CIOs Focusing on Cloud Application Performance

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 08-29-2013 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

While just about every CIO plans to move to the cloud in one form or another, a new survey of 468 CIOs conducted by Research in Action on behalf of Compuware finds that confidence in cloud application performance is not very high. Sixty-four percent of respondents say they have concerns about application performance in cloud, while 79 percent have accepted that fact that there are likely to be additional hidden costs when moving to the cloud. Also, very few CIOs appear to possess the tools to measure cloud application performance or have the processes in place to control costs. That may account for why the primary cloud areas that CIOs are investing in are comparatively routing functions such as application testing and backup and recovery, which are areas where performance requirements may not be as stringent. Longer term, CIOs are clearly signaling they have little patience for managing isolated stacks of instances of cloud computing, with 25 percent identifying full integration as the most important long-term cloud computing trend.

 
 
 
  • Top Five IT Investment Areas for 2013

    Cloud infrastructure tops the list but by a small margin. Cloud Infrastructure: 12%, Flexible Renegotiation of Outsourcing Contracts: 10%, Business Analytics, Big Data and In-Memory Computing: 9%, SAP Consolidation: 9%, Mobile Apps: 8%
    1-Top Five IT Investment Areas for 2013
  • Top Five IT Investment Areas for the Long Term

    Cloud computing leads the pack, trouncing other technologies. Cloud Computing: 17%, Mobile IT: 14%, Business Analytics, Big Data and In-Memory Computing: 11%, Smart Computing and Automation: 11%, IT Consumerization: 10%
    2-Top Five IT Investment Areas for the Long Term
  • Top Investment Areas in the Cloud

    Routine use cases still dominate, but mission-critical applications are starting to climb up the list. Cloud for Test and Backup: 24%, Implementing Private Clouds: 17%, Public and Hybrid Clouds: 15%, SAP in the Cloud: 9%, Cloud Security: 8%
    3-Top Investment Areas in the Cloud
  • Most Important Long-Term Trend in the Cloud

    CIOs’ concerns about isolated cloud stacks are high. Full Cloud Integration: 25%, Cloud SLAs and QoS: 14%, Cloud Service Broker: 13%, Business Apps in the Cloud: 11%, Cloud Security: 9%
    4-Most Important Long-Term Trend in the Cloud
  • Which of the Following Cloud Services Do You Expect to Use in Next Two Years?

    Sales and marketing applications should dominate the cloud. (Numbers refer to responses.) E-Commerce: 379 , Web Analytics: 358 , Public Cloud and SaaS: 356 , Public Cloud and IaaS: 346 , Ad Services: 344 , Social Media: 342
    5-Which of the Following Cloud Services Do You Expect to Use in Next Two Years?
  • Concerned with Hidden Cloud Costs

    The vast majority of respondents realize there are a lot of potential downstream issues. Yes: 370 respondents, No: 76 respondents, Don't Know: 22 respondents
    6-Concerned with Hidden Cloud Costs
  • Three Largest Cloud Management Concerns

    Performance issues in the cloud are a top-of-mind issue. Poor End User Experience Caused by Bottlenecks: 301 respondents, Impact of Poor Performance on Brand: 239 respondents, Loss of Revenue Caused by Availability and Performance Issues: 204 respondents
    7-Three Largest Cloud Management Concerns
  • Main Metric Used to Track Cloud Application Performance

    There isn’t much sophistication actually being applied., Availability and uptime: 33%, Response Time: 24%, End User Experience: 18%, Ping: 12%, Business Transaction Management: 9%
    8-Main Metric Used to Track Cloud Application Performance
  • Top Investment Area for Application Performance Management in 2013

    Companies have a lot of complexity to content with now. N-Tier Application Performance Management: 19%, Real-Time Monitoring With Big Data Integration: 16%, Cloud Application Performance: 14%, End-to-End SLAs: 13%, CMDB Integration: 10%
    9-Top Investment Area for Application Performance Management in 2013
  • Most Important Long-Term Application Performance Trends

    The main challenges involve making the cloud work to its full potential. Real-Time Big Data: 19%, Full Cloud Performance Management: 19%, Integrated Cost and Performance Management: 16%, Converged Business Process Performance Management: 14%, True End to End SLAs: 11%
    10-Most Important Long-Term Application Performance Trends
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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