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81% of the surveyed CIOs say that biggest hurdle to migration into the cloud.
58% identified the complexity of their existing IT environment as the reason for their hesitancy in introducing cloud computing platforms.
For companies that, due to their size and market position, have had an established IT landscape for many years, these cloud computing “aces” apply only minimally or not at all. Instead, there are certain risks and dangers counteracting the alleged benefits in cost and flexibility.
Cloud provider predicted to increase their turnover to:
44% of the departments take advantage of free or fee-based services from the cloud without involving the IT department.
Loss of control threatens not only the external relationship to the cloud service provider: typically, you will have little insight or even influence on the performance by the service provider. Internally, the use of cloud services can lead to a loss of control on the side of the IT department: the keyword here is “shadow IT”.
93.8% of all of the projects were “significantly less expensive than internal operation” calculated by users in the “Claranet Cloud TCO Calculator”.
“From cost center to profit center” – The New Role of the IT Department. IT departments today want to deliver more services with fewer staff and budget resources and prove that these services will make a positive contribution to the overall success of a company.
89% of all companies plant to give to their employees a “mobile work style” for year 2020.
“A life without smartphone and Internet?” – Digital Natives and the “War for Talent”. Companies are currently facing a generational change. Long-term, esteemed employees are retiring and making room for younger professionals and managers.
62% of employees access the corporate network from home.
A change like this can only be implemented through the use of corresponding cloud services on the different levels of technology infrastructure, platform and software.
Create an as-is analysis of your existing IT environment and determine potential areas where cloud services can be a practical complement/alternative. With this approach, you can “hit several birds with one stone”: you redefine your relationship to management and other departments, increase your own flexibility and agility and reduce the risk of “shadow IT”.
Check which IT services are currently in most demand in the company and then search whether there is a cloud provider who already offers these services as a S.a.a.S. Ultimately decide which areas will remain (still) in your company in the future because they (currently) cannot be sent to a cloud service or are based on an application developed by you and your team.
This is probably the most important step in your cloud computing roadmap. Communicate openly and honestly why you are outsourcing areas to the cloud and why you are NOT outsourcing others. This will help you achieve several goals at once. You position yourself for management/departments as the “chief information broker” who is also open to cloud computing concepts.
The last step on your roadmap is then the implementation of your Cloud Computing Strategy. To do this, first perform a feasibility analysis. It is possible during the course of this analysis that you or management and/or the department determine that a cloud service preferred at the beginning is not the best option after all.