Cloud offerings are no longer the preserve of startups and small and medium businesses. They now meet the criteria of enterprise IT and are also supported by traditional IT vendors like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle among others.
Cloud Computing as a service provisioning mechanism has graduated to become a mainstay option for organisations. Depending on their IT maturity and priority, organisations are choosing to consume services via SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and/or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).
It’s not surprising, then, that many CIOs are exploring, pilot testing or using in-production Cloud offerings in some form or shape despite some skepticism on their part.
According to a Greyhound Research study titled, Emerging Markets Cloud Index 2015, more than 75% organisations in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region are already either using Cloud, planning to increase consumption in next 12-18 months, or currently running a Proof of Concept (PoC).
“An increasing number of organisations are leveraging Cloud to better manage money and time spent on servicing their existing infrastructure and application portfolio. On the back of Cloud, these organisations are expecting to deliver multiple digital transformation outcomes in the areas of automation and efficiency, experience and engagement, and sales and revenue,” said Anshoo Nandwaani, VP and Principal Analyst at Greyhound Research.
Greyhound Research believes it’s critical for IT Decision Makers to look at their Cloud strategy in a holistic manner. There are six broad areas that CIOs need to understand, and focus on, in this context. These are:
- Expectations & Outcomes
- Mindset & Skills
- Systems & Readiness
- Security & Privacy
- Legal & Compliance
- Billing & Termination
“To make Cloud a rewarding experience, Greyhound Research believes IT teams must understand the expected outcomes, plan in detail to avoid last minute surprises and most importantly, adopt a new mindset,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and CEO of Greyhound Research.
How Can CIOs Better Plan Their Cloud Journey?
To better understand key aspects of migration to Cloud such as expectations and outcomes, prioritising workloads (and systems), managing security and data privacy among others, read our freemium Greyhound Sprint Report titled, Making Cloud Work For Your Organisation – Questions CIOs Must Ask.
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