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Bitglass Report: Microsoft Office 365 Surges Ahead of Google Apps

By Bitglass | Aug 27, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Bitglass, the Total Data Protection company, today announced the results of its second annual Cloud Adoption Report . The global report shows a dramatic coup by Microsoft Office 365 (O365), which overtook Google for the lead in cloud email and productivity since last year's report . Microsoft O365 adoption grew more than 300% to 25.2 percent of enterprises compared to just 7.7 percent last year. Even with the scale tipping towards Microsoft, Google is still growing its enterprise user base, up to 22.8 percent from 16.3 percent last year. Overall, nearly half (48 percent) of enterprises are using cloud-based productivity and email suites. What’s more, the Bitglass report finds that nearly 60 percent organizations with more than 1,000 employees embrace cloud technologies.

This year’s report draws on the largest data set available on this topic, leveraging automated, cloud-based analysis of real-world traffic data from nearly 120,000 organizations globally. The focus of the report includes major enterprise cloud applications, including Microsoft O365, G Suite, Salesforce and Box.

“Cloud adoption is at an all-time high and Microsoft is winning over Google. The surprise is that large corporations, even in heavily regulated industries, are gaining confidence in using cloud apps,” says Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass. “The increased focus on security, including the emergence of third-party security services from cloud access security brokers , are filling critical gaps, paving the way for broader adoption of cloud apps in the enterprise.”

Key findings:

• Microsoft vs. Google: O365 is the New King of the Hill Microsoft O365 tripled its market share from 7.7 percent in 2014 to 25.2 percent this year. Comparatively, while G Suite jumped from 16.3 percent to 22.8 percent.
• Large Organizations Rapidly Moving to the Cloud Overall adoption of cloud-based email in organizations with more than 1,000 employees rose drastically from 18 percent to 57 percent. Meanwhile, organizations with fewer than 500 employees nearly doubled from 24 percent to 44 percent during the past year.
• Regulated Industries Swiftly Moving to the Cloud In regulated industries, organizations with more than 1,000 employees showed great interest in G Suite and Microsoft O365. Since 2014, G Suite has shown a 200 percent increase (from five percent to 15 percent) and O365 has observed an incredible 500 percent increase from five percent to 30 percent).
• EMEA and APAC Outpace North America Cloud Adoption; Finland Leads with Nearly 80 Percent Adoption International data shows EMEA (at 59 percent) and APAC (at 61 percent) outpaced North American (at 48 percent) in the adoption curve. Finland embraced the cloud more than any other country with 78 percent of enterprises using Google or Microsoft. Both APAC and EMEA showed higher adoption of critical security solutions such as single sign-on (SSO).

To access the 2015 Bitglass Global Cloud Adoption Report, visithere.

About Bitglass
Bitglass ( is a Cloud Access Security Broker that delivers innovative technologies that transcend the network perimeter to deliver total data protection for the enterprise -- in the cloud, at access, on mobile devices, on the network and anywhere on the Internet. The company was recently named a 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor in Audit & Compliance. Bitglass was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Bitglass is based in Silicon Valley.