How ROI Analysis Supports a Smooth Cloud Migration

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-19-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How ROI Analysis Supports a Smooth Cloud Migration

    Organizations are seeing significant, budget-benefiting advantages in migrating to the cloud. Find out which critical needs are driving these efforts.
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    Different Paths
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    Different Paths

    40% of the IT and business executives surveyed said their organization plans to move to the cloud via mass migration or a cloud-first strategy, while 37% are moving just some apps to the cloud.
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    Biggest Cloud Migration Challenges
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    Biggest Cloud Migration Challenges

    Speeding up migration: 50%, Getting started/building a strategy: 28%, Managing existing cloud deployments: 22%
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    Where Current Workloads Are Running
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    Where Current Workloads Are Running

    On-premises (non-cloud): 43%, Private cloud: 20%, Public cloud: 18%, Hybrid cloud: 11%
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    Critical Cloud Drivers
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    Critical Cloud Drivers

    Disaster recovery/business continuity: 34% Regulatory compliance regarding data: 28% Improved agility/flexibility to respond to business needs: 27% Reduced capital costs: 26%
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    Budget Boost

    71% of the IT and business execs surveyed said their cloud projects are meeting expectations for cost savings, but 47% said they've experienced cost overruns during migrations.
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    Financial Assessment

    59% said their organization performed a formal ROI analysis before migrating to the cloud, and 82% of those companies realized the cost savings they expected.
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    Stop Sign

    77% of the IT and business execs surveyed said their company encountered unexpected roadblocks that either slowed or prevented migration efforts.
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    Roadblocks to Cloud Migration
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    Roadblocks to Cloud Migration

    Security and/or compliance concerns: 42%, Cultural resistance to change: 33%, Public concern about data kept in the cloud: 31%, Difficulty aligning cloud strategy to business needs: 31%, Cost management: 30%
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    74% of the IT and business execs surveyed said it's at least very likely that they'll contract with a third party to assist with cloud migration projects over the next 12 months.
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    Why Firms Bring in Third Parties for Cloud Migration

    Strategy and planning needs: 72%, Build and move assistance: 68%, Ongoing management and maintenance: 38%
 

The majority of organizations are now conducting a formal ROI assessment before migrating to the cloud, according to a recent survey from Unisys. The resulting "2017 Unisys State of Cloud Transformation Survey" report indicates that most of the companies that take this step attain the cost savings they expect. This is good news, especially since the majority of organizations are involved in the cloud in some capacity, and some are adopting mass migration or cloud-first strategies. With this, they hope to address issues related to disaster recovery and business continuity, capital costs and the need to respond to business requirements in an agile manner. "In cloud transformation, the old adage is true: 'Failing to plan is like planning to fail,'" said Paul Gleeson, vice president of cloud and infrastructure services for Unisys. "Migration offers a plethora of cloud options—private, public, hybrid, community and other combinations. However, those choices can create unforeseen complexities that can easily derail expectations. Organizations that plan their cloud migration carefully—drawing on the expertise of established partners where it makes the most strategic sense—are the ones best positioned to realize operational, financial and competitive success from cloud transformation." An estimated 400 global IT and business executives took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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