More than half of Belgian company offices use cloud applications

At the moment, 53 percent of the Belgian commercial and public company offices make use of applications from the cloud. The speed of growth has thus declined somewhat compared to several years ago. A number of branches stick out from the rest. First governmental institutions. Here the use of SaaS solutions is considerably lower than in the other segments. The transport sector too is rather reticent. What is striking is the difference between the various regions. The use of SaaS solutions is twice as high in Flanders as it is in Wallonia, respectively 61 percent compared to 28 percent. For the Brussels-Capital Region, the use of solutions from the public could is 46 percent. This emerges from an analysis by Computer Profile of more than 3000 interviews that were in the past year with Belgian locations with 50 employees or more.

Now there are various methods for measuring and indicating the degree of the use of applications from the public cloud. Whether a location makes use of applications from the cloud (penetration at location level) is one way. In addition, an indication can be given at application level of what part of all applications identified refer to a cloud version. Below we show the ratios for all applications identified by Computer Profile.

For all the applications (for end users) identified by Computer Profile in the companies interviewed, around 12 percent were in 2016 a solution from the (public) cloud. The share of “hosted” applications is slightly smaller and is around 9 percent. This includes applications that run in a datacenter of an external service provider. This includes solutions that fall under the label “private cloud” solutions. Solutions that run on-premises (local) still form the largest group. The growth of hosted and cloud use is, howerver, at the expense of on-premises solutions. The remaining part (“Remote”) refers to those solutions that run on systems within a company’s own organisation, but outside its own location. So sister or parent locations. This group has remained virtually unchanged in recent years.

Cloud applications are often HR and Office

For each application listed by Computer Profile we asked whether or not it was a solution from the public Cloud, a hosted or private Cloud solution, or whether the application still operates on premises within one’s own organisation. If we look at the public cloud solutions encountered, then E-banking applications are still the largest group in this. Around 3 out of 10 of the identified Cloud applications are an E-banking application. HR applications (including salary processing software) form a group that is almost as large. The fastest growing cloud application is the Office applications. The roll-out of Office 365 by Microsoft means that currently 21 percent of the Cloud applications are an office application. All other applications form less than 10 percent of the total number of cloud solutions identified.

Suppliers of Cloud applications

The various types of Cloud applications that we encounter are inextricably linked to the vendors of these applications. Looking through the vendor spectacles we see that Isabel is the most prevalent vendor. Beyond that, the fastest grower in the top 5 is Microsoft. Almost one quarter of the solutions from the cloud encountered are a Microsoft application. That is for a large part due to the emergence of Office 365 mentioned earlier. But Microsoft is also mentioned as the supplier of solutions such as Exchange and SharePoint from the cloud, and Dynamics CRM and ERP from the cloud.