There's a prevailing belief that many businesspeople are bypassing their IT departments and ordering up scads of cloud-based services. While there is a great deal of truth in this perception, the most successful engagements are the result of close partnerships between IT and the business side.

That's the gist of a new survey of 879 executives conducted by the IBM Center for Applied Insights, which finds that organizations taking the lead with cloud computing are those that develop a cloud strategy closely coordinated by their business and IT managers.

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