While many organizations have begun their cloud journeys, most are nowhere near complete. No matter where you happen to be in your cloud journey, it is important that you set priorities and identify optimal outcomes before advancing any further. By taking the time to develop—or refine—a comprehensive cloud strategy that addresses your specific business needs, you will ensure that you are receiving the greatest possible value from your cloud investment.
Many organizations avoid taking the time to determine what they wish to achieve by adopting cloud. Instead, they regard cloud as a buzzword and attempt to hop onto the bandwagon without putting effort into developing a roadmap. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cloud adoption, so it is imperative that you adjust your strategy to accommodate the specific needs of your business. Is security your most important consideration, or are you more concerned with achieving greater agility?
You should also weigh the financial aspects of cloud adoption. Cloud is often thought of as an effective way to cut costs, but that’s not always the case. In fact, “Gartner predicts that through 2024, 60% of infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders will encounter public cloud cost overruns that negatively impact their on-premises budgets.”
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The problem is that balancing the many different considerations and priorities can quickly become overwhelming. We’ve previously discussed the top five issues IT departments face as they consider a migration to the cloud:
1. PRIVACY AND SECURITY
Concerns about protecting the privacy of customers top the list. The fear of a cloud data breach keeps many companies from taking the leap.
2. COST MANAGEMENT
Unknown costs surrounding newly adopted cloud-based solutions drive the second biggest roadblock to migration.
3. MANPOWER CONCERNS
Many businesses feel their team is already stretched thin with little time to train their IT departments sufficiently for a pain-free transition to the cloud.
4. SILO FEARS
Concerns about managing multi-siloed work streams with built-in fears about cross-functional interaction can delay a move to the cloud.
5. IT SUPPORT
The perceived lack of resources or reliable expertise in executing, maintaining, and managing a move to the cloud can stand in the way.
Regardless of these challenges, an intelligent cloud modernization journey is no longer a nice thing to have. It is a requirement to achieve true digital transformation—the kind that unlocks new business value and differentiates a company from its competitors.
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