More than half of the large enterprises in Hong Kong are rated the most conservative in Vanson Bourne's latest cloud adoption study.

Commissioned by NTT Com Security, the survey interviewed more than 700 IT decision makers across the world. The majority (86%) of the 50 Hong Kong organizations interviewed have a headcount of 500+. The study identifies respondents with five different cloud personas defined by their extent of cloud adoption and level of enthusiasm for cloud computing.

While controllers are the most conservative cloud computing adopters with a lack of cloud enthusiasm, other personas include accepters, experimenters, believers, and embracers who are the most cloud-enthusiastic and have benefitted most from its use.

The survey indicates that 56% of the Hong Kong respondents are controllers (24%) and accepters (32%). In addition, more than one-fifth (22%) of large enterprises in Hong Kong havn't adopted any cloud technologies compared to the global average of 14%.

Enterprises in Hong Kong also lag behind in innovation, as only 16% indicate that they are actively seeking and experimenting new and emerging technologies, versus the global average of 34% and Singapore's 41%.

"The report suggests that large enterprises in Hong Kong are behind in integrating cloud as part of their infrastructure when compared with their counterparts in other parts of the globe," said Catherine Kung, regional director at NTT Com Security. "It seems that the growing challenges of compliance and security are playing their part in this."

Security and compliance challenges

Both compliance and security are the major issues holding back Hong Kong from cloud adoption. According to the survey results, 86% of the local IT decision makers indicate compliance issues cause a slower cloud adoption than anticipated while 38% sees security as a major concern when deploying new services or changing how an existing service is delivered. Hong Kong's neighbor Singapore sees cost (45%) as its top concern.

"Globally cloud adoption seems to be based on how quickly issues such as security and cost can be reconciled," said Garry Sidaway, global director of security strategy at NTT Com Security. "Once businesses have the right policies in place, they rapidly advance the number of services and applications delivered via the cloud."