What’s the Cloud’s Role in Digital Transformation?

What’s the Cloud’s Role in Digital Transformation?

What's the Cloud's Role in Digital Transformation?What’s the Cloud’s Role in Digital Transformation?

IT leaders consider digital transformation a top priority, but few have fully implemented technology needed to address initiatives critical to digital business.

Defining Digital TransformationDefining Digital Transformation

Engaging customers via smart, connected services (IoT): 63%, Use of cloud services rather than on-premise servers or VPN: 62%, Migrating on-premise applications to Infrastructure as a Service: 62%

Technologies Essential to Digital TransformationTechnologies Essential to Digital Transformation

Security: 91%, Identity management: 90%, Mobile security: 90%, Customer-facing mobile apps: 87%, Cloud adoption: 86%

Cloud Adoption Is a PriorityCloud Adoption Is a Priority

Cloud adoption is a top priority, but adoption by enterprises is in its infancy. Less than 10% of respondents said their enterprise is fully deployed in cloud environments, but 86% said the cloud is critical to digital transformation.

Adoption StagesAdoption Stages

50% of respondents have started migrating to either the private or public cloud; 38% use a mix of on-premise technology with a public or private/hybrid cloud; and 7% don’t use the cloud at all.

Cloud BenefitsCloud Benefits

75% of the respondents said the cloud makes it easier to manage mobile app infrastructures, and 82% said a cloud allows them to more easily manage secure partner ecosystems.

Security Is ImperativeSecurity Is Imperative

91% of respondents said security is important to their company’s digital transformation, but 82% said security became more complex, challenging and expensive to manage as they moved to the cloud. 58% feel more confident about security since moving to the cloud.

Security Impedes Migration of AppsSecurity Impedes Migration of Apps

Security is the biggest obstacle when migrating applications to the cloud, so enterprises have allocated more resources to secure the migration. 66% of respondents have also bought more security tools when they moved data to the cloud.

Identity and Access ManagementIdentity and Access Management

90% of respondents said identity and access management (IAM) technologies are key enablers of digital transformation, as well as secure mobile and cloud experiences.

Top IAM InitiativesTop IAM Initiatives

Employee access to mobile apps: 90%, Customer experience and engagement: 89%:, Employee access to cloud: 86%, Interactions with partner supply chain: 86%, Partner on-boarding: 83%, Internet of things (IoT): 80%

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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