.
With Microsoft's Office Store recent opening the demand for SharePoint/Microsoft Office 365 apps has been "slim." Telling, perhaps, is the recent survey noted that while 62 percent of respondents said they were using "at least one" cloud application, a mere 8% indicated it was "SharePoint Online."