Senior IT leaders recognize the value of cloud architecture design

Survey shows the right plan can speed cloud deployments

By | 2 minute read | April 21, 2020

More than 80% of top executives are prepared to invest in next-generation cloud technology.1 But two-thirds are skeptical of their enterprises’ ability to successfully move to cloud. To overcome these hesitations, senior IT leaders are turning to cloud architecture design.

In fact, a recent IBM Market Data and Insights (MD&I) survey shows that 95% of IT leaders agree that a formal cloud architecture design bolsters the success of an organization’s journey to the cloud.

Overcoming cloud migration barriers

“It is a daunting task to move to the cloud, as the infrastructure and the concept are both gigantic. A formal cloud architecture design helps to reign in the fear that goes with moving to the cloud,” said a surveyed director of IT at a mid-market enterprise.

A cloud architecture design is a unified vision for a hybrid multicloud environment that has been agreed to by IT leaders and business stakeholders. By serving as a blueprint of the different components and sub-components needed for cloud computing, the plan outlines relationships and provides the necessary steps to reach the desired state.

“A formal cloud architecture design is vital to our ongoing success. The architecture foundation enables cloud computing accountability to achieve desired business objectives,” said a surveyed CIO in the banking industry.

By highlighting the differences between organizations with and without a formal cloud architecture design, the MD&I report clearly shows the value of a plan. A formal cloud architecture design can accelerate cloud deployments and help set teams up for success. With the right plan, teams can stay focused and create a level of standardization that helps improve security, maximize availability and integrate workloads across hybrid IT estates.

Identify the right plan

Additionally, leaders stressed the importance of using a service provider. Key cited attributes to look for in a partner include end-to-end cloud service capabilities, established processes and methodologies, tools and diagnostics and an expertise based on multiple successful application migrations.

“The existing staff, including myself, are so busy just running day-to-day operations and changing directions due to business conditions,” said a senior VP of a large wholesale enterprise. “If we had an expert to help us define the design and migration path, we could start moving more consistently.”

The key takeaway from the MD&I survey is that a cloud architecture design can positively impact the success of an organization, helping achieve seamless inter-cloud movement and consistent management. These plans can provide better business value, flexibility, revenue growth and cost control that increase the confidence of senior leaders in cloud migrations.

Read the full report to understand the importance of a cloud architecture design in becoming cloud-ready and achieving tangible business outcomes.

1. Forbes Insights, “The Future of Cloud” Report, 2019