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Cloud Adoption All-Time High; 59% of Orgs Worldwide Deploying

By Bitglass | Nov 15, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Office 365 Extends its Lead Over All Other Cloud Apps, Now Deployed in More Than One Third of Organizations

CAMPBELL, CA – (November 15, 2016) - Bitglass, the Total Data Protection company, today released its 2016 Cloud Adoption Report, its third annual Cloud Adoption report, which examines the cloud applications used in more than 120,000 organizations around the globe. With continued growth in use of Office 365 and G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work), overall cloud adoption has hit an all-time high. Fifty-nine percent of organizations worldwide now use one of these two apps, up from 48 percent in 2015. Slack is now among the fastest-growing enterprise cloud services, with at least some use in an estimated 33 percent of enterprises worldwide.

Using internally developed technologies, the Bitglass research team scanned cloud use of more than 120,000 companies to identify the primary cloud productivity suite used in each organization and whether key security technologies, such as single sign-on (SSO), are in use. Bitglass found that Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G Suite remain the most widely deployed cloud services in enterprises as they transition away from premises-based email and productivity applications. Office 365 continues to pull ahead of G Suite, and is deployed in more than one third (34.8 percent) of organizations while G Suite is used by 25 percent.

"Strong growth in the adoption of cloud applications is driving increased concern around data security," said Nat Kausik, CEO, Bitglass. "While SaaS providers do an excellent job of securing infrastructure, securing corporate data remains the responsibility of the enterprise.”

Key Findings:

  • Analysis of more than 120,000 domains indicates Office 365 is deployed in greater than one third (34.8 percent) of these organizations, while G Suite is used by 25 percent.
  • An estimated 33 percent of enterprises worldwide have tried Slack, massive growth for an app that launched less than three years ago. This includes both sanctioned and unsanctioned use of the app.
  • While mass adoption is still to come, SSO, considered the most basic cloud security function, is becoming more widely used. One in ten organizations now have some SSO solution deployed for their cloud apps.
  • Office 365 users are among the most security conscious, with 26 percent of them now using SSO, up from 22 percent a year ago. SSO usage among G Suite customers is also on the rise and is now at six percent, up from four percent in 2015.
  • Public companies favor Office 365 (48 percent) over G Suite (25 percent) nearly 2:1. Among private companies, the gap is not quite as wide, with 29 percent using O365 and 25 percent using G Suite.

To view the complete Bitglass 2016 Cloud Adoption Report, visit:

About Bitglass

Bitglass’ Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution provides enterprises with end-to-end data protection from the cloud to the device. It deploys in minutes and works with any cloud app on any device. Bitglass protects data on mobile devices without the hassles of MDM and enables enterprises to enforce corporate data security policies across apps like Office 365, Salesforce, and Exchange. Bitglass, based in Silicon Valley, was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution.