A worldwide survey of 1,250 C-level executives and IT directors shows that 81 percent of firms have already moved at least some of their IT systems into the cloud.
The survey, conducted by outsourcer Capgemini, its testing services arm Sogeti and HP, looked at the state of application quality and testing practices across multiple industries and geographies.
"The emergence of new technologies such as cloud-based services is fuelling the need for stringent testing and quality assurance, as application security becomes vital for ensuring quality and mitigating risk," says the report.
It adds, "Most organisations (85 percent) recognise their application portfolios are in need of rationalisation and that mission critical applications implemented using outdated technology must be revised and updated to increase efficiency."
The report found that 42 percent of companies plan to increase their budget allocation for application quality assurance and testing.
It adds that emerging economies are the fastest adopters of cloud infrastructure. Over a third of Chinese companies (37 percent) plan to migrate between 11 and 25 percent of their applications to the cloud in the next year, with a further 40 percent making arrangements to host between 26 and 50 percent.
In contrast, 24 percent of companies in North America and 18 percent of Western and Northern European companies indicate they still have no interest in migrating their applications to the cloud.
Raf Howery, Capgemini vice president of global channels and partners, said, "Migrating high quality applications to the cloud is a natural progression as it offers a cost effective, reliable and agile arena to create and test them in.
"Further investment in quality assurance, especially in developed markets, will help ensure companies can flourish in the cloud once the technology is fully adopted."