Why Cloud Deployment Is at a Crossroads

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-20-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Cloud Deployment Is at a Crossroads

    The majority of surveyed IT decision-makers struggle to form an effective cloud strategy, so business managers often avoid IT and purchase cloud services.
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    Tentative Progress
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    Tentative Progress

    Less than 14% of survey respondents describe their organization’s cloud deployment as an “internal corporate standard,” and more than three of five said this deployment is only “limited” or is even in an “experimentation” stage.
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    Without a Compass

    54% of IT decision-makers said their teams struggle to form an effective cloud strategy, and 52% lack a formalized cloud strategy entirely.
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    Help Wanted

    53% of these decision-makers said they struggle to recruit the needed skills to support cloud initiatives.
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    Internal Issue

    34% said their IT department has experienced a cloud failure caused by their staff’s actions.
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    Uncontrolled Costs

    57% said they have exceeded cloud budgets, and 44% said they struggle to hold lines of business accountable for cloud spending.
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    Deal-Killers

    More than one-quarter of line-of-business managers “rarely” or never involve IT in app purchases.
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    36% of these business managers who don’t involve IT in app purchases said they do this because they have their own tech budget and can “do as (we) please.”
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    33% of these managers said they don’t involve IT because they didn’t think such involvement was necessary.
 

Despite all the talk about the advantages of the cloud, most organizations have only progressed toward migration on a limited or experimental basis, according to a recent survey from Softchoice. The resulting “State of Cloud Readiness Study” indicates that the majority of IT decision-makers struggle to form an effective and formalized cloud strategy. They also lack the needed skills to support cloud initiatives. Meanwhile, organizations are finding it difficult to control cloud-related costs. “Embracing cloud computing marks a turning point in how IT leaders staff their teams, manage spending and collaborate across their organizations,” according to the report. “The ability to cope with all aspects of this shift has proven to be the largest barrier to public cloud success … IT leaders first need to conduct a full assessment of their organizations’ current applications, dependencies and expected service levels. The insight gleaned during this planning phase will inform an organization’s big-picture cloud strategy, outlining steps and considerations for a migration that creates business value and alignment across teams.” The findings also shed revealing insights into the inclination of many line-of-business managers to make IT investments without any involvement from CIOs and the tech department, and we’ve included some of those here. A total of 250 line-of-business managers and 250 IT decision-makers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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