Microsoft highlights IDC report showcasing significant benefits for Azure customers

In September, Microsoft brought brand new applications to business users powered by Azure AI. Then, earlier this month, the tech giant teamed up with Swiss multinational pharmaceutical firm Novartis to transform medicine through the power of Azure.

Today, the Redmond firm has highlighted a recently published Microsoft-sponsored International Data Corporation (IDC) report. The research showcases the significant advantages that Azure customers, particularly those who use the cloud computing platform for compliance needs, can gain. A total of 12 organizations were surveyed, having an average employee base of over 12,000 people, along with an average external customer/user base numbering around 255,000.

According to the key findings noted in the released white paper, these are the benefits that may be observed by such customers:

  • Five-year return on investment (ROI) of 465 percent, worth an average of $4.29 Million.
  • Six-month payback on investment.
  • 47 percent reduction in unplanned downtime.
  • 35 percent reduction in compliance-related penalties.
  • A 24 percent increase in productivity for regulatory compliance teams.

Almost half of the surveyed organizations had Azure Blueprints deployed, enabling adherence to common compliance standards such as ISO 27001, PCI DSS, and NIST SP 800-53. These organizations noted the benefits offered in terms visibility of threats, security management, and more.

Moreover, customers especially focused on meeting regulatory and compliance requirements related to governmental, healthcare, and financial sectors cite Azure Policy as having an important impact on the relevant tasks. More specifically, the advantages outlined by customers include better workload management and reduced risk, increased audit efficiency, and state-of-the-art security.

You can learn more about the findings of this research by downloading the original report here.

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