According to research recently released by Unisys, one in three cloud migrations fail due to companies not adopting the cloud as a core part of their business strategy. This information comes from the 2019 Unisys Cloud Success Barometer, a report that surveyed 1,000 senior IT and business leaders from 13 countries and measures how successful global cloud transformation efforts are.
Their report revealed that 37% of American businesses have failed to realize notable benefits from their cloud solutions. While 77% of respondents who made cloud part of their core strategy saw at least moderate improvements from the cloud, only 23% of those who made it a minor part of their strategy saw the same results. The evidence suggests that these cloud migrations are failing because enterprises aren’t changing their business strategy to reflect the cloud.
“These results illustrate that cloud transformation is not just an IT issue, it’s a business issue,” revealed Raj Raman, CTO of Cloud at Unisys. “The question is how to go about adoption. As this research shows, you need to integrate cloud into your overall business strategy, which includes assessing how it can help boost revenue, gain competitive advantage, improve productivity and manage costs. Yet many businesses do not realize that reaping the benefits of cloud requires more than just a ‘lift and shift and you’re done’ approach. You need the right framework in place at the outset, and a continual cadence of innovation and updates over time.”
The report also found that while 92% of those surveyed had adopted the cloud in some way, just 28% stated that they were leveraging a multicloud architecture — despite Unisys’ belief that multicloud is the future. “Organizations that adopt multi-cloud strategies can design applications to run across any public cloud platform, expanding their marketplace power,” said Raman. “Additionally, a multi-cloud strategy helps organizations gain greater sovereignty over their data, spread their risk in case of downtime and increase the business’s negotiating leverage – as well as offering cost savings by allowing businesses to shop rates for different service needs from multiple vendors.”
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