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Next year companies will shift business applications to internet

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Akamai Technologies released research that shows companies are increasingly transitioning to delivering and consuming business applications via the Internet.

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Although 50 percent of respondents report running less than 20 percent of their business applications over the Internet today, 43 percent expect to deliver the majority of their applications over the Internet in the next year.

The "Trends in Application Delivery Strategies" survey, which was conducted by Gatepoint Research on Akamai's behalf earlier this year, polled 350 enterprise IT decision makers.

A majority (65 percent) of respondents hold high-level management positions in Fortune 1000 companies and participants hailed from a variety of industries, including business and financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and transportation. Nearly half (46 percent) of respondents represent global enterprises, with more than one-fifth of users operating outside of the U.S.

In addition to providing insight into how quickly enterprises plan to move applications to the Internet, the survey also highlights related concerns. For example, security remains the top concern for respondents (87 percent). Further, 66 percent worry about performance and 45 percent are concerned about reliability.

The most common applications currently running over the Internet are: websites and web applications (71 percent), email services (57 percent), content and collaboration sites and portals (51 percent), mobile or mobile web back-end apps (46 percent), and e-Learning (47 percent)

In terms of planned investment, big data is the primary focus for respondents, with 55 percent saying it's their top area of investment in 2014

Other key areas of investment in 2014 for respondents include: mobile or mobile web back-end apps (39 percent), websites or web applications (34 percent), content and collaboration sites and portals (34 percent), disaster recovery and backup services (26 percent), and customer relationship management (CRM) (28 percent).

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