The confident move to the cloud

Accelerating with resiliency and security

The confident move to the cloud

Accelerating with resiliency and security

 

 

Understanding cloud success and confidence

Understanding cloud success and confidence

The move to the cloud is integral to virtually every digital and business transformation strategy. It allows enterprises to make better use of their data and offer better customer experiences. If moving to the cloud offers so many benefits, why have only a small fraction of enterprise workloads and applications been moved? What factors impact success and organizational confidence when moving to the cloud?

Research and methodology

To better understand this balancing act, IBM® Services™ commissioned a survey conducted by IBM Market Development & Insights (MD&I). The team interviewed 201 business and technology leaders to better understand the degree of confidence that organizations have in their move to the cloud and what, if anything, would help reassure them that they can continue to accelerate cloud adoption. Below are three trends for the confident move to the cloud.

Trend 1

Trend 1

Less skepticism, more commitment

Less skepticism, more commitment

47 percent of organizations indicate moderate to low levels of confidence—indicating some gaps in preparedness.

Despite significant progress in the journey to cloud, a significant cloud journey remains in the coming years, even for more advanced organizations. In two years, respondents expect to have 57 percent of workloads migrated (versus 33 percent at current). Despite this progress, two-thirds of companies also report facing internal skepticism when it comes to moving the next set of workloads and applications to the cloud. Notably, the most skepticism comes from the top levels of the organization.

Nearly all organizations report having some degree of confidence in achieving their cloud migration goals. More than half—53 percent—have a high degree of confidence that they can attain their goals. However, challenges do exist. For the next set of workloads and applications, 47 percent of organizations indicate moderate to low levels of confidence—indicating some gaps in preparedness.

Despite significant progress in the journey to cloud, a significant cloud journey remains in the coming years, even for more advanced organizations. In two years, respondents expect to have 57 percent of workloads migrated (versus 33 percent at current). Despite this progress, two-thirds of companies also report facing internal skepticism when it comes to moving the next set of workloads and applications to the cloud. Notably, the most skepticism comes from the top levels of the organization.

Nearly all organizations report having some degree of confidence in achieving their cloud migration goals. More than half—53 percent—have a high degree of confidence that they can attain their goals. However, challenges do exist. For the next set of workloads and applications, 47 percent of organizations indicate moderate to low levels of confidence—indicating some gaps in preparedness.

Trend 2

Trend 2

Less uncertainty, more expertise

Less uncertainty, more expertise

39 percent of respondents indicated insufficient expertise in hybrid multicloud environments as a challenge for moving their next set of workloads to the cloud.

39 percent of respondents indicated insufficient expertise in hybrid multicloud environments as a challenge for moving their next set of workloads to the cloud.

39 percent of respondents indicated insufficient expertise in hybrid multicloud environments as a challenge for moving their next set of workloads to the cloud.

39 percent of respondents indicated insufficient expertise in hybrid multicloud environments as a challenge for moving their next set of workloads to the cloud.

The move to the cloud is a pervasive and expanding goal across businesses and will continue to increase the complexity and speed of change in IT ecosystems. Compliance, security, resiliency, location, management – all these challenges require organizational commitment, investment, and robust solutions and expertise.

To properly begin a cloud-based transformation, the whole organization needs to be on board and focused on driving value. Companies seek an IT partner that can offer business continuity across any cloud and any destination. Truly, a confident move to the cloud requires upfront investment, but, in turn, delivers long-term success and lasting outcomes.

With the right strategy, teams can migrate workloads and modernize applications to virtually any cloud to maximize return on investment (ROI) from existing applications and infrastructure, without compromising security and resiliency.

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Trend 3

Trend 3

Less risk, more resiliency

Less risk, more resiliency

66 percent of respondents indicated the most serious of these challenges is ensuring proper security and resiliency protections.

The business impact of outages or unplanned downtime is high and even more so in a hybrid multicloud environment. Integrating resiliency into this environment in the planning stage helps organizations mitigate pitfalls and costly outages in their journey to the cloud. Delivering resiliency in a hybrid multicloud environment requires highly specialized skills, an integrated strategy aligned with business processes, and advanced technologies, including orchestration for data protection and recovery.

Most organizations also prioritized the challenges associated with moving away from legacy systems that are cloud ready, managing multiple clouds and vendors as other key obstacles. When we talk about transformation to a multicloud environment, organizations’ traditional networks have to now be redesigned to manage it.

 

 

Feeling confident?

Feeling confident?

The move to the cloud is a pervasive and expanding goal across businesses and will continue to increase the complexity and speed of change in IT ecosystems. The whole organization needs to be on board and focused on driving value. It’s essential that operating teams know that resiliency, with orchestration for data protection and recovery, has been infused into a hybrid multicloud strategy from the beginning.

With the right partner you can move to any cloud with confidence that will help you Optimize your IT to maximize ROI and accelerate your digital transformation.