Tracking cloud use and costs is an essential part of the IT function

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Businesses turn to the cloud in search of efficiency and cost savings, so being able to measure how successful a strategy is at these aims is important.

A survey by hybrid financial management provider Cloud Cruiser shows that 72 percent of respondents indicated that tracking cloud usage and costs is extremely or very important to their IT function.

The study by Dimensional Research surveyed 279 IT professionals who attended the recent Microsoft Ignite 2015 event and reveals that 92 percent of those surveyed say they are pursuing a cloud adoption strategy with the primary goals of improving IT efficiencies and reducing costs.

"This latest survey is representative of what we are seeing in the market with our partners and enterprise customers," says Deirdre Mahon, Chief Marketing Officer, Cloud Cruiser. "Once an organization gets serious about cloud, they quickly hit a wall in terms of tracking usage and gaining full control on forecasts -- essentially delivering services with efficiency and agility. Cloud Cruiser addresses that pain across the broadest range of cloud services today".

Other findings show what respondents would like to do if they had access to consumption or cloud usage information across their entire enterprise. Of those surveyed 57 percent would improve IT forecasting, 39 percent compare costs across different cloud service platforms, 37 percent implement showback and/or chargeback policies, 34 percent would expand their on-demand and self-service options access to the cloud and 30 percent would better match allocation to utilization.

The full survey results are available to download from the Cloud Cruiser website.

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