When we first started analyzing the data for the Bitglass 2015 Cloud Adoption report, even we were amazed at how quickly cloud apps have started to take root in the enterprise, with some apps, like Microsoft's Office 365, enjoying more than 300% growth in the past year alone!
Of course, we have been feeling this shift through our customer base for some time now. The Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) market has really taken off in the past year, with solutions for Office 365, G Suite, Salesforce, and the top couple of file sharing and sync apps now widely deployed in just about every major industry vertical.
While the statistics on over 120,000 enterprises are great, I thought I'd use this post to talk a bit more about what's behind some of the numbers.
- Adoption of cloud productivity suites has grown to a staggering 48% (combined share of G Suite and Microsoft Office 365). These suites include both an email component and a file sharing component (amongst other apps). Customers are readily moving email to the cloud suites, but adoption of Google Drive and OneDrive are much lower. Why? Concerns over key intellectual property being shared indiscriminately outside of the company. This concern is what initially drives many organizations to seek out a CASB.
- Regulated industries have begun to move much more aggressively to the cloud. These organizations require the ability to detect and control sensitive information like Social Security numbers and credit card numbers. In other words, they require key features like data leakage prevention and encryption for data-at-rest - capabilities that aren't typically included in cloud applications.
- Convenience still beats security in some cases. We found that while 25% of Salesforce customers have deployed single sign-on, only 7% of Box customers have done the same. There are a couple of reasons why - (1) Box has historically been deployed outside of IT; (2) Box requires an additional license ($$) in order to enable SSO; (3) enabling SSO requires a call to Box support and professional services to turn it on. These three, seemingly small, factors amount to a staggering difference in SSO adoption.
The massive growth in cloud adoption over the past year proves that cloud is here to stay, and I'm proud that CASBs like Bitglass are helping more and more organizations say yes to the cloud apps that their employees want and their businesses need.
BTW, if you haven't yet read the report, I highly encourage you to check it out.