IT organizations view cloud computing as a top investment priority in 2011, according to a recent survey.

The survey, which was conducted by Unisys, polled 262 respondents online.

According to the survey's results, the top investment priority for IT organizations in 2011 is cloud computing, followed by mobile and end-user devices, security and cost reduction.

Forty-four percent of respondents indicated their companies view cloud computing as the top priority for the coming year, while 24 percent pointed to mobile and end-user devices as the primary focus area.

Cyber security is a primary concern for 17 percent of companies and reducing expenses is the primary IT investment priority for 15 percent of companies, according to the survey.

According to Unisys vice president Sam Gross, "these poll results are further evidence that organizations are no longer debating whether cloud computing makes sense for their organization." Companies are now investigating "how to get started and what type of cloud best fits their initial strategy," Gross said.

The survey's results reiterate the findings of a recent TechTarget survey, which suggested developments in cloud computing may be changing the way IT professionals spend their time. According to that survey, more than half of IT professionals spent more time on strategic planning in 2010 than 2009.