Cloud Adoption Grows, But Obstacles Remain
One of the key findings of a recent global cloud adoption study reveals that only 3 percent of organizations have optimized cloud strategies, although nearly 70 percent use some form of cloud. The biggest drivers fueling cloud adoption include cloud-native applications for security and the internet of things (IoT). Companies with the most advanced cloud strategies report, on average, $3 million in additional revenues and $1 million in cost savings, indicating better business outcomes at organizations that have mature cloud programs. The report, "Cloud Going Mainstream: All Are Trying, Some Are Benefiting; Few Are Maximizing Value," which was sponsored by Cisco and conducted by IDC, surveyed executives responsible for IT decisions at more than 6,100 organizations in 31 countries. The survey found that organizations face a variety of obstacles in adopting clouds, including gaps in skills and capabilities, the lack of a well-defined strategy and road map, and misalignment between information technology and lines of business.