Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com once said, “If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.” Salesforce.com introduced its “no software” cloud customer relationship management (CRM) in the late 1990s. Since then, the cloud – in the forms of public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud – has grown and grown.
According to a recent IDG survey1, cloud now accounts for 30% of total IT budgets and the average number of cloud vendors used is three. As consumers, we are so used to using different clouds for research, shopping, socializing and storing data; the cloud has now become the “new norm.” But is your enterprise really adopting cloud successfully?
To help answer that question, today I am pleased to announce the first Unisys Cloud Success Barometer™ study. The study explores the impact and importance of cloud by surveying 1,000 senior IT and business leaders in 13 countries around the world and rates how well cloud transformation performed against expectations across six dimensions: revenues, costs, agility, competition, security and productivity.
Similar to our annual Unisys Security Index™, this year’s findings establish a baseline from which we will track progression and best practices as well as pitfalls to avoid when it comes to enterprise cloud migration and adoption.
One of the major findings is that nearly all organizations (93%) in the global study reported being in transition to the cloud for their critical IT applications and computing systems. However, the way in which organizations go about transitioning to the cloud plays a big part in whether or not the cloud migration succeeds – and many are not migrating the right way. One-third (33%) of organizations globally have seen no improvement or only slight improvement to their organizational effectiveness as a result of cloud adoption.
However, companies that made cloud core to their business, i.e., by integrating an adoption plan into their broader business transformation strategy at the outset, were more than twice as likely to see great or moderate improvements to their business compared to those for which cloud was a minor part of their business strategy.
Despite nearly all respondents saying they had migrated to the cloud to some degree, multi-cloud solution adoption – the practice of using multiple public cloud services – is still nascent, with only 28% of respondents saying their organization leveraged a multi-cloud architecture.
We believe the underlying theme that runs through the Cloud Success Barometer research is that cloud is a business issue, not an IT issue.
“There is a plethora of cloud options – private, public, hybrid, multi and other combinations,” says Raj Raman, Senior Director and CTO for Cloud. “However, those choices can create unforeseen complexities that can easily derail expectations. Those organizations that plan their cloud migrations carefully, drawing on the expertise of established partners where it makes the most strategic sense, are best positioned to realize operational, financial and competitive success from cloud transformation.”
Please take a few moments and check out our Unisys Cloud Success Barometer™ microsite for the full global and regional survey results, infographics and a point of view paper on how to move the needle on the cloud barometer. This data is very valuable to all CIOs and technical decision makers, regardless of region or industry.
1 Cloud Purchase Process: 2109 IDG “Role & Influence of the Technology Decision-Maker Survey.”